So, if Dish Network and Sprint decide to merge, what would the combined company be called (4-16, A1, “Dish’s bid casts shadow over Sprint”)? Dint? Sprish?
KC ethics rules
First it was the Missouri General Assembly and political action committees. Now it is the Kansas City Council and employees/elected officials accepting gifts from individuals/business entities doing business with the city (4-14, A4, “Ethics rules changes considered for KC”).
To me it is so simple. No city employee/elected person can accept anything.
No trips, no meals, no tickets, no pens, pencils, coffee cups, calendars, etc. No exceptions. After all, “gift” is just another way of describing a bribe.
The receiver may not think of it that way, but when a decision needs to be made, that gift will be remembered in a light favorable to the giver.
In the excellent April 14 investigative piece, “Taker nation” by Dave Helling and Steve Kraske, one Sumner County, Kan., farmer admits “with a rueful smile” that the fact he has taken more than $200,000 in federal subsidies while being a conservative who worries the nation is going broke is “hypocrisy.”
It is an honest and personal admission, but it also misses the main issue. This is that millions of people who live in Sumner County, the rest of Kansas and the United States are misled. We are told that the problem is “big government spending.”
People have been convinced to vote for legislators whose policies benefit only the richest individuals and biggest corporations at the expense of everyone else. People do not want to be known by the pejorative term “takers,” but in a just, civil society we pay in when we are able and receive when we are not, and many of us do both at different times.
We should be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable, old, sick and poor, not our most well off. At the end of the day, we are all in this together.
Kansas City, Kan.
In reference to the article, “Indoor gardener or marijuana grower?” on April 13, I would like to offer a few comments.
The pure hubris of our law enforcers was clearly illustrated when you quoted a Johnson County sheriff’s spokesman as saying, “Any time we can take any of this off the streets, it is successful.” This loosely interprets to meaning any law-enforcement action that gets a few grams of pot off the street is a success.
I fondly recall being raised in a country where law enforcers were not allowed to do anything they wanted in pursuit of their agendas. It was called freedom, and we thought it was guaranteed by our Constitution.
So why don’t the law enforcers extrapolate their line of reasoning and start staking out gun shops and conducting surveillance on their patrons? It’s obvious guns are used to commit murders, just like gardening supplies can be used to grow pot.
I guess it’s a matter of priorities.
Or might it be possible the law enforcers have found a way to make easy money by targeting the defenseless? There is no National Rifle Association for pot smokers, but maybe there should be.
Kemper Arena could be converted into a hub for light rail in Kansas City.
Trains would enter from one end and exit the other after picking up and dropping off riders. Retail space could fill the concourse areas.
Also, I would like to suggest a monorail line (instead of streetcars) from the City Market to Waldo.
Stops might include the Power & Light District, a future downtown baseball stadium, Union Station, Westport, the Plaza and Brookside. Some stops could offer gondolas to areas such as the 18th and Vine historic district and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
I agree with the right provided to Americans by the Second Amendment. Therefore, in the spirit in which it was written, I advocate that we return to bearing muskets.
All guns currently owned by citizens shall be traded for an equal number of muskets. All future gun sales will be that of muskets.
All gun owners will form militias in protection of their communities, as appears to have been intended by the amendment. Gun owners will hunt for food instead of sport.
By all means, we should stick to the basics of the Second Amendment and the time in which it was written.
Protecting kids in U.S.
When the little kids and their educators were slaughtered on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., most Americans were shaken to the core. I was.
I wonder whether this is really the kind of nation we have become. Are we a nation of people unwilling to do whatever is necessary to protect our most vulnerable against this kind of horrific violence?
Most Americans agree that this is not the nation we want to be. In fact, 92 percent say we need universal background checks to keep guns from people who should not have them.
Given this statistic, it is maddening to learn that not a single Republican legislator voted for universal background checks during a hearing last month. Not a single one.
Polls show that 84 percent of Republican voters are for background checks. So, who are Republican legislators representing?
Not you and me. I think it is time we remind them they are in their prestigious and powerful positions because we hired them. They are our voices. If they want to work for the gun companies, we would be happy to find other people to fill their positions.
Sharon L. Nelson, Ph.D
Gun laws don’t work
It is now obvious that in gun-hating Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun-hating state of California, background checks cannot identify and prevent cops (or anyone else) with criminal intent from committing gun-toting mayhem.
It’s also evident that although high-capacity magazines, semi-automatic assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles are outlawed, the laws did nothing to prevent their use in the deaths and wounding of several police and others in February. I’ll bet the sound suppressor used on the shooter’s .50-caliber rifle was illegal in California.
Why don’t the laws work?
Two answers come to mind. Some individuals probably think all the prohibitions are contrary to their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Others probably don’t care about the philosophy of rights and aren’t deterred by any potential penalty.
More prohibitions aren’t the answer because the existing laws don’t deter anyone. How about a new law for the entire U.S. promising lifetime banishment to an island like Alcatraz with a canteen and a pocketknife and no mail, no electronics, no visits and no outside contact of any type?
Let them compete with each other and the sharks for subsistence. Empty the jails and get started now, beginning with the incarcerated gangbangers.
Kenneth F. Hoedl
Local police control
The reason Kansas Citians don’t vote to get the Police Department under city control is they don’t trust local government. Look at how city officials protect our money.
They’re not good stewards. They are self-serving. An example is the $100 million, two-mile trolley line.
This was supposed to be financed through taxes paid by businesses in the area. Only those business owners were not allowed to vote on it unless they lived in the downtown area affected.
Now the city is taking several million dollars from buses (which serve a far greater number of citizens) to help pay for the trolley. Shouldn’t there be a revote so all the taxpayers can vote on the trolley?
That seems fair.
The citizens of Kansas City need to elect competent, educated business people to make decisions. What we have now is a group interested in their legacy. Wait until they really start trying to sell us a new airport terminal, which we don’t need.