Obamas brain plan
Doctors and scientists involved in President Barack Obamas brain-mapping project should start with an in-depth examination of the brains of those who voted for him twice (4-3, A2, Brain map is proposed).
Avoid horse meat
Food-safety officials in the United Kingdom, France and Sweden recently found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe.
Massive recalls and lawsuits have ensued.
Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the United States between 2007 and 2011.
But now a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has announced plans to serve horse meat.
I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates while condemning cows, pigs and chickens to the same fate.
Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors and sports protagonists, rather than as food. But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness and fear that we do?
Fortunately, our health-food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Its delicious soy- and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.
Congress recently passed and the president signed the so-called Monsanto Protection Act.
This piece of legislation guarantees that Monsanto can never be sued for any harm caused by its genetically modified seed.
Sen. Roy Blunt, on behalf of Monsanto, inserted language, which the company wrote, into a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown.
Please thank Sen. Blunt for helping to ensure that corporations remain above the law.
The anti-worker legislation being considered in Jefferson City would adversely affect everyone who works for a living and our communities in general. It springs out of political payback and has nothing to do with what we elected these people to do get good jobs for our state and improve our schools.
Im a school bus driver.
I help keep our kids safe and deliver them to school every day. The Paycheck Deception Bill and thats what it is, deception would undermine the voice I have used to make our operation more efficient and safer. And the so-called right-to-work measure would only lower peoples wages. Thats the track record everywhere its in place.
Working people are getting hit from all sides as it is. Enough with these political games.
Our legislators need to get focused on whats important for all of us better jobs, better schools.
CDC violence study
I have read that the president has directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to commence a study of the causes of gun violence.
What a waste of taxpayer funds.
Anyone with a few functioning brain cells can deduce the reasons for gun violence at no cost whatsoever.
People are injured by firearms or injure others because of accidents (lack of common sense); because they are inherently violent (gang bangers, drug dealers and stickup artists); because they hate their spouses, parents or children; because they want their minute of perverse fame; or because they lack respect for other human beings.
Maybe a few are just mentally ill, but no amount of CDC study is going to discern who the mentally ill are.
The CDC also wont discover who lacks common sense or who harbors criminal intent.
If anyone could predict who will commit a violent crime, the worlds collective wisdom should have done so in the thousands of years since Cain killed his brother.
Having solved the presidents problem, can I have the money the CDC would have used to follow his directive?
Kenneth F. Hoedel
Steve Rose column
I give Steve Rose credit for his March 31 commentary, Political bluster targets air controllers, being well thought out.
But his column on closing airport towers falls short of his usual standards.
Is it at all possible that the Federal Aviation Administration proposed closing those towers for precisely the reason that few would notice and the least disruption would result. I would call that good management rather than a sinister plot to punish the public.
I realize that after pointing out the stupidity of economically incentivised border wars you ran the risk of appearing disloyal to the base or maybe even accused of RINOism.
But you could have chosen a better topic to disparage.
There is always medical care. The base never tires of that.
Poor Kansas priorities
It rankles the heart of a politician when anyone displays the naked truth.
Once again, Kansas government is concerned about the sexuality of its citizens and wants to save us from our primitive instincts.
It has always bothered me that this same government promotes and sponsors gambling to generate revenue.
Gambling destroys a lot of lives and is always hard on the mathematically challenged who usually reside in the lower class.
This makes gambling a regressive tax, much like the sales tax our current governor favors.
It offends me that Gov. Sam Brownback and his cherry-picked Legislature endorse gambling but have a problem with people in their birthday suits.
If I had to choose between losing the family farm to the gambling house or looking at a naked woman, the farm would survive.
Prevent auto theft
This is a story about my best friend, who moved to Kansas City in April 2012.
In the past year, his car was stolen and never found and his catalytic converter recently was sawed off his new car.
Im writing this letter because I want people to be aware of all the car vandalizing that is going on in their neighborhoods.
I dont want people in the Kansas City area to be afraid to park their cars on the street because of fear that they wont be there in the morning or that parts of their cars might be sawed off in the night.
I know there are so many worse things that could happen in the world.
But if we can work to try to solve one problem at a time maybe we can make the world better one step at time.
I do not live in Kansas City, but I am writing this letter out of concern for someone I love and care about and to stop this from maybe happening to someone else.
Bonne Terre, Mo.
Thanks to The Star and special writer Laura K. Lloyd for the excellent March 31 article, Learn to live and let live, concerning coexisting with wildlife critters.
People will be finding baby animals now that theyre out working in their yards. This article did a great job explaining what animals they might find and providing answers if they wonder what to do.
Volunteers are spending thousands of hours talking to callers about these animals.
Most of the animals need to be left alone, and we can give advice on how best to protect the animals while keeping them in their environment. Contrary to many peoples beliefs, they are not better off with humans.
Call Lakeside Nature Center at 816-513-8960 or check our website at lakesidenaturecenter.org for more information.
Be patient. Leave contact information so we can return your call as soon as possible.
Friends of Lakeside