The Garden City Telegram
3/23/2013
OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

Your Views

Unruh deserves commission seat

Years ago our country began with dissatisfaction with "taxation without representation." That's how I feel about the coming city elections. Even though we own property in Garden City, we cannot vote for city commissioners. If I could vote, I would vote for Troy Unruh. I've known him for years as a talented musician and a Bible study teacher. I worked with him on payroll for Lobmeyer Development so I can vouch for his business acumen. Most importantly, I have been able to watch his interaction with his family and know him to be dedicated to family values.

Troy has been, and is, involved in this community — this is his home and he has worked to improve it in many areas. I'm sure that he values the arts and would be an advocate for them. He is a man of compassion and conviction with the intelligence to make difficult choices when necessary.

Since I can't vote for Troy, I hope that those of you who can vote him will.

JOAN LOBMEYER,

Garden City

Student seeks Kansas details

Dear people of Kansas,

Hello. My name is Bo Owens. I am a fifth-grader at Conway School in Mount Vernon, Wash. In fifth grade we do state reports and I chose the great state of Kansas. Part of our report is that we have to do a display about our state. I am hoping you can help me with this.

I would really appreciate it if you could send me information and artifacts about Kansas. Pamphlets, magazines, postcards or souvenirs would all be really helpful. I'm also interested in how many people live in Kansas, what schools are like there, about different religions, different jobs and information like that.

Thank you for taking my request into consideration. I appreciate you taking time to read my letter.

Sincerely,

BO OWENS,

Conway School

Ms. del Bosque's Class

Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Eager to know about Kansas

My class is reading the book "A Walk Across America." It led me to think about Indiana. I think that Indiana is the best state in the U.S. After all ...

* Indiana is the home of the Indianapolis 500

* The first professional baseball game was held here on May 4, 1871

* Limestone from Indiana was used to build the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Pentagon and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., just to name a few

* Our motto is the "Crossroads of America," which dates back to the 1800s

* This is David Letterman's home state

* The National FFA Convention is held here every year

* South Bend, Ind., has the only man-made, white-water raceway in North America

* And, to top it off, we have a town by the name of Santa Claus, Ind.

You can see how great my state is and I'm sure you love your state, too, but I won't believe that unless you write back and tell me what is great about Kansas. Please write back to my school, Queen of Peace Catholic School, 4508 Vistula Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544. You could send a copy of this newspaper or another souvenir that shows the flavor of your state. I would like to see some headlines and happenings from your state. Thank you for your time and interest.

Sincerely,

MARIA HOLDERBAUM,

Mishawaka