Letters to the editor

Staff Writer
The Kansan

Support for Schunn

We encourage those eligible to vote for Christy Schunn for Harvey County Commission.

She brings fresh ideas and relevant concerns for the health of county residents. She is an advocate of public and mental health, which is especially important in this pandemic. Her experience as a clinical social worker and director of the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network for 20 years make her a valuable member of the Harvey County Commission.

Schunn, a longtime resident of Harvey County, also advocates for lowering the food sales tax, a tax that is especially harsh for poorer people (and Harvey County has one of the highest poverty rates in the state).

She calls for budget transparency and an end to wasteful spending on economic development projects that don’t pan out.

Harvey County needs a new voice on it commission, and Christy Schunn fits the bill.

— Gordon and Jeanne Houser, North Newton

Where did Bollier get informaion?

I keep getting Bollier texts to my phone, asking my special needs daughter to vote for Bollier.

After getting the fourth or fifth text, I finally texted back that I wouldn't be voting for her, and would be voting for Dr. Marshall instead.

They texted back and wanted to be sure that they were contacting my daughter.

What concerns me most about this, is how did they get that information?

I am my daughter’s court appointed guardian and conservator.

The only way they got this number is from KDADS or from private health information because that's the only place my number is linked to my daughter’s name.

Does this mean that Bollier has used her status as a state senator to access PHI from KDADS?

Or has KDADS provided PHI to Bollier as a candidate?

I will be voting for Dr. Roger Marshall.

— Kevin Henderson, Halstead

Distracted driving

No life is worth losing to driver distraction. In Kansas, 98 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2018, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationwide, nearly 3,000 people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, contributing to the 36,560 lives lost to crashes on U.S. roadways in 2018. There is no text message or Snapchat worth reading or sending when injuring or killing someone is the potential cost.

Distractions include more than texting. Anything that diverts attention from driving — eating and drinking, adjusting navigation, talking to other passengers, or talking or texting on the phone — can result in tragedy.

Despite what some drivers may think, hands-free is not risk-free. Even with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, you are not safe unless your mind focuses on the drive. Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.

Avoid distractions while driving by setting vehicle systems like GPS, seats and sound systems before hitting the road, as well as finishing dressing and personal grooming at home before you leave.

The consequences of alcohol-impaired driving and texting while driving could be the same, so AAA urges drivers: “Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.” Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving. Stow your smartphone away, turn it to airplane mode, or activate call/text blocking features.

— Shawn Steward, AAA Kansas, Wichita