Trust in teachers, guns?
It wouldn’t surprise me if the parents calling for teachers to carry guns in schools are the same ones who question the teacher whenever their kid gets a bad grade. How interesting that they trust their teachers when it involves deadly force but not when it involves rigorous standards.
Support U.S. president
For the last four years, the far right has been calling our president the N-word in every possible way. Consider the insults of Donald Trump, Rep. Joe Walsh (who was defeated) and the other far-right parrots.
You know who they are.
Now, for the first time in Barack Obama’s presidency, can we at least agree that he is an American with every right to this office? Whether we agree with his policies, or the color of his skin, can we act like grown-up Americans and help him with bringing this great country back from almost extinction?
Living U.S. presidents
About the current president, people might want to consider the behavior of the four living past presidents.
Democrats can point with pride to Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. They have become well-respected statesmen in world politics. This cannot be said of George H.W. Bush or his son, George W. Bush.
Also, George W. Bush is now ignored by the Republicans while George H.W. Bush chooses to ignore his party. What does this say about the two parties?
Which one has served the American people better?
Honor for ‘Granddad’
In my early teenage years, I got to know and work with James “Granddad” Nunnelly on “Generation Rap,” a talk show for teens on KPRS-FM.
I credit Granddad for molding my determination and spirit. He helped me become an independent leader in my first year as a student at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Granddad has guided hundreds of students through his continued encouragement.
He carefully plants seeds of wisdom and success in our minds. There are not enough positive words in the English language that can paint the picture of Granddad’s selfless dedication to young people.
Granddad is a man fully immersed in bringing out the best in youths and convincing them of their talents. Granddad deserves the honor he is to receive because of his success, his accomplishments and his work within the county.
He is trusted, respected and honored by many. It is borne of his willingness, his hard work and his overwhelmingly positive effect on each individual he meets.
The program honoring Granddad will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Carter Art Center at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The public is invited to the celebration for Jim Nunnelly.
Keep 2nd Amendment
Regarding the gun-control debate, many say assault rifles and large ammo clips should be banned. They say these weapons aren’t needed for hunting or home protection.
They are right, but neither hunting nor home protection is the issue. The Second Amendment has no reference to hunting or home protection.
It is about protecting our freedom. The uprisings in the Middle East would not get very far with only handguns and rifles with five-round clips.
You may say we don’t need these because this is a free country. But some day some government (perhaps our own) will try to take our freedoms, and if we continue to gradually give up our freedoms and rights for present-day comfort, then future generations will be doomed to live under tyranny for a long time.
I’m not saying there should not be any controls on guns, but outlawing assault rifles and large ammo clips is not the answer to the problem.
By the way, I am not now and have never been a member of the National Rifle Association.
Thomas Jefferson said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
You cannot borrow or spend your way out of debt. That is voodoo economics.
The White House and our federal, state, county and city governments need to recognize that a large part of our indebtedness is created by the irresponsible spending created in every department.
It is a known fact that most department heads having money left in their budgets at the end of the fiscal year will knowingly spend it so they will receive the same or more funds the following year.
Also, we need to eliminate lobbyists’ meeting places for conventions or seminars that are held in expensive places such as Hawaii or Las Vegas for more reasonable sources.
Until the president and every government employee makes a decision to take inventory of every department and eliminate selfish and greedy spending and prioritize with frugality what we do spend, we are always going to be saddled with this huge debt.
God bless America
As a strict constitutionalist, I am ready for a country that follows the U.S. Constitution without crybabies fussing about equal outcome. They should appreciate our equality, which is as good as any country has, and make opportunity work for them. That is what we have available here in the United States.
Del Hoge Smith
The long-closed Woodlands racetrack appears to be the storage facility for hundreds of identical white sedans. What in the world are they for? Dying of curiosity.
Kansas City, Kan.
Years of obstruction
I keep hearing people say, “The Democrats have controlled Congress the last four years.” Wrong.
For the first two years, the Democrats had simple majorities in both houses. To have real control in the Senate, they would need 60 votes. The Democrats didn’t have 60 members in the Senate. This allowed the Republicans to filibuster and block any bill, which they did on many job bills. The last two years, the Republicans held a majority in the House, which allowed them to kill any bill from the start.
Things are better now than they were four years ago, but they would be a lot better if the GOP hadn’t blocked every meaningful bill that President Barack Obama proposed.
Don’t kill Obamacare
I think the Republicans should stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, because low- and fixed-income people need quality health care, too. In the long run, inpatient and outpatient services will be much better than they are right now.
I have been fighting for disability since March 2007. I have fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of severe child abuse.
I have been denied repeatedly for disability as well as lied to by the judges. I am West Indian and Native American, and through this entire fiasco have been treated like a common criminal.
I recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the abuse I have endured through the system. I am still awaiting a response.
The hate and racism here in Missouri are mind-blowing. I am from the East Coast, and it blows my mind how unfairly I have been treated here.
To be quite blunt, I worked in the medical field and made a lot more money than I would have ever received for disability or through Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program.
People manipulate the system and get awarded, with no questions asked.
I am going public with this because, frankly, I am tired of it. Yes, I do have an attorney, but this has been dragging on for almost 61/2 years.
Kudos to Delta
My gratitude goes out to Delta Air Lines. My 16-year-old daughter was due in recently from New York City.
Her connection from Cincinnati was canceled. Delta set her up with a Holiday Inn room and meal voucher until she could fly out.
After many years of dealing with airline issues and my children’s travel, Delta shines brightly with spirit and safety.
Kudos to the Delta staff in Cincinnati and to Holiday Inn manager Bobbi Ward, who confirmed her safety with such great care.
Sweet dessert, people
One evening, my wife and I went to Applebee’s for dinner. I told the waitress that I was a World War II veteran.
When we were finished eating, she asked whether we were ready for our dessert, which we had not ordered. Much to our surprise, she told us that the young couple that had sat across the aisle had paid our bill and ordered a dessert for us.
We felt very honored and appreciative for this and would like to say thank you. There are a lot of nice people in this wonderful country of ours.