Embattled civil rights
As a black man old enough to remember the far right’s opposition to the Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation, I question whether this will be the Republicans’ next challenge if they are successful in killing the Affordable Care Act.
Keep in mind that Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party darling, has on many occasions called for repeal of the Civil Rights Act.
The fact that laws were passed by Congress, signed by a president and survived a Supreme Court challenge doesn’t seem to matter to these zealots who have no regard or respect for anyone’s opinions but their own.
Eddie L. Clay
Why is it so easy to get angry behind the wheel? I’m writing this because the chances of again seeing a person I offended are slim to none.
I want to apologize. You were driving a small white sedan; I was in my red Escape. You were coming off a highway to Red Bridge Road.
I was trying to go west on Red Bridge, and you were trying to go east. But I failed to notice that. I thought you were trying to cut me off and get one car in front of me, and in the heat of anger from the backed-up traffic I lashed out.
How juvenile that a person can get so angry about one more car in front of of him. I honked my horn at you, angry at my own ill-conceived and incorrect slight.
I yelled at you, thinking you were in the wrong. And my 2-year-old son in the back seat heard me yell and did the same.
How ashamed I feel and how I wish I could actually apologize to you. This is the best I can do, so I am very and sincerely sorry.
Larry Moore cheers
Having known Larry Moore for the best part of 50 years, I think the phrase that sums up the man in all his many facets is quality human being (11-26, D1, “A little less of Moore”). Also, the adage that says behind every successful man is a woman certainly rings true with this couple.
Ruth Moore is a strong, focused, warm, giving and loving person who, if she set her mind to it, could almost walk on water. Indeed, they were made for each other.
John B. Stewart
Yes, we were the first — the first to drop nuclear and plutonium bombs on civilian women and children. Yea for us.
The United States was the first to need superfund programs to handle the radioactive waste destroying our land, making people sick and even killing our own people. Yea for us.
The U.S. was the first to spend billions on these weapons when we could spend it on, I don’t know, education, health care, developing alternative clean energy. Silly things like that.
I would ask the Nov. 25 letter writer whom he thinks nuclear weapons would deter? Not suicidal terrorists, that’s for sure.
The more weapons we produce, the more the terrorists like it. Yea for us.
The more radioactive waste we leave behind, the more the American-haters like it. Yea for us.
Our representatives and Speaker of the House John Boehner seem not to realize that they work for all of the American people, not just the Republicans in their respective districts.
We may not be able to fire those uncaring, thoughtless people but we can begin recall actions against them.
Why hasn’t someone thought of this? Today is not too late.
Monorail for KC
In the Nov. 23 front-page article, “KC streetcar glory days hold lessons for today,” it seems the promoters of streetcars are bringing back train cars in the street for reasons of nostalgia as well as for transportation and tourist purposes.
These types of streetcars aren’t really an improved means of getting around. People who have ridden streetcars in other cities have found that dealing with automobile traffic limits the speed of streetcars.
They cause traffic congestion, and sometimes fender benders with autos can have tragic results. This is of no concern to rail-car manufacturers. Instead of safety, their goal is a transportation system that’s the most profitable.
I recommend that Kansas City leaders send a team of transportation experts to Tokyo to study the elevated train that travels to the Haneda Airport (it’s called the Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line).
If they were to implement that type of transportation here in Kansas City, it would be not only an efficient means of transportation but also one that’s very safe and fun to ride.
The operating costs would be very low, which would mean less of a burden to taxpayers.
NSA, public trust
Since 9/11, an issue of ever-growing importance has been frequently debated in the political and philosophical world involving the difficult task of choosing between national security and maintaining our constitutional rights. The National Security Agency is at the forefront of this.
In response to the recent leaks by NSA whistleblowers, the majority of the public is upset over the effortless invasion of privacy. However, it is necessary to address the reality of this problem.
The NSA’s main policy is counterterrorism, not listening to gossipy phone calls and reading angry emails. However, I do not believe this is what Americans are angry about.
Instead of people worrying about the NSA spying on them, we need to push for more transparency and reform in the program. If we know the exact processes in which the NSA works, there would not be any secrets to leak.
It is important and necessary to regain the external checks the citizens of the United States once held on this governmental program. The NSA must demonstrate to us that there is a constant dialogue involving it, Congress and the president and must earn back its constituents’ trust.
If you look at the history of third parties in the U.S. political system you’ll find such names as Reform, Libertarian and Green.
They all have something in common when identified as third political parties. They all have a cause or issue they want, or wanted, brought into the national dialogue. They’ve all found a small following and some backers with money that have propelled each into at least a small piece of the politics of the day.
Today, we have the tea party. It appears that this party is one of a different strain for several reasons.
For one, it has put some sort of stranglehold on one major party by claiming to be part of that party. Are its followers members of the Republican Party or are they members of the tea party?
This type of relationship is referred to as parasitism in biological terms. Think of it like a virus. The body doesn’t know to fight the virus because it’s masquerading as a normal cell.
It’s time for the tea party to be its own party and stop pretending to be Republicans. Have your own primaries and pit your candidates against Republicans and Democrats in general elections.
Thanks for diversity
Twenty-some years ago, we were in a Denny’s restaurant near San Francisco, where I enjoyed my first on-a-menu veggie burger. I was delighted with my birth state’s “progressive” food offerings and with the diversity of customers and employees.
“We’re not in Johnson County anymore,” I laughingly told my husband.
Later, as part of my job, I drew several children in First Communion clothing, remembering the faces I saw in California. In time, this drawing became a reality as our community included faces from Africa, India, Mexico. Johnson County became home to immigrants from many lands.
I am thankful that my Polish grandparents were welcomed to this country. I admire those who work closely with newly immigrated families, getting them settled in and comfortable.
I am grateful to teach and worship with other cultures. Our Thanksgiving tables are far richer because of their presence.
Candi Ayres Phillips