Letters to the Editor

Gun laws, perpetual roadwork, saving for college

Updated: 2013-09-12T00:53:25Z

Law enforcement

On Sept. 6, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté, in a commentary, “Law would force police to arrest federal agents,” made points to the public about the law the state legislature has passed that would nullify all federal gun laws within the state.

That certain provisions of this law go against the U.S. Constitution should be noted as well.

First of all, I do not live in the Kansas City enforcement area, but Chief Forté brings to light some valuable points. It sometimes takes the hard work of all federal, state and local law-enforcement officials to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities.

If we are to classify ourselves as decent human beings who want and need fair and just protection in our society, we need to work together through all avenues available. Our elected officials and law-enforcement personnel have to sit down together and agree on what is and can be safe and common-sense financial methods of law-enforcement methods for our society.

As a voting member of our society, I ask this process to begin now.

Charlie Joslin

Platte City

U.S issues begging

If only our elected officials in Washington, D.C., would give as much interest in and listen to their constituents with as much concern on critical domestic issues — such as raising the minimum wage; reining in big money in the electoral process by amending Citizens United; ending the foreclosure crisis; protecting and expanding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; making higher education more affordable for more young people; providing sane gun control with mandatory background checks; prosecuting those who caused the financial crisis, including Wall Street; protecting whistleblowers; addressing the critical state of our environment caused by human-induced climate change by subsidizing sustainable energy and ending subsidies to big oil, big coal, big agriculture and big pharmacy; and leaving the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act alone — as they are in giving their undivided attention to bombing our one-time ally, Syria.

Millions of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other nations. Why doesn’t the United States offer refuge to some of these people it has helped displace? Whoever is responsible for using chemical weapons on any people should be held accountable. But, then, this includes the United States.

Rosemarie Woods

Kansas City

Perpetual roadwork

As a young Kansas Citian, I drive on Holmes Road every day. I was just concerned why the city continues to just patch the pipelines and not go in and completely redo the system.

It is become quite a hassle, and I would love to see it completely fixed even if that means the street must be closed for a while.

Leo Jurgeson

Kansas City

Questioning war

In an early memory, I recall my uncle, still in his uniform, sitting on my grandfather’s bed telling of North Koreans taking souvenir ears when they overran his base. The 5-year-old never forgot that story.

All my life we’ve been in one war after another. Only one seemed to accomplish anything substantial — Kosovo settling a disturbed and dangerous Eastern Europe. Most seemed a terrible waste, traumatizing generations of young Americans and entire foreign populations. So I want to thank the president for taking this issue to Congress and thank my representatives for seriously questioning his proposal to ensure we are not being lied to again — no more Gulf of Tonkin or Yellow Cake deceptions for me.

I want to thank Sen. Rand Paul and the other new conservatives for questioning their party’s long addiction to the romance of war.

The American exceptionalists say we must constantly wage war to enforce order in the world lest it fall into disarray. Yes, that’s really what they believe.

Hopefully, as we move forward, this assumption will be increasingly questioned and we can become a more peaceful country.

G. Joseph Cenac

Weatherby Lake

Saving for college

In stories about the cost of increased interest rates on student loans, The Kansas City Star implies that the federal government (the American taxpayer) should offer lower interest on such loans. I disagree.

The Star would benefit its community by addressing the root cause of student loans: parents who, when their kids are infants, choose not to save and invest for their children’s possible college expenses.

When the federal government (the American taxpayer) helps cover some student college expenses, the parents of students who incur loans do not fully experience the consequence of their choice not to save and invest for their children’s college expenses: seeing their children struggle to finance a college education.

My qualifications to speak to this issue? When our son was 3 months old, we began saving (only $15 per paycheck at first) and investing for his possible college expenses.

Consequently, it was financially realistic for him to apply to the major universities for which his academic grades and ACT scores qualified him. Our son’s college fund paid all of his undergraduate expenses, $60,000.

Robert A. Cicerone

Overland Park

Better government

For those of us who were appalled by the Supreme Court’s anointing of George W. Bush as president back in 2000, it was temping to march on Washington, D.C., and pull him out of the White House.

But as outraged as we were, we understood we had to swallow our disappointment and move on. Anything else meant chaos.

The secularists in Egypt were right to be worried about President Mohammed Morsi’s push for Islamic law, but you fight that with the ballot box not by arresting an elected president.

A country gains credibility by establishing competing political parties that keep the extremist views of both sides in check. That is what the military should be striving for — not locking up the president and massacring his supporters.

“It has been said democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried” is attributed to Winston Churchill. That “worst form” will work if Islamists divorce their religion from their government — the only true way to freedom — and stop killing each other.

But if they refuse to do the former, the latter will never end.

Kathleen Butler

Wichita

Kindness repaid

My mom was recently at Hy-Vee in Lee’s Summit. During checkout, she realized she did not have her billfold.

The cashier said she could write a check, which she did, but because she did not have identification the computer would not take the check, and the manager was not able to override it. The manager offered to hold the groceries if she wanted to go home and get her billfold, and my mom said she would do that.

The lady behind her stepped forward and paid for her groceries, and when my mom asked for her name and address so she could repay her, the lady said it would make her day to do this for her. But the lady said if she would like, my mom could send a donation to her church, which my mom did the very next day.

How refreshing to see this nice gesture. Thank you for your kindness.

Teri Degitz

Lee’s Summit

Chiefs played well

The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a good start to the season with a convincing win against the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-9, A1, “Chiefs kick off new era with resounding victory”).

Many fans are optimistic about the upcoming season, and I have very high expectations.

The Chiefs’ performance on both sides of the ball did not let down throughout the entire game against the Jaguars. Although the offense did not score in the second half, the Chiefs did move the ball down the field like a truly effective offense should.

One of the most comforting things about the offense was that even though the Chiefs were not scoring, they did not turn over the ball. On the defensive side, we not only held the Jaguars offense, we were able to score.

This reassures fans that we can score on both sides of the ball and Kansas City can begin to play as a true professional football team.

Kyle McLagan

Kansas City

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