Letters to the Editor

Letters on Wichita Children’s Home, police shootings, torture, GM foods, Cosby

Thanks for support of Children’s Home

As board president of the Wichita Children’s Home, I want to say a huge “thank you” to our Wichita community for its support and generosity toward the new campus. The first phase of construction – our Bridges apartment building – is complete and the youths have moved in. I wish you could have seen their faces and heard their comments on moving day. They now have a beautiful and safe place to live while they complete high school, attend trade school or college, and learn valuable life skills, all leading to the time they can care for and support themselves and their families.

Our campaign is ongoing, as we are now starting the second phase – our new shelter building, where all of the children and youths who go into police protective custody are transported. Some move on to foster homes and some stay for a while to receive services, complete high school, feel safe and loved, and develop self-worth. These children and youths are truly amazing and resilient, and they always inspire me. How wonderful it will be to have a new shelter building for them.

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but what a great start this community helped us make. Watch the progress of our construction, call for a tour, get involved. You’ll be blessed if you do.

BARBARA RAY

Andover

Respect the law

A grand jury determined that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson was justified in his use of force as Michael Brown was charging him. Eric Garner died on Staten Island while resisting the orders of sworn police officers. Tamir Rice died in Cleveland while reaching for a realistic-looking firearm that did not have the orange “safety” tip on the muzzle.

If any of these three individuals had respected the law and complied with the commands of police officers, they would be alive today.

As a civilized society, we recognize that we need a system of laws to protect the rights of all individuals. Not everyone abides by these laws, and it is necessary for us to empower certain individuals with the authority to enforce the laws and protect the law-abiding. It can be life or death, and no individual of any race is entitled to exceptions based on the race of the police officer.

The majority of people I talk to feel the same way; we just don’t have the time and energy to organize huge protests and media events. Those very vocal protesters do not speak for everyone. I sincerely hope the members of law enforcement and the people at CNN realize this.

STEVE FOWLER

Wichita

Torture costs lives

The torture program cost American military lives.

In 1965 I went to Vietnam aware of how Japan had treated American prisoners of war. I was determined not to surrender under any circumstances.

I was never required to test my resolve, but I feel that our enemies today are no different than I was. If surrender means death and torture, what is the point of surrender? There is no choice but to fight to the death.

If, instead, you know you will be treated as well as a prisoner can expect, then it makes sense to surrender. That will save American lives.

Our enemies in Iraq know the meaning of torture; their dictator showed them that. So rather than surrender, they would die fighting, even if there is no hope, and kill as many of the enemy – us – as possible. That is not saving lives.

Torture provides more lies than truth. Part of the rationale to go to war was the reported existence of mobile vans for biological and chemical research. This information was made up by a man who was afraid of being tortured, so he said what he thought we wanted to hear.

EDWARD EVERHART

Bel Aire

Better to be safe

Contrary to the view in “GMOs proved safe” (Dec. 12 Letters to the Editor), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine states that “there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects.”

It recommends a moratorium on the use of genetically modified foods, and long-term testing and labeling. Researchers at the Ecological Society of America join it in these recommended steps, noting that the European Union has already banned the use of GM foods.

These scientists are not the politically and financially motivated extremists depicted in the letter to the editor. That description fits Monsanto and other profit-driven industrial agriculture corporations and their local vendors.

It is better to be safe than sorry.

DON ANDERSON

Winfield

Cosby bombshell

Leonard Pitts Jr. said it just right (“Claims about Cosby hard to process,” Nov. 24 Opinion). The news about Bill Cosby has been a bombshell, and it is believable because of the interviews with some of the people involved and the impact it has had on their lives over the years.

Why, oh, why? Cosby has been one of my favorite comedians. If what his accusers are saying is true, how could Cosby be so good at his craft but be so different in his mind? The final joke is on the admiring public.

J.E. MORRISON

Wichita

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