Stop cat experiments
With all the fraud and waste in government spending, elected officials should strip taxpayer funding of programs engaging in questionable activities.
For example, the National Institutes of Health has given millions of taxpayer dollars to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for reserachers to conduct invasive, cruel experiments on cats for which there has yet to be any documentation of any contribution to the improvement of human health.
These experiments need to be stopped, and funding instead should go toward modern non-animal research methods.
I wonder how much wasteful taxpayer spending occurs with animal experimentation in the Kansas City area.
Invasive and cruel experiments with no documentation of improvement in human health cannot be good for the animals or the researchers, to say nothing of the taxpaying public.
Tea party, Democrats
If I were a Democrat, I would urge my party to secretly support the tea party, which may be the best ally the Democrats have. It has taken over the Republican Party and last November furnished us with a slate of candidates, many of whom had no chance of election.
While tea partiers have influence over the Republican Party, they are a minority and cannot win a national election without help from moderate Republicans and independents. Unfortunately for them, their philosophy of we are never wrong and we never compromise does not resonate well with moderates and independents.
So as long as we have the tea party in control of the Republicans, get ready for a long line of Democratic presidents.
Postal service hogtied
A letter writer suggested a way to save the Postal Service: Deliver the mail to half of each city on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other half on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (4-11, Letters).
As he explained, this would allow the Postal Service to fire half of its more than 300,000 letter carriers. Obviously not a good idea.
In the same issue, the Postal Services governing board stated that the USPS may become a burden to taxpayers (4-11, A2, Lowering the flag). The article explained that the Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its operations so how could it become a burden to taxpayers? but is subject to congressional control.
Control is right. Most people arent aware that the USPS is mandated to keep funds for 75 years in advance for retirement benefits for its employees. No other government agency is required to do this. This requirement results in 80 percent of the Postal Services financial problems.
A simple act of Congress could put USPS in a much better position. So whats up with Congress?
Retired Letter Carrier
Beyoncé, first lady
Isnt the country just about fed up with looking in the newspaper, turning on the television or connecting to the Internet and having either Beyoncés or Michelle Obamas face pop up? How much publicity do these two women need?
I am proudly married to a black woman, but she doesnt see the need to splash her face all over the place like these two do.
This is not about race. This is about two overinflated egos that are completely out of control.
Better planet united
Its time to recall Wendell Willkies hopes in his book, One World, as tsunamis and earthquakes devastate the planet and as meteorites seem more of a threat to civilization.
As one world pulling together, all the long-range missiles such as those of North Korea could be collectively prepared to repel asteroids and meteorites threatening destruction and we could erect gigantic flood walls around vulnerable areas threatened by tsunamis.
Instead of laughing at Wendells misunderstood use of the word guru, those diehards who believe in achieving a better afterlife can be provided a grandstand of elaborate proportions while watching the fools, if such they be, attempt to thwart the inevitable.
Change rape culture
Many people bemoan the culture of death created by abortion. I would like to offer a different perspective.
One in four women will face an unwanted sexual encounter. As good Americans, we offer protective advice: Dont walk alone at night because its not safe, especially in unlit areas. Dont accept drinks from strangers. Ignore harassment on public transportation. Dont dress in certain ways.
We put these responsibilities to prevent bad experiences on the victims (mostly women) not on the perpetrators (mostly men), and thats unacceptable. Of course, its not unexpected in a world where too few rapists spend a day in jail.
Of course, not all abortions are because of rape. Most arent. But if we are going to deal with alternatives to abortion, I think we have to stop judging women so harshly. Especially because men are half of a pregnancy, and they arent shamed like this.
If we judge rape victims so cruelly, I see no hope for other women.
So can we please fix rape culture first? Women deserve better.
Surely, no Congress will ever initiate a constitutional amendment limiting the terms of elected members of the House and Senate. How about this?
States should be able to pass amendments to their constitutions limiting how long an individual may serve in a congressional delegation. Is this in powers reserved to the states?
If you like it spread this idea. Surely a majority of the voters would be for it.
Raze Kemper Arena
I am strongly for tearing down Kemper Arena. The building is clearly outdated and needs major reconstruction.
We already have the Sprint Center, so why is the Kemper Arena still standing? A few years ago when the Seattle SuperSonics were looking for a new location, the Sprint Center hadnt been built.
I believe that the way we presented Kemper Arena was a major factor why Kansas City couldnt book a National Basketball Association team. Kemper is like an old toy a kid doesnt want to play with anymore compared with the new Sprint Center.
Kansas Citys next big move should be to do away with the old and turn it into something new. I am pretty sure people around the city would like the change.
The Obama administration has made history by filing a Supreme Court brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, claiming it violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection.
The truth is, gays already have the same rights as heterosexuals. Any gay man can marry any woman who will have him, and any lesbian can marry any man who agrees to do so.
No, gays are not asking for equal rights. They are asking for an entirely new right one foreign to our Constitution, any organized religion and nature itself. In the history of rational thought, marriage has no meaning apart from a heterosexual union.
Think about it.