Ending child abuse
Some say that we cannot know other people’s pain or the degree to which they suffer. For those who have been abused as children (3-17, A1, “State falls silent in children’s deaths”), the memories can last a lifetime.
What complicates matters is when the children cannot confide in their parents, teachers or any other adults in whose care they have been entrusted. The stress related to hiding a secret and the feelings of shame, guilt and abandonment must be overwhelming.
It is easy to see how hope in the future can be lost. I believe, however, that a sense of hope can be restored by the ability of families and institutions to recognize and accept the deep scars that abuse leaves.
In the process, better ways to prevent and treat abuse can be explored.
Kansas kills moderates
Until last November, a frequent phrase in Kansas was “passed by the House but died in the Senate.”
Poor “But” is dead.
Also known as “Moderate,” “But” resided across the state for 40 years and fought valiantly before dying in polls. His extended family, including Democrats, was known for common sense.
For that reason, their claims of foul play ring true. “But” often blocked extremists’ plans to defund education and social services, politically appoint judges, ban abortion or burden working poor and middle-income families.
Few in Kansas government remain to mourn him. “But” was replaced by a host of single-term state representatives, unschooled in basic Senate procedures.
Some now chair committees they never served on. Some expect the Kansas Legislative Research Department to provide only supportive data.
Tragically, institutional knowledge, fairness and fact also died when the 2013 session began.
Alive last year, “But” died in the Senate but will not rest in peace.
Melissa J. Carlson
I believe the YMCA has lost sight of its true vision of providing services to the community at large (3-13, A4, “YMCA closings anger many”).
The organization appears to have gone corporate and is now chasing the dollars, leaving behind many of its suburban members on both sides of the state line who rely on the Y to provide services not available in their communities.
At the very least, the Y could have made the announcement far enough in advance to allow the cities affected by this decision time to work out a comprehensive response. Rather than working with the community to resolve this situation in a way benefiting the whole community, it appears as if the Y is solely focused on obtaining its goal.
YMCA officials turn their backs on a large segment of the community, yet they expect the city as a whole to support their fundraising campaign?
It seems as if we all would be better serviced by donating to the area communities affected by the decision and by providing assistance to those members left without Y services.
Yes on Amendment 3
As a lifelong Catholic, I cannot ignore that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph recently stated that the “very idea of nuclear weapons is immoral.”
Deeply inspired by new Pope Francis, who unreservedly identifies with the reality of the struggles of the poor, how can I in good conscience not support a measure that would limit incentives for suppliers of a new nuclear-weapons plant in our backyard?
Pope Francis sends an unequivocal message opposing the killing of others, rich or poor. This new nuclear-weapons plant blatantly moves us closer to nuclear midnight.
In other words, it enhances the opportunities for wanton destruction of all sacred human life. So how can I, as a pro-life Catholic, even think about nuclear proliferation?
We, not only as Catholics but as Christians and humanitarians, say no way to supporting nuclear-weapons plants.
We are not stupid. Let the good-thinking people of conscience and faith at least have a say.
Vote yes on Amendment 3 to stop any future atrocious affronts to human rights and human dignity.
Give peace a chance
OK, we all want jobs. It’s more than want.
We need to work. But what are we producing?
A plant in Kansas City produces parts to make nuclear weapons. What do they produce? If they are used, then they produce tremendous destruction and widespread death.
Can’t we use taxpayers’ dollars for something else?
It’s important to fight. But we don’t have to be violent.
It may be more difficult to fight without using violence, but we ought to give it a try. I think someone once said, “Give peace a chance.”
Catholic Church virtue
Papal elections, including Pope Francis’, and papal visits have brought out voices saying the Catholic Church should modernize and change with the times. They call for such things as women as priests and the acceptance of homosexuality, including same-sex-marriage, as well as contraception and abortion.
Catholic stances on these issues are bound in church doctrine. Church doctrine can’t change. Even if it could, caving on these principles would essentially end the Catholic Church.
What the church needs to do is better catechize the flock.
With the exception of some bishops and priests, there has been a 50-year lapse in Catholic catechesis. Thankfully, with the many outstanding bishops now on the scene (including the two local bishops), the tide is turning.
As Pope Benedict XVI said, the church is about saying, “Yes.” For example, when contraception is taught, what should be emphasized is the beauty and timeless truths of the church’s fruitful teaching on the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage and sexuality.
Quoting G.K. Chesterton: “The church always seems behind the times, when it is really beyond the times; it is waiting till the last fad shall have seen its last summer. It keeps the key of a permanent virtue.”
Mark S. Robertson
Duped daily in U.S.
Congratulations to all blind congressmen, voters and non-voters who have been duped into thinking that government regulations are our biggest problem. The intentional dismantling of society in preparation for Orwellian one-world government proceeds apace.
Granted, excessive government intrusion is a problem. But unregulated corporations are the same problem multiplied by 10.
In a recent caption for a picture, The Star used the term “anti-abortion.”
In every Kansas City Star article I’ve read related to the topic, “anti-abortion” is always used.
“Anti” has a negative connotation, whereas “pro” (as in pro-choice) has a positive one. By using these terms, it appears to the reader the paper is biased against one position.
As far as I know, no pro-life movement, organization or person calls itself, himself or herself anti-abortion. It is always pro-life.
I ask that when you write stories related to this topic you call the movement by what the people of the movement themselves call it — pro-life.
Tattooed Chiefs fan
I recently turn 35 years old. I have been a Kansas City Chiefs fan as long as I can remember.
The day after turning 18, I got an arrowhead tattoo. The last four digits of my phone number are 5858 because of the greatest linebacker who ever played the game (Derrick Thomas).
Please print this so I can possibly congratulate Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid on getting quarterback Alex Smith. This is my only birthday wish.
Obama’s blame game
When will the real reasons be known as to why our economy and country are not on the recovery road?
Every time there is negative news about job growth, the gross domestic product, earnings, home prices, inflation or any other depressing reports, the White House, or one of President Barack Obama’s minions, has a way to defuse the info and play the blame game.
It was the weather, tsunami, former President George W. Bush’s fault, Japan’s falling prices, Republicans, spending cuts, weak global demand and the lists go on and on. When will Americans wake up and realize that this administration, and its leader, has no conceivable strategy or plan to resolve our dilemma and decline.
Maybe when we suffer the same predicaments as Greece and a few other European countries and have riots and chaos in the streets, maybe then all Americans will wake up and realize what needs to be done. Time will tell.