Letters to the editor

Don’t give in to ‘ransom’ It’s lamentable that the average American lumps everyone in Congress together and accuses them all of “not compromising.” Actually, the Democrats have compromised a great deal.  The current budget passed by the Senate is almost exactly the same as Republican Paul Ryan’s budget and keeps the current sequester levels. The deficit has already been cut dramatically!    It’s as if the Republicans won’t take “yes” for an answer. They keep making more and more unreasonable demands.  About 80 of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, mostly Tea Party Republicans, are holding us all hostage.  They hate Obama and the Affordable Care Act and, having failed by legitimate means, have staged a desperate attempt to defund “Obamacare.”  The problem is it is already signed…

Shutdown a ‘special kind of ignorance’

Kelley F. Macek | photojournalist To put it bluntly, the government shutdown is scary. For almost half of my life, I worked every day knowing that I would never be without food, clothing, shelter or safety. My health care was provided and my paycheck was secure. I always thought it would take a special kind of ignorance to suspend the pay of U.S. military service members. After all, weren’t we the ones who responded in every crisis that affected our nation? Then, I was no longer part of that active duty “us.” I retired and chose to use my Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits. Armed with over two decades of experience and a burning…

Look to tomorrow for answers

Staff Editorial As Taylor Gravett, SGA president, put in a letter to the editor we published last week, the announcement that nobody may declare Spanish or French as a major anymore doesn’t quite connect all the dots. Give them time Karl Kunkel, dean of arts and sciences, has explained that this decision came after an extended program-review process. The review aimed to remedy an indeed poor graduation rate for students in the Spanish and French majors. That was before the decision came to cut the majors as they currently exist, only after the remedy failed. Kunkel finds himself saddled now with a lot of angry students and a lot of questions to answer. We don’t…

Letters to the editor

Spanish deletion will ‘affect generations’ The decision to delete the major in Spanish and the major in French is disappointing, to say the least. Unfortunately, this program-deletion lives up to certain stereotypes of midwesterners: ignorance of other cultures and intolerance for our postsecondary liberal-arts tradition. Most importantly, beyond the global issues, the lack of majors in languages and literature will undoubtedly affect generations of learners at Pittsburg State University and members of the Pittsburg community for years to come. Although I understand that our initial reactions may include anger, hurt, or rejection, I urge all of us to avoid these feelings (despite how hard it might be) as they will cloud our judgment and make…

Oct. 1 : Obamacare

The broader problem of Congressional dysfunction Paul Zagorski | guest writer As we’re approaching the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the nation is confronted with even bigger issues: Why is the act so complicated, and why does Congress, which passed it, remain so unpopular in all its doings? Every time the approval rating of Congress plummets – and it has lived in the nether regions of public approval for decades – proposals to reform the institution emerge and metastasize across the Internet. One of the most frequently suggested “fixes” is term limits – limiting the number of terms a representative could spend in Congress. The problem with this proposed solution is that it mistakes the…