As a citizen and a fixed-income retiree, I am very concerned about the discussions I have heard about reducing Missouri’s modest income tax because Kansas did. That state has put itself in a budget hole.
One thing I haven’t heard anyone discussing is the effect reducing Missouri income taxes would have on the borrowing ability of Missouri bonding authorities. How much more would Missouri municipal bonds, road bonds and other construction bonds have to yield if there is no or reduced benefit as far as Missouri taxes go?
How much more in interest will Missouri citizens have to pay in order to reduce the pretty minimal income tax we now pay? I wish The Star would look into and report on this effect.
Screwy KCI logic
The Kansas City Star editorial board has reached new heights (or plumbed new depths) of inanity (5-6, Editorial, “A KCI good for travelers, environment”). Editorial board members have become so used to echoing government talking points that they have stopped thinking about how foolish they sound.
They would have us believe that the solution to long lines at security checkpoints at Kansas City International Airport is to have longer lines.
Someone would benefit from building a new airport, probably the consultants, the contractors and the airlines, but certainly not the public.
The Missouri General Assembly continues to pursue passing legislation that is similar to legislation passed in Kansas. The measures seem to favor business and have no regard for representing the people who have elected the lawmakers.
I would suggest that if the lawmakers like what is taking place in Kansas they consider moving to Kansas. One day soon the residents of Missouri will awaken to the fact that they have no true representation in Jefferson City.
Rev. Gary R. Charles
It is really sad that Sen. Pat Roberts thinks it is most important to punish the pharmacy compounders.
How can this legislation be more important than the parents of the children who were recently gunned down or the 30-plus who fall to weapons each day because he failed to vote for stricter regulation on who gets guns?
Blunt falls short
Sen. Roy Blunt is consistent in voting with the National Rifle Association and against the best interests of the people whom he allegedly serves. Blunt said his opposition to the proposed gun-control bill is because he does not believe it would prevent killings and it does not address mental-health issues.
On what research is he basing his opinion, and since when has he cared about mental-health issues? He pompously drudged up the most misunderstood intent of the Second Amendment.
The framers of the Bill of Rights, which was ratified in 1791, could not have foreseen the harm done to victims by assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Few oppose owning guns. Sensible people merely want better background checks and to eliminate assault weapons and high-capacity magazines except for the military.
Blunt is nothing but a lapdog of the NRA, which has given him an “A” rating for mindlessly voting as it dictates.
Roy Blunt has a well-documented history of acting as a shill for moneyed interests at the expense of the people. In 2002, he attempted to sneak a tobacco rider favorable to Philip Morris into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security.
Just recently he supported a rider (derisively called the Monsanto Protection Bill) in the government funding bill that grants federal immunity to companies whose seeds and crops might prove detrimental to human health and the environment. Big tobacco and Monsanto have been consistent contributors to Blunt’s campaigns.
In 2006 and 2010, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington voted Mr. Blunt among the most corrupt politicians.
Obviously, his corruption continues at the expense of the people.
Ann L. Woody
I still have one unanswered question concerning the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library (4-30, D1, “Tradition inspires Bush library design”): Will visitors be able to view all of the books in the collection or only the substantially smaller number of volumes that he has successfully colored?
Steve Beach, Ph.D.
Not to minimize the horrific tragedy that occurred in Boston, where three people died and more than 100 were injured, but let us put events in perspective.
As it should, our government will spend millions of dollars to find and prosecute the perpetrator or perpetrators of this heinous crime. Every day in America, on average, 33 people are murdered or accidentally killed by guns.
This is the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing and killing all aboard once a week. Is our government doing anything to curtail the 11,000 homicides annually by gunfire?
Irony in Kansas
Regarding the Johnson County sheriff’s deputies raiding the Harte family home in Leawood on suspicion of growing marijuana, I am even more outraged than 9/11, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings or the Boston Marathon bombing perhaps because this frightening abuse of power by law enforcement and the courts is so close to home (5-4, A1, “Evidence for search called flimsy”).
I have to assume this debacle was condoned by the Leawood Police Department because it was in that jurisdiction, and perhaps by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Three normally respected law-enforcement agencies might have conspired to conduct a raid on an innocent and what seems to be an upstanding Johnson County family.
The term “police state” is usually applied to fascist, communist or dictatorial forms of government. The police-state mentality of this Johnson County Sheriff’s Office action sends shivers up my spine.
Now for the shocking irony.
I can go into any gun shop in Johnson County and purchase a military-style assault rifle with multiple magazines and enough ammunition to kill as many people as I wish. But woe be the day I buy some hydroponic agriculture equipment to grow few marijuana or tomato plants.
What in God’s name is the matter with Kansas?
Ted Steinmeyer Jr.
As much as I would like to believe that Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Republican lawmakers are sincere when they speak of drug testing welfare and unemployment recipients solely because of their concern for drug addiction, I still don’t trust them.
Everybody knows that Republicans hate giving money to the needy, especially in the form of welfare. They’ve also made no secret of their disdain for those collecting long-term unemployment benefits, referring to many of them as being “lazy and unwilling to look for work.”
This nasty, mean-spirited drug-testing law is, in my opinion, only a sham designed to mask the Republican leaders’ true intentions of dropping as many poor and needy recipients off the Kansas dole as possible.
Eddie L. Clay
Remember when President George W. Bush, on leaving office, stated that his proudest achievement was that there had been no new terrorist attacks on the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001? Remember the derision directed at him for that sentiment by his detractors — in essence, saying, “Is that all you’ve got?”?
As the United States grieves for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and avenges this heinous act of terrorism, we must also remember to never become complacent regarding the security of our nation. The war on terror is not over, and the threat to America is ever-present.