Letters to the Editor

Climate change, sales tax, proving citizenship

Updated: 2013-10-15T22:07:38Z

Climate change bunk

Scientists forecast a new ice age. Major cities will be destroyed by glaciers moving south as far as Iowa.

Half of the farmland in the Northern Hemisphere will be covered by ice. Hundreds of millions of people will starve.

Obviously, this prediction did not come true. But it had the same consensus of the scientific communities as global warming has today.

Their ice-age forecast occurred during my lifetime, so maybe people can understand why I am skeptical of global warming. Anyone with even a minimal knowledge of climate change knows there cannot be two global and totally opposite climate shifts in one lifetime.

David K. Miller

Overland Park

Political hero’s help

The damsel in distress was tied to the railroad track, and the roar of the train could be heard in the distance. The suspense was almost unbearable, but we knew in our hearts a hero would rescue that damsel at the last second.

That is something to keep in mind while following the negotiations in Washington.

Dorothy Stoeger

Platte Woods

Yes on sales tax

The Kansas City Star editorial board has come out against the proposed research sales tax that is on the ballot Nov. 5 (10-13, Editorial, “Sales tax is wrong path for worthy medical research goal”). Although I cannot argue some of The Star’s points, the sales tax probably would be the most useful sales tax in the last 40 years, bar none.

If the money stays here in Jackson County, this leap of faith toward our health-care community can offer advances that would benefit many here in the county. I trust the three institutions that would be using these funds.

I trust these three institutions more than I do the rat hole commonly known as Washington, D.C. If the sales tax passes, as a citizen, I will be watching any way I can to see that the money stays here in the county.

Please vote yes for the translational research sales tax.

Brian Mullies

Blue Springs

Proving citizenship

Does this happen in your neighborhood? People pull over and park on the left side of the road. This happens a lot in my neighborhood, and it got me to thinking.

People in Great Britain drive on the left and park on the left. What if we have a bunch of Brits who are in our country illegally? My proposal: People caught parking on the left side of the road should have to go to court and prove their citizenship.

I understand that this idea is already in committee over in Brownbackistan. Now I just need a Missouri Republican to pick up the cause.

I wonder what Todd Akin is doing these days?

Richard Johns

Kansas City

Vote no on sales tax

Citizens for Responsible Government has at least two other groups in its corner fighting the unfair, ill-conceived medical-research sales-tax proposal. The League of Women Voters and Freedom Inc. have stepped up to fight what is a big, unjust drain on the finances of Jackson County voters.

It is not clear just exactly what this tax will cure. Citizens for Responsible Government does not have the finances to fund a mailer every other day or show some poor baby on TV, which by the way many people find rude, offensive and insensitive.

We must rely on the public, the regular people, to stop this madness.

There are way too many unanswered questions about this half-cent sales-tax proposal. Get on board and vote no on Question No. 1 on Nov. 5.

No one is against meaningful medical research. This project is wrongfully funded and not in the best interest of Jackson County voters.

Dan Coffey

Citizens for

Responsible Government

Kansas City

Downtown streetcar

Please explain how a $20 million federal grant for Kansas City’s downtown streetcars eases taxpayers’ burden. From where does the treasurer think this money comes if not from borrowing it?

It is another entry in the ledger of our incredibly bloated federal debt — a burden on all of us, current and future taxpayers.

How can we ever expect to get our fiscal house in order if everyone has his hand out for more of this “free” money? The City Council’s elation over having the feds’ blessing does not give me the same level of overconfidence in this project.

Quite the opposite. It makes me more opposed to the streetcar plan than ever before.

Bruce Focht

Lee’s Summit

Let wisdom prevail

Unfortunately, old and wise don’t always come in the same package (10-14, A1, “Avert default, nations tell U.S.”). When I heard the first interviews of veterans recently escorted through barricades, I knew the next few days would not add to their legacy in a good way.

“We were going through even if they hadn’t taken the fence down,” declared one. Sure enough, the Oct. 14 Star featured a whole crowd of citizens who stormed the memorials. They took down the barricades and went through.

Anyone who values an orderly society and a truly democratic government must think twice before congratulating them.

What are our young people to think when their elders decide individually or in unruly mobs which regulations to obey? We must not dilute the legacy of the Greatest Generation with anarchy.

Those memorials belong to all of us because of our democratic government. Our dysfunctional Congress also belongs to all of us. The representatives are there because most of us voted for them.

We have remedies that show respect for the government of the people. Demonstrate lawfully. Tell your representatives you will be voting for statesmen next November.

Beverly Ring

Olathe

Cartoonish depiction

I love football and have been a Chiefs fan since the 1960s. However, I abhor the dehumanizing characterization of Native American culture by some of the Chiefs fans. Fans dressed in demeaning and stereotypical costumes receive special attention from the television and print media.

On Oct. 14, in The Kansas City Star there was a front-page photograph of fans dressed in costumes that perpetuate the Hollywood image of Native Americans as mythical, cartoonish buffoons. Would it be acceptable to wear black face, Afro wigs, bones through noses and grass skirts and call it African-American-type garb?

The front-page photograph featured a young boy imitating the adults. It reminded me of the movie “42,” in which a boy listens to his father hurl racial epithets at Jackie Robinson and then imitates the learned behavior.

For a newspaper that supposedly values diversity, The Kansas Star sorely missed the mark and is enabling distasteful and disgusting behavior by Chiefs fans. The Native American culture is a living, beautiful and spiritual culture that deserves respect.

Lynn Durbin

Prairie Village

Chiefs game heroes

On Sundays, I have the pleasure of working as a guest services representative at Arrowhead. The Chiefs’ winning record has made this the place to be.

Sunday’s game against the Raiders was no exception. The Chiefs won.

There may have been two Guinness Book of World Records set — Arrowhead becoming the loudest sports venue in the world, and the color pink being everywhere as Breast Cancer Awareness Month was celebrated.

However, there were some other special things happening that may have gone unnoticed. They happened in the aisle between sections 130-131 on the field level.

At the top of the stairs, a young man from Nebraska, celebrating his 21st birthday, was seated in his wheelchair. Wearing his shiny red Chiefs helmet and a Nebraska football jersey, he never spoke, but our fans made sure he was a part of the action.

I am sure the high-fives, fist bumps, kind words and the gift of a Chiefs training-camp hat, which one fan took off and gave him, made for a memorable day.

Often, we think of heroes as only being on the playing field.

Well, on Oct. 13, there were some off the field, too.

Mary Alice Weimer

Kansas City

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