Have you been to the new Hy-Vee store at 8501 W. 95th St. in Overland Park?
We had always enjoyed shopping at the former Hy-Vee at 91st Street and Metcalf Avenue. However, visiting this new Hy-Vee is a very different experience. It is open 24 hours, and it offers delicious steaks grilled outside 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, weather permitting.
The Sunday brunch open until 2 p.m. is a connoisseur’s delight. The store presents exotic produce and several kiosks with delicious cooked food to go or to eat in the appealing dining room.
Tired of grocery shopping? Take the elevator to the second floor and enjoy the wine/beer bar with seven large TVs.
Our kind of grocery shopping and, yes, with all the smiles in every aisle.
Leon and Jeanie Peine
Kansas is still alive
An April 10 column, “R.I.P., the once-great state of Kansas,” from Jason Probst, news editor at The Hutchinson News, blamed the 2010 and 2012 Kansas elections for widespread poverty, high property taxes, poorly educated children, out-migration and rural depopulation, and “a maniacal hatred of government.” That might make for a made-for-TV movie, but it would be fiction.
Out-migration, high property taxes and economic malaise didn’t begin with recent elections. The results may have been prompted by a decade of falling behind while media and others defended the status quo.
The Sunflower State lost population because of domestic migration every year since 1998, and property taxes increased 94 percent between 1997 and 2010. Kansas’ private-sector jobs, wage and salary disbursements and private-sector GDP growth all trailed the Plains states, the national average and low-tax-burden states between 1998 and 2010.
Like a growing number of Kansans, the Kansas Policy Institute yearns for the same things that brought homesteaders to Kansas — freedom and the opportunity to capture the entrepreneurial spirit. We share Thomas Jefferson’s belief in limited government. He said, “The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.”
Like our forefathers, we’ll continue to fight for freedom.
Kansas Policy Institute
Middle East peace
If the Palestinians are sincere in their desire for a two-state solution and peace with Israel, they should announce loud and clear in Arabic over their radio and television stations that they accept Israel’s right to exist. Then the Palestinians and Israelis must sit down at the negotiating table with no preconditions other than the agreement that both sides want a just and lasting peace.
Love for U.S. workers
The purpose of business is to enrich the owner or shareholders. Only afterward can American workers have the scraps. That sounds like a typical Republican argument.
Then some guy somewhere starts raving about a $20-an-hour wage for a McDonald’s restaurant worker. This is 2013 not 2080.
Isn’t it amazing how the Republicans hate unions and the minimum-wage American workers? They don’t like any American workers unless they are owners or stockholders.
This is despite the American wage earners making billions of dollars for the businesses and stockholders.
I read where Grover Norquist says he plans to kill the U.S. government within 25 years. Actually, he said cut it in half and drown it in the bathtub.
That’s kind of the same thing. I realize that billionaires get to do what they want, but there are a great many in Congress who have pledged to support and implement Grover’s plan to kill the government by whatever means it takes.
These lawmakers did take an oath of office to serve the United States. Supporting Grover Norquist to overthrow the government is a betrayal of trust and the definition of treason.
Perhaps these lawmakers should recheck their allegiances before the Justice Department checks into them.
Richard C. Lumpkin
Overuse of Ritalin
More children than ever are on behavior-modifying drugs. Ritalin is widely prescribed for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, often as a quick fix.
Ritalin is a Schedule II drug along with cocaine, yet it is easily accessible through doctors. Ritalin does work for most children, but it is prescribed to children under age 6, which it’s not meant for.
Also, some children thought to have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder could be acting age appropriate. Ritalin should not be prescribed as a quick fix to manage children when alternatives such as exercise, biofeedback and cognitive-behavioral therapy are available.
Risks of the drug range from loss of appetite to death. The benefits are that it’s fast and easy, children excel on it and it works for most cases.
Globally, the U.S. is a leader in Ritalin consumption. Stricter laws are needed on the prescription of Ritalin so it’s used as a last resort.
Ritalin is dangerous, yet easily accessible. This needs to change.
Prevent child abuse
I have worked in the social service field for more than 30 years. I have worked as a probation officer, a hospital social worker, a preschool teacher and the executive director of a Head Start program.
Child abuse and neglect affect children of every age, race and income level. Research has identified many factors associated with an increased risk of child abuse and neglect.
Parents may be unprepared and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of raising a child. Families are under stress because of poverty, divorce, a child’s disability, worries about health, unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health or simply lack of knowledge of a child’s basic needs.
The effect of child maltreatment can be profound. The long-term effects can be physical, psychological or behavioral and costly to the individual and the community.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a reminder to each of us to take action when we know a child is being abused.
Make a call. Lend a helping hand, and make a positive difference in the life of a child and our community as a whole.
Shawnee Mission Inc.
Cameras for speeders
After learning of Kansas City officials’ thoughts of installing cameras that track speeders and issue tickets, this seems like a no-brainer to me. What an abundant source of income to the city with no new taxes.
K-State photo project
As Kansas State University celebrates 150 years this year, a group of former and current student photographers have created an online project called We Are K-State (wearekstate.com). This collection of images is the result of men and women who learned their craft shooting for The Kansas State Collegian and The Royal Purple yearbook.
K-State has a strong photojournalism tradition. Dozens of former student photographers have gone on to do great work, including current chief White House photographer Pete Souza, who has so beautifully documented the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.
The work photojournalists do is essential and inspiring. We Are K-State is a follow-up to “A Week At K-State,” a book created in similar fashion by alumni and student photographers in 1986.
You’ll find “AWAKS,” as it’s called, on K-State graduates’ bookshelves everywhere. It has inspired and influenced photographers, and budding photographers, for more than 25 years.
I hope you’ll check out wearekstate.com, “AWAKS II” as we’ve been calling it, and consider supporting the project. And if you know a photojournalist or admire the work of one, take this time to say thank you.