Letters to the Editor

Letters on failed national security, Trump dependency, hidden assets

Obama, Clinton failed on security

When Barack Obama was sworn in as president in 2009, no one had ever heard of ISIS. Even as ISIS terrorism grew, the Obama administration derisively called them the “JV” team. Because of the ineptitude of the Obama administration, ISIS is now the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.

In March 2009, Hillary Clinton issued the famous “Russian reset.” Emboldened by the weakness of the Obama administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimea. And just as Putin surmised, the Obama administration did nothing.

Clinton helped prosecute the war in Libya by “leading from behind.” This resulted in Libya becoming a safe haven for terrorists, as witnessed by the murder of Chris Stevens and three other Americans at Benghazi.

U.S. security officials have expressed grave concerns about our ability to vet Middle East refugees. Yet both Obama and Clinton want to allow hundreds of thousands of Middle East refugees into the U.S. The result will be more attacks like Paris, Orlando and San Bernardino.

And don’t forget that Clinton supported the war in Iraq while Donald Trump is on the record as having opposed it.

Democrats say that Donald Trump is dangerous, yet Clinton and the rest of the Obama administration has demonstrated over and over a complete incompetence in foreign policy that has resulted in the world being a far more dangerous place.

Chuck Jones, Wichita

Break if off, GOP

This is not news but needs to be said: The Republican national leadership has fallen into codependency. It is stuck defending a presidential candidate who is dragging down the Republican Party and the nation.

In the spirit of intervention, here are “5 Reasons Why You May Need to Break Off a Relationship” (taken from the website churchleaders.com, which referenced Henry Cloud’s book “Necessary Endings”):

▪  You have a high pain threshold, but numbing the pain keeps you from connecting with others (the voices of reason, perhaps?).

▪  You want to hide your colleague’s dysfunction, so you “make excuses and even take responsibility for the mess they’re making.”

▪  At some time in the past, “you swore that you’d never quit and you tenaciously hung on … And now that habit is a part of your character,” even when it hurts.

▪  “What have you promised them and what do you really owe them?” And, most tellingly, “You may be blind to situations that have gone on too long and need more accountability than you’re providing.”

▪  “Change is hard and committing to growth is hard. Much easier to stay in your broken place and hang out with people who will validate your broken behavior.”

Conclusion: “The best thing to do is to break off the relationship.”

It’s a big step to disown Donald Trump. But be dignified. Be responsible. Be brave, Republicans. And good luck.

Mary Angelee Seitz, Wichita

Made new mess

For decades soil has eroded away from around a tree and the sidewalk on the north end of College Hill Park. As one might expect, the concrete eventually broke, since there was nothing supporting it underneath.

So I was pleased to see fresh topsoil brought in to fill the void, as well as a crew of park maintenance employees who had removed the broken concrete and were framing to pour replacement concrete.

But in order to do this job, they had to drive a number of vehicles into the area on soft ground, as it had rained the previous night.

This created deep ruts in the grass along English and displaced clods of mud all over the place, including the sidewalks.

I don’t think fixing one problem should have created another. Couldn’t this job have waited until the ground had dried out?

Evon Russell, Wichita

Hidden coffers

Why do we continue to hear about city, county and state budget shortfalls? The budget is arbitrary in many regards. It does not take into account the hundreds of millions parked in their hidden coffers.

One such place to look is in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. It is a set of U.S. government financial statements comprising the financial report of a state, municipal or other governmental entity that complies with the accounting requirements.

Anyone can download or view a copy of their city’s report on the internet. There are dozens of pages of financial jargon, but one such place to find the hidden funds to is look only at a single page of this entire report. This page is specifically listed in the index as the “Statement of Net Assets.” That is the bottom line, folks.

If you want to know how they accomplish this, one such way is to list current assets and deduct short-term liabilities. They then also subtract from current assets the liabilities greater than one year. This is present and future liabilities subtracted from current assets.

If you don’t see the deception, just go ahead and wait for that next sales tax increase.

Bruce Robinson, Wichita

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