Letters to the Editor

Letters on school funding, school savings, Franklin Graham, Trump rhetoric


Schools no longer can do what’s best

I have been in the education business most of my life. My current job as a consultant allows me to be in many schools across the state of Kansas and beyond.

Kansas’ schools can no longer do what is best for staff and students. We do the best we can with what we can afford.

I have not visited with a single taxpayer who wants a “cheap education” for our kids. They want the “best education” at an affordable price. Schools have cut their calendars, going to fewer and longer days, to help meet budgets. Research will tell you that this is not what is best for kids. Teachers are paying for things out of their own pockets. We are asking schools to do more with less.

Let’s get back to what is right for all schools, kids and staff. I am asking you to please put the “common sense” back into education. Kansas’ education is important to all of us, and we need to speak loudly to do what we can to get our schools back on track.

Joe Coles, Cimarron

Let’s save money

Saving money in Wichita schools seems pretty easy to an older senior citizen like myself. First, if we can save $400,000 by cutting the year by only a few snow days, do as we did in my time: Start the school year after Labor Day and cut out in-service days and spring break. That will also cut out the need for running air conditioners during the hottest part of the summer.

We didn’t even have air conditioners.

Second, make the parents responsible for getting their kids to school. It should not be the responsibility of the school system to bring the kids in. My parents got us to school and picked us up as needed.

Third, make the parents responsible for feeding the kids they brought into the world. I didn’t have a hot lunch. I had peanut butter and honey for lunch the first seven years of school. Most of the lunches are thrown out anyway because the kids don’t like what they are fed.

Do you see a pattern here? Make parents responsible, and stop making the schools the nanny. Get back to teaching.

Doug Wine, Wichita

War on discrimination

I wholeheartedly agree with the Rev. Franklin Graham that Christians should be very involved in politics by voting and seeking office (April 29 Eagle). But he needs to remember that our Constitution would prevent them from enacting legislation based solely on their religious beliefs.

For example, he called for a return to the days when the Ten Commandments hung in classrooms and school days started with the Lord’s Prayer. That has already been found to be unconstitutional. Additionally, his suggestion that atheists and others with non-Christian beliefs should simply leave the country if they don’t want to live under Christian governance was an incredibly hate-filled comment for someone who professes to be a man of God.

Further, Graham said that “secularists want to intimidate the Christians. They want you to shut up.” It sounds like he is the one trying to intimidate people and shut them up.

Graham, like many members of the Christian right, proclaims that there is a war on Christianity. I would argue that there is simply a war on discrimination. This country was founded on the principle that everyone is entitled to equal opportunity and equal treatment. This, of course, includes Christians, but it also includes followers of all other faiths and those who don’t follow any faith. What some conservatives have trouble grasping is that it also includes those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

It is long past time for this country to live up to the ideals upon which it was founded.

Jack E. Niblack, Wichita

Drop college sports

As we navigate our way through another election year, politicians will be talking about the importance of education. If we are really going to make education a priority, our first step should be to eliminate sports. Colleges and universities should devote themselves to what schools are supposed to be about: learning.

Some colleges tolerate all sorts of nonsense from athletes when they’re having a winning season. Some of these athletes get away with almost anything, from meager grades to date rape.

I say do away with sports altogether, because little to nothing is done to discourage the abuses athletes commit.

Troy Cox, Wichita

Empty rhetoric

Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech last week was televised while I was at the gym. At the conclusion, other people watching the speech made numerous positive comments, such as “he sure knows what he’s talking about” and “he’s got me fired up.” Viewers were focused on Trump’s showmanship rather than the content of his speech.

The speech was packed with empty rhetoric, hyperbole and unsubstantiated opinions and accusations. Please read the speech and discover what Trump really said or didn’t say. Also, keep in mind the difference between a fact and an opinion.

Denise O’Leary-Siemer, Wichita

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