Taxes aren’t theft
I find it incomprehensible that House Speaker John Boehner would actually say, “How much more money do we want to steal from the American people to fund more government?” I cannot believe he is equating all taxes for the government with stealing.
I guess if that’s the case then the first place to stop the spending is on congressional salaries, retirement, aides and perks.
Seek better jobs
Anyone who sees only the jobs that a nuclear weapons components plant could bring is missing the point. There are other ways to create jobs.
Kansas City needn’t prostitute itself by hosting an industry aligned with weapons of mass destruction.
Guns and little boys
Sometimes my 4-year-old son seems obsessed with guns and jails. I suppose little boys have always had some degree of police and gun worship.
But in an American society that is increasingly intent on locking people up or blowing them away, my son’s concern about these things troubles me. As we rolled slowly through a construction zone recently on Interstate 35 and Miles peppered me with questions about food and beds in jail, a billboard with the word “Courage” spread across its width caught my attention.
My eyes roamed down to find that the ad for the World War I museum also featured a large image of a soldier with a rifle.
It undoubtedly took bravery to fight in such a destructive war. But it struck me, as a I watched reports of the arrest of the Boston bombing suspect and reflected on the Newtown horror, that courage is precisely the wrong quality we see in people who use weapons against others.
I hope my son and the rest of us learn to celebrate peace-making as the most courageous act of all.
I suggest that Kansas City’s curfew policy be changed to state “unaccompanied minors not allowed on the Plaza between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.” Many places do not allow minors if they are not with a parent.
There is no reason that a kid under the age of 18 needs to be on the Plaza after 9 p.m. — ever. The movie theater could change its schedule so that only R-rated movies are shown after 9 p.m.
This policy could satisfy even people who are offended by the curfew inasmuch as it would be OK to be on the Plaza after 9 p.m. if parents were accompanying their kids. Then the city could continue planning for activities for kids 13 through 17.
It would be great if there were a venue for dancing, one for bowling, and one or more for basketball. Instead of making more of a controversy, it seems as if an ordinance could be passed and then the city could move on to create solutions.
The kids of Kansas City deserve definitive boundaries and appropriate options.
Bob Dole praise
Thanks to Roy Wenzl for his outstanding April 21 article, “Dole reflects on politics past and present,” on Bob Dole. Dole is a statesman in the true sense of the word. Not many of them are left in Washington.
It is good to know that Mr. Dole is still sharp and a critic of our current Congress. The Republican Party needs to clone him.
‘Teen’ is wrong word
Let me rewrite your April 23 front-page headline. Instead of “Teen could face death penalty,” let’s make it “Accused terrorist could face death penalty.”
Use of the word “teen” seems like a pitch to evoke sympathy. Poor guy. He’s just a confused teen.
No. Ask the victims if they think of him as a teen. I don’t.
And he is “in serious condition from wounds he suffered in police shootouts.” No. Those are wounds he received during his attacks and attempts to escape.
I feel sorry for the wounds his victims suffered, not his. Can you not see the fact that he is a teen is not relevant? Unless you wanted that to be the first impression?
I’m kind of amused when letters are published saying President Barack Obama is taking kinglike, dictatorial powers. What’s so amusing is that these letter writers never complained when Republican presidents took on kinglike powers, which they constantly did.
Back Uncork Kansas
I support the Uncork Kansas movement to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine and to allow liquor stores to sell food items — an economic opportunity that is currently prohibited in the state.
Now is the time for Kansas’ lawmakers to stimulate free enterprise and accelerate economic opportunity. Supporting Uncork Kansas is supporting business growth in our state.
Films push violence
The movies I’ve seen this year include “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Last Stand,” “Gangster Squad,” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” They are very violent and have many shootouts.
They should be very informative to our young people as they employ much killing and many explosions. They also would make very good video games for mentally ill loners in our high schools and colleges.
Try to see some of these, and you will see what I mean. Why do the liberals deny this? Could it be that Hollywood is very supportive? And they wonder why there is so much violence in our society.
Gary L. Parlier
Here are two questions on gun control:
1. The president and vice president have government-provided, armed protection for life, and rightly so. Why cannot we, the people, have our own protection from robbers, rapists and murderers? Oops, we already have that from the Founding Fathers, and it’s in our Constitution, which apparently is not popular with the present administration. Why not?
2. The president’s daughters go to a school that has armed guards provided by the government, and in this crazy world of today, rightly so. Apparently it works. Why do so many people object to our children and grandchildren having the same protection in their schools?
The role of the U.S. Supreme Court is to determine the constitutionality of laws. Period.
The last sentence of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Regarding the constitutionality of California Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the questions before the court should be: Do laws prohibiting same-sex marriage abridge the privileges of citizens? Do they deprive any person of life or liberty? Are homosexual couples desiring to marry denied equal protection under the laws?
The obvious and simple answer to all these questions is yes. Any judicial consideration of the definition of marriage, procreation, states’ rights, etc. is completely irrelevant.
Any Supreme Court justice fulfilling his or her constitutional duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States must vote to strike down both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
William R. Lenz
Being an excellent political cartoonist is like being an excellent poet. A lot has to be said well in one picture or in a few words.
Both Lee Judge’s editorial cartoons and those in “Off the Easel” have ended up in my journal.
For me, describing politics has little to do with whether the cartoon is good or bad. It’s how well the cartoonist gets across his message: clever, clean and funny.