The first fast-food franchise in Kansas City to pay its workers $15 an hour will be the one I eat at and have allegiance to.
Look into the soulful eyes of an equine, and you’ll see a sensitive animal who has survived for thousands of years by successfully reading his environment.
Now imagine these animals, whose lives center around the hierarchy of a herd, being crowded into trailers with no food or water. I am haunted by the video image of a terrified horse scrambling down a chute on his way to a brutal and terrifying end.
Equines rely on us for protection. When we subject them to slaughterhouses, we become the predators they most fear.
Conceal, carry, Kansas
Because the Kansas Legislature passed the expanded conceal-carry law, I would strongly urge lawmakers to dismantle the metal detectors they have at their workplace and offer them to city or county offices that cannot afford them.
After all, if the law is so good, our legislators should feel safer because law-abiding citizens, who are armed, would be able to roam the Capitol halls to protect the legislators from crazed gunmen.
I guess it’s easy to pass laws that affect public buildings when the building they are working in would be exempt.
Missing radio news
During a recent storm and power outage, I realized there was no place to to turn for information regarding the storm.
These stories are generally well covered by TV. That won’t work when the power is out. Try the Internet. That won’t work because there is no electricity to power the modem.
Try the battery-operated radio, and there’s no coverage or what appears to be no live broadcasting during the evening hours.
Whatever happened to local informative radio?
No on sales tax
The Nov. 5 ballot proposal to fund translational medical research by means of a 20-year, half-cent increase to the Jackson County sales tax is simply a bad idea. If there truly is a commitment to develop medical-research capabilities in Kansas City, let’s dream bigger and push a statewide initiative funded by an increase in our abysmally low state tax on tobacco products.
Drug’s side effects
It is a fact that pharmaceutical companies no longer simply promote their products directly to doctors but also advertise directly to consumers through television. Reaching so many households guarantees a certain proportion will seek trial approval from their doctors.
To help protect doctors and themselves from possible injury lawsuits, the companies must publish the known side effects of their medications.
Some may cause heart attacks and strokes. Some are known to cause kidney and liver failure.
Do not take if you are having a cold or lung problems. Suicide thoughts may occur. If so, call your doctor.
Some may cause a spike in blood pressure. Test rats were known to attack and kill one another.
Some may cause impotence in teenagers. Do not drive or use heavy equipment until you know its effects.
Do not take if allergic to any of its contents. Use only as directed.
I believe I’ll stick to baby aspirin.
John Couture Sr.
There is irony in the call from some quarters for massive cuts in government programs, the safety net for the nation’s most vulnerable people — the middle class, children, the elderly, the sick and the poor.
Do wealthy retirees refuse their monthly Social Security checks? No. Do they decline Medicare benefits? No.
Do the super rich exploit every loophole in the tax code? Yes. Wealthy recipients of tax breaks employ lobbyists to pressure big government to act (or not) for their advantage.
Big government thus protects mega-banks and corporations from owning the consequences of predatory policies that feed the corporate welfare system. Those in the top 1 percent would never end big-government policies enriching them.
What they aim to dismantle are big-government programs helping those willing but unable to fully meet critical family needs for jobs, food, shelter, health care and education. They’re also working to deny the vote to minorities, the poor, the elderly and the young, whose votes could upset their agenda.
This American Dream has worked well for the wealthy. How long their dream will flourish on the backs of the vast majority of citizens is a troubling question.
Guns for children
According to the leader of the National Rifle Association, we need more guns to protect ourselves. So, with that in mind, my proposal is that henceforth every newborn shall be issued a gun.
Through the years, parents will teach their children how to use the guns properly for protection as well as sport shooting.
Now, I know it would take some time to see if this was the proper thing to do, but we’ll never know if we don’t try.
So let’s hear it for the NRA and have guns for everyone.
Woo-hoo and bang bang.
In late December, my wife and I found ourselves in a very difficult financial situation. We had agreed to a program that was supposed to benefit us by significantly reducing the amount of a monthly payment we had committed to a number of years before.
We soon discovered that not only would the payment not be reduced but that we had agreed under contract to pay almost 10 times the original amount. After discussing our situation with a local attorney, we were referred to a Kansas City law firm.
That attorney met with us to discuss our situation then went to work on our behalf, and we are now free and clear of the situation.
We hear stories all the time about how law firms are only in it for the money or they demand large amounts and percentages from their clients. This law firm and our attorney are nothing but gentlemen first, attorneys second, and have nothing but the clients’ interest in mind.
They are wonderful people, and we can’t thank them enough for what they did for us.
Travel with me to humanity’s earliest ages, long before people understood the Earth’s rotational axis tilt and its obit around the sun. Tribal groups all over the planet were beginning to measure the passing of time by marking sunrises and sunsets, the changing length of the day.
It is not hard to imagine they understood the bounty of the sun’s warmth and the increased struggle to survive as the days shortened. The concepts of equinox and solstices must have been one of our ancestors’ earliest scientific concepts as they realized that in a time of great despair the shadows started getting shorter and the daylight getting longer. It was a time to celebrate.
Flash forward a few millenniums to when another tribal unit wanted to provide a message of renewed hope, so it placed the birth of its messiah around the time of the winter solstice.
We know from history that Jesus was born in early fall, but the story works better if people co-opted the traditional season of new life. Please, spare us the refrain that this season has no meaning without your Christ.
My husband and I had breakfast at the First Watch restaurant at 83rd Street and Mission Road on a recent morning. When we asked our server for our check, she said the gentleman sitting across from us had paid it.
We were so surprised. I had heard about this happening but had never experienced it. This gentleman had no way of knowing that it was my birthday, and he had just made my day.
I was thrilled that someone could be so kind and thoughtful.