Letters to the Editor

Missouri sports, ALEC, NRA

Updated: 2013-10-22T22:17:43Z

Sports, Missouri

Don’t mess with Missouri.

Kansas City Chiefs, last undefeated NFL team.

University of Missouri-Columbia Tigers, undefeated (No. 5 in the BCS).

St. Louis Cardinals, World Series bound.

I just thank God I’m not from Kansas.

Phil Smith

Kansas City

ALEC’s effects

Since 1973, many big businesses have hidden their lobbying behind a nonprofit front, eroding liberty.

Liberty is the absence of unfair constraint. Its greatest enemy is voter complacency.

For 40 years, big businesses have written legislation in favor of the wealthy and forced it through the statehouses of this nation. Their contributions are tax-deductible for this deception.

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a must-join for state legislators. The Chamber of Commerce acts as union reps for the group, yet unions favoring the working class are attacked.

Citizens can stop this practice by voting responsibly. Find a new candidate if your representative is a member of this group, which is stealing liberty from the working class.

ALEC’s laws include for-profit prisons and schools, war on unions, extreme voting laws, attempts to privatize Medicare, limiting corporate liability, repealing renewable-energy bills and blocking climate-change laws.

Each time another of these attacks on liberty is passed in a statehouse, a tear rolls down the face of Lady Liberty. These big-business members of the Flat Earth Society think they are smart when in actuality they are only smart ALECs.

Jan Lancaster

Springfield, Mo.

Money over lives

What is more important, money or American lives? That is the question the National Rifle Association will have to answer.

In the news recently was yet another mass shooting, this time in Washington, D.C. This seems to fit right in with the other mass killings in America.

Why do these shootings keep happening? We lost 26 Americans in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty were children, and these children represented the future of America.

There seems to be no solution other than limiting the sales of assault weapons. This is where the problem occurs. There are too many gun shows. There are too many gun stores. There are too many Americans losing their lives.

But what does the NRA do with these facts? It ignores them. It changes the subject and points fingers, all to make a profit.

What worries me is that the firearms used in some of the shootings were obtained legally. Assault weapons should be outlawed.

The evidence about the NRA says that the association cares more about money than human lives. That does not bode well for the future of America.

Andrew Bock

Shawnee

Federal tax bonus

Be sure to have your accountants deduct 16 days’ worth of federal income taxes from your 2013 filing. I’m sure the government understands we have no obligation to pay for services not received.

Master Sgt. Paul Kelly

(retired)

Kansas City

KC vs. Denver

I would like to offer some observations of the Kansas City scene from the perspective of a new arrival and a recent escapee from Broncoland, also known as Denver.

First, The Kansas City Star is by far a superior newspaper compared with The Denver Post — most notably in the coverage of local news and events.

Additionally, the sports section of The Star is incredibly more thorough and comprehensive. The Post is virtually a Bronco public-relations publication as stories featuring the Broncos dominate that newspaper 52 weeks a year.

Second, the rush to build a larger terminal at Kansas City International Airport is, in my opinion, a rush to undermine an excellent flier-friendly KCI airport.

Just look at Denver International Airport. It is huge and very flier-unfriendly with long lines at screening, very long walks to the gates and atrocious parking. Is this what you really want?

Last, I have found the drivers in Kansas City to be much more courteous and respectful than those in Broncoland, where exceeding the speed limit by less than 15 mph is considered rude.

I could go on and on, but let me close by saying: Don’t ever sell yourself short, Kansas City. You have a lot going for you.

David Briggs

Basehor

Congressional fixes

The last few weeks should have taught us that one small faction of a political party, a minority of a minority, should not be allowed to gum up the wheels of democracy, bring the government to a halt, threaten the world economy and disregard the suffering of ordinary Americans.

This time it was reality-denying tea party Republicans. It could be wide-eyed liberal Democrats in the future.

Here are three fairly simple changes to congressional rules that would restore democracy as it was envisioned by the Founding Fathers:

•  Do away with the requirement to vote on raising the debt ceiling. If Congress authorizes spending, it should be understood that the U.S. government will pay those bills.

•  Do away with the filibuster, at least on procedural votes, and if it is retained on votes to pass a bill, require a standing filibuster with a time limit on when it must end and the bill must be voted on.

•  Make it a rule that if one house of Congress has passed a bill, the other house must take it up as is.

All of these changes would favor the majority and might be objected to by the minority or even some members of the majority who fear that they might someday be in the minority. So what? If they don’t like it, let them win elections.

That is how a real democracy works.

Ancel Neuburger

Olathe

Safeguarding U.S.

The debt ceiling is a concern for my business. Our company serves and drives the construction market.

As the CEO, I am appalled at the government and the behavior of our elected officials. Everyone is for sale, asking for the biggest payment to persuade the vote.

My mission, as a woman-owned business, is to work hard, provide for my family and provide my employees with a great work environment and hope for their future. I want to depend on our government leaders to lead and to choose ethics over power and income.

As in my business, our government cannot spend money and refuse to cover the costs it already has incurred.

If there’s one thing I knew going into my business it is that if I signed a contract, I had to honor it. If I took a loan out to grow my business, I need to pay in full and on time.

Congress cannot continue to jeopardize our economic stability.

When will the partisan politics end?

When will members of Congress begin protecting our country’s interests rather than their individual interests?

Shelley Armato

Kansas City

Steve Rose column

If Steve Rose is correct in his Oct. 20 column, “Tweet should cost KU journalism prof his job,” then being paid for an opinion (as he is) is OK and constitutionally protected. However, University of Kansas professor David Guth should keep his mouth shut.

My preference is to have professors who are willing to take a stand, to model to their students what one goal of higher education should be about — finding one’s voice. Guth did that.

What professor Guth said puts KU officials in a win-win situation (despite

Rose’s muddled logic), but only if they defend Guth and wear proudly the mantle of an institution of higher education. If not, their football team won’t be the only doormat in the Big 12.

Bill Hankins

Platte City

Stolen wallet returns

I’d like to thank the guy who found my wallet, stolen from a locker in a local gym. The man said in a note accompanying the wallet that he’d found it in the street by his home and that, as it had an address in it, he mailed it back to me.

I really appreciate the time and trouble the man went to. I sure was surprised to see it again.

Ron Vuturo

Kansas City

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