Civil War relived
The American people held a referendum in blood to resolve the issue of state nullification, or the right of a state to defy an act of Congress. That referendum was the Civil War. When Lee surrendered to Grant, the American people decided that no state had the right to nullify an act of Congress. Neither the Kansas legislature nor Gov. Sam Brownback can reverse that decision now.
Frank T. McCarthy
Past time to care
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the best thing he can do for the poor is to provide jobs. But what exactly are people who are poor supposed to do (and how long do they wait) for the windfall of jobs that Brownback says will come from the tax breaks he took from them and gave to those “job creators”?
One year? Two years? Never? The exemption from the income tax for thousands of businesses does not carry a requirement that those businesses hire a single soul.
And you can bet more than a few will simply pocket the savings, thank the governor and not concern themselves with their fellow citizens who are left holding the tax-burden bag.
The trickle-down economics of the Ronald Reagan era has been proved to be baloney time and again by the statistics that show a shrinking middle class and ongoing concentration of wealth at the very top. But, hey, it’s Reagan’s Oval Office that Brownback aspires to.
So if it takes tax cuts in Kansas to pad his resume for 2016 — with accompanying cuts to public education and social programs that his party hates anyway — what does Brownback care?
Kathleen C. Butler
Moral compass bust
A recent poll revealed that many families don’t attend church and aren’t affiliated with any religion.
Is it any wonder that murder and crime rates are high in our city and many other large cities?
Without morals, anything goes, such as bad language, small children dressed like vampires, child pornography, incest, rape, no respect for human life in general, robberies, gang activity, lack of human dignity, infidelity and the list goes on and on.
Is it any wonder that the divorce rates are high, and one-parent households appear to be the norm nowadays? With such violence and instability in our culture, can the United States withstand the implosion of our moral compass?
It was our moral compass that got us through the toughest times in our history. Being an educator, I worry tremendously about our children’s future and about the United States they will inherit.
It is sad when other countries exhibit higher moral standards than the U.S. Wake up, America, before it is too late.
Ending child abuse
First off, hearing the details about this case is not only appalling but also startling and confusing (5-3, A1, “Details of girl's plight emerge”). How could a mother starve her child and lock her in a closet?
I can't even comprehend it. Although the records of LP's condition upon being discovered in the closet are sickening, it is important that the public is able to have access to these details.
I am glad The Star took the initiative to make sure the Missouri Department of Social Services released the records. Bringing the details of LP's suffering to light will hopefully bring about more awareness. If the public knows of parents who could do this to a child, maybe we will become more alert and watch out for children who are being mistreated by their parents.
Violence in movies
KMBC-TV, Channel 9 News reports numerous deadly shootings in Kansas City. Unless we hunt down and take away everyone’s guns, implementing gun control today will not solve our problems, which include a decay of moral values.
We are a society constantly bombarded by movies such as “A Bullet to the Head.” You can shield your child from the movie, but the commercials ran constantly, and they showed a youth pleading, “You can’t just kill somebody like that.” And superhero Sylvester Stallone said, “I just did.”
Are we subliminally teaching our kids nonchalant killing with no remorse?
When we were kids (50 years ago), violence was filtered out. But we don’t do that anymore, so someone needs to teach young people “Thou shalt not kill.”
It’s wrong to kill other people, and it’s wrong to kill yourself. Not as many children go to church to hear this message, and parents don’t always teach them.
Why can’t the schools teach it in humanities class?
Linda Sue Thomas
Along with 91 percent of the public, I favor universal background checks for gun purchases. I sent my thoughts to Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
Blunt said our “founders clearly understood that one of the most basic rights of Americans is to defend themselves.” Self-defense was commonly cited in state and local laws when the amendment was written.
The founders chose not to include the self-defense purpose in the Second Amendment. They chose instead to cite a well-regulated militia as the amendment’s purpose.
Some legitimate constitutional interpretations discount the purpose clause, but it’s hard to reconcile ignoring what was explicitly written and inserting something that was consciously not written and attributing it to the founders.
Either the staffer who wrote the standard response from Blunt is uninformed or chose to misrepresent the facts.
I don’t expect elected representatives to agree with me on all issues. I respect opposing opinions and good arguments. Blunt’s is not a good argument.
D. Robert Worley
I really appreciated Kathleen Parker’s April 29 column, “Behind the swagger, a man with a kind heart,” on former President George W. Bush’s sometimes conflicting personalities.
As an 18-year-old senior at St. Teresa’s Academy, my political views are often underdeveloped. I find it extremely important to attempt to delve beneath the surface of politics to better understand both the people and the issues affecting a situation.
In all presidents’ cases, but especially in President Bush’s, the news personalizes the presidency and presents the office through the individual president.
There is high pressure for dramatic action and quick results that often are unrealistic. The media encourage presidents to find policy areas that enable them to play the role of a bold, public-minded leader.
But because the media frame each event during a president’s administration as a make-or-break moment, failure is imminent. Success in news coverage should not be presented as policy success.
President Bush had to take on the enormous task of balancing the complexity of policies against the simplicity of news and was unsuccessful in my opinion.
It is important, though, to remember the man he truly was, all politics aside.
Be kind to knees
The April 28 article, “Midwest candor about obesity? Fat chance,” proved Missouri is the most obese state in the world’s most obese nation and inspired me to extend my Sunday run by a couple of miles. To do so without running in circles required me to leave the neighborhood.
I was running along Woods Chapel Road, a newly widened four-laner in north Lee’s Summit, in the traffic lane on the curb edge of the asphalt for about a mile when a motorist honked at me from the next lane.
Startled, I took it as a simple enough message — “Don’t you runners know the roads are for cars?” Well, yes, they are, and I was taking a chance.
Along the other side of the street, there’s a rarely used and wide new concrete path. My 50-year-old knees would not have forgiven me for running that mile on concrete.
So I chose the asphalt over concrete or mud, hoping passing motorists would get it. Most did.
I wish they had made the path a softer surface. I don’t expect the perfection of the Loose Park running path out here, but would a more user-friendly path have been so difficult?