A request from North Carolina
Dear people of the great state of Kansas,
I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen Kansas. I am very excited to learn more about Kansas as I work on my report.
While we will research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get first-hand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I am writing to you. I am hoping that you would be willing to send me to small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, photos, general information, this newspaper article, or any other items that you think would be useful.
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You can mail items to Stanly Gorner, Mrs. Smith’s Class, Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28277. Please mail by April 30 for our State Fair on May 18.
I really appreciate your help and will do my best to send a thank-you note to each person who takes the time to help me. Thank you in advance.
National Public Health Week
Public health is what we do together as a society to ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy. From education to safe environments, housing to transportation, economic development to access to healthy foods — public health’s scope is vast.
National Public Health Week is celebrated each year during the first week in April and reminds us that we can all be a part of the growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation by celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.
Public health isn’t just for one part of our population and it isn’t just in times of natural disasters and emergencies. Public health is part of all of our daily lives, every day.
Please consider how you can be healthier and contribute to supporting a healthier community. Making a few, small changes can have a profound impact. And continue to encourage our elected officials to support a strong public health system so Wichita and Sedgwick County will be a safe and healthy community with a strong workforce that will attract and retain young talent, new businesses and future developers.
Becky Tuttle, president,
Kansas Public Health
All sides of gun violence
I have much empathy for those protesting gun violence. There is nothing defensible about recent atrocities. To focus on the gun part of gun violence is easy because it is something tangible that can be seen, felt and heard by all of our human senses. Such intense focus on the guns distracts us from the violence part of the equation.
The desire to eliminate the physical gun part does nothing to address the violence that wells up within distraught individuals. It’s a much harder part of the problem to address, as it is not something tangible or visible.
Taking away the guns does not placate their anger, hurt, frustration or other problems they are plagued with. Take away the guns and violent tendencies remain. Take away the violence and the guns become inert. Pulling the teeth from a tiger does not make him a house cat.
The current surge of energy should not be directed solely on one half of the problem. How about some equal opportunity activism?
Larry Novak, Augusta
Freedom from religion
When our forefathers came to this country, there were two things they did not want. They did not want a king and they did not want a religion.
But they did not envision a country without God. Every president from Washington to Trump has spoken about God. “In God we Trust” is on our money. God is in a pledge of allegiance and our national anthem.
There is no separation of church and state in our Constitution. God is not a state or a church. He is not a religion. There is no one so blind as those who choose not to see. Read the history of this great country. Our leaders have invoked the name of God in war and disaster. The Bible warns us what will happen to all nations that forget God. It was no accident that our country grew and prospered above all others.
May God bless these United States of America.
Armold Blevins, Wichita
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