Letters to the editor on COVID, Ramsay, mental illness, Carr brothers and Sen. Moran


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Young parents

The plight of parents who cannot vaccinate their young children and whose daycare is closing due to the outbreak is not breaking news, but it should be.

Wherever a young parent works is gripped with employees that cannot show up because their daycare center closed due to Covid. Employers were already struggling with a worker shortage. Families with a child under 5 years cannot vaccinate their child, so fear their child may become sick. Their paychecks are suffering as well as their sleep.

They do not have time to protest, call their representatives or write letters. They are too busy dealing with an emergency.

Congress didn’t pass the Build Back Better Act, which had provisions to help young families. State legislators didn’t pass Medicaid Expansion last year despite its popularity across the state. It would have provided medical insurance to our working poor. If we care about families and children where is the legislation to show that care? All I hear are fabrications of how the other side is divisive. Stop the rhetoric and show you care.

Rebecca Armstrong, Bel Aire

Chief Ramsay

The news that Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is resigning March 1 is disheartening. His loss will have a huge impact on this city, and he will be hard to replace.

What Ramsay brought to city government was excellence and dedication. The last time that the city had a police chief of such caliber was when Richard LaMunyon served between 1976 and 1989. It is too bad that “excellence” often is lacking in those who run for the City Council as well as many of those in supervisory positions throughout the rest of city government.

Given that, hopes for finding a more-than-qualified candidate is not great. Come March 2, Chief Ramsay will already be sorely missed.

Michal Betz, Wichita

Mental illness

The death in custody of Cedric Lofton is but the tip of a giant iceberg, and the remedy is blindingly obvious: persons with mental illness should not be referred to the police but to an agency competent to deal with such illnesses. Law enforcement officers have a lot on their plates, and they are not all trained to mange mental illness.

Kansas used to have psychiatric hospitals, but this kind of care became unfashionable in a rush to what was euphemistically called community-based care. Now we see one of the unanticipated consequences: a large gap in the provision of services. We must rethink how we handle mental illness.

Dwight Oxley, Wichita

Carr brothers

Per the article about the Carr brothers, “Abortion politics emerge in Carr brothers death penalty case” (Jan. 24 Eagle), I would counter that Brad Heyka, Jason Befort, Aaron Sander, Heather Muller and Ann Walenta would also like to appeal their death sentences, but they will never receive that opportunity.

Sheryl Newberry, Derby

Moran and MLK

On Martin Luther King Day I received an email from Sen. Jerry Moran telling how much he admired MLK and the ideals he held and the dreams he had for all people. Two days later he voted against the Voter Rights Bill, along with every other Republican in the Senate.

My question to Sen. Moran is: which statement was the truth? You cannot admire Dr. King and the ideals he stood for and then vote against a bill that would even the voting playing field for all Americans. I guess I have my answer. The email I received was just fluff and political theater.

Peggy Valliant, Wichita

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