Fix KC bar problem
We have seen that some areas of our town went to an abundance of restaurants and bars in close proximity. That doesnt work out well for anyone.
My wish is that City Hall, particularly the Planning and Zoning Department, would regulate the ratio of bars and retail businesses in a way that makes for a good balance. Shoppers would frequent the Power & Light District, as would the bar hoppers.
If this is not done, the new downtown streetcar will actually be a barmobile. We need a great mix of both opportunities for transit riders.
Evelyn J. Childers
I was disheartened to read of the sale of Providence Medical Center (3-26, C1, Two on the critical list).
I was privileged to serve as CEO of Providence throughout the 1980s, while it was thriving and growing.
The loss of another Catholic health facility is emblematic of what may be the fate of all community, nonprofit hospitals. Government policies of keeping health programs afloat by continually cutting payments to doctors and hospitals will mean the loss of quality and accessibility, leaving a harsher, leaner system focused on financial survival.
Obamacare worsens the situation by expanding demand while financing the expansion by cutting $750 billion from Medicare and taxing medical-equipment suppliers, all of which will put pressure on providers, increase costs to everyone and create a huge administrative burden on health care. This occurs in the face of a weak economy and a massive loss of jobs, heretofore the main source of health insurance.
There needs to be a fundamental shift away from centralized command-and-control of health care and an increase in reliance on free markets in health care and elsewhere. The Sisters of Charity should be commended for maintaining their health mission in Kansas City, Kan., and Leavenworth for so long.
They will be missed.
Creative gun solutions
I have the perfect solution for the gun problem. Its really easy.
The gun advocates can have all the guns they want. Just one catch: Treat ammunition like we treat pseudoephedrine.
Limit how much you can buy at one time. Keep track of who is buying it with identification verifications. Or you could require an extremely high tax on it, as some states do for cigarettes. Or you could require people to return spent shell casings before they could buy more ammunition.
There are endless possibilities. Without ammunition, the guns are useless.
The only ones allowed to have more than the allotted amount would be the military and law-enforcement personnel. No bullets, no shootings.
What a concept. Guns dont kill people; the bullets fired from them do.
We have to think outside the box.
Raytown project vote
The tax increment financing, or TIF, project for Blue Ridge Crossing East is a bad plan for the Raytown School District and the city of Independence.
City Manager Robert Heacock and Councilwoman Eileen Weir are mistaken in supporting this plan. Allan Markley did the correct thing in voting against this plan.
Raytown has 8,500 students, and 63 percent of those students receive free lunch.
Raytown cannot afford to publicly subsidize commercial enterprises. Let the free market determine business success or failure.
The Blue Ridge Crossing development south of U.S. 40 owes the Raytown School District money via the Kansas City government.
Tax increment financing is a development tool whose time has come and gone and is an economic detriment to public schools, libraries, community colleges, mental health, disabled persons, the blind and others.
Please vote no to this. TIF should not be tolerated any longer.
GOP bonded to NRA
More and more, it seems that the Republican Party is controlled by the National Rifle Association lock, stock and barrel.
GOP is hard to love
Heres a what-if question. Suppose President Barack Obama had decided after one term he had had it?
He successfully broke the black ceiling for presidents, but he was just tired of wrestling with the pugnacious, pinhead Congress, so he stepped down. So if a white Democrat succeeded him, would there be an improvement in relations between the executive and legislative branches in Washington, D.C.?
I say yes. My friend says it would make no difference because the recalcitrant, bonehead Republicans are so put out for losing the election there would be no attempt to play nice. Maybe my friend is right.
Congress is so rotten to the core, its only salvation is rehab.
It has been proved that our government has no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea but just cant seem to protect our own borders from illegal crossings.
The immigration issue has been brought front and center by President Barack Obama, and he wants a law to make people who are here illegally legal citizens with all benefits.
Yet, Obama doesnt feel it is necessary to secure our borders before putting such a law into action. Like everything Obama does, he wants it now without thinking things through to resolve issues that may develop in the future.
A prime example would be Obamacare. The news is full of horror stories that are now being discovered after the fact. As Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated, we have to pass the health-care bill so we can learn what is in it.
If this immigration law is passed before the borders are closed and all issues are resolved, then I expect we will be in a world of hurt. Our borders must be closed first.
Voting Rights Act
After everything we saw in the 2012 election, we need the Voting Rights Act intact more than ever.
I was beyond appalled when I heard the statement from Justice Antonin Scalia that we should end the perpetuation of racial entitlement. People gave their lives for the right to vote, and he is calling it an entitlement?
In 2012, we saw states with new voter-identification laws that disenfranchised minority voters. We saw states cut early voting times; that clearly, to most people, singled out minority voters. We saw, because of these measures, people waiting in line up to eight hours.
Florida had to admit that almost 200,000 people werent able to cast votes because of the long wait time after cutting back early voting times.
The lawyer arguing the Supreme Court case is from Shelby County, Ala., where they still have problems but claim discrimination no longer exists.
For a Supreme Court justice to call the right to vote an entitlement is shocking. The Supreme Court is supposed to uphold the right to vote as stated in the Constitution. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act must stand.
U.S. economic truth
The economy recovered under President Ronald Reagan because:
• Paul Volcker, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter as chairman of the Federal Reserve, lowered interest rates.
• Government spending increased.
• Energy costs came way down, partly because of Carters conservation efforts. Tax cuts for the wealthy had little or no effect.
But the result of these unwise tax cuts for the wealthy along with deregulation could be seen in Black Friday in October 1987, the savings and loan debacle, the collapse of Long-Term Capital Management and the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust and the current financial crisis.
The money the wealthy received because of the tax cuts went into financial speculation, not the real economy.
Its important for people to grasp what is really going on in the economy and not hide behind propagandist catch phrases like job creators and supply side.