U.S. jobs program?
I was shocked to hear during the fiscal cliff warnings that up to 800,000 civilian employees in the Department of Defense might be affected.
What do they do every day?
Kindness is best path
In the aftermath of mass violence, I challenge all of us who feel so self-righteous about how we live, raise our children and contribute to our community to take a harder look.
How often do we reach out to neighbors, co-workers or acquaintances who seem a bit odd? How often do we as parents and teachers encourage our children to befriend a classmate who seems to have no friends?
Riding on a city bus while visiting Boston, I was amazed by the people who were wired to their personal devices, never making eye contact or verbal acknowledgment of their fellow commuters. Much of our cultures music is less than uplifting for todays youth, further isolating them from the comfortable society were trying to protect.
Perhaps if we tried each day to smile and offer a kind word to someone who seems distant or different we might not need more laws to protect us from the violence caused by one who doesnt fit in.
Lets make this social experiment our 2013 resolution and see what results.
We are a free society still. We are free to make choices of kindness and inclusion. Fear begets a loss of freedom.
Fanning wind energy
The idea that man is creating a climate catastrophe by burning fossil fuels is speculation that science is unable to prove because the problem is too complex to solve. That is a fact.
Wind energy is not capable of having any meaningful effect on global CO2.
That is a mathematical fact.
Wind energy is unreliable. That is a fact of nature.
Wind energy is very expensive. That is an economic fact.
There simply is no rational reason to force the common man to turn over hard-earned money for renewable energy. Yet, that is exactly the purpose of renewable-energy mandates.
I urge the legislatures of Kansas and Missouri to stop kowtowing to the green energy extortion program. Let wind energy sink or swim in the marketplace on its own merits.
Michael F. Keller
Those who use the argument that bearing arms is necessary to protect ourselves from our own government arent using basic common sense.
The Department of Defense receives a massive portion of our tax dollars. If the military comes to kill us, how will it continue to fuel the machine?
Second, the technology the military uses today is so stealthy I dont believe the AR-15 rifle is much of a match.
Can an AR-15 shoot down the B-2 bomber or the unmanned drones with hellfire missiles or destroy an M1 Abrams tank?
If gun advocates are going to make arguments for the right to bear arms, at least use them in a way that makes sense.
When my husband and I were newly married and living in a trailer park in Norman, Okla., I remember a truck going down our street spraying DDT for the insects.
I was pregnant at the time, and there were children in the neighborhood all of us white, as I recall (4-1, Commentary, Secret chemical tests deserve more scrutiny).
I wish you would stop fostering ill feelings against whites.
We are all created equal, and most of us are a lot better off than we would have been had we stayed in the homelands of our ancestors.
Let us enjoy the freedoms we have and not dwell on past wounds.
You are picking at a racial scab rather than letting it heal.
Cut military spending
I served in the Army from 1970 to 1973. I volunteered. I wasnt drafted.
Im as patriotic as any other American. I dont believe in gutting the military or being weak on defense.
Having said that, were spending an obscene amount of money on the military.
Theres no logical reason for the U.S. to spend more than the next 30 largest countries combined each year.
Since 9/11, our defense budget has doubled.
We cannot allow the defense budget to double every 10 years. If we do, then 20 years from now every man, woman and child will be working for nothing but the defense budget.
There will be no roads, air-traffic safety, bridges or education.
We will soon become the Third World country that sells the most arms on the planet.
This has more to do with making the defense companies and their lackeys in Congress and the Senate more secure, not the nation.
It doesnt do the U.S. any good to spend the most money in recorded time on defense when the population is too uneducated to use the weapons and the country resembles something out of a Mad Max movie.
Gun violence solution
I would like to voice my opinion on a Republican idea to have a tax increase to support mental-health programs.
I do have a mixed bag when it comes to the topic. I agree that the mass shootings are a terrible thing, and trying to support mental-health programs definitely is a step toward helping to make these terrible occurrences stop.
However, I do not believe that a tax is the correct path in doing so. The proposed tax is so small that one would not even notice the difference.
I do believe that this is pinning the blame on something not related.
Lawmakers could propose to generate levied money in another manner, perhaps involving a more appropriate item or process altogether. Yes, video games have violence in them, but why should teenagers who buy these games have to deal with a national problem?
We do need to support mental-health programs because the underlying problem must be just that. Too many ill people are able to get by without people recognizing their illnesses.
Knowledge is power, and these shootings must stop.
It was sad to see in the March 31 Blog Bit that Yael T. Abouhalkah resorted to name-calling and hate speech. To call those who disagree with his pro-same-sex marriage position bigots merely for disagreeing with him seems a bit excessive.
Whatever happened to a reasoned, respectful exchange of opinions? Shame on you, Yael.
We deserve better.
KC is a great city
Kansas City is a great city with great things to do and great people.
I grew up in Wichita, went to Kansas State and was stationed at Fort Riley. Ive been in the Army 14 years, been several places and made several friends.
When I moved here in July to attend the Command and General Staff College, I wondered whether the way I felt would be how my classmates felt.
After the first week, all people could talk about was the Power & Light District, Chiefs and Royals stadiums, barbecue, Zona Rosa, the Legends and Crown Center. We agreed that Kansas City is a big city with a small-town feel.
What makes the city so great is not just all of the things to do, but the people and their hospitality. People are not afraid to ask where someone is from and how he is doing.
Kansas City, you are great and make me proud to call this great city home. A special thanks to everyone who stops to tell a soldier thank you.
Keep all our deployed men and women in your thoughts and prayers, and God bless America.
Maj. Doug Thomas
Royals and spring
Ah, my first sign of spring. Rex Hudler chirping about the Kansas City Royals.