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Letters to the Editor

Public structures

July 1, 2007

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To the editor:

Your editorial on the safety of some Chinese products ("Quality question," June 28) underscores an important reason for our country's success: the effectiveness of our public structures.

The public structures we have created - such as consumer safety regulations, highways, laws, schools - are the machinery that produces America's success. Without those public structures it would be difficult to get a lot of things done that Kansans believe are important, including protecting our children or providing for their education.

Our strength as a nation comes not just from what we achieve as individuals but what we accomplish when we work together. China provides us a cautionary example of what can happen when the greed of a few trumps common sense regulations designed to protect and benefit the majority.

Gary Brunk,

Lawrence

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 9 months ago

nettieb, When you say "we," are you speaking for Mr. Brunk? Is that where the b in nettieb comes from? If so, fine, but please make that clear.

With regard to your comment, is it correct to conclude that if socialism or communism "benefits us most," you would be in favor of socialism or communism?

Or when you say "benefits us most," do you mean whichever form of government benefits you and your family the most, regardless of whether it benefits anyone else? If that's the case, I presume you would like to be king and everyone else your loyal subjects.

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nettieb 6 years, 9 months ago

We believe in whatever form of government benefits us most.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 9 months ago

What Gary Brunk means to communicate is that he believes in large, intrusive, far-reaching government.

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nettieb 6 years, 9 months ago

Let's face it... China and Japan kick our asses in industry.

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insiderinfo 6 years, 9 months ago

Keep up with the Yellow House Business illegal investigation http://yellowhousestore.blogspot.com/

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max1 6 years, 9 months ago

Huh? http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/china.50/asian.superpower/three.gorges/ China's biggest construction project since the Great Wall CNN) -- It is the virtual definition of a monumental project -- a dam one and a half miles wide and more than 600 feet high that will create a reservoir hundreds of feet deep and nearly 400 miles long. The reservoir, its engineers say, will enable 10,000-ton ocean-going freighters to sail directly into the nation's interior for six months of each year, opening a region burgeoning with agricultural and manufactured products. And the dam's hydropower turbines are expected to create as much electricity as 18 nuclear power plants.

http://www.echoroukonline.com/english/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6719 China has completed construction of the world's longest sea bridge. The 1.4-billion-dollar Hangzhou Bay Bridge provides an important new route into Shanghai.

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kansas778 6 years, 9 months ago

I think he means public institutions, not public structures.

But anyways, I agree with what he says about what makes America successful, but I think one thing should be added: our culture. Lately it seems to have rotted some, but it's the people of this country that made it what it is today.

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Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

This letter made no sense in regards to the afore mentioned comment on Chinese products. Then this guy starts rambling on about buildings? What does a building have to do with anti-freeze being added to toothpaste? Besides, it wasn't China that did that.

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