Set school priorities
As a Grandview High School alumnus, resident and former school board member, I remember when Grandview C-4 schools were known for their students’ high academic achievement. Today I have deep concern for my community and our schools.
I do believe we all want our tax dollars to provide the best education possible for our students. However, many of the major projects identified by a school-community committee in 2000-2001 still remain incomplete.
Some of the same issues from that old list are included in bond campaigns to this date. Meanwhile, some new projects (such as the million-dollar sports upgrades) were pushed ahead of classroom, restroom and school-entry and accessibility upgrades.
Our community needs to see a solid, detailed and systematic plan for renovations and school improvements before we, as voters, sign a blank check for yet another bond.
To eliminate the possibility of another “unexpected surplus” in the future, perhaps the school district might set priorities carefully and stick to the list until it is completed.
Great accomplishments by Tate Stevens, “X Factor” victor. But is a name on a water tower really news (4-23, A6, “A hometown hero”)?
It seems pretty small town-ish. Anyone outside the Kansas City area is laughing.
Kudos for Blunt
People have been berating Sen. Roy Blunt for his no vote on the “Harass Legal Gun Owners Act of 2013,” which was stopped in the Senate. You have to suspend reality and engage in emotion to be angry about his sensible vote.
What background check would have stopped these madmen? None.
Adam Lanza tried to buy firearms legally and was denied. In the end, he still found what he wanted because that’s what criminals do, break the law.
Murder is illegal. It baffles me how he got those firearms in a gun-free zone.
I apologize for my sarcasm, but it’s important to illustrate absurdity by being absurd. Nothing in this bill would prevent future horrendous acts of evil.
Misinformed leftists cite polls saying “90 percent of Americans want background checks.” The Bill of Rights isn’t up for a vote.
If you want to dismantle the Second Amendment, call a constitutional convention or pass your amendment through Congress and have the states ratify it.
Workers to suffer
I work in public safety. It is risky work, and I want to keep the freedom I have to speak out — and be heard — about issues that affect my workplace and the people we deal with.
I don’t think the legislators understand the damage the anti-worker bills in the legislature would do to Missourians. The “Paycheck Deception” bill, which is moving its way through the House, would restrict my freedom to have a voice on the job, a voice I have used to help make our facility safer and more efficient.
I am committed to that, and this legislation fights against my commitment.
This isn’t about one political party or another. It’s about those who hold the power and want more versus those of us who work. Things are already out of balance.
This proposal would make it worse.
Guns and Constitution
I am very impressed with the abundant number of constitutional scholars in the metropolitan area writing letters to the editor regarding the gun-control debate. These folks seem to know exactly what the Founding Fathers were thinking.
They must be in touch with a medium or have a wayback machine to be so dead sure. If the words of these founders (or lack thereof) were strictly adhered to, we would still have slavery and women would not be allowed to vote.
I have a feeling that would suit some of these folks just fine.
Trust me, if the black helicopters come, your stash of ammo and guns won’t stop them.
We have remedies in this country if you don’t like the government, and they are called elections. Just because elections might not go your way does not mean there is tyranny.
Believe it or not, the rest of the public has a right not to have some gun nut next to us on the interstate, in the shopping mall, at school or anywhere else we congregate.
During my life, I have witnessed the administrations of 11 presidents, beginning with Dwight Eisenhower. I have seen a lot of evil in Washington — scandals, corruption and partisanship.
But I have never seen an entire party unite to sabotage an administration like the GOP has done to President Barack Obama. From the day he was elected, the GOP declared that its very reason for existence was to make sure that Obama would serve only one term.
Republicans had no platform and no plan for solving the horrendous economic crisis Obama inherited. They fought everything he attempted to do. It is amazing he was able to accomplish anything.
Even after Obama’s re-election the GOP continues to obstruct his every attempt to get the economy going. I wonder where we’d be today if they had been more willing to cooperate. Maybe the unemployment rate would be lower.
I am a lifelong Republican, but I am ashamed of the GOP as it exists today.
I wasn’t fond of President George W. Bush, but after he was elected I was willing to give him a chance. I wish the GOP would give Obama half as much support as Bush had.
Threats to freedoms
More than 200 years ago, our forefathers fought and died to establish freedom from tyranny and oppression. In the intervening years, our people have worked and sacrificed to maintain that freedom.
Any attempt to take away our freedom or to overthrow our government by violent means would be met with unified resistance. It simply would not be tolerated by our populace.
Yet one wonders whether there is a less-obvious threat. If we polarize philosophical differences to the point that we see one another as the enemy, we are on dangerous ground. Suddenly our neighbors can become the enemy.
Political leadership is equally susceptible. A result can be a reactionary government.
New laws and regulations are imposed in reaction to events in an attempt to appease one or the other end of the political spectrum. Each new regulation, no matter how well intended, takes away a bit of individual freedom.
Of course we need laws and regulations to ensure the orderly function of society. But we must also consider the wisdom of attempting to regulate every conceivable possibility.
Perhaps the greatest threat to individual freedom lies within ourselves.
Beautify planet Earth
I’m so excited to see support for renewable energy in Kansas City.
However, we must also increase our investments in energy efficiency.
I am a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village. As a young person, I can see that now is an absolutely critical time for us to change the way we satisfy our energy needs.
Elected leaders must work alongside citizens to ensure that future generations have a safe and healthy environment.
The most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to invest more in energy efficiency.
Only through combining energy efficiency with increased use of renewable energy resources can Kansas City make real progress toward energy independence and sustainability.
There is a Native American proverb that says, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
When you think about the environment, think about your children.
Think about your grandchildren.
Think about young people like me.
We deserve to grow up on a planet just as clean and beautiful as the one you grew up on.