I have watched youngsters play video games for years.
They are almost entirely violent.
Come on, parents and grandparents. You have seen the same thing, and we all turn a blind eye to it.
I propose that hours of this activity day after day dehumanizes our kids. Maybe I am wrong, but I see a link between these activities and the monstrous recent mass murders by young men.
Ronnie A. Sturdevant
Using the term “over the line” is sugarcoating the physical assaults and bullying as well as the verbal abuse coach Mike Rice of Rutgers inflicted on his young men.
Worse is that these combat tactics went on for months (that we know of) until the athletic director was informed, and he simply then ordered a suspension and initiated the university’s cover-up.
These young men are now tainted in their views of bullying, homophobic slurs and obscenities toward others. The university president must be held responsible, as he was the administrator who allowed this violent predator to continue coaching these terrified young men.
Because Congress is dysfunctional and cannot pass a budget plan, present the Democrat and Republican versions to the people, hold a national election and let America decide.
The Founding Fathers had specific reasons for the passage of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Second Amendment was passed in conjunction with the Militia Acts of 1792, which placed all white men 18 to 44 years of age in the militia.
In these, the militia was placed under ultimate federal control, with funding mandated to the states, as a compromise to avoid a large standing federal army. The Second Amendment’s purpose was to ensure that an armed militia was available to carry out federal needs such as wars with American Indians and suppression of internal revolts like the Whiskey Rebellion.
Suggestions that the Second Amendment was passed to keep the government in check are reinterpretations not in keeping with the intent of the framers of the Constitution. The Second Amendment was passed to ensure that the federal government had a tool to fight external forces and to suppress internal acts of resistance.
Keeping kids safe
If a mom is not safe in her home, neither are her children. Children are abused in 30 percent to 60 percent of the homes where there is domestic violence.
Even if a child is not physically abused by a violent parent, seeing, hearing and living with the aftermath of an assault on his or her parent is traumatizing.
Two years ago, the Jackson County Safe Family Coalition brought the Safe and Together Model to Jackson County. It is a field-tested approach to helping child welfare, and its partners make good decisions for children affected by domestic violence.
We are the only county in the state using this model to keep children safely with their non-abusing parent and to intervene with perpetrators to reduce the risk to children.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time to renew and assess our efforts to protect Missouri’s most precious resource, our children.
Every child should live in a home free of violence, to be safe and loved.
Donna Bushur, MSW
Jackson County Safe
How can our federal government set illegal immigrants free? These people broke the law first by crossing the border.
Some of these people are drug lords, terrorists and murderers. They should not be allowed to walk our streets.
Our Founding Fathers would be outraged to find out that this is going on. We Americans should not put up with this bull anymore.
President Barack Obama, you should be protecting us Americans, not these illegal immigrants. We need to unite as one and prevent injustice.
John L. Hughes
TV weather overload
Why do our Kansas City television stations have to devote so much time to the weather every day? Instead of news, we have to hear weather four or five times per newscast.
I know we had two snows of 9 or 10 inches during the winter. But did we need three, four and five hours of continuous weather reports?
Sometimes I think the stations have too many meteorologists under contract.
I have an acronym for meteorologists. I call them “BUIS,” which stands for “bureaus of useless information and statistics.” They talk too much about jet streams, dry lines, isobars and a lot more that most viewers care nothing about.
I have some ideas for some of them.
I think Gary Lezak could manage a shelter for battered dogs.
Joel Nichols would make a good clown. I would like to have Bryan Busby as my bartender, and Joe Lauria reminds me of Dr. Phil so he could be my psychologist when I drink too much.
She’s gone, but I keep looking for Katie Horner to show up on “Dallas.”
Got to go.
Weather is coming on.
Regarding Kansas City’s plans to increase the sales tax, there is certainly a limit. When such taxes reach astronomical levels, many restaurant-goers will stop eating out and sales-tax receipts will decline below what they were when the tax was more fair.
In a catch-22 situation, the sales-tax monster will fully eat itself. And many restaurants will fail.
What’s happened to the Republican Party? Today’s Republicans are all lumped together as the “extreme right wing,” “right-wing Christians” and “tea partiers.”
They bear no resemblance to the conservatives of the mid to late 20th century.
Eastern liberal Republicans have taken over the “conservative” label and have done a good job of making conservatism appear extreme.
Extremism in the defense of freedom is not a vice. The early conservatives, along with a great many moderate Democrats, did a good job of slowing down the enormous giveaways in the form of foreign aid and excessive aid for a lot of wrong reasons.
All true conservatives want is to be a counterbalance to a federal government that insists on inserting itself into facets of Americans’ lives in which it has no rights.
The states and the people have rights that are ignored, especially by professional politicians and the press.
Edward H. Barnes
Health care opt outs
As we watch our political representatives in most states attempt to pass legislation allowing businesses and various providers to “opt out” of certain procedures they deem to be against their religious or moral beliefs, keep in mind the precedent this sets.
Consider the possibility that one of these businesses or providers decides that treating diabetes or cancer is against its religious beliefs.
It could then decide to not cover that treatment.
Diabetes? Sorry, I believe that is brought on by the patient’s recklessness, so I find that to be against the morals that I hold to living a healthy lifestyle.
Oh, and did I mention that I am for less government intrusion?
That is unless it is something I like and want it to intrude on.
Oh, boy, another Kansas City Royals season begins with the hopes that accompany it.
But wait, I forgot.
I have to watch with my television on mute because “Ol’ Rex” (Hudler) is back for his second season of talking down to us as if we were preschoolers.
I certainly hope after all the complaints about him last year that the Royals gave him only a two-year contract.