Letters to the Editor

Acting responsibly, Kansas, guns

Updated: 2013-07-25T21:56:36Z

Acting responsibly

In all the articles about the downed power line and subsequent electrocution of Nicholas Moeder, one thing is never mentioned.

Why in the world did the people who called in the downed power line not stay there until someone came or the area was secure?

Besides calling the Board of Public Utilities, did they call the police or fire department? This was definitely a public-safety hazard just like J.J.’s on the Plaza.

I worked at a local retail store for more than 20 years and was on the safety team for several years. All employees were told to stay by a spill or any other safety hazard until someone could clean up the spill or block off the area so no one would get hurt.

It seems to me that someone who knew the line was down could have called 911 and gotten advice on what to do.

I could not have left that live line so no one would come in contact with it. BPU could not be everywhere that night.

We all need to be responsible in dangerous situations.

Susan Wagner

Gladstone

Conservatives, Kansas

Wow. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, rock musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent and Fox News all in one July 24 story on the front page, “Kobach now sets his sights on gun rights.”

Lucky Kansas.

Individuals in this group deserve each other.

But Kansas deserves better.

Kathryn Moore

Manhattan, Kan.

Steve Rose column

Steve Rose, in his July 21 column, “An immigration solution to please both sides,” shows how the GOP would love a permanent second-class group in America.

He wrote that the immigration compromise should be permanent residency instead of a pathway to citizenship.

How is this a compromise at all?

Mr. Rose shows his true colors when he says that the two problems permanent residence solves is that it keeps many probable Democrats from voting and makes it acceptable to the GOP.

What other group would the GOP like to put in that group? Those who were born at a time and place that hospital births weren’t the norm?

That’s voter identification laws, and Republicans are for them.

So, people who live in this country would have no say in their governance (can’t vote). That’s fair to them, how?

That’s one of the many problems with Republicans. They care about elections, not fairness.

And until they can find solutions that are fair to all people, most Americans will continue to vote against them and their ideas.

John Fox

Independence

Midwest Voices

I respect Carol Dark Ayres as a good and well-meaning person. However, I shudder at her distortion of history (7-20, Commentary, “Value of life trumps others’ rights”).

She, like many other abortion opponents, likes to compare the fight against slavery with their crusade against abortion.

This is a shallow and deceitful comparison, foremost because the lives of freed slaves did not improve after emancipation. African-Americans simply became indentured servants subject to lynch mobs, poll taxes and intense segregation.

Ayres compared the anti-abortion cause to John Brown’s efforts against slavery. The difference between John Brown and Osama bin Laden was their cause. Both operated outside the law and killed innocent people. The fact that one is glorified and the other is reviled is based solely on our personal emotions.

While I sincerely respect the pro-life position, I believe it is a social, not political, issue. Destroying a woman’s access to a safe abortion would not end the problem any more than the Civil War ended the plight of slaves.

The problem would only be pushed underground.

We all need to work together to end the demand for abortions; this alone will end the problem.

George Lafferty

Fairway

Don’t blame guns

I’m very confused by the logic presented in The Star’s July 19 editorial, “KC should urge financial disinvestment in gun industry.”

The Star appears to place some of the blame of gun violence on the gun manufacturers. This kind of blame game shows itself only with gun violence.

Where is the blame on beer companies for drunken driving? Or car companies for fatal accidents?

This vilification of the gun industry merely serves to drive away valuable job-providing businesses.

My second point of contention with the editorial is that rural Missourians possess many guns and yet they suffer far less gun violence per capita than people in the major cities in Missouri. How is this possible when guns are clearly the cause of all violence in Kansas City and St. Louis?

Perhaps instead of blaming an inanimate object for the violence our cities suffer, we should blame the people responsible for pulling the trigger.

Josiah Young

Smithville

Congress’ trough

Coming from a rural area with values stressing that hard work and willpower can help get a job done, I have a great respect for farmers. However, when I hear that 74 percent of all government subsidies, our tax money, went to companies that spend $200,000 on a herd of lobbyists just to keep those subsidies rolling, I tend to regret the elections of those who just join the herd, like Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.

It seems that he prefers the controlled burning of tax dollars fueling big agriculture rather than doing anything about the bushwhacking Washington, D.C., lobbyists who are herded by Cargill and Monsanto.

I urge the respected congressman to think of the small farmers and sponsor legislation that would end huge subsidies to big agriculture instead of euthanizing the poor farmers who have true willpower.

Forest DeLozier

St. Peters, Mo.

Planned Parenthood

The lack of knowledge about the purpose and function of Planned Parenthood is obvious among people who would think that God would not bless an organization “whose primary function is to destroy his creations.”

Planned Parenthood is a 97-year-old provider of high quality, affordable health care for women and men and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Pap tests, breast exams, birth control and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases are all part of its services of which abortions make up 3 percent.

I personally have not used Planned Parenthood but I am glad it is available to those who need it. It is the right of every woman to make decisions about her health.

My hope is that abortions become very rare, and that can be accomplished through education and the availability of birth control.

Lila Holler

Paola, Kan.

Remembering Iraq

Recognizing the suffering of the Iraqi people is long overdue.

The sectarian violence that has intensified since the departure of U.S. forces receives less and less media coverage while the perpetrators of the costly and unjustified war in Iraq are free to write books, be on the lecture circuit or hold positions at major universities. This is profoundly outrageous.

There is no doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but under his iron fist there were few open hostilities between Sunni and Shiite. His dreams of further aggression were snuffed out by Operation Desert Storm. And there was no visible presence of al-Qaida.

If this nation has a conscience, we cannot sweep the blunder of Iraq into the dustbin of history and oblivion.

Jack Ozegovic

Lawrence

Sensible solutions

I have a few thoughts for people on the far right:

On immigration, let’s just tear down the Statue of Liberty. Stop all international travel. Bring all of our soldiers home and deploy them on our borders. After you ban abortions, let’s revive our hanger industry, with complete instructions, of course.

And who wants to pay taxes? Let’s just eliminate them and see what happens.

Or you can just get your minds right, and then let’s all work together to keep liberty and our country alive with common-sense decisions because America is the best there is.

Michael Smith

Independence

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