We, the people, lost
“We, the people,” should be changed to “We, the lobbyists and special interests groups.”
When was the last time the full Senate or House debated a law on the floor? The members have their minds made up, listening to lobbyists and special-interest groups.
We, the people, still subsidize airlines, oil, coal, railroads, electricity and anything else that has its hand out.
How can the National Rifle Association make our laws that affect gun control? How do we, the people, let simple laws that govern food safety (labeling meat that’s been artificially tenderized) sit and not be utilized?
When was the last time a law was passed that actually helped the middle class?
We, the people, are beating up on unions that actually made the middle class. Where did paid vacations, paid holidays and paid insurance come from? Non-union companies had to have it to be competitive.
No one ever had it before the unions. We, the people?
Several states, including Colorado, have medical marijuana laws in defiance of federal laws regarding the cultivation, sale, possession and use of marijuana.
Although I agree that marijuana can be very useful in certain cases and believe it should be legal for strictly medical uses, I find it illogical that the same people who advocate for a nullification of federal drug laws by the states that have legalized medical marijuana are so opposed to states nullification.
Federal laws would restrict firearms sales or availability. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
The whole issue is probably a exercise in futility, anyway. If the federal government enforces the new gun laws the way it has enforced the existing immigration laws, nothing will change.
End animal cruelty
Currently, five states have what are known as “Ag-Gag” laws. These were passed by conservative Republicans from rural districts to prohibit animal-welfare organizations from going undercover and documenting animal abuse.
The justification for these laws is the constitutional right to privacy. But there’s an issue that takes precedence over this, and that’s the moral issue of subjecting sentient creatures to pain and suffering.
Animals have nervous systems comparable to ours. And like us, they are self-aware.
To subject them to abuse, stress, unclean conditions and severe crowding all in the name of offering food items on a dollar menu is morally reprehensible.
A better solution would have been for the agricultural industry to have enacted measures that would better ensure the humane treatment of livestock. However, it was cheaper and easier to have all the politicians they bankroll simply pass laws that keep secret what takes place inside factory farms.
We live in a day and age of greater transparency. The “Ag-Gag” bills do just the opposite. In the name of all that is right and fair, these bills need to be rescinded.
Trusted Fox News
Fox News is “fair and balanced” because it allows those with differing points of view to join in debates and state their opinions. That’s unlike MSNBC, which has nothing but liberal talking heads who do nothing but bash anyone who disagrees with them.
Can anyone give me an example in which Fox has not told the truth? You may not care for Fox News, but please don’t insult its viewers. The majority are not misinformed.
There is a reason Fox News is the most-watched cable news network.
President Barack Obama didn’t win the election against the odds. Obama went around the country making promises he had no intention or ability to fulfill, demonizing his opponents and distorting the truth. Had Obama’s Republican opponents, Sen. John McCain or Mitt Romney, won, that would have been against the odds.
Then the president went out and warned of impending doom if the sequester went through. It was his idea in the first place.
Things like teachers being laid off, first responders out of work, illegal-immigrant criminals being set free and children not getting their vaccines — all of which proved to be untrue.
After the Texas mass stabbing (4-10, A2, “Man held in stabbings), I suppose several things will happen:
A grateful nation will be thankful that a gun was not used.
Calls will go out to ban all high-capacity assault-style exacto knives.
Background checks will be required to purchase anything sharper than a butter knife.
What I know will not happen:
We will not come to the realization that it is not the weapon, it is the mentally disturbed individual bent on destruction.
We will not realize that laws banning certain weapons will not deter these individuals. They will either ignore the law or find another way to cause harm.
When I heard that Republican lawmakers were trying to undermine the voters’ mandate on renewable energy, I felt the need to enlighten.
Legislators must understand that their job is not to thwart the will of their constituency but to strengthen the voters’ conclusions.
The renewable energy decision of the voter is clear. It’s nonnegotiable. To do otherwise is reprehensible.
Voters need to hold legislators accountable. When legislators attempt to subvert a voter-approved mandate, their constituents must respond. We must make it clear that what they are trying to do is counterproductive. Our climate depends on us.
We cannot continue to burn dirty coal to light our homes and businesses. It’s destroying the Earth’s atmosphere.
Please contact lawmakers in your area and tell them renewable energy is an investment toward the future of our planet. The people have spoken.
Climate change action
The debate about climate science is over, and the scientists won. Now it’s time to take climate action, yet it’s impossible to fight climate change while investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet.
New clean energy sources are critical, but we can’t cancel them out by using Keystone XL to transfer carbon-intensive fossil fuel to be refined for shipment to developing nations.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is an export pipeline. And it will not make our gasoline any cheaper.
The State Department has released its revised report on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Shockingly, the report still downplays the overall effect of the tar sands on our climate.
This report was developed by an entity of the very company that will benefit from the pipeline.
We will assume the ecological risk and damage to our groundwater, such as the Ogallala Aquifer, for an estimated 35 permanent jobs and huge profits for an oil company and investors.
We have several weeks during this comment period, the biggest one yet, to speak out and show the president there is a national movement demanding he keep his climate promises.
Hands off Raytown Y
I recently moved into the Raytown area from out of state. I was pleased to see my YMCA being so fully utilized by the entire community.
After two weeks of working out there, I could not think of a single segment of the community I had not seen in action there.
It was refreshing. Now that it’s closed, I wonder how that is a good decision.
And the only thing that seems to make sense is that somebody goofed. Any facility used as fully as the Raytown Y should stay open.
I see a fully staffed facility in Raytown closing. That does not add up.
My guess is that folks in Raytown pay less because of the income-based fee structure.
OK, but if you are going to close the facility with the greatest revenue gap first, why have the curved-fee structure in the first place?
I don’t get it.