Letters to the Editor

Political correctness, missile defense, U.S. in Syria

Updated: 2013-05-08T14:38:52Z

Medicaid expansion

Forty-four years ago, I was born with spina bifida, which left me paralyzed from the waist down. Now, because of that paralysis, I receive hemodialysis three times a week to treat end-stage renal failure.

It’s because of my situation that I’m very concerned that Kansas may not be part of the new Medicaid expansion. I know I’m not alone in this predicament, and it’s through Medicaid expansion that we have a chance to get health insurance for many more Kansas adults.

Gov. Sam Brownback accepts federal funds for highway maintenance. Why can’t he accept federal funds for human maintenance?

I’ve always been willing to work and will continue to look for new jobs. But in the meantime, please help me tell Gov. Brownback to sign up for Medicaid expansion in Kansas.

Mark J. Greene


U.S. missile defense

The Star’s older readers will recall President Ronald Reagan’s idea of a missile-defense system ridiculed as a “Star Wars” fantasy. Younger readers will remember Bush administration plans for missile-defense systems in Eastern Europe and Alaska to protect against missiles from Iran and North Korea.

These plans were ridiculed and canceled by President Barack Obama as unnecessary and a provocation to the North Koreans and the Russians.

Last month, the North Koreans terminated the Korean armistice and threatened to fire nuclear missiles at the U.S. The time for ridicule is apparently over.

The Obama administration announced it will deploy missile-defense systems to Alaska to counter the North Korean threat. Rest easy.

The Bush deployment, which Obama canceled four years ago, will now be completed by 2017.

These are the folks putting Chuck Hagel in charge of straightening out the generals in the Pentagon. They are so anti-military and anti-defense and have proved themselves wrong so many times that we should all be worried about their willingness to take a cleaver to anything defense-related but nothing else — except for visits by the public to the White House, of course.

Jim O’Connell


Caffeine overload

We have a responsibility to protect our children’s health and to be proactive with our own health. The April 30 article, “Added caffeine scrutinized,” documents the rapid rise in products with added caffeine.

This is a call for action to require labeling of caffeine content for all foods, medications and drinks. This should also include warnings about possible side effects of caffeine consumption with suggestions of maximum safe daily intake.

Carol Pratt


Broken Kansas DMV

I went to renew my driver’s license recently at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Olathe.

I went online to enter my cellphone number and was placed in line waiting for a text to my phone. After two hours, I went to the DMV and asked why no one had texted me. They said I was not in the system. The manager said I would have to wait another three hours. I was furious.

I went home and called the state Department of Revenue in Topeka. They told me there had been a breakdown in the system for several hours and nobody received a text.

No person would get a driver’s license that day. Furthermore, the employees were not allowed to tell the people waiting in line that they would not be getting their licenses.

This is appalling. At least 50 people were waiting there, some with children. I called the manager, and her response was, “I have no control of the system.”

I don’t know how many millions of tax dollars went to the company that created this mess, but we should get 100 percent back so we can hire a new company to fix it.

Barbara Sturgeon

Overland Park

Krauthammer column

Charles Krauthammer, the man who never met a fact that he liked, has done it again. In his April 30 column, “Bush’s successes exceed the easy catch phrases,” the man actually said, “The most common ‘one sentence’ for George W. Bush is ‘He kept us safe.’”

Really, Charlie? I have serious doubts that the relatives and friends of about 3,000 people who died in the worst terrorist attack on American soil would agree with you.

Look, Chuck, I’ve done a lot of research on your statement, and by golly, by all measures I can find, George Bush was president of the United States on that fateful day in 2001.

You and the other Fox News tools can continue to try and change facts, but they’re hard things to do away with.

The darn things just keep popping up even when you keep repeating lies over and over again. Please tell us what kind of perverted logic you used to come up with your conclusion.

Jim Lullie

Holt, Mo.

Kansans to benefit

Many people have written to complain about cuts to Kansas income taxes. These folks predict great gloom in many areas, particularly the economy.

To those in this crowd, there is a solution. When you figure your taxes, send in a check for double the amount. Get all of your like-thinking friends to do the same.

The economy will be saved. This will be proof that actions speak louder than words.

Won’t work? Oh, I get it. The economy is only helped when other people pay higher taxes.

This example illustrates the duplicity of most people who call for higher taxes. Those receiving the tax money don’t want to work harder or longer if they can get the government to take from others to give to them.

The wealthy who call for higher taxes use the money as a method to keep others dependent on government and less wealthy than they could be if they fended for themselves.

The state and the country will be stronger with fewer people on government assistance. Lower taxation is the way to get there.

Mike Sienicki

Farley, Mo.

Clean air needed

In Missouri, about 10 percent of the population has asthma, including my daughter, who, when she was 15, nearly died from an asthma attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the number of child asthma cases in the U.S. has doubled since 1980 and that coal-fired power plants are direct contributors to this increase.

Nationally electricity use is about 40 percent coal, but in Missouri 80 percent of our electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. All of the coal burned here comes from outside of Missouri. It is no surprise that St. Louis has the 10th-worst soot pollution in the nation.

We must do something to address how our reliance on imported coal affects the health of our children. And, actually, citizens did. In 2008 we voted overwhelmingly for the Renewable Energy Standard. It requires 15 percent of our electricity to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2021.

The standard would encourage development of renewable-energy projects in Missouri, reduce our reliance on coal and create a cleaner environment for our children.

But House Bill 44, now moving through the legislature, would allow old, large hydropower facilities outside of Missouri to count toward the standard. This legislation would end any incentive to create clean-energy projects such as wind farms and solar development in Missouri.

Missourians deserve better than what House Bill 44 provides. We deserve new clean energy that makes the air we breathe cleaner, too.

Arthur T. Klein


Postal Service layoffs

If the U.S. Postal Service were to stop Saturday deliveries to help it get out of the red, that would result in thousands of employees being laid off, which is not so good.

How much has it spent sponsoring a cycling team sent to the Tour de France? It needs to do a little deep soul-searching.

No wonder the ink is red.

Ed LeCluyse


No to U.S. in Syria

What kind of a mind-set is willing to cut funding to Head Start and Meals on Wheels while supporting very expensive involvement in Syria?

Ed Regan

Overland Park

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