Letters to the Editor

Letters on county health program, commission zealots, school budget, Hillary Clinton haircut, Purple Heart Day

Support county health programs

Public health is key to a thriving community. Treatment of chronic diseases accounts for more than 75 percent of all health care costs. Sedgwick County should support proactive prevention programs. Cuts will set us back into a more reactive mode and increase the need for expensive health care treatments.

The Sedgwick County Health Department’s health promotion program helps champion prevention in the health care and business worlds. Health promotion staff provides residents with education and evidence-based tools to take personal responsibility for their health and change unhealthy behaviors. The chronic disease self-management education program, organized by health promotion staff, is effective in reducing individual participants’ health costs, while improving their quality of life and that of their caregivers.

Health promotion has helped coordinate efforts for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Sedgwick County, including schools and churches. This has reduced duplication of services and saved taxpayers’ money.

I urge every reader to contact our county commissioners. Let them know that cutting vital programs such as health promotion from the health department will be detrimental to the community’s health and well-being.

Help Sedgwick County thrive, not crash dive.

CAROLYN GAUGHAN

Executive director

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians

Wichita

County zealots

It is quickly becoming apparent that the three Sedgwick County commissioners in the majority represented themselves as Republicans when they ran for office but are actually libertarians. Indications are they have no plans to govern in a way that would sustain the programs that have been in place over many years.

I didn’t attend the budget hearing last week, but I watched it on TV and was appalled at the way Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau conducted himself. The way he talked to the professional people who took their time to express their concern about items in the budget was not acceptable.

In today’s economy, we cannot afford to have our government at any level basically tell representatives from our largest employer, “If you don’t like the rules in our game, take your ball and go somewhere else.”

We have lost a lot of good-paying jobs since 2008, and we don’t need small-government zealots causing us to lose more.

It is becoming obvious that the big three have no plans to do the will of the people.

I don’t know if this has ever been done in Sedgwick County, but it is my sincere belief the time has come to consider a recall of at least one of the majority commissioners.

WENDELL TURNER

Wichita

Take lessons

The city of Wichita serves about 380,000 citizens with a proposed budget of $572.8 million for 2016, without significant cuts or a mill levy increase according to City Manager Robert Layton. The proposed 2016 Sedgwick County budget for about 500,000 citizens is $412.3 million, which spends 3 percent less than last year.

On the other hand, the proposed USD 259 budget, which serves about 50,000 students, is $647 million, $4 million more than the prior fiscal year, according to chief financial officer Jim Freeman. USD 259 is also proposing a mill levy increase of 2.828 mills, something neither the city nor county is proposing.

Why does a school system need millions more dollars to operate than an entire city or county? It’s way past time for the school system to take some lessons from the city and county, do more with less, and stop treating taxpayers as its supply of endless income. School board members need to hear from citizens until this reckless spending is reined in.

STEVE SAUNDERS

Wichita

$600 haircut

I absolutely feel so sorry for Hillary Clinton. A lady who had to lower her standards down to a $600 haircut is just pitiful. In the future, I do hope she can look to us to help her fund her everyday living style.

ROXIE DeLONG

Derby

Remember, honor

National Purple Heart Day is observed each year on Aug. 7. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is the oldest military decoration in the world in use, and the first American award made available to the common soldier. It was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by Gen. George Washington.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans’ service organization reserved for “combat” veterans.

There will be a short memorial service to remember those servicemen and women who were recipients of the Purple Heart medal at 10 a.m. Friday at the Purple Heart Monument in Wichita Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan will be in attendance. We would like to invite everyone to share a few minutes with us.

TOM CREEL

Adjutant

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chapter 558

Wichita

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