Editor’s note: We’re re-publishing this letter because of inadvertent typing errors.

Coverage of FB incident drives further wedge

To the editor:

For well over 30 years the communities in the Flint Hills Region have endeavored to work together in a cooperative manner to promote collaboration and goodwill. Several political and economic development efforts for the three-county area of Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley counties have been established.

The recent unfortunate incident among USD 383 and USD 475 arising from unnecessary, childish and discriminative behavior at a high school football game has the effect of continuing to divide the communities that have worked tirelessly to foster goodwill and destroy more than 30 years of effort.

In addition, the unnecessary editorial and level of news reporting by The Manhattan Mercury has only egged this issue on to drive a further wedge. I would ask that the current MHS student newspaper The Mentor be read as it is mature and places blame exactly where it is needed. It offers positive analysis to instill common sense and reestablish good sportsmanship and friendhsip between communities. Perhaps relationships can be salvaged.

Bruce McMillan

1920 Sunset Lane

Pray for peace

on Veterans Day

To the editor:

As members of this community, we believe there is a better way to use our wealth than massive spending on evermore weapons and violence, which are sometimes aimed at the poor, the widows and the orphans — the very ones Jesus told us to honor.

We decry resorting to violence as a solution to social problems around the world. We want to work to heal the divisions that frighten us into taking up arms against each other.

We believe that money spent on weaponry, here and abroad, is money taken from education, infrastructure, healthcare and the alleviation of poverty that add real value to people’s lives. Because we pursue a Third Way, we love and respect all who have served and continue to serve.

An old friend of mine here, who piloted a helicopter in Vietnam, likes to say that war is an archaic, old-fashioned form of conflict resolution. “We should be able to do better than that,” he insists. These days, this friend often returns to that still-scarred nation to help build community literacy.

That kind of work and witness is at the forefront of healing and peace that fly in the face of three powerful myths: 1.) Fear trumps love, 2.) Might makes right and 3.) Violence is redemptive. These are tragic misconceptions that have long misled us.

Why not come pray and act for peace with us during the Veterans/Armistice Day parade Monday, Nov. 11? We’ll gather about 9 a.m. at 821 Poyntz Ave.

Dave Redmon

2232 Cedar Acres Drive

Conversation on sales tax increase reminds reader of Bible verse

To the editor:

“Hey, I’d like to see some things done here in Manhattan. But, it would cost millions that we don’t have. I guess we will all just have to wait and not demand instant gratification.”

“Hey, I know, let’s just add on to the sales tax, that way the poorest people in our midst will pay an even higher percentage of their take-home pay on FOOD, and we will feel even more superior because we have “voted” to take advantage of the lowly scum.”

The above is a conversation I overheard earlier this year.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” An old quote that Christians used to remember.

Mike Sekal

2020 Meadowlark Road

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