Keep Ys open
Considering the current activities of the YMCA board, I hope companies and corporations that will soon be asked to contribute toward a new downtown YMCA will think long and hard about whether the YMCA is worthy of any contributions.
The Kansas City YMCA website professes: For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility and says the YMCA is an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.
With these ideals, one wonders why no effort has been made to continue serving the dropped communities.
If any hope existed to make a transition to keep these buildings open as Ys or community centers, the Y board scuttled it by allowing only 30 days to seek alternative funding. Its obvious the YMCA board members are either unable or unwilling to put the YMCA ideals before their personal objectives.
It would require far fewer corporate donations to keep these YMCAs functioning than to build a new downtown facility. If YMCA officials truly want to serve the Kansas City area, please consider a contribution to restore the closed facilities.
The citizens of Kansas need to be aware of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Are you paying attention, Kansans?
Are your eyes open? Are you aware of the legislation being passed and signed?
For the good of Kansas citizens, I think not.
Kansas City, Kan.
Historys great walls
The letter on April 2 on the failure of walls throughout history is rather inaccurate.
Each of the examples cited worked quite well for its intended purpose at the time, particularly the Great Wall, Hadrians Wall and the Berlin Wall.
Even the Atlantic Wall, had it been manned the way Erwin Rommel intended, would have altered the outcome of D-Day. Hadrians Wall in particular was successful on multiple levels, creating a gathering point of market and trade between Romano-Britons and Celts.
Building such a wall across the southern border is one of the most effective first steps this nation could take in addressing border security, illegal immigration and protection from drug cartels. History shows walls work.
Obama owns blame
I cant reverse the last election, but at least its no longer Bushs fault. For 10 years, all we have heard from liberal Democrats is Bushs fault.
President George W. Bush squandered President Bill Clintons surplus, drove up deficits with unfunded drug benefits and wars and tanked the economy. The stimulus didnt fail. It was too small because of those horrible Bush tax cuts.
The Bush tax cuts are the reason Obama could do nothing about the economy or the additional trillions in deficits. The Bush tax cuts were blamed for everything, domestic or foreign.
Somehow House Speaker John Boehner was able to corner the mighty Obamacrat machine and put the yoke of responsibility around its neck. Basically, the new fiscal deal made the Bush cuts permanent.
Now theyre the Obama tax cuts. Disastrously, Obamacrats stubbornly refused any meaningful spending reform outside of defense. And the full costs of Obamacare havent hit yet.
Soft economy, huge deficits, weak defense, world disorder, inadequate education funding, the Obamacrats own them all now. I believe this domestic fiscal disaster and its worldwide repercussions hitting the poor and middle class will shock us back to rationality and discredit American socialism.
Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which was signed in 1787, reads in part, The Congress shall have Power ... To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
So why, after the need for a militia was so clearly stated in the Constitution, did there become a need for the Second Amendment in 1791?
Some claim the Second Amendment was actually a compromise with Southern states so they could legally form so-called militias to hunt down runaway slaves.
It reads, A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Because our forefathers could never have imagined, in their wildest nightmares, the semi-automatic weapons possessed today, I propose we stick to the weapons that were used by our forefathers.
One shot and run.
It is frustrating and painful to have an undergraduate degree in political science and see how politically ignorant most people are. It is like being an orthodontist and looking at crooked teeth you will never get to fix.
The side-by-side placement March 29 of an opinion column by Barbara Shelly, Swift acceptance of gays creates a vacuum, and Michael Gersons column, Americas religious shifts upend tradition, was a godsend.
While Ms. Shelly celebrates the increasing acceptance of homosexuality, Mr. Gerson notes the declining recognition of God in our culture. Clearly, while these trends are coincident, they are not a coincidence.
An April 1 front-page article, Surge sparks wider worry, cites new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a marked rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in school-age children, stating that some experts attribute ADHD to abnormal chemical levels in the brain.
Lewis Diuguids March 18 column, Skimming the surface while avoiding the depths, describes the ever-growing fast-and-busy trend in society: matters rarely treated to the level of depth they deserve and teachers unable to hold the attention of students.
I believe the ADHD surge relates more to this societal change than to brain chemistry.
We are creatures of habit and of our environment. An example may be found in many youngsters steady diet of modern TV, movies, video games and commercials laden with mayhem, carnage, infernos, exploding and flying bodies, buildings and vehicles, with scenes changing and flashing before their eyes several times a second.
Doesnt this make real life seem slow and boring?
And is it any wonder that ADHD is surging?
Climate change data
A recent writer does not believe we have real science. I contend that we do have real science on global warming.
The American Chemical Society published a six-page, double-sided report in 2009 in its periodical, Chemical and Engineering News.
In the report, the majority opinion is by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The report states there is agreement that CO2 levels have increased since the late 1700s, that most of the rise has been since 1950 and that the reason is the burning of fossil fuels.
Also, there is agreement that the average global temperature has risen, most occurring since 1970.
The disagreement is whether the warming is the result of human activity (anthropogenic) or just variability in the Earths climate. The opposing view is by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.
This report is very extensive, mentioning water vapor, ozone and aerosols and the roles they play on greenhouse gases. The science is ongoing.
The report states that atmospheric CO2 increased from 280 parts per million in 1750 to almost 390 parts per million today.
The report is too vast to make a quick synopsis.
Clarence Edmondson Jr.