Letters to the Editor

U.S. freedoms, energy waste, sequester blues

Updated: 2013-04-30T00:03:09Z

Don’t limit freedoms

Several letter writers have proposed the cute, if not intelligent, idea that the framers of the Constitution envisioned only flintlock muskets. That being their structure for the Second Amendment, why do they not also propose that the First Amendment never envisioned radio, television, the Internet or high-speed printing presses?

Come to think of it, how is it that newspapers don’t need licenses to publish? Radio and TV stations do. So why are newspapers exempt?

The Star’s clear leftist bias (oops, sorry, I let the truth slip) is showing. Please try to remember that President Abraham Lincoln said 150 years ago in his famously quoted Gettysburg Address, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Use all three, while they are still relevant.

Paul Rodriguez

Kansas City

Stop energy waste

Did you notice? Many lights in a lot of buildings are on every night, seven days a week. This is not necessary.

Most of us complain about the high cost of energy, but we don’t even care about how we waste energy. What will it take to recognize and correct this problem?

Exceptions such as having lights on in entrances and in selected locations as security precautions could be worked out. During World War II, it took a fear of enemy submarines on our coastal areas to keep the lights under control.

We can’t rely on that solution today. Perhaps a few of our politicians who read about this complaint will take action.

Or you can contact your power company or members of Congress to ask for help. Don’t you think it’s time for the lights to go off again?

Richard Thompson

Leawood

Pointless bureaucracy

Lexington is getting a city administrator whether we want one or not. That is the decision of our City Council.

The council members think it is important for us to be able to say we have a city administrator. This is partly because we do not have enough people willing to go to the council meetings and to voice their opinions directly to the council.

Instead, people prefer to just talk among themselves, which gets us nowhere. Our council members are determined to hire an administrator, supposedly on behalf of the citizens of our town.

However, you can walk down the street and ask everyone you come in contact with and not find anyone in favor of this giant step in the wrong direction. Regardless of where that good old city limit sign stands, this is still our town.

One or two people cannot stop this from happening. They have already spent our tax dollars bringing people here to interview.

This is our money they are spending. Our money will pay the salary of this administrator.

Why are people allowing this?

Go to the meetings. Call your councilman. Speak up.

Stop this fiasco before it goes any further.

Carolyn Milligan

Lexington, Mo.

Sequester blues

As the effects of the sequester are beginning to be felt, Republicans are finally speaking up. The only problem is what they are most upset about.

Is it cancer clinics that might no longer provide treatments for seniors? Head Start programs possibly closing their doors?

Is it cities and states that are cutting services?

No, none of these things seems to be of concern.

They are upset about the White House ending tours and the flight delays at airports. Apparently, the long delays at Dulles when they are trying to get out of town is of great concern.

I would like to remind Republican members of Congress that they passed this bill. It is Congress and Congress alone that controls the ability to tax and spend.

Sadly, just as with everything else, their only response is, “It’s the president’s fault.”

Forget the pain inflicted on just about everyone because of cuts mandated by the sequester. It’s those flight delays that are the greatest concern and what Republicans are screaming about the loudest.

Apparently, Republicans feel the country must feel the pain in order to reduce our deficit. But these flight delays are totally unacceptable, especially when they are the ones delayed.

Karen Lane

Overland Park

Making good teachers

I’m pleased to hear that the Missouri Teacher Quality Act, House Bill 631, passed out of the House Education Committee. As a teacher, I love this bill because it works to elevate my profession by raising the bar for all Missouri teachers.

When I’m given high standards, knowing that my job security depends on my effectiveness, I feel like my chosen profession is dignified and valued. I want to wake up each day knowing I have a job because I’m an effective teacher, not because I’ve been teaching longer than someone down the hall.

Anything else is an injustice to kids.

Unfortunately, I often hear people talk about this bill with a crucial misunderstanding.

Many claim HB 631 requires teacher evaluations to be based 100 percent on student performance, but it does no such thing. It does state, however, that one-third of a teacher’s evaluation should be based on student growth — not student performance — throughout one school year.

The underlying question is this: Do we want highly effective teachers in front of all Missouri students? The answer seems obvious to me.

Fight for Missouri students, and support HB 631.

Audrey Pribnow

Kansas City

Chilling U.S. effect

Having grown up in the Netherlands, I am truly amazed how the military, with permission of miscellaneous presidents, has been able to inflict pain on people all over the world.

I have been reading Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s book, “The Untold History of the United States.” It is totally unbelievable what the U.S. has done since 1945. Sickening.

It makes the possible good things totally fall by the wayside.

Is it any surprise that we are called “the ugly American”? The two most famous words from the U.S. are CIA and OK.

Maria Baldwin

Kansas City

Unfair to unions

I am a recent graduate from the University of Central Missouri and have gained employment with a union construction company based in Kansas City.

Unions in Kansas City are defending themselves against three new bills. Right-to-work, paycheck deception and the prevailing wage are topics of discussion for these bills.

My father has been a member of the Communications Workers of America Local 6360 for more than 30 years and is a current chief steward. This has allowed him to raise a family and give us every opportunity available.

Unions have changed the way work is done in this country and give us all a chance to succeed. The 40-hour work week, pensions, workplace safety, health care, disability pay and paid vacation time are benefits from unions.

The craft workers employed by my company are union members. We take pride in our employees. Our employees count on us to be competitive in our bids and provide work for them every day.

Republicans in Missouri are attacking unions. We need legislators who want to improve and increase the middle class, not drag Missouri to the bottom.

Scott Gebken

Independence

Media reflections

A perusal of the headlines and subheads of the April 24 edition of The Kansas City Star yields these words: hurt, prisons, murder, murders, drunk, bombs, bombing, attack, attacks, wars, inequality, protest, invasion, discrimination, gang, jail, charges, bomb, snarl, porn, accused, criticized, tragedies, shooting, fatal, burglary, fire, homicide, horrible, inhuman, killer, kills, nightmares, dead and victims.

These kinds of words are in the headlines every day, and I’ve noticed that the accompanying stories are getting increasingly graphic. As the media are a reflection of what people are interested in and talking about, these words speak volumes about our culture.

I buy the paper and read the articles, so I’m aware of my contribution to the whole ugly thing.

Go Royals!

Blake Hughes

Kansas City

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