Letters to the Editor

Edward Snowden, alternative energy, ban guns

Updated: 2013-06-16T01:14:32Z

Pardon Snowden

Pardon Edward Snowden. Prosecute U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

James E. Cox

Louisburg, Kan.

Alternative energy

To those who think wind energy should sink or swim on its own, if that approach had been applied to the nuclear-energy industry, there would be no nuclear power plants because no private company offered to insure those ticking time bombs.

The cost got passed on to taxpayers, along with generous tax breaks and subsidies. That is a fact.

Another fact is that if we gave a portion of the lavish subsidies and tax breaks we’ve given and continue to give to nuclear-, coal- and oil-powered plants to alternative-energy plants such as wind and solar, we’d probably be energy independent.

Another fact is that if we added in the cost of basing a large part of our military in key oil-producing areas and added in the cost of the oil wars, the price of using oil for energy would be astronomical.

Greg Bacon

Boonville, Mo.

Time to ban guns

Over the past few years, there have been many instances of gun violence,including the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. I believe that President Barack Obama should place a ban on guns.

I know it is not the gun but the person using it. However, if the weapons were not available, these instances of gun violence would never have happened.

If guns were out of the equation, then the country would be taking a step in the right direction.

It seems as if the country is kind of split on this decision. But think about all the times guns have hurt people.

Guns are used regularly for hunting. But people need to realize we have seen bad incidents with guns more and more, and it needs to stop.

Trevor Young

Kansas City

Gun control needed

U.S. Congress: I am deeply disappointed by your cowardly response to the public’s overwhelming call for responsible gun control.

My congressman’s response cited difficulty of enforcement, “hardship” on law-abiding citizens and constitutional rights.

Background checks are a normal part of current American life. One can’t get a job or even volunteer in a church nursery without one.

Gun owners pay significant sums to purchase and maintain firearms and ammunition. The cost of a background check to transfer a firearm pales in comparison.

Which part of the Constitution protects the right to bequeath firearms without fees or rules? If a grandparent leaves an automobile to a grandchild, appropriate paperwork and fees are an accepted part of the arrangement.

Why should firearms be different? Rules and fees don’t interfere with rights. They simply make the process more orderly for the common good.

Responsible game hunters understand a level playing field as part of the sport. Please explain why a true sportsman would need an assault weapon to hunt legal prey?

Congress: Please engage in a little more soul-searching, and then step up to the plate and do the right thing.

Jonne Long

Kansas City

Sanchez column

I usually agree with Mary Sanchez on a range of topics, but on her June 4 piece, “Save your lectures and help single moms get jobs,” we are worlds apart.

When it comes to women needing good jobs because they are raising children on their own, a lecture is in order.

Women are falling behind economically not just because jobs are paying less. They are, but it’s because women are not demanding of men what our grandmothers demanded — marriage from a man before they bore his children.

And children born out of wedlock are the most debilitating thing a women can do to herself and her children’s future.

Forget the job market. That choice is ours, and too many women are choosing wrongly.

Angelina Jolie may have the money to have all the kids she wants whether Brad Pitt sticks around or not, but most women are not rich actresses.

So wise up, ladies. You have more control than you think. It sounds trite buts it’s true.

Tell these guys no. Stay in school, get married and then have children.

That’s half the battle won.

Kathleen C. Butler

Wichita

Congress off track

As Republicans stick to their pledge to obstruct any bill favored by President Barack Obama, no matter how it might help the country’s economic recovery or reduce the possibility of mass murders such as in Newtown, Conn., they are determined to exaggerate recent missteps by the Obama administration.

The Benghazi attack plays testimony to our soft targets around the globe, made even more vulnerable by the budget cuts to overseas security. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, admitted this fact. Refusing any responsibility for this attack, Republicans clamored for emails leading up to the incident in search of a cover-up.

What the GOP couldn’t find to discredit the Obama administration, it fabricated by altering the wording. CBS reported that fact.

The Internal Revenue Service scandal, which entails how tea party groups were red-flagged and waited an inordinate amount of time for their tax-exempt status, merely illustrates how some groups that are at odds with government policies are given extra scrutiny. Just ask Greenpeace and the NAACP.

Further, not one shred of evidence links Obama to the practices of the IRS. Obama’s Watergate? What a ludicrous deduction.

I challenge all citizens to call their representatives to demand that they work for the country instead of dividing it.

Lisa Stockton

Lawrence

KC interfaith model

A five-hour Muslim-Baptist “Conversation” earlier this year in Prairie Village, one of three such nationally funded events, was “overwhelmingly successful,” said Ruth Clark, president of the American Baptist Churches USA.

This is one example of interfaith excellence in the Kansas City area.

Just out from the London publisher Radcliffe is “The Essential Guide to Religious Traditions and Spirituality for Health Care Providers,” a 740-page manual whose editors live or have lived here. Endorsed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Family Physicians, much of the book was written by local religious experts.

Other distinctions include the ground-breaking 2001 Gifts of Pluralism conference; the Sept 11, 2002, anniversary observance, which led to a half-hour special on CBS about the interfaith approach here; our hosting the nation’s first Interfaith Academies, sponsored by Harvard’s Pluralism Project, Religions for Peace and local partners in 2007; and the assessment at Harvard that Kansas City is “truly at the forefront of interfaith relations.”

With faiths from A to Z, American Indian to Zoroastrian, we have learned that interfaith understanding strengthens our community, builds friendships and deepens the faith of those who participate.

David Nelson

Kansas City

Retirement bliss

If I am able to retire in four years as I hope, I will not be doing so in this country. I don’t want to live here anymore.

I will have nothing to live on but my Social Security (if it is still available to me in 2017), and it won’t be enough to offer me the lifestyle I want. There are much better alternatives in Central America, and I hope to take advantage of them.

Living in a small mountainous community with temperatures in the 70s during the day and in the 50s at night sounds pretty idyllic to me. Exquisitely beautiful birds, delightful monkeys in their natural habitat, being close to both rain forests and oceans, discounts for seniors on almost everything imaginable, very low crime rates, a democratic government ... how much more heavenly could it be?

I’m tired of living in the U.S. I’m tired of its governmental bureaucracy and politicians who don’t vote for what the majority of their constituents want. I’m sickened by all the violence, the mass consumption of goods that people want but don’t need.

As the saying goes, I want to live a simpler life so others may simply live.

Nan Lorenz

Kansas City

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