Letters to the Editor

Letters on law enforcement’s bravery, domestic violence, reinstating draft, hunting leases, legalizing marijuana

Law enforcement ready to rescue

At any time and any place, a dangerous criminal or a citizen not acting rationally can suddenly present a deadly threat to the public with practically any type of weapon imaginable, including a military assault rifle. I know it is law enforcement’s job, but it’s amazing to me that all we have to do is call 911 and officers come as fast as they can to our rescue.

Just try to imagine (as if we could) doing their job in the dark dead of night when the danger could be behind almost anything – a bush, a parked car or around the very next corner. This isn’t a TV program or a stupid video game. Police officers generally have to properly identify themselves, yet the criminal can attack without any warning.

One example: A terrified person has called saying someone is breaking into his house. The prowler, who might now be inside the dark house or fleeing nearby, could be ready to shoot to kill rather than return to prison. Would you want to try doing law enforcement’s job? I wouldn’t.



No more assaults

No more domestic violence and sexual assault. That is the message that Mariska Hargitay, along with other actors, is trying to get out through her Joyful Heart Foundation. No more silence and no more lies.

Now Hargitay has gotten NFL players to help in her cause. They appear in public service announcements and reach a whole new audience.

I applaud the actors and football players who are using their influence to help shed a light and bring about a change. Domestic violence and sexual assault are such ugly and despicable acts that I hope people really take heed of the message.



Less land to hunt

Regarding “Hunting a yearly boon in Kansas, study finds” (Oct. 25 Eagle): There is a downside to the millions of dollars being spent in Kansas by out-of-state hunters. I am 80 years old and have hunted in north-central Kansas for the past 65 years. I feel very fortunate to have experienced the good hunting years of the 1960s and 1970s, when the pheasant and quail numbers were plentiful and access to land for hunting was no problem.

Beginning in the 1980s, we began to see a few “leased” signs posted in some of our favorite hunting areas, but we still had adequate areas to hunt. Beginning in the 1990s, more and more land was leased to outfitters and a national hunting club, resulting in little land left for the average resident hunter to access.

Few resident hunters, especially young hunters, have $500 to spend on one day of hunting. The Walk in Hunting Area (WIHA) acres are also disappearing. Compare the WIHA maps of Clay and Washington counties from 10 years ago with the current map, and you will see the significant decrease.

It is apparent that the mission of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is to cater to only hunters who have the resources to pay the big bucks for hunting privileges, at the expense of all others.



Reinstate draft

With the events in Syria and Iraq spiraling toward an uncertain future, it is time for a reassessment of whether we should continue with an all-volunteer military or go back to the draft.

If we don’t resume the draft, then American hawks will keep putting us into wars that are not in our national interest and are violations of the Constitution. One such hawk, President Reagan, violated the War Powers Act when he sent U.S. combat forces into Grenada in 1983 without notifying Congress first.

What started in Grenada quickly spread when the United States became involved in Afghanistan to help fight Soviet aggression. This precedent has since spread to Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Somalia, Syria and back to Afghanistan. The only pragmatic way to put a stop to this silliness is to make it so painful for the American people that they won’t want to see their children being drafted and sent off to unending conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.

The draft and the politics that will surely accompany it will keep the hawks and military at bay and put a stop to this unending cycle of war.



Pot penalties

Am I the only one concerned about the quest to reduce the criminal penalty for marijuana use? With continued use of the product, marijuana can lead to loss of IQ, loss of jobs, benched athletes, criminal acts, broken families and much more.

Why all the interest to further downgrade our society and impair our youths’ ability for an ethical and prosperous future? Are there not already enough stumbling blocks?

I hope many share my view and vote down any attempt to reduce the criminal penalties for marijuana use – the first step to legalizing the drug. Check out the many issues now showing up in states that have legalized it. It’s a big-money source of revenue, but consider the cost. Do not be fooled by complacency.




“Fond memories” (Nov. 4 Letters to the Editor) expressed sadness at the closing of Braeburn Golf Course, which Wichita State University purchased from Crestview Country Club in 1967. It was not referring to the current Crestview Country Club.

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