Earth Day charge
It’s time to accept the science regarding climate change. It’s happening, and humans are the cause.
Some people are still “debating” whether we made it to the moon or whether the Earth is flat. But these are not reasonable, informed discussions. The debate regarding climate change is similarly absurd.
Jim Powell, who was a member of the National Science Board for 12 years (first appointed by President Ronald Reagan, then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush), conducted a search of peer-reviewed articles published between 1991 and 2012. Of the 33,690 authors who contributed to these articles, only 34, or about 0.1 percent, “clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming.”
As we celebrate Earth Day 2013, it’s time to end the “debate” about climate change. The world is round, we made it to the moon, climate change is real and humans are to blame.
Humans also have the capability to remedy the situation (check out citizensclimatelobby.org). So let’s go for it.
Food stamp controls
About the recent food stamp funding issue, I felt compelled to raise a few points that some may not be aware of.
I worked for many years as bakery manager of a grocery store. It disturbed me greatly to see that people could order a wedding cake or birthday cake and pay for it with food stamps.
Perhaps someone should be monitoring what people are doing with these food stamps. I think this would help save money to fund the program for those who really need it.
There is so much abuse with people selling their food stamps to purchase drugs and alcohol. Perhaps an examination of allowable purchases should be undertaken. I think this would benefit everyone.
Forgiving Bishop Finn
Some Christians still feel that Bishop Robert Finn should resign. The bishop was subjected to the court, which decided the appropriate punishment for his transgression was a short probation.
Christ gave us a prayer that includes the phrase “forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” Christ has forgiven us all many times, and we need to forgive the bishop if we are to say that prayer with sincerity.
Graves wrong on KCI
In his April 17 commentary, “KC’s airport doesn’t need ‘fixing,’” Rep. Sam Graves stated that Kansas City International Airport doesn’t need a new terminal and that our current facility is just fine.
Does this guy take the train to Washington, D.C.? He obviously doesn’t fly very much. The current terminal setup at KCI, although futuristic in 1972, is antiquated and cumbersome to work through today.
Our current gate setup can cause large lines to form for security. I have personally seen airline employees going through security lines trying to find passengers on flights that were about to depart.
Once you are in the gate area, you are captive, with little to no facilities available. Most other progressive cities have developed terminals that are like malls. There are shops and restaurants in the secured area.
If Kansas City wants to expand in the areas of commerce and transportation, then the new terminal concept is definitely required for us to move forward at any cost.
It appears that Rep. Graves is, like most Congress members, totally out of touch with his home base, its needs and its people. Maybe if the people of his district were smart, they’d bring him home permanently.
What would you do? The Kansas Legislature and the governor will make a decision about the quality of life for 121,000 Kansans.
More than 2,700 Kansans have already signed a petition pleading with the Legislature and governor to accept the federal dollars in 2014 to expand access to Medicaid (KanCare), which will cover Kansans and their families. At this time, Kansas eligibility for Medicaid (KanCare) is one of the lowest in the country.
Kansas can raise the Medicaid eligibility edge to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $31,000 a year for family of four, if it will agree to accept the funds.
The first three years are covered by the federal government at 100 percent, and it will gradually reduce to 90 percent coverage. This means we can cover more than 121,000 more people in need with no extra cost to taxpayers now and at a 10 percent maximum in the future.
Now, when these uninsured or underinsured are in need of medical assistance, you are helping to pay the costs.
This is purely a partisan effort to stand ground against the efforts of our president who wants to make sure everyone has quality health care at an affordable price.
The acceptance of these Medicaid dollars would bring more health-care-related jobs to Kansas, support rural hospitals and improve the health and financial security of hard-working Kansans.
Council Grove, Kan.
Prevent child abuse
Recently, a number of intense and extreme child-abuse cases have been reported. These stories were tragic and unbelievable. The true tragedy is that these are only the incidents that caught the media’s attention.
The Child Protection Center provides forensic interviewing services for children in the Kansas City area who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused or witnessed homicide or other violent crime. It may astonish people to learn that the center annually serves more than 800 children. Of those, almost 85 percent report being sexually assaulted.
These numbers are staggering but represent only a portion of the children who are truly in need our services. For the community to help children in these dire circumstances, these atrocities must be reported.
Abuse often occurs over many months without anyone notifying authorities. In most of these recent incidents, it took one brave soul to come to the aid of a child who was suffering.
This is an uncomfortable responsibility. The accuser risks public disclosure and jeopardizes relationships. Yet, what does it matter when weighed against the well-being of a child?
I encourage everyone to speak up for children in need. They count on adults because they so often have no voice. Call 1-800-392-3738 (Missouri) or 1-800-922-5330 (Kansas) or 911 for law enforcement.
Lisa L. Mizell
Child Protection Center
Cozy with NRA
Once again, our Washington lawmakers have failed the American people. We did not get a ban on assault weapons or a ban on high-capacity magazines or comprehensive background checks on all weapons sold. Our weak, spineless lawmakers buckled to the pressure of the National Rifle Association rather than doing the right thing for the American people.
The NRA would add an armed guard to every school that cannot now afford teachers or supplies. Will the NRA pay for all these armed guards rather than spend millions to lobby Congress? Besides, passive armed guards are always caught off guard by those intent on harm.
Members of Congress have only one selfish interest, getting re-elected, rather than standing up and doing what is right for the people. They will not get serious about us until we get serious about them.
Wake up America. Put more of them in the unemployment line.
Last month, my husband and I noticed a lovely young woman dining alone as we were waiting to be seated at a Steak ’n Shake. The woman’s beautiful smile was enough to make our day.
We later learned the young woman had “paid it forward” and secretly treated us to lunch. For some reason, she noticed us (an older, retired couple) and made us feel very special.
The lovely young woman is in the future generation that we dream of — kind, generous and inclusive. We promise to take your lead.
Thank you so much. We won’t forget you.