Words fail me. Attacking innocent people at the Boston Marathon. What should have been a most joyous time of personal achievement and glory, instantly turned into a grisly tragedy.
The perpetrators are gutless, inhuman monsters. May God have mercy on us all.
As long as these people operate freely, we're in trouble.
Timothy Earl Osburn
How is it possible to control the government when we refuse to change those who make the laws and then pass them for the exploding bureaucracy to enforce? Lawmakers’ only objective is self-preservation and expansion.
We are like the runaway train. We could have an economic collapse, or the economy crashes and everyone hopes the damage is not so great that we cannot restart things. Or will we just resort to a dictatorship under martial law? Or is this the ultimate objective?
The average voter does not even know who the third and fourth persons in line for the presidency are. Many don’t even know who the vice president is.
How is change possible?
I would like to exercise some “ignorance” control over the recent letter writer (4-11, Letters) who suggested we need “crazy control” to address violence.
You don’t control mental illness; you treat it, just like any other medical illness. I’m pretty sure my family, friends and doctors would agree that my mental illness is not controlled, it’s treated.
To give a face to your idea of who’s “crazy,” I will offer myself. I have bipolar disorder and am treated by the two most amazing doctors I could have rooting for my health. To be clear, they treat, not control, me.
They equip me with the tools and medication to manage my health so I can live a full and productive life.
As such, I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. I am college-educated.
I am a full-time professional at a global company and run a jewelry business on the side. I own my own home and have never committed a crime in my life.
Not all violent people are mentally ill, and not all of the mentally ill are violent.
As a licensed hunter in this state, I have been limited to three shells I could legally load in a semi-automatic shotgun for as long as I can recall.
As I understand it, this is to protect wildlife from unsportsmanlike advantages in terms of lethality. Not once in the four decades I have known about this law have I felt like my constitutional rights have been threatened or limited.
If we have accepted the regulation of firearms for the protection of wildlife, why is it so threatening to consider limiting the lethality of weapons used for defense?
I will concede the wildlife aren’t armed, so we are not in a defensive mode when hunting — except from other armed humans.
It seems reasonable to me to agree to regulations at least as stringent as those in the wildlife codes.
As it relates to protection, the semi-automatic shotgun in 12-gauge with three shells or five always seemed to me to be adequate to protect my family from a home invasion.
In a recent interview, President Barack Obama declared: “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s going to be in a sustainable place.”
That reminded me of an old joke. In spite of the folks who tried to stop him, a man jumped off a 100-story building. As he passed the 50th floor, a person yelled out the window, asking how he was doing.
“Fine,” he yelled back, “Everything’s OK so far.”
As we continue our spiral into debt, Obama reassures us that everything is OK — so far. In fact, if we stick our heads out the window, we can almost hear him repeating his group-tested slogans such as, “Just have the rich pay a little more,” or “What we really need is a balanced approach with common-sense solutions.”
At this rate, Mr. President, we won’t ever hit the ground running. We will hit the ground and go splat.
But until then, of course, there’s no need to worry. After all, as you say, everything is OK — so far.
Options Services Inc. provides residential and day services to individuals with cognitive and developmental delays.
Problems we’ve encountered with the KanCare system include trying to connect with managed-care organizations, having individuals assigned to physicians they do not know and medical cards being sent to a wrong address or not at all. These things have put our clients in jeopardy of not getting good health care.
We have tried numerous times to get this rectified, and either no one calls us back or someone refers us to someone who doesn’t know the answer.
At the trainings, it is clear that the managed-care organizations do not have any idea how or what the intellectual and developmental disabilities waiver is or how to serve these long-term intellectually impaired clients.
These persons aren’t able to care for themselves without significant support.
If our agency is part of this program next year, Kansas citizens may see us, and many like us, go out of business because we cannot risk delays in payment and continue to support this vulnerable population.
We are asking legislators to please not include us in KanCare for the sake of people who cannot advocate for themselves.
Options Services Inc.
I welcome the support of Kansas City clergy members in addressing violent behavior, improving education and ending substance abuse. Hopefully, they’ve researched the issues and know that 2010 saw 30,470 deaths in the U.S. by firearms; 19,392 were suicides and 11,078 were homicides.
Seventy-four percent of the homicides involved felons with criminal records. A major portion of the criminal convictions were likely drug-related.
The war on drugs President Richard Nixon declared in 1971 has proved ineffective. Attempted enforcement costs have been billions of dollars.
This does not include costs associated with our overflowing prisons and court dockets, the investigation of bullet-riddled cars and homes, the dead and dying in our community or the billions of dollars taken from our economy by drug lords from foreign countries and the continual violence along our southern border.
If clergy at every pulpit demanded each week that our government end this senseless war and devise a plan to handle the drug problem similar to the one implemented after Prohibition, with the government regulating the flow and distribution of drugs, perhaps through existing pharmacies, I believe the clergy could make a difference.
Equality in Missouri
Missouri has established the Missouri Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination in housing, the workplace and places of public accommodation. However, protections provided under this act do not extend to all our citizens.
We must also ensure that people cannot be fired or denied housing based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. To do so, we must add these protections to Missouri’s non-discrimination policy. Missourians for Equality is attempting to make this happen.
They are working to prevent this discrimination by putting the issue on the ballot in November 2014. By working for this policy change through the ballot-initiative process, we can give the people of Missouri the chance to stand up for justice and equality where many of the politicians in Jefferson City have failed to do so. I fully support this effort.
I encourage everyone to sign the petition to help put this issue to a vote of the people.
Getting to the ballot is the hard part. Missourians are ready to pass this measure.
I know that once we ask the voters to decide, they will vote for equality.
Former Chair Missouri