Ideals lost in Kansas
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature have embraced policies that bestow great benefits on our wealthiest citizens and businesses.
Unfortunately, this has been at the expense of ordinary people, who are already seeing a decline in public services, with hardships resulting.
What the governor and Legislature forget to ask is where the next successful person will come from. If we are to have a society in which anyone can succeed, there must be a vibrant and effective system of public services.
Individual intelligence and work ethic are insufficient when schools are underfunded, when college is unaffordable and when health care is unattainable.
The role of government is to create opportunity for its people, where each person can live up to his God-given potential without regard for who he is or where he came from.
We should be working toward this ideal, not moving further away from it.
Liberal bias shows
Yael Abouhalkahs March 31 blog bit comments regarding Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback being a bigot were unacceptable.
Did it occur to any of you people that Brownback and the Legislature are conservative and put forth conservative viewpoints because they were elected by conservatives to do just that?
We elected them, and now they are doing what they were hired to do. I support everything they are doing, from being against gay marriage and being anti-abortion to taking a hard stance toward illegal immigration.
You people act like Gov. Brownback (and the Legislature) sneaked into office and started legislating in a conservative manner. Get out of your offices and actually talk to some conservatives.
We support what Gov. Brownback is doing and the direction hes taking the state. You attack everything out of this administration but couldnt get enough of queen Kathleen Sebelius.
You are grossly out of touch with the audience you serve.
Get a clue, and hire some people with a conservative worldview.
Child safety vs. guns
In the months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting on Dec. 14, dozens of children age 12 and under have been killed by guns in the United States. Many of those children were killed in home accidents.
Some were 2-year-olds who shot themselves when guns were left where they could reach them. In Kansas City, a 6-year-old accidentally shot and killed a 4-year-old.
Whether you think we need stricter gun laws or no gun laws, we can surely all agree that we need to do a better job of securing the guns in our homes from children.
If you keep guns in your home, what are you doing to ensure that no child is ever accidentally shot with one of them?
As parents, we should ask some basic gun-safety questions before we let our child visit anyone elses home. If we dont like the answers, then our child shouldnt visit there.
Weve done a lot to make our children safer.
Surely, we can get loaded guns out of the hands of 2-year-olds.
Mary Jane Mitchell
Limit presidents term
I have been reading the many letters regarding term-limiting members of Congress. While I agree wholeheartedly with them, theres one thing missing from the term-limit issue, and that is the term of the president. I propose one six-year term for the president, and I have several reasons.
First, how much of the presidents first term is spent campaigning for a second term, doing what is politically correct, rather than what is really in the interest of the people?
Second, if a president served only one six-year term, he or she should have only one issue in mind, that being doing what is right for the country.
History then would be the judge of the greatness or lack thereof of that president.
Think of the waste that would be eliminated by the occupant of the Oval Office not having to campaign for that second term.
Yes, term-limit Congress by all means, but cut the president to one six-year term as well.
Also, by term-limiting Congress, we could put congressional members on Social Security and eliminate the existing pensions and several of the other perks.
David L. Ullery
Care for U.S. first
I could quite possibly be the most apolitical person around. Unfortunately, I have a jaded view of all political figures and feel that in any election we vote for the lesser of two evils.
I understand that we are now going through a panic on the national debt and our ability as a nation to pay our bills. Ive read how we have given millions of dollars in aid to Syria.
Ive also read about millions of dollars in U.S. aid being delivered to Egypt, even though the United States has come close to criticizing that nations leadership.
And the gifting goes on.
I also believe we cannot be isolationists, but shouldnt we take care of our own first? Why should we cut Medicare, Social Security and other social services so we can send millions or billions of dollars overseas to countries that despise us?
Heres a not-so-novel idea: Lets take care of our people first. With the leftover funds, if there is such a thing, we can throw it to the winds.
That seems to be what we are doing anyway.
Poppy field question
I was taught that war usually involves one or more of three principles: religion, politics and economics.
Economics becomes the deciding factor in any wars outcome. One side out-manufactures the other, has more initial resources or decimates the opponents ability to continue.
I have read that opium and heroin production play a significant role in financing the Taliban in their war against the U.S. and our allies. Heroin is an increasing problem in the U.S.
Therefore, after more than 10 years in Afghanistan, why do the poppy fields still grow?
Ronald D. Burri
Its an important part of American history, lest we forget (4-1, Commentary, Secret chemical tests deserve more scrutiny). Ive read Rebecca Skloots book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
I enjoyed even more Isabel Wilkersons marvelous The Warmth of Other Suns (thought the title and epigraph from Richard Wright to be poignantly apt).
On the issue of immigration, those who cross our borders illegally are rightfully called illegal immigrants because that is exactly what they are. Undocumented immigrants is just a way to sugarcoat what they have done so it doesnt sound as bad.
It is what it is.
Congress poor marks
Id like to start a petition to recall all the senators and representatives because I think theyve forgotten whom they represent. From the massive debt problem, the fiscal cliff and then the sequester, we have people in Washington, D.C., who wont put aside their political agendas to solve these problems.
Now federal programs have been cut, agencies have been cut and layoffs have occurred because lawmakers cant play nice.
Medicare and Social Security should never be touched. They are programs American citizens have paid into and deserve. Illegal immigrants dont deserve these programs as they havent paid into them.
Our representatives cannot get along, so Americans have to pay for this. This is the United States, and as Americans I feel we have the right to remove anyone who doesnt have our best interest at heart.
Now we are looking at cutting federal programs that many Americans depend on and making layoffs that will hurt this already terrible economy.
I believe its time Congress and our senators were given a performance review. They should get poor report cards and be held accountable for their poor service to the people who elected them.