Letters from Wichita Eagle to the Editor, July 5, 2018

Important activity in school playgrounds

I see children playing every day at my neighborhood elementary school after construction hours or during the summer. Adults often supervise or join in the fun.

According to the Kansas Health Foundation’s 2018 data book, 74.5% of children and teens are not physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. A full 30.7 percent are overweight or obese. Lack of physical activity and obesity are directly linked to increasing trends in chronic heart disease and diabetes.

A study funded by Robert Wood Johnson found that physical inactivity costs the United States about $ 117 billion in healthcare per year. Can we really afford to exclude children and families from our public playgrounds?

The need for refugees

This year, no more than 21,000 refugees will be hosted in the United States. This is the lowest number accepted in the United States since the program began. This comes at a time when the need has never been greater.

The decline in refugee arrivals has left many industries in the United States unable to fill jobs with American citizens. Employers across the country in industries such as manufacturing, hospitality and meat packaging rely on refugees to fill jobs.

As American citizens, we must stand up for and defend refugees, welcome them and their families into our community, learn more about them and the horrors they are fleeing, and find that their hopes and dreams are the same. than ours. Please contact our President and request that we welcome 75,000 refugees to the United States in Fiscal Year 2019.

No respect for human traffickers

We are wasting too much time and money bowing to the barrier demolishers along our southern border.

These poor and hapless offenders have been prepared by human traffickers to play with the system and use their own children (or someone else’s) as pawns in the hope of a pass. free.

When these free riders lose custody of their children, are we really supposed to have pity on them?

If your first act of entering the United States is an act of lawlessness, and you have no hesitation in using innocent children as accomplices, should you have custody of those children to begin with? Are you the kind of people we are as future citizens?

Gregory Bontrager,


Diversity is not always the key

I read in the Eagle the empty and unsightly storefronts in downtown Wichita and the city’s plan to try and locate some of our local arts community businesses there.

Economic analyst James Chung’s dismal report on Wichita’s economic health still hangs over us like a dark cloud. If our soon to be courted arts community (by the city) isn’t afraid of having a few non-competitive downtown neighbors, why not promote a few more diverse types of businesses in some of these vacancies?

Driving around town I realized that Wichita still wasn’t jam-packed with tobacco shops, tattoo / piercing parlors, payday loans, manicure and massage joints, vape shops, pawn shops and bail bondsmen. Perhaps there is even room for one or two other gentlemen’s clubs, since they can now sell alcohol at dawn.

Away, James Chung. Goodbye, Bedford Falls. Pottersville, here we are.

End animal abuse

I am writing to you about animal welfare legislation. There is so much cruelty to animals, from the use of animals in cosmetic testing to factory farming. Cows are forced to stay in a stall all day with no way to turn or move around.

We need to educate everyone about this horrible abuse. Once people find out about this abuse, I think they will be horrified as I am. We need to have pro-animal legislation now.

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