Half-cent sales tax
The proposed Jackson County half-cent sales tax for medical research is well-intentioned, but misdirected. The most important thing local government can do for economic development is provide quality basic services, namely, public safety, public education and public works, based on reasonable taxes and user fees.
Exhibit A, Johnson County. Local government revenues, particularly regressive sales taxes that are already too high, should be carefully marshaled, indeed reduced, and focused on basic governmental services for all citizens. If we do that, the market will respond and people will want to live, work, play, study and visit in Kansas City and Jackson County.
We won’t have to use our tax dollars to pay them to come here.
Art vs. obscenity
Remember the man who once said, “I know pornography when I see it.” Yet some readers are unable to see the difference between a fully naked statue of “David” in a courtyard adjacent to a major art museum and a provocatively clothed and sexually aroused statue of a woman in a local park.
Who are they kidding?
What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats? Republicans care for us before we are born, and Democrats care for us after we are born.
Reuse of campus
I read the Sept. 14 editorial, “Promising plan emerges for theology school site,” with great pleasure and hope for this important area in our city. Our daughter, Carrie Buhler, took summer theology courses at this facility, so I am familiar with the beautiful campus grounds.
I am excited and thankful that many critical social-service agencies, including those combating human trafficking, could find a welcome location there.
I am so proud that our metropolitan area is home to Children’s Mercy Hospital, the World War I Memorial and Museum, the Truman Library and Museum, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Stowers Institute, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as other institutions of importance. Indeed, if these plans for the former St. Paul School of Theology are fulfilled, Kansas City will have a new star in its crown.
Jarene A. Stanford
Greed of unions
Ah, how nice. The unions are getting high salaries, insurance and lifetime retirement money for their employees.
That was in the 1960s; now turn the clock up to 2013. Companies can no longer pay all the benefits that were demanded, so now they’re out of business.
Union greediness shut them down.
We read again where House Speaker John Boehner and the conservative right-wing extremists are going to cut all funding for Obamacare or force a government shutdown soon.
These men and women do not represent the spirit of the United States because they do not care about the vast majority of Americans without health care. They do not represent working Americans in any way.
These Republicans are loyal only to big insurance, big oil and anyone who can grease their campaign funds. Working Americans should see how Republicans have failed the American people and vote them out en masse as soon as possible.
Gone are the Republicans we could admire for their loyalty to the American people. These zealots serve only one master, big business.
Congratulations, Kansas City Royals fans. You know all the words to the national anthem. For the Kansas City Chiefs and some of that team’s fans, they have forgotten some of the words.
Let me please remind you that the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” are “land of the free and home of the brave.” The last word of the anthem is not “Chiefs.”
America is the land of the free because of the brave. Thank you to everyone who can remember the brave while singing the anthem of our great country.
Lower utility bills
Lower utility rates are on the horizon if people want them. When Missouri’s legislative session reconvenes, state Rep. Keith English will start the process of crafting the Missouri Utility Consumer Relief Act into actionable legislation.
The bill would ensure fair performance-based utility rates, stop questionable surcharges and give Missouri’s utility consumers meaningful representation on the Public Service Commission. You can read the bill’s bullet points by going online.
If you like what you read, add your signature of support to the petition. Also it’s important that you ask your state representative to co-sponsor Rep. English’s proposal because the bill cannot advance without co-sponsors.
I have proudly devoted 34 years of my life to the state, serving with the Missouri Department of Conservation in south Missouri. I have always been supportive of my state, its staff and its objectives.
But I am very deeply saddened to see that Gov. Jay Nixon has surrendered to political correctness and now refers to a Christmas tree by some other name. Without Christ, there is no Christmas and no need to have the tree in the first place.
If you and the governor’s staff insist on having a “holiday tree,” I will be glad to deliver to the capital this fall a dead elm tree. I suspect that Fox News and other media would be glad to document my delivery of this tree, along with its parade of Christians and much fanfare.
I will avoid a lengthy discussion by saying simply that I accept the governor’s search for a holiday tree as a personal insult to my Christian faith upon which this great nation was founded. My wish and prayer is that the governor will revisit this decision.
David E. Pitts
U.S. history, guns
I wonder how long it will take before history teachers teach a lesson on America in the first part of the 21st century about how the National Rifle Association teamed with U.S. gun manufacturers, bought and paid for the Republican Party to support their agenda and created a huge market for their product by creating a false sense of security among citizens owning guns because sales were down.
It’s a time in America when more than 100,000 people are shot every year, children are slaughtered and fear is widespread. This creates the false security, which results in huge numbers of our countrymen, women and children getting shot by accident, in a rage, because “I’ve got a gun and I’ve been wronged” or through suicide using a gun.
I hope my children will live to see the day but I’m sure I won’t.
Americans passed laws in the late 1800s and early 1900s restraining the populace from carrying weapons. I’m sure with the slaughter going on today, that day is coming because the people will get very tired of the pain of watching us kill ourselves.
Let’s hope history repeats itself, soon.
Gifts of kindness
About seven years ago, a job transfer brought my wife and me to the Kansas City area. We met and made friends with our new neighbors and co-workers.
Last month, my wife was diagnosed with pneumonia and, sadly, she lost her battle.
When we first arrived, I was told that Missouri is known as the Show-Me State. I now understand why. These good people have shown us nothing but caring and kindness.
I was also told that Kansas is known as the Sunflower State. We know now that’s because the sun allows the flowers of compassion and sympathy to grow within its people.
It has been a difficult time, but the friends and neighbors of this area have provided us with unlimited support. Thank you to all of you, and thank goodness for putting us among Midwesterners.