Letters to the Editor

Kris Kobach, Syria, food stamps

Updated: 2013-09-05T22:22:30Z

Citizen Kris Kobach

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the GOP extol the virtues of facilitating voting in Iraq but plot to prevent voting in the United States.

Are we sure that Kris Kobach is a U.S. citizen? Or is he just anti-democracy or abusing his power in an attempt to cheat?

Michele Elliott

Overland Park

Syria questions

Perhaps because it isn’t their idea, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and their Republican Senate colleagues are suddenly very cautious about getting involved in Syria.

They had no problem fabricating a reason to attack Iraq, or at least look the other way. But here is a Middle Eastern country that has demonstrated that it actually has weapons of mass destruction and has used them, and the Republican senators are cautious?

I don’t know whether the members of Congress wonder or care why the American public has no confidence in their ability to govern, but this kind of tortured thinking is part of the reason.

I don’t think we should militarily go into Syria now nor should we have experimented in Iraq as we did. But I would at least like consistent thinking and positions from our leaders.

Gene Moyer

Kansas City

Obama’s mistake

Jimmy Carter lost Iran. Now Barack Obama appears to be on the verge of losing the rest of the Middle East.

Fran Baker

Lee’s Summit

Food stamp need

Thanks to The Star for the Sept. 1 articles on food stamps, “Kansas sees a food stamp fight.”

We in the 4th District of Missouri have one of the worst tea partier representatives. She is on the committee that wants so badly to cut food stamps, but she and her family have taken nearly $1 million in farm subsidies.

Sure, she is not worried about the farm bill. It gives to the rich and large farmers while taking away from the needy and jobless.

People need to take a good look at the farm bill and see how it helps only the wealthy.

It is time we wake up in the 4th District and tell Rep. Vicky Hartzler, “Enough of your taking from the government and cutting necessary programs for needy people.” Also, email her and tell her to find a new job in 2014.

We do not need a tea party rep in the 4th District.

George Wheeldon

Archie, Mo.

Justice inequality

Current events weigh heavily on my mind. The difference between the sentences in the trials of Maj. Nidal Hasan and Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is very troubling.

Hasan is an American Muslim who killed American soldiers and civilians. Bales is a non-Muslim American who killed Muslim Afghan civilians (mainly sleeping women and children).

Yet, in one case the sentence is death while in the other life imprisonment. Why should one man be killed for his crimes while the other is allowed to live?

Is the answer the religion of the killers and the nationality of the victims? Does a Muslim who kills Americans have to die while the non-Muslim American who kills Afghan women and children is given the opportunity to live?

Is this the message we are sending to the rest of the world? And we wonder why we have enemies?

Mary Reusser

Kansas City

Bishop Finn

A major puff piece on a convicted pedophile enabler (9-3, D1, “Practices in humility”)? Shame on The Star.

How do you think this makes the parents of Shawn Ratigan’s victims feel?

Nancy Bone

Kansas City

Violence in KC

My heart aches for the path so many in our city have taken. Daily shootings, children at peril, unsafe neighborhoods.

And then I read that the kind creature who adopted the Elmwood Cemetery was killed. Yes, Ella the deer, who brought smiles to all and somehow made the atmosphere of a cemetery joyful.

First her mother was killed, then her best friend, Moxxie, the dog, was taken away and then a heartless, cruel soul killed this “ray of sunshine” as described by Elmwood board member Bruce Mathews. And for what purpose?

The evil that hides in so many people these days frightens me. What kind of world is ahead for future generations?

I am afraid to think about it.

Johnette Zimmerman

Overland Park

Gusewelle column

Although I disagree with C.W. Gusewelle’s belief in human evolution, he has a valid point: Many of our modern social problems stem from our failure to maintain stable, monogamous relationships (9-1, A4, “Vote for the one who won’t shrink brains”).

Gusewelle doesn’t take the logic far enough: If supporting monogamous political candidates is good, then returning to a time when lifetime marriages were the norm and divorce and out-of-wedlock births were more rare would be much better.

Many of the modern social problems that politicians insist require government intervention could be largely solved by returning to a more monogamous society.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be appalled that in 2005, 69 percent of all black children were born to unmarried women, up from 37 percent in 1970. White people are getting worse, too, at 32 percent in 2005, up from 6 percent in 1970.

Americans who finish high school and don’t have children until they are at least 25 years old and married have only a 9 percent chance of living in poverty. Those are pretty good odds.

Perhaps instead of attempting to create government programs to combat our social problems, we should revisit the issue of personal responsibility.

Sean Nunn

Raytown

Tackle real woes

Our nation and citizens are intimidated when it comes to educational, social, sexual, economic and religious-freedom problems. The race card, like a bullet, is deadly.

It is not racial discrimination but real concerns such as fear, anxiety and actual pain from countless drive-by shootings, bodies found, carjackings, drugs, prostitution, public-transportation drivers stabbed and Metro buses shot at, home invasions, thefts and burglaries.

Billions of dollars are spent on the effects while the real causes must not be addressed because some manipulators would lose power, positions, political gain and profit.

Generations of inhumane behaviors fueled by promoters of hate, anger, misinformation and vituperative media statements create misery for all and contribute to lost communities such as Detroit and others.

Early in World War II, the British people, fighting for survival against external enemies and internal manipulators, were reminded by Prime Minister Winston Churchill “if we open a quarrel between past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.”

Greed at all levels will destroy our republic, and these cancerous conditions must be cured.

Thomas Walsh

Kansas City

Great symphony

I was among the thousands who enjoyed the Kansas City Symphony’s concert Monday evening in Shawnee Mission Park.

Thank you to the musicians and their sponsors for presenting an enjoyable concert. They could have spent their Labor Day with their families but chose to perform outdoors for us, as they did Memorial Day at Union Station.

The program was exciting as were the erudite comments of the symphony’s associate conductor, Aram Demirjian, when introducing the program.

The area is blessed to have a symphony of this caliber. You should hear the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Roger Miller

Bonner Springs

Beef up job skills

If it were not such a sad reflection of the current times and common mentality of some voters, it would be amusing that fast-food workers are demonstrating for higher wages (8-30, A8, “Protests call again for better fast-food pay”).

Dear Mr. or Ms. Worker:

Take the time to enhance your personal education to develop some marketable work skills so that the laws of supply and demand will then entitle you to a higher income level than the minimum wage.

John Clements

Roeland Park

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