Joco Opinion

Letters: Weather hype, The Bubble, singing the National Anthem

Updated: 2013-06-11T22:24:13Z

Weather goofiness

Anyone watching KSHB, Channel 41’s weather saw an overly hyped and hysterical coverage of our tornado “watch” last month.

KSHB had several meteorologists prancing and dancing around the set warning us that a life-changing event was on the horizon while intimating that death and destruction was just around the corner. For people whose job it is to educate and communicate to the public, one would think that a certain level of and professionalism would be required.

Apparently that is not the case with KSHB. What viewers heard was an incessant amount of stuttering and stammering punctuated by a slew of “ers,” “uhs,” and “ums.” Throw in looking in the wrong camera half the time, and you have all the making of a comedy skit.

Another ingredient in what could easily pass for a “Saturday Night Live” skit is when Gary Lezak was asking “Capt. Greg” what he is seeing. Gary, you have a live shot from his helicopter. You are seeing what he is seeing.

It is no wonder that KSHB is consistently in last place in the local viewer ratings. It is more of a wonder as to how these meteorologists are able to keep their jobs.

Kyle Black

Mission

Smith Nessel column

Sarah Smith Nessel’s May 15 column, “Don’t believe that it can’t happen here,” concerning the grave, dire, damaging effects of the Good News Clubs sounded very paranoid and displaced to me. Fortunately the U.S. Supreme Court still upholds free speech for all citizens, not just the ones who agree with Katherine Stewart and those of like mind.

Who knows how long we will have this freedom of speech as the attempt to muzzle Christians seems to be gaining strength in many parts of the country. There are regular reports coming out of other countries where if you are a Christian you might be gunned down, chopped at with a machete, have all your possessions stolen or burned, have your church building destroyed, or be placed in jail for possibly years.

And like was mentioned in Nessel’s column, don’t say it can’t happen here. Religion is a set of values and beliefs, and I believe all rational human beings have a set of values they live by whether they call it “religion” or something else.

Christian parents who send their children to public schools know that they will be subjected to humanistic and secular values via the school, teachers, and textbooks varying, of course, with each school, teacher and textbook. The Good News Clubs under discussion are strictly voluntary and by parental consent while the previous influences are not voluntary.

I am very thankful that we still have Christian legal defense in this country. Otherwise Christians in the U.S. would be muzzled and persecuted just as they are in many other countries today.

Bonnie Buckley

Olathe

Guns, picnics

As a resident of Prairie Village (and supporter of the city’s position) I was interested in your recent article about attempts to use our local parks for “picnics” to test that position (5-29, 913, “Packing the picnic basket with burgers, guns and potato salad”). It was reported that opponents rely on a Kansas Attorney general’s opinion to support their argument.

It should be noted that attorney general opinions are not binding law, and the courts of Kansas have ruled 11 times on this issue without a single difference between them on this point. For example see:

Cory v. Straub Intern, 266 P. 3d 1253 (2012); “...the Attorney General’s opinion letter was not binding on the court.”

Richards v. Schmidt, 274 Kan. 753, 56 P3d 274 (2002); “An Attorney General opinion is not binding on the Supreme Court.”

In re Lietz Const. Co, 273 Kan. 890, 47 P3d 1275 (2002); “...an opinion of the Attorney General in neither conclusive nor binding on this court...”

Willis v. Kansas Highway Patrol, 273 Kan. 123, 41 P.3d 824 (2002); “Attorney general opinions are not binding law in Kansas...”

Lawrence D. MacLachlan

Director of Research

& Instructional Services

UMKC School of Law

Leon E. Bloch Law Library

Prairie Village

National anthem

Here’s a Marine’s request from Afghanistan:

To the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: “Save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make us cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as If you are standing before a row of 86-year-old World War II vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a spiritual....

Francis Scott Key does not need any help.

Semper fi.

Joe Neuner

Olathe

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