Each time there is an announcement that the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has had to make a large payment in the case of an abuse victim, the final word from the bishop’s office is that it was covered by insurance, as if that made everything okey-dokey.
It does not make things OK in any sense of the word, not for the victim or for the parishioners who put their hard-earned money in the collection plate. The last I heard, insurance companies do not make these payments out of the goodness of their hearts and frown on repeated claims of the same nature by raising their rates.
More to the point, who ends up paying for the premiums to provide these payments? The bishop must think that his flock is as naive as the innocents who are defiled by these predators who, incidentally, are ill and need treatment and/or dismissal, not cover-up by their superiors to protect the image of the church.
It seems Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislators are strapped for cash until major corporations start their mass migration to Sam’s Sunflower Tax Haven.
In the meantime, they had two readily available sources of revenue — the shuttered Woodlands facilities and the lost income from liquor sales made in neighboring states. Neither option would have provided a financial windfall for the state, but each could have generated modest revenue and resulted in employment for some.
It’s unfortunate — but not surprising — that neither of these options was seriously considered by Kansas lawmakers. The Legislature and the governor seem perfectly content with a policy of slashing services and funding what’s left with a regressive sales tax.
Obama, media spat
It is amazing to watch the media not protect and run interference for President Barack Obama. It will not last long.
The marriage is not over, they are just experiencing their first quarrel. After all, the marriage was blissful for the first 41/2 years, so don’t expect a divorce.
By the first day of summer, they will be gleefully reunited.
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers; its five-year survival rate is just 6 percent. Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a law enacted in January, there is hope.
I would like to thank Sens. Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, as well as Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder, for supporting this historic legislation. It requires the National Cancer Institute to evaluate its efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on improving outcomes for patients.
Because of sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we’ve made is being threatened.
Without adequate funding, it’ll be difficult to leverage the opportunities that develop as a result of the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.
Today I will be joining thousands of advocates across the country for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s ( www.pancan.org) National Call-In Day to urge Congress to save medical research. This disease has had a devastating effect on too many lives.
But with Congress’ help, we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed to give hope to future generations.
Where the money is
If Jesse James were alive, he’d go into the oil business.
I’ll bet the Mission mayor’s kid would have to pay to get his car out of its impound lot. Oh, by the way, if you believe that all of those tickets are strictly for safety reasons and not a cash cow for the city, I’ve got some lunar land for sale that’s only 230,000 miles from here (6-11, A1, “Mission: The area’s traffic ticket capital”).
Lost lives, dollars
If the Missouri legislature had passed Medicaid expansion, the nine Missourians who die every week because of a lack of access to health care would have hope today. About 260,000 additional Missourians would have access to health care, 24,000 new jobs would be created and $1.9 billion would be coming to Missouri.
Instead, $1.9 billion in federal money earmarked for Missouri is being diverted so states such as California and New York can create jobs and expand health care while people in Missouri suffer and die. Instead of creating 24,000 jobs in Missouri, hospitals are laying off workers.
I’m furious with my Northland legislators, Rep. T.J. Berry and Sens. Brad Lager and Ryan Silvey, for sitting on their thumbs while 129 Liberty Hospital employees lost their jobs. You could have prevented this, gentlemen.
The only way to turn this around is to let these legislators know we expect action.
Please contact your legislators and tell them to stop killing people and jobs. Tell them to stop sending $1.9 billion destined for Missouri to other states.
Put U.S. families first
Why are we sending any money overseas when we have people right here who need help? There are so many families living in motels who need help right now.
Digital crimes in U.S.
Recent sentencings of LulzSec hackers in the United Kingdom raise questions regarding the equality of Western legal jurisdictions. The UK sentences for four convicted members ranging from 2 to 2½ years are probably fair.
The disparity between these sentences and the potential sentence for Jeremy Hammond, who has been imprisoned without bail for months before trial, and the recent actions regarding the Department of Justice against Aaron Swartz leading to his suicide truly call into question the United States’ legal system. One wonders, when both legal systems theoretically based on the same ideas of rule of law have such incongruent punishments for the same crimes, which is truly fair?
The U.S. Constitution specifically lays out in the Eighth Amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” It is paramount in a global society that equality in punishment is a must.
Much more can and will be written about this situation, but the underlying principle, I believe, lies in reevaluating digital crimes in the United States.
Golf course fix
The only solution that might bail out the city of Kansas City from the failed Citadel Plaza problem is to restore the site as a golf course.
The demographics currently don’t come close to supporting retail business.
Perhaps the Professional Golfers Association could help find an owner for the course who would be willing to build a first-class public course, with an emphasis on attracting young golfers.
Remember, the original Blue Hills Country Club did much to stabilize the neighborhood when it was operating.
Edward “Gomer” Moody
I can empathize with the lady who complained about the idiot who stood during the whole concert she attended (6-14, Letters).
Last year, my son took me to a Kansas City Chiefs game for my birthday. However, two idiots stood in front of us consuming beer and generally making spectacles of themselves for the entire game.
We were unable to enjoy the game at all, and I have vowed never to return to the stadium for a game.
For those of us who have to endure such childish actions, I suppose the only recourse we have is to cease attending the events.
Rudeness and foul language are now considered to be the hallmarks of freedom to do whatever you want, and consideration for others has died in this country.
I know I will never again attend a Chiefs game.