Let tax deduction fuel arts support

In regard to state funding for the arts:

In November of this past year I sent Steve Morris a letter asking that Kansans be able to have a tax-deductible check-off on their Kansas income tax returns. I have also mentioned to our local representatives that art advocates would like to have the opportunity to designate a small portion of their income to the Kansas Arts Commission if it were tax deductible.

I have yet to receive a response from Sen. Morris, even though I am deeply appreciative of what he does for southwest Kansas. I am also deeply appreciative of what his wife does for the arts in Kansas. I am also appreciative of the fact that Reynaldo Mesa supported the check-off.

Unfortunately, the governor, as well as our legislature, has once again missed the point when it comes to supporting the arts in Kansas. There should be no difference between me wanting to support a local benevolent organization, as long as it qualifies as a 501(c)3 organization, then designating it to the state. That is to imply my church, the ArtsCenter on Main or the Kansas Arts Commission.

The issue of having a tax-deductible donation is a matter of the citizens of this state taking back control of the arts. We citizens recognize that Kansas is the only state in the union that has no state support. We also recognize that when we did have an effective arts commission, that Kansas ranked the lowest in state funding for the arts at less than 30 cents per individual.

By allowing a tax deduction of $1 to a max of, say $100, we can once again begin to create a fund that will qualify for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Mid America Arts Alliance. The point is that someone else in this great country is benefiting from the contributions that each and every taxpayer in Kansas contributes to our federal coffers. That is not right.

As it stands, the governor has imposed a moratorium on the money that all the taxpayers in this state contribute to the federal government that comes back as monies designated for the arts. That, my friends, is a losing, ill-thought-out mandate. Give us a tax deduction and let the arts once again flourish in Kansas.



Garden City

Tebow deserves more support

Does anyone else ever wonder about what Tim Tebow is saying when he prays? My husband and I have discussed it. My husband thinks Tebow prays he'll do his best. I think he prays that he will glorify God. The Denver Broncos quarterback is making waves, to say the least. He'd want others to know that they can have a personal relationship with God, like he does, by calling 888-NEED-HIM. God hears the prayer of salvation from non-Christians and hears all prayers of Christians like Tebow. Maybe Tim Tebow has prayed he'd win his games. Observing him would lead a person to believe the prayers are a lot more complicated and important than that. I've liked to participate in sports and haven't been too big on watching them, but watching Tim Tebow play has been a blast. If I could get any message to Tim, I'd want him to know that he is like family and I am praying for him. Hope you are, too. It would be great if he would be on "Dancing With The Stars" as it has been speculated.

We have a lot to be grateful for in this country with outspoken Christians like Tim Tebow. It's unbelievable to have him and others, like (in no particular order) Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen of Houston, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Duane "Dog" Chapman (the bounty hunter), former president George W. Bush, the Rev. Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham, oil painter Ron DiCianni, the award-winning staff of Great Plains Christian Radio (Meade), Pastor Brent Warkentin (Wichita), musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and Jon Micah from Kutless as well as the families of these people and more people not mentioned. It's a wonderful time to be alive.



Garden City