Letters to the Editor

President Obama, domestic abuse, Equal Rights Amendment

Updated: 2013-09-27T22:54:03Z

Clinging to power

On Tuesday, more of Obamacare — a law that the majority of the people of this great country are very unhappy with — goes into effect.

Here we have the “Sign it, then read it” administration, the “What difference does it make?” administration, the “I did not draw a red line” administration and it goes on and on. Finally, we come to realize it is the “We can’t stand the truth” administration.

Every day another agency cites evidence of, as one of the authors of the health-care debacle declares, “a train wreck.” It’s a law shoved down our throats without proper discussion in Congress.

Road blocks are in the way of a Benghazi investigation. There has been a denial of a “red line” statement made for the whole world to see. And to top all that off, a government official took the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in the investigation of the Internal Revenue Service.

It has been said the truth hurts. With this administration, the truth must be avoided lest officials lose the power they so zealously covet.

Maynard J. Mitchell

Independence

End domestic abuse

We learn how to be husbands, fathers and grandfathers from our dads.

My father was a hard worker and had his own company. He did not show much love to any of his children or my mother. Men don’t cry and so on.

He would drink on the weekends with his workers in front of our house. He would get drunk and then turn on my mother. At age 6, I would stand in front of my mother to protect her, my brother and my four sisters. He’d put down my mother with degrading words, and my mother would cry.

We as men must change this world. I asked God to come into my life at the age of 28. That was the day my mother died at age 48.

The women in our lives are our mothers, wives, daughters and granddaughters. They should be treated like queens every day.

The songs today about our women are demeaning and degrading. Today, men put down women in words and relationships, which is domestic abuse.

We need to change our culture to uplift women, not put them down.

Florentino Camacho Jr.

Kansas City

Sen. Ted Cruz’s show

Is Sen. Ted Cruz a totally moronic nincompoop or does he just portray one on TV?

Bill Carter

Raytown

Ratify ERA

I urge you, all women and men who care that women have not yet attained equal pay for the same work that men do, to get in touch with your legislators and ask them to support the ratification of the long-awaited Equal Rights Amendment.

Three more states need to ratify for the ERA to become law. Until then, women who support families, and there are many, deserve to have equal paychecks to men’s paychecks.

If this does not happen in time for this next legislative session, the process will have to start all over again. We cannot and should not have to wait any longer for this to become law.

Missouri is one of the states that has not yet had legislators sign on to get residents on the right side of this issue. We, the people, are at fault.

Contact your representatives today.

Evelyn Childers

Kansas City, North

Remake Obamacare

Are Republican lawmakers wasting time debating Obamacare? Yeah, sticking up for principles is such an ignoble thing to do.

Better to foist seriously flawed legislation on a largely unsupportive public than suffer the indignity of having President Barack Obama’s sole legislative accomplishment in five years pulled back, rethought and reformulated in a bipartisan fashion.

Cast in that light, you tell me who’s wasting their time.

Jim Eschrich

Lenexa

Tax dollars misspent

I do not want my tax dollars spent for a new airport because I don’t want to be left holding the bond bill to pay for it later.

In 1985, my taxes doubled to pay for new schools in the Kansas City school district.

We have beautiful buildings now that we cannot maintain, and it didn’t improve our children’s education.

Let’s use our tax dollars to pay for things we need, like new sewers and water systems and repaving our streets.

Genevieve O’Kelley

Kansas City

Democracy doubts

What does it mean when a former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, says we have no functioning democracy? This was not reported in the mainstream U.S. press but was in the German publication Der Speigel.

Are we ready to say he is senile or the same old Jimmy Carter who speaks the truth as plain as he can, just as he did as president and which cost him re-election?

Although absolutely correct in my opinion, it’s shocking to hear a former U.S. president say so.

Is there any chance such truth-telling will catch on?

Vic Burton

Kansas City

Caution, pedestrians

For the purpose of this writing, my description of pedestrians includes walkers, runners, bicyclists and people pushing strollers. The woman putting on makeup or the man reading the newspaper while driving do not know you exist. Unless they have an extra pair of eyes, they do not see you.

You should be aware of your blind spots when coming to an intersection. If you are on the right side of the street, your blind spot is on your left. Look left, then right, then left again, and if the way is clear, it should be safe to cross the street.

The reverse holds true if you are on the left side of the street.

And, just because a driver does not have a turn signal on does not mean he is not going to turn. Be alert.

Then there are the flashing pedestrian signals that you should use. They are great, if drivers would notice them.

Most drivers are looking for other vehicles and will not see you in the crosswalk until they have already turned.

Use common sense. Stay alert and live to walk, run, bike or push a stroller another day.

Rita Carpenter

Overland Park

Protecting children

Can it be that the murders of 20 innocent children and six teachers have no effect on those who would arm murderers?

Can our society be so cynical and hard-hearted that we will not hold gun manufacturers, gun sellers and those who buy weapons of mass murder responsible?

Can our representatives be so beholden to the almighty dollar that they refuse to listen to their constituents?

What is wrong with us that we refuse to protect our most precious innocents from those who would do them harm?

Kevin Fewell

Kansas City

Lament for KCI

I fear for thee, KCI,

Once proud gateway to the skies.

Is it politics that has swelled your lines

And crowded your buses to overflowing?

Security agents bark and construction projects never end.

I fear for thee, KCI,

No matter what thy fate.

Our citizens deserve civil treatment,

And civil treatment does not now exist.

Charlie Hastert

Prairie Village

Thanks to Royals

The Kansas City Royals played meaningful games in September for the first time in several years. Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, I would like to thank the entire organization for a wonderful summer.

There were challenges along the way, but this team never quit and always represented the game and the city with good effort and high character.

It was obvious that the people on the team cared for each other and had fun.

I believe general manager Dayton Moore, his staff and manager Ned Yost and his coaches deserve the city’s gratitude.

And for any Rex Hudler critics who may be left, he was always positive and knowledgeable and encouraged playing the game with the highest integrity.

And I can’t think of any other big-league announcer of the past who would have left the broadcast booth to take a baseball to a young, unhappy fan. I’ll take integrity and high character anytime. Thanks to all.

Ken Mullins

Kansas City

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