Opinion

Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

REPUBLICAN DEJA VU

To the Editor:

To hear Republicans talking about it, this election seals the fate of the Democratic Party into perpetuity.

On the day after Nov. 4, I was eating at a restaurant on North Rock, listening as three older men and one older woman that were seated across from me discussed the election results. They were happy that "Obama has finally lost," and that, as the woman put it, "Harry Reid was the real obstructionist in the Congress."

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in View

I generally like October. The trees on my street really strut their fall colors as autumn comes on. The weather cools down and sleeping with windows open is again possible. Seldom any need for air conditioning this time of year.

As a lifelong baseball fan, the annual spectacle of the World Series gets my motor running, even if my beloved Yankees are not involved. Who knew the Royals were so exciting? I saw a couple of their games early in the year and they got swept by the Tigers. No sign of the businesslike efficiency of the late season Royals.

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Thursday, October 9 | Posted in View

ISIS OUT OF NOWHERE

To the Editor:

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Thursday, October 2 | Posted in View

PARKING SHOCKER

To the editor:

There have been some big changes in the parking at Wichita State University, and, from this writer's perspective, not very good ones. This writer is not a student but should be identified as a visitor to WSU.

A complaint to the campus police hasn't resolved this issue. Nor did a visit to the administration offices at Morrison Hall do much either, where this writer was directed to a "go-to person" regarding parking complaints. This person didn't seem happy with this assignment and wasn't very helpful.

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Thursday, September 25 | Posted in View

THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOLS

To the Editor:

Governor Sam Brownback needs to wear a gold crown studded with large rubies and other precious jewels. He should also wear a large white woolen cape with sunflowers printed across it, and he needs to be seated on a massive throne made of tumbleweeds flown in from Western Kansas to show just how foolish he is beginning to look as he proclaims that he deserves to be re-elected after making the largest cuts to education in the state's history.

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Thursday, September 18 | Posted in View

WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE?

Dear Edtior:

There's a web-page that will initially fool anyone who sees it that the Wichita Eagle newspaper has actually hired Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis to be one of its editors. This writer found it purely by accident while looking for something else.

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Thursday, September 11 | Posted in View

BROWNBACKISTAN TAX

Dear Editor:

When Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill back in 2012 ridding most Kansas businesses of having to pay any state income taxes, his plan was to help pay for it by denying expanded Medicaid health care benefits to about 75,000 low-income Kansans. To help pad this plan even further, he has not only denied these people of health care coverage, but has raised their taxes as well.

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Thursday, September 4 | Posted in View

DAMNED IF YOU DO ...

To the Editor,

A few minutes after President Obama made his comments about the killing of photo journalist James Foley by a terrorist group calling itself ISIS, conservative radio host Sean Hannity was on the air blaming the president for Foley's death. Hannity faulted Obama for his "lack of resolve" to follow through on his threat to Syrian dictator Assad last year not to cross a "red line" if Assad gassed his people. This, according to Hannity, led to the rise of ISIS.

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by Don Winsor | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in View

We've all had the conversation: "You've never seen/heard _______? You HAVE to. You would LOVE it. You would change your life in deference to its teachings. You would build an altar and worship it, first sacrificing neighborhood pets to it and eventually the children would begin to disappear. Your last breath in the chair before the switch is thrown would be ________."

Well, we've all been part of that conversation, some of it is often left as subtext or implication.

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by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in View

A decade or two ago, after one of those dramatic Kansas hail storms, I was contacted by a roofing company. They sent a representative around; he got up on the roof and sadly shook his head. I knew that the roof had been trashed, so we began to talk money. After reaching an agreement, he went off to talk to the scheduler.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in View

This column has three endings. In order to read them all, you'll need to find the others in other copies of this week's F5.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in View

I'm not a socialist. At least in the classical sense where socialists believe that the government should control the major forms of production and distribution. I'm not sure about the way it's used now by the right. I certainly can't see Obamacare as a form of socialized medicine. In fact, it's not close enough to socialized medicine for me.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in View

Sometime last week between soccer matches, I listened to some program on NPR on which a commentator was trying to explain why the economy was still staggering, even though the unemployment rate had fallen from nearly 10 percent when Obama took office to the mid-sixes today.

His take on it was that, though more people had gone back to work, the jobs were different and less able to support a strong recovery. He made some sense.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in View

It's July, and if you're in the unfortunate majority, this means at some point you may be subjected to the utter farce of semi-compulsory, needless workplace gifting in the name of a holiday that happens half a year from now. Someone thinks it would be keen and special if we all put names in a hat for … Christmas in July.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in View

It's July, and if you're in the unfortunate majority, this means at some point you may be subjected to the utter farce of semi-compulsory, needless workplace gifting in the name of a holiday that happens half a year from now. Someone thinks it would be keen and special if we all put names in a hat for … Christmas in July.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in View

Sometime last week between soccer matches, I listened to some program on NPR on which a commentator was trying to explain why the economy was still staggering, even though the unemployment rate had fallen from nearly 10 percent when Obama took office to the mid-sixes today.

His take on it was that, though more people had gone back to work, the jobs were different and less able to support a strong recovery. He made some sense.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 3 | Posted in View

Our nation celebrates its birthday this week, and of course everyone takes a great deal of time to reflect on the history and founding of our nation. It's easy to remember those who wound up on the right side of history — like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and General Lafayette — but we can't forget that many Americans have found themselves on the wrong side of history. You know, like the Supreme Court, earlier this week … but that's another story.

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The Hobby Lobby case opens many cans of worms.

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, July 3 | Posted in View

The fallout of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby — the Supreme Court case settled on Monday, June 30 — will be widespread. It is basically a ridiculous quagmire of a ruling that has further cemented the personhood of corporations while denying women contraceptive coverage for health insurance. It gives closely held corporations the right to exempt themselves from the law in the land because that law might be against the owners' religious beliefs.

The problems with this are going to be endless.

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Friday, June 27 | Posted in View

THANK YOU

To the editor:

I would like to thank you and everyone else involved in the recent Cancer Sucks Benefit for my son, Erick Riedell.

His event at Lucky's Everyday was a success! The people involved in this event are absolutely the BEST in town and maybe anywhere in the world! Stephanie Garcia, the owner of Lucky's and his fabulous staff were so wonderful to us during this event. I could have sworn they were family I'd known all my life, not friends I'd just made yesterday.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, June 26 | Posted in View

The World Cup is in full swing now, and I like to spend several hours a day watching the amazing display of athletic prowess. Those guys really have game. I'm sure I would be even more a fan if I had played the game or even just understood the rules. Still, I love it.

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