Giving in good faith
After Jesus asked the apostles, “Whom do you say that I am?” he promised St. Peter that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church. The Catholic Church continues to teach Christian doctrine, morality and will until the end of time.
Meanwhile, the Lord calls us to work in a spirit of charity with our brothers and sisters of other faiths and of no faith. Everyone can and must take part in this dialogue. Everyone has something good to give.
Father Philip Luebbert
Managed care, Kansas
Maintaining quality services for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities is important to me. I am very concerned that the state will include long-term care services for people with developmental disabilities in its managed-care plan for Kansas beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Managed-care models were designed to help contain costs associated with acute medical needs. Long-term care for people with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities is neither acute nor medical.
It is a spectrum of lifelong, person-focused supports that enable a person to live as independently as possible in the community of his or her choosing. The fact that intellectual and developmental disabilities long-term care services are a bad fit for managed care can be seen in the vast majority of states that have chosen to specifically exclude, or “carve out,” these services for this population from their managed-care plans.
Only four states have even attempted applying managed care to intellectual and developmental disabilities long-term care services. None of those four states chose a model even remotely like KanCare for the management of such care services.
I strongly urge Kansas to permanently exclude intellectual and developmental disabilities long-term care services from KanCare.
It would be appropriate for Congress to declare Dec. 14 a national holiday to remember Americans who die during the year — every year — from gun violence.
The holiday could begin with a reading at the National Mall of all the names of the victims for the year.
This would have to start in advance because there will always be 10,000 or more. But it could be timed to end at noon Dec. 14 with a ceremony conducted by the president .
A day of remembrance would honor the victims and might help show the world that most Americans no longer accept thousands of gun deaths a year as normal.
People of faith are called to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. That’s why Kansas Interfaith Power & Light supports the most effective state policy we have for the development of clean energy in Kansas: the renewable portfolio standard.
The renewable portfolio standard requires that utilities generate or purchase 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. It has led to an explosion of wind-energy development in Kansas, including more than 2,800 megawatts of installed wind energy equaling about $7 billion in investment since 2001, as well as the direct or indirect creation of 13,000 jobs — all at a reported increase of zero to 1.7 percent increase on customers’ utility bills.
That’s why it’s so disturbing to see efforts in Topeka to roll back this sensible and successful policy — a testament to the influence of fossil-fuel money on our political system.
Clean energy and good jobs for Kansans, we ask our legislators to support a policy that helps develop one of the most successful economic sectors in Kansas; that provides jobs, economic opportunities and tax revenue all across the state; and that incentivizes the development of clean, homegrown and unlimited sources of energy.
Rabbi Moti Rieber
Fund mental health
In the current fervor to slash government budgets, mental health is one place politicians feel safe defunding. Americans argue to save or ban guns.
But why is there no outcry about mental-health funding? What happens to mentally ill people who cannot get treatment? Do they “heal” over time?
Their illness gets worse. Some get into the legal system and get locked up for a time. It drains resources from police, emergency services, the courts, prisons, jails and, yes, even from you.
Your sense of safety is compromised. Your children are put at risk, and you lose trust in your neighbor.
You say guns don’t kill people, people do. But do you say anything to try and get those people treatment?
If both sides of this gun argument would step back and focus on what we can agree on — access to mental health treatment should be a national priority — something good could actually come from the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn. What better memorial could there be for those children?
To a parent, there can be no restitution for the loss of a child. Wouldn’t knowing the mentally ill would be treated be some small measure of comfort?
Our political discord in America is truly reprehensible.
The corruption and collusion in the free market is laid out for all to see. A person’s credibility (as my own) can be attacked with the instantaneous speed of blog sites and the ever-present, irrepressible media.
Amazing. This is truly frightening in itself.
Also frightening and a discredit to the spirit and the point of our Bill of Rights are free-market, gun-rights advocates. The Fourth Amendment is trampled by preemptive drug tests (searches) and attempts to ostracize and control the outcome of individual liberties based on preconceived virtues.
Is Wall Street truly the last refuge for a scoundrel?
John P. Montgomery
Test all Americans
Our Founding Fathers believed that an informed citizen was essential to the success of a democracy. Today we have millions of uninformed voters who lack knowledge about our democratic institutions, the beliefs of the candidates, the issues facing the country and our laws, which protect a free and open society.
The right to vote is based on the belief that it, along with citizenship, is a birthright. I believe that the right to vote is a privilege and should require the passing of a political literacy test.
There should be more than just a voter-identification card required to get into a voting booth. Why not?
We have to take eligibility tests to drive a car, run a boat, fly a plane, get a job or go to college.
The political literacy test need not be difficult. It could be the same test given to immigrants to gain citizenship. We should expect no less from all citizens.
Take the test. It doesn’t take much to become an informed citizen. Go to cltr.co.douglas.nv.us/elections/
Virtue of compromise
Last fall, on the financial channel CNBC, an interview including Jamie Dimon of J P Morgan Chase, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles was aired.
A really interesting and excellent discussion. Regardless of what you may think of Jamie Dimon, he made one very noteworthy statement: “No politicians should stand for election unless they are willing to compromise.”
How true. If only....