Back Nixon veto
Is anyone else sick and tired of the three-times-an-hour ads urging the override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 253, the massive tax cut bill? Is anyone tired of Rex Sinquefield, the St. Louis billionaire, who for years has urged the legislature to eliminate the Missouri state income tax?
He is the one who is behind the push for the override and is furnishing 90 percent of the funding. Remember, Rex was instrumental in a massive campaign to eliminate the Kansas City earnings tax.
Let your legislators know how you feel.
Missouri’s support of its public schools and universities is in the lower 20 percent of all states. Look at our crumbling infrastructure and the sad state of our highways. It would be nice if the legislators would actually try to resolve some of the important issues.
Instead, they pass ridiculous laws to not enforce federal gun laws, which of course are unconstitutional. And the legislature is refusing to expand Medicaid, which not only hurts those who would become eligible but also hurts the economy of rural Missouri.
Health care tangle
Some letter writers have suggested that Congress switch to Obamacare. I always thought the opposite: Congress should submit itself to the pre-Affordable Care Act marketplace.
Good luck to our representatives out there on the open marketplace trying to buy the kind of coverage they get from the taxpayers now. It is a crazy world the rest of us have been navigating for decades — coverage based on employer whims, pre-existing-condition denials, formularies or no coverage at all.
So, members of Congress, especially those who voted multiple times to repeal it, go out there and experience the real world and then tell us your fix. And please take those vocal Medicare and Veterans Affairs recipients who rant against “government-run health care” with you.
So geese are ruining J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (8-26, Editorial, “Watch your step: Geese droppings are everywhere”)?
When deer overrun Shawnee Mission Park, they are culled and donated to food banks.Why not geese, also? With grocery prices going through the roof, so is the need for food.
Can anybody sell me some deer, geese or horse?
Hope in millennials
Thank you, Rebekah Bell, for your inspirational Aug. 26 “As I See It” column, “The incredible potential of millennials.” You have said it so well, and I see it every day in the Generation Y young adults I know.
They do have unbelievable potential to make the world a better place and are doing just that every day — living intentional, purposeful lives that make a true positive difference. You are wise beyond your years, and I am grateful you took time to share your thoughts.
Betsy Vander Velde
President and CEO
The Family Conservancy
Born to advantage
I appreciated Jeff Bowles’ Aug. 24 Midwest Voices column, “Born on third base.”
I live at Tallgrass Creek, a nice retirement facility in Overland Park. Most of the people here were successful financially. Most are conservative Republicans.
Fox News runs constantly in our exercise facility because that is the favorite channel. Many residents are self-made men who went to public schools and to college on the GI Bill or when college tuition was affordable, and were able to find jobs that enabled them to join the middle or upper middle class.
Now they blast President Barack Obama, sing the praises of Gov. Sam Brownback and tax cuts, and sneer at the “takers.” They see no reason to support programs that might help the disadvantaged achieve as they did.
After all, they made it on their own, and their kids did, too. They don’t recognize that they started at least on second base and their kids on third.
Jeff Bowles’ column said it well. I wish more could see this as clearly as he does.
R. Vance Hall
Steve Rose column
Steve Rose’s Aug. 25 column, “Whatever happened to the end of the world?” on sequestration brings to mind a number of metaphors: Chinese water torture, death by a thousand cuts, boil the frog slowly.
Much of the spending by government is spent on goods and services in the private sector. Ask businesses that have seen a drop in their orders how they like the sequester.
We have a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure deficit. We should be borrowing to invest while interest rates are low.
It seems that conservatives don’t believe the United States should have a world-class infrastructure. As many economists have learned from Greece, Spain and Ireland, austerity kills.
In response to people having difficulties with the U.S. Postal Service, here is what I do. Each week on an out-of-town trip, I stop at either the Farley, Mo., or Weston, Mo., post offices and get first-class, smiling treatment from folks who recognize that their jobs and local post office are in jeopardy.
Plus, small-town people are much friendlier. Let’s face it.
I do eBay, so I save all my mailing for that one or two days out of town and get super service and none of the rude, curt and impolite treatment that seems the general attitude of big-city postal counter personnel.
The Postal Service has forgotten about customer relations. No wonder it’s losing billions of dollars.
Come on, folks, take your blinders off. Citizens of the United States have been “watched” since our Founding Fathers stepped onto this land. It’s gone on from the American Indians, the early wars, the Civil War, J. Edgar Hoover, Watergate, the current wars and now terrorists.
Every group in power since the Mayflower has sensed threats to itself and these United States and have surveilled citizens through whatever means available at that time — from smoke signals to our newest technology. Even our big companies surveil employees for potential wrongdoing, so it’s not just our government.
We just think our lives are private.
Teaching is a journey — a journey of the heart.
I was on that journey for 45 years and looked forward to each fall with eagerness and enthusiasm. The longer I taught, the more I appreciated the journey as a privilege to touch the lives of children, not for just a particular class or day or week but forever.
Look around this time of year. You will see teachers getting rooms ready, buying new materials, putting up colorful bulletin boards, preparing new lessons, making name tags, arranging schedules, visiting with parents, attending meetings, sharing information from summer classes, spending money from summer jobs — for the children.
I salute all teachers who will open their hearts for the first step on their journeys this fall and those dedicated to continuing the journey.
May your gift of professional service be respected, appreciated and rewarded from the first “good morning” to the last “goodbye.”
Marie S. Mentrup
This letter is to all the drivers who travel north on Roanoke Road between Ward Parkway and 47th Street (past the West Edge project).
Stop honking your horns at the trucks trying to make deliveries at the construction site.
I am one of those drivers. I do not block a lane of traffic by choice. This is where I am told to deliver.
I am sorry if this minor delay causes your latte to cool down more than normal before you reach your destination.
I can only imagine how angry you same drivers get at school buses, emergency vehicles and funerals — not to mention the road construction. All of these inconsiderate people slowing you down, do you honk at them, too?
The best thing to do is have patience. Let us do our jobs as you are on your way to yours.