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Letters — motor vehicle hassles

Updated: 2013-08-06T22:38:16Z

Motor vehicle news

Recently, for the first time in my life, I had to go down to the department of motor vehicles, not because I wanted a license, but because I needed a photo identification card. After complaining for a day and a half, I arrived to a relatively short line.

But when I got to the front, I was informed that I needed to have made a prior appointment. It was literally news to me that we needed to have texted ahead to even be considered for an opportunity to have a poorly lit photo taken in a weird smelling room with a hundred other people wanting to be anywhere else.

Shouldn’t this information have been published and aired in the local news media?

A change in the department’s policy is definitely news. It may not be as exciting as other things, but it is a million times more relevant to daily life than the weekly op-ed on food.

Robin Smyth

Overland Park

Sigman’s column

In response to Bob Sigman’s July 17 column, “Anti-education stance is putting the squeeze on,” I believe the author’s conclusions are wrong. Mr. Sigman’s assertion, as I understand it, is that he thinks the Brownback administration is anti-education because of its plan, now being enacted, to gradually lower the tax burden for Kansas citizens and businesses.

That doesn’t make sense. First, state universities everywhere, not to mention the public kindergarten through 12th-grade system, face the same key issue regarding funding — that the prime, historical source (the taxpayer) is tapped out.

Second, most serious students of this issue realize that if state universities are going to grow, prosper and actually offer relevant quality education experiences, they must attract substantially more private funds in the future, just as private colleges and universities do. In short, they need to compete in this funding arena.

Using “other people’s money” on the assumption that it is an inexhaustible supply, is no longer a viable option. It seems this concept is difficult for many to understand, especially those who don’t work in the private sector, or don’t understand basic economic principles, or choose a political position that operates in ignorance of the real world.

The key to a better state higher education opportunity is to create an environment in that state, in which the private sector can grow and prosper. That in turn will provide more and more funding for quality education.

The reverse of that, as is suggested by Mr. Sigman, is to continue to tax the private sector more and more, thus crowding out the only real opportunity for long-term future funding growth. Seen in the fuller context of economic reality, and pro-growth common sense, Brownback’s plan is decidedly pro-education, whereas Mr. Sigman’s is not.

Mark Eveans

Olathe

Pro-choice truth

Why is it that Republicans cannot say the words, “pro-choice”? They like to say there are people who are pro-abortion.

There is no one who is pro-abortion. I guess the reason Republicans cannot say the words pro-choice is because they truly believe that women should never have a choice on anything.

To Republicans who believe this, women should be told what to do by men.

Sharon Edwards

Olathe

Energy efficiency

We were pleased to read the article, “Setting a Green Example,” in the July 10 issue of 913 about the energy-efficient home built in Leawood and deconstruction of the previous house. We hope it inspires many others to build with energy-efficiency as a goal, rather than an afterthought.

We do take exception to Andy Homoly’s comment, “We’re the pioneers in this….” The LEED program may be new, but energy-efficient construction has been going on in the Kansas City area for decades.

The energy crisis of the 1970s stimulated much activity. The Missouri Solar Energy Association was one valuable resource during that time.

We attended a course at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on the subject in 1980 and built an earth-contact, passive solar home in a Shawnee neighborhood in 1981.

Windows on the south side let in sunlight for warmth during the winter. An overhang keeps out the summer sun.

Building into the side of a south-facing hill provides insulation. It is a shame to see lots that ignore landscape and construction that does not take advantage of the sun’s energy.

Thank you for helping show that energy efficient homes can be attractive as well as practical.

Robert Schroeder

Shawnee

Too big to jail

Still no jail time for Wall Street. It all goes back to the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and the passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Commodities Futures Modernization Act.

And, it all goes downhill from there — really downhill. Not to mention that the Dodd-Frank bill is a joke and only makes the too big to fail concept even more too big to fail and of course, too big to jail.

We had our chance to end this in 2008-2009, but with Hank Paulson, and then Timothy F. Geithner at Treasury, and the clowns in Congress they chose to toss the U.S. economy under the bus and save the too big to fail banks. It will all be nicely documented in the Chinese history books

Joe Parizek

Overland Park

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