Gun bans don’t work
Many decades ago (early 20th century), certain books and movies were “banned in Boston” because their content was deemed objectionable by the church or other censorship boards extant at the time. This action usually resulted in the banned book becoming an instant best seller and the movie a holdover hit for months afterward.
Recent attempts to ban certain weapons after tragic shootings caused a heavy surge in sales of these firearms, which I believe indicates that the national psyche remains unchanged in matters of censorship or interference with individual rights to purchase legal weapons.
William H. Finnegan
Fight global warming
We’ve witnessed our share of extreme weather, such as the severe drought in the Midwest and the winter storms that dumped two feet of snow on our area. A well-known group, Environmental Defense Fund, says 80 percent of U.S. counties had a federally declared disaster in the last two years, much of it from extreme weather events.
Seventy-seven percent of Americans say global warming should be a priority for President Barack Obama and Congress. Let’s encourage our president to speak out forcefully and lead.
A current idea for getting carbon dioxide levels down would put a consumer-friendly tax on carbon that would return collected revenue to the American people on an equitable basis.
The U.S. must help lead the fight against global warming by reducing carbon dioxide levels.
Mary Helen Korbelik
At our City Council meeting recently, our council graciously agreed to put the hiring of a city administrator to a vote of our citizens. All households within city limits will soon have access to a survey to vote yes, you favor, or no, you oppose, hiring a city administrator.
Please vote what you honestly feel is the right move for this town. Also, please keep in mind when you mark your survey that we have already had administrators in the past at a high cost.
Look around this town and see what benefits came from all that money. Add to that, imagine all the improvements and jobs all that money might have created.
Now, ask yourself if you think we need, or can afford, another city administrator before you fill out your survey and vote. But please, please vote.
In today’s economy, you simply do not purchase something expensive you do not need or cannot afford. This falls in both categories.
Whichever way your heart tells you to vote, please be sure to do so by completing the survey. Each and every vote will determine the future of this town and its residents.
Lee Judge cartoons
How refreshing to see the political cartoons of Glenn McCoy from the Belleville News-Democrat. McCoy’s are just the opposite of the left-minded Lee Judge, who continues to irritate area folk with his cartoons.
Ban assault weapons
The freedom to bear arms is not infringed by banning assault weapons. Assault weapons are for the military, with the purpose of killing large numbers of people expediently.
I like the idea of weapons being licensed and having the equivalent of a VIN number so they can be traced. Selling a weapon should require a transfer of ownership much like an automobile.
Ammo clips should have a limited number of bullets. We should err on the side of public safety.
Anita B. Malott
Hypocrisy in wealth
Wealth? The common fantasy is: “What would I do with, say, $50 million?” I often wonder if we had more millionaires who spent their money as if they had consciences how much more we as a society and as a species could get done.
I applaud great men like Bill Gates who use their vast fortunes for the good of humanity. But sadly he is among only a handful of wealthy individuals who are willing to spend on projects of intrinsic value rather than on themselves.
Of course, I think the rich should have the freedom to spend on themselves (after all, they earned it). But I’m frustrated over the selfish, wasteful spending of the elite class, which simultaneously asks the rest of us to donate toward projects that help, for example, the people suffering through genocide and war in Africa (a noble cause).
These celebrities spend a week in some godforsaken country reading books to orphans while they themselves have the untapped resources and assets to affect real change. I might have more faith in their political views (right or left) if their hypocrisy did not wreak such a foul stench on all their words.
Media’s liberal bias
The Star is more interested in promoting its own left-wing opinions than in unbiased reporting.
It is a pity that freedom of the press, to The Star staff, is more about pushing the increase in taxes, gun control, abortion and the socialist agenda of President Barack Obama and his troops and other immoral and unconstitutional issues than about remaining true to the intent of our Founding Fathers and the meaning of the republic of the United States.
No to overspending
At a certain age, after a life of fairly meager earnings, struggling to raise four kids, contributing significantly to their college educations, contributing continuously to federal taxes including Social Security and Medicare, I believe we should be able to just say no. It’s saying no to any more of us paying for the greedy, spendthrift society.
I have found a way to save enough to feel secure in a reasonable retirement — not extravagant, not expecting glorious vacations or such, just comfortable.
Stop agreeing to support the people who demand life’s special comforts without earning it.
Our government should be required to balance its budget just as my family had to over the last 70 years. Just say no.
Fed up with KC trash
I just want to let everybody in Kansas City know that it is all right to throw your trash anywhere you want. There are no repercussions. No deterrents.
I’ve talked to the police, city councilmen, Call for Action, the Missouri Department of Transportation and City Hall. They will tell you where to pick up trash bags if you want to clean up the mess, but they won’t put effort into stopping this onslaught of trash and litter on our roadways.
Our mayor worries about the art culture, making photo ops and bringing business into Kansas City but offers not one word about keeping our city clean. How can you attract anything to this city when it looks blighted and like a Third World country?
If you like the looks of McDonald’s and QuikTrip cups, beer cans, 13-gallon trash bags, swing sets, truck bed liners, five-gallon buckets, tires and other trash on our roadways, then this city is for you. I’m tired of paying $7,700 a year on taxes and all I get is a trashy city and no plowed street.
As soon as my recreation room is done, I’m out of here.
Good KC memories
The March 28 front-page article, “Forlorn urban site is eyed for an impressive rebirth,” on the old U.S. Army Quartermaster Depot at Independence and Hardesty avenues, brought back memories.
I must have been 3 or 4 years old when my dad, who was assigned there, took me to work with him.
I was allowed to climb into a Sherman tank that was there.
Later I was shown the manual telephone office.
One of the operators put me on her lap and let me plug in the cord to connect a call and then push the ring switch. It made a big impression on me.
Dad was promoted to lieutenant colonel after only four years in the Army. After the war he worked for Katz Drug Co. and later Western Auto.
My parents had moved from St. Louis to Kansas City in 1941 because of Dad’s assignment to the depot. They spent most of their remaining years here.
Colonel, U.S. Army,