Letters to the Editor

Letters on financial crisis, Roberts, Rundle, TAAK fundraiser, Fairmount Hills

Can’t just blame GOP, Bush for crisis

“Repeat history?” (Oct. 30 Letters to the Editor) warned that six years ago the United States was brought to the brink of economic Armageddon. Unfortunately, the writer tried to exclusively blame the Republican Party, and that is either uninformed or deliberately misleading.

Democrats desperately want us to forget that Democrats won majority control of both the House and the Senate in 2006, nearly two years before the economic crisis. They don’t want us to remember that the Senate Banking Committee, which had direct oversight responsibility of the banking industry, was controlled by Democrats. Or that the House Financial Services Committee, which had direct oversight responsibility of the financial industry, was controlled by Democrats. The Bush administration made numerous attempts to warn both of these committees that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were poised for failure.

At the very least, Democrats are as complicit as the Bush administration. Given that it was Democrats who had direct oversight of the two industries that caused the crisis, and it was Democrats who wanted to make loans available to anyone, whether people could afford them or not, the case can be made that it was Democrats and their policies that caused the crisis.

Do your own research and make up your own mind, but it is nonsensical to exclusively blame the Bush administration when Democrats controlled the entire legislative branch of the U.S. government for two years prior to the financial crisis.



Do-nothing mandate

The midterm election was a total referendum on the most fractured, do-nothing Congress in our nation’s history. It was about wasted tax dollars on inflated Senate salaries and a no-risk retirement for our esteemed senator to just sit around Washington, D.C., drawing benefits.

Congratulations, Kansas.

This race wasn’t about who controls the Senate. This race was about who would represent Kansas to the nation and the world. We chose a Virginian.

Sen. Pat Roberts now has a mandate to keep up the poor performance. Isn’t it time for another congressional pay raise?



Proud of Rundle

I can now say with pride that newly elected Sedgwick County District Judge Seth L. Rundle is my oldest nephew.

In the latter days of the campaign, a campaign advertisement questioned my nephew’s ethics. It drove me crazy to read such a scurrilous charge. I’m sure many relatives of candidates have been angered by false and unfair attacks. These attacks are cynical and the main reason so many hate politics. They hurt everyone.

For a near relative or friend, these ads are also painful. You want to hit someone at times, but you know that wouldn’t help. It is so hard to read an untrue and hurtful ad.

However, I choose not to dwell on that ad. My nephew ran an honorable campaign, and I am sure I speak for his large and diverse extended family when I say he has done us proud.



Tribute a success

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of the Kansas African American Museum, I’d like to thank Wichita, Sedgwick County and guests from across the state and nation for making our annual fundraiser, “A Tribute to Trailblazers,” a success.

We were thrilled to reintroduce Kansans to Fern Merrifield Van Gieson, a founder of the local Urban League; Lafayette Norwood, the Wichita City League’s and the University of Kansas’ first African-American assistant basketball coach; James Hysten, national sales manager for Wells Fargo; and, posthumously, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, ably represented by his great-grandson, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater.

Our goal of growing Trailblazers over the previous year was realized – and then some. We were pleased to enjoy the support of our lead sponsors – Capital Federal, Spirit AeroSystems and Cox Business – as well as many new sponsors. Our inaugural silent auction also was a big hit.

Our guests braved some air conditioning and food service issues that our host and caterer each graciously and generously made amends for. We apologize for any inconvenience our guests experienced. To keep pace with our growth and to ensure everyone’s comfort next year, we’ve selected a larger, warmer venue.

We deeply appreciate the community’s support and hope to see even more of you at next year’s event.


Executive director

Kansas African American Museum


Vision for Fairmount

My dream is for someone with a vision to look at the Fairmount Hill area and also have a vision. I see a need for restaurants, shops and entertainment.

There is a long Wichita history with the Fairmount Hills area. Our own Wichita State University, Fairmount Park, interesting older homes and a historical church are located there. Many students on campus have limited transportation available.



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