Letters to the Editor

IRS, President Obama, Iraq war

Updated: 2013-06-01T00:18:35Z

IRS tax scandal

I do not understand the uproar over the investigations that the Internal Revenue Service has been conducting. After all, it is just doing the job we have charged it with doing, which is to investigate (leading to prosecution) individuals or groups masquerading as patriotic but whose sole objective is the nonpayment of taxes.

When they don’t pay, the rest of us have to pay more, and it’s totally obnoxious.

Kathleen Henn

Kansas City

Steve Rose’s column

Steve Rose’s May 26 column, “Obama’s arrogance is undoing his presidency,” is an excellent summary of President Barack Obama’s tenure in office. Obama, Hillary Clinton and their subordinates have lied to the American people about the Benghazi debacle.

Former President Richard Nixon’s attempted cover-up of a bungled political burglary cost him his presidency. What will Obama’s attempted cover-up of the Benghazi screw-up cost him?

Four Americans were killed, including the ambassador, yet no one (particularly Obama) takes responsibility for what happened.

The same with the Internal Revenue Service scandal. No one knows anything or takes responsibility for using the IRS for a political witch hunt against conservative groups.

Let’s not forget the Department of Justice investigating so-called security leaks, which amounted to a fishing expedition to frighten off whistleblowers.

Of course, Attorney General Eric Holder knew nothing about the Department of Justice combing through phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press and Fox News. But then Holder’s incompetence is surpassed only by his boss’.

I believe Obama had hoped to have a presidency similar to that of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. A compliant legislature, rule by fiat and spend money as he wishes.

Bud Frye

Olathe

Iraq war choice

I was reading about the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing. And then I found a small article on the same day about serial bombs exploding on the same day in Iraq.

I felt the anguish of the American people over this one horrible act in Boston and tried to relate to the anguish of the Iraqis who have now lived with this steady dose of terror for 10 years.

When we go to George W. Bush’s library and go through the exercise of trying to decide what choices we would have made, I hope that we will take into account the thousands of Iraqi dead and the daily horror suffered by survivors.

Was it worth it to depose Saddam Hussein and to ceremoniously hang him for the benefit of the world. Or were the people all over the globe who took to the streets to beg us not to start that war correct?

For me, the answer is obvious. And do not tell me to disconnect the horror in Boston from the daily horrors in Iraq.

Fred Slough

Kansas City

Kansas jobs gain

In the May 30 business page article, “Jobless rate drops to 6.1%,” I read that in the Kansas City area, Kansas gained 7,300 jobs over the last 12 months. During that same period Missouri lost 400.

Could the programs of the no-account governor of Kansas really work? I read almost daily in The Kansas City Star how his policies are crippling Kansas.

Just wondering.

Tom McGuire

Kansas City

Relief for Oklahoma

Pathetic is the only word I can come up with to explain the Oklahoma senators’ vote on relief for Hurricane Sandy.

Isn’t it strange that 36 Republican senators voted no for the aid bill for Hurricane Sandy? However, the vote was 97-3 for aid after Hurricane Katrina.

Let’s see, red states get aid with no problem, and the majority of the Hurricane Sandy damage was to blue states. Coincidence? I think not.

While I certainly sympathize with the Oklahoma tornado victims, I’m confident my money won’t be going there because Oklahoma Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe certainly will be against it.

I feel even better knowing that my Kansas senators, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, will also be watching my money, as they voted no for Hurricane Sandy relief as well. I wonder how these four rocket scientists voted on the Joplin disaster two years ago.

I’m beginning to believe the four senators represent the biggest disaster. Remember, always vote a straight ticket as long as there is an “R” behind the names.

Really, really sad.

Tom Wolff

Overland Park

Evil income tax

The No. 1 reason to repeal the income tax is to end evil.

The income tax is evil because it puts government before God’s directive that we are free and given our liberty by God, not government.

We are free. What we create is ours to do with as we elect.

Man has agreed to exchange some freedom for advantages offered by living in a group. Key to that concept is the principle that man, not government by force, willingly agreed to this pact.

Free men can say, “This is mine. You cannot take it without my consent.”

The Internal Revenue Service allows no such agreement. The IRS assumes a citizen is guilty without trial.

The income tax has morphed into a deadly weapon used to control citizens it was supposed to help by providing revenue for governance. Now, those who are politically powerful use the IRS to destroy enemies, reward friends and grow their personal or political wealth.

Men and women are forced into compliance through fear. This is evil.

Beverly Martin

Fulton, Mo.

Weight loss tax

I’m overweight. OK, obese.

But I’d like to thank Republican state Sen. Jeff Melcher of Leawood for keeping me from becoming morbidly obese (5-24, A4, “Grocery sales tax cut advances”).

He voted against his party, which wanted to lower the sales tax on food and keep it the same on everything else. His reasoning? Faced with a lower sales tax on food, I and my fellow Kansans would opt to spend our money on food and nothing else. Yes, he said it would cause us to eat more.

But I would submit that Jeff Melcher, rising star in the Republican brain trust, didn’t take this to its logical conclusion. If lowering the tax on food would cause us to eat more, wouldn’t quadrupling the tax cause us to eat less?

My fellow Kansans would go from fat to fit in a matter of months. Thank you, Jeff Melcher, Republican senator from Leawood.

Pete Henderson

Basehor

Shifty government

In the case of background checks for gun purchases, we witnessed the power of money to thwart the will of 90 percent of the people. This is called the Golden Rule — they who have the gold, rule.

At every turn, financial institutions and large corporations are working to legislate favoritism for the wealthy and reduce the power of the average wage earner. Republican-dominated state legislatures are demonstrating repeatedly their preference for serving the needs of the few, the arrogant and the wealthy. Wealthy donors are no longer even trying to be secretive about their bribes and threats to force legislation in their favor.

Conservative, wealthy white men simply control our government.

There is no longer “one person, one vote.” There is no longer “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Democracy, as we once knew it, is being destroyed.

We need to wake up and take notice or we will find ourselves with a form of government in which the average individual has no say whatsoever in who runs our government or what they legislate.

Dale Ramsey

Raymore

Same old Royals

The Royals started well this season, but they really weren’t getting many walks. So they started taking the first one or two pitches.

Look at their record since this project started. Coach, what has it got you? Few wins and a lot of losses.

Let players hit the first pitch because it’s going to be the best pitch they see.

Kenneth Robbins

Blue Springs

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