Letters to the Editor

Agriculture bill, scandals, Kris Kobach

Updated: 2013-07-24T17:06:18Z

Monsanto money

There seems to be a recurring theme of politicians saying one thing and doing another.

However, I am very surprised and disappointed by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s flip-flopping, especially because he comes from a farming background.

The Missouri congressman claims to want to “lessen government regulation of American agriculture” and protect “our family farmers.”

He has not stayed true to his proclaimed values, evidenced by his vote against an amendment to end agricultural subsidies, where 74 percent of the money goes to big agribusiness and is almost never seen by small farmers.

I guess this is yet another example of a politician with Monsanto’s money in his back pocket.

Alyse Opatowski

St. Louis

Failures in safety

It seems that we Americans, and especially our government, are a bunch of short-term thinkers with even shorter memories.

After 9/11, we told the government to keep us safe as any cost.

We gave our government extraordinary powers to spy on us, our phone calls, emails and in other ways, and now we are outraged that our government is spying on us.

Oh my gosh, what did you expect?

If a reporter develops an inside source at the Pentagon, he’s exercising freedom of the press. But if the same things are done by a foreign national, it’s espionage.

How can we tell the difference?

Well, we have to spy on everybody all the time. We have security software tracking our calls, as well as facial-recognition software, and our web surfing is monitored.

All this, and yet two brothers in Boston can go to a department store, buy a couple of pressure cookers and terrorize us.

If we want safety at any cost, we have to be prepared to live with the consequences and the failures.

Mark Hastert

Kansas City

Right and wrong

What society considers right and wrong today is a far cry from what was thought to be right or wrong in this country up until 1973. Moreover, now there’s a lot of confusion on the topic.

For example, Kermit Gosnell is going to prison for life for killing viable babies. On the other hand, George Tiller was making a fortune ending lives, only in utero rather than after birth.

Tiller made a fortune plying his trade, having killed thousands of babies, a similar deed as Gosnell. But now the fellow who put a stop to Tiller’s killing spree is in prison and being punished additionally for trying to discourage someone else from taking Tiller’s place.

I find it hard to make sense of the matter.

In addition, the Catholic Church is being disparaged for having some priests who have molested children while the Boy Scouts are being disparaged for not permitting homosexual men to be Scout leaders.

Can anyone can clarify right from wrong in these matters?

I’d surely like to see that.

Mary Jefferson

Kansas City

Scandals hurt jobs

Scandals come and go in every administration. In my opinion, the present ones are blown out of proportion.

One of them is almost laughable — the Republicans protecting the free press from the “evil” Department of Justice — when Justice Department officials simply are going after leakers of government secrets.

The American people know the real scandal. It’s the economy, stupid.

The top 7 percent now own the majority of the wealth in this country.

The income of the wealthy has increased by double digits, while the remaining 93 percent of the population has lost 4 percent of their earnings over the last few years.

With $16 trillion lost and millions of jobs gone since the Great Recession, the income gap grows and poverty has spread from the inner cities and the rural areas to the once-affluent suburbs.

The private sector won’t and can’t produce enough jobs. Business owners are waiting on an increase in demand.

The only one left that’s big enough to help the American worker is Uncle Sam, and he can’t because of the political divide.

Meanwhile, the American worker suffers from these scandals.

James Atkinson

Kansas City, Kan.

Swing and a miss

That mean ol’ Steve Rose said bad things about Kris Kobach, our part-time secretary of state (7-1, As I See It, “My immigration efforts work”). Well, Kris sure set him straight, contending a success ratio that sounds like a baseball player’s batting average.

Hey, Kris. Here’s an old political saying: If you’re explaining, you’re losing.

Scott Gregory

Roeland Park

Poor KC schools

In Kansas City, the education system, honestly, is not very good. I know this personally from my experiences in the Hickman Mills School District.

It seems as though the students are not willing to learn.

I just think we need better programs to help get the students more enthusiastic about learning.

Nathan Holloway

Kansas City

Obama’s power grab

Daily input of additional information regarding the Obama administration’s attempts to punish its political opponents with threats from agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the National Security Agency, the CIA and the FBI are beating the First Amendment into oblivion.

The obvious chorus of denial and lies by bureaucrats and appointees of the administration is reaching a pitiful end.

Should the taxpaying public of the country fail to recognize the attempt at a total power grab, they can take comfort in the fact that the individuals responsible in this situation are acting out of sheer stupidity.

William H. Finnegan

Independence

KCI overspending

Oh, go ahead and build a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Why shouldn’t Mayor Sly James be remembered for at least one thing — the most outrageous example of out-of-control spending in Kansas City’s history.

Dean Boring

Liberty

KU Med Center

I just discovered one of the Kansas City’s greatest treasures: the University of Kansas Medical Center.

I had a good friend in intensive care at the KU Med Center recently, and I made six trips to Kansas City to visit him. What I discovered was one of the very best hospitals America has to offer.

I met three of the most wonderful people in Unit 63 of the intensive- care unit. The first was a registered nurse, Anne Caffrey, who was assigned to my friend. She was one of the most caring, gracious and professional people I have ever met. She provided excellent care while making family members feel welcome.

The second, equally professional employee, was Dr. Ashley Ferraro. She was very honest, caring and dedicated. She told our friend that the whole staff was there to serve him and his needs.

The third employee was a social worker named Cristin Stice, whom I later nicknamed the “Miracle Worker” for her great work helping the family.

After my experience, I feel Kansas City should be proud to have such a great hospital.

Emil T. Mushrush

Strong City, Kan.

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