Letters to the Editor

Tea party, marijuana, Nelson Mandela

Updated: 2013-12-07T01:56:43Z

Tea party teamwork

How many tea partiers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer, five:

• One to rant about the ladder being Occupational Safety and Health Administration-certified.

• One to lament that the public schools failed to teach this important skill.

• One to scream that President Barack Obama is a Muslim alien.

• One to research the Founding Fathers’ position on this topic.

• One to remind his colleague that the light bulb hadn’t been invented when the Constitution was written.

In the end, the light bulb wasn’t installed. The group collectively blamed Obamacare.

George Lafferty

Fairway

Congress overpaid

Belligerent, uncaring, loutish lunatics truculently spouting hyperbolic inanities describes Congress.

Right-wing ideologues in Congress propose cutting food stamps lest we perpetuate “a culture of dependency.” Fact: Two-thirds of food-stamp recipients are elderly, disabled or under age 18.

I propose reducing the salary for members of Congress from $174,000 to minimum wage and giving them minimal food stamps to feed their families. With what they’re producing, they’d still be overpaid.

To profess that America is a Christian nation while begrudging the poor being fed with our tax dollars is a pathetic, fraudulent claim.

Norence A. Nelson

Waverly, Mo.

Make pot legal

It is interesting to read the two op-ed columnists call marijuana legalization advocates “ill-informed” and “misleading” when those descriptors would perhaps be better-suited for their own Dec 4 piece, “The risks of marijuana are many.” They conveniently left out the myriad studies showing that alcohol is far worse for one’s health than marijuana, yet society determined that banning the former does not work.

Other studies boast preliminary results suggesting that marijuana can mitigate the effects of cancer. Sanjay Gupta of CNN recently issued an apology for opposing the use of medical marijuana for so long, suggesting its Schedule I drug classification has no logical foundation.

But arguably the authors’ most significant flaw was failing to confront the moral argument behind legalization. Marijuana arrests disproportionately hurt black communities, although blacks use it at the same rate as whites. Moreover, we must ask ourselves: Is it right to arrest and imprison a person who is doing something that harms no one else?

The winners in the marijuana-criminalization game are the drug cartels. Everyone else loses.

We can no longer allow the fear-mongering of a few to dictate common-sense reform. It’s time to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.

Michael Baharaeen

Gladstone

No on Hillary Clinton

Less than a year ago, Bill Clinton was assigned the task of explaining, in simple terms, all of the great things about the Affordable Care Act.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were proponents of the Affordable Care Act, and the American public should remember this now that Bill Clinton is trying to distance himself from Obamacare, no doubt for the sake of Hillary.

Liberal voters could be easily misled if Hillary Clinton should make a presidential run in 2016. They could be caught up in voting for the first woman president for the sake of history as opposed to common sense.

We will have had eight years to experience how this “hope and change” thing worked out. If voters hope things will change, it won’t happen by putting another Clinton in the White House.

Obama mania has run it course, and Hillary mania is not even remotely the answer to this country’s problems.

Scot Ewing

Blue Springs

Shared responsibility

In a recent congressional hearing involving the Affordable Care Act, an impudent representative from Tennessee peered over her glasses at Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and twanged: “Some people like to drive a Ford and not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red solo cup and not a crystal stem. You’re taking away their choice.”

That’s all well and good, Representative, but it’s not about drinking and driving. It’s about adequate health insurance.

You obviously don’t get it. The underinsured are just as problematic as the uninsured.

For example, someone with a cheap policy and lousy coverage, injured yahooing around on an ATV, uses an emergency room and dumps unpaid costs onto the hospital. Then pricing on all hospital services increase to make up for the loss incurred while treating Mr. Underinsured in intensive care. Subsequently, those higher prices are passed along to other hospital patients with legitimate insurance plans.

Sorry, Representative, there are no free rides in health care anymore. If individuals qualify, they can get subsidies to lower premiums for an upgraded policy meeting minimum standards.

People will now have to start being responsible and do their part, yes, for the good of the whole.

Chet Day

Shawnee

Memorable sacrifices

On July 24, 1944, our dad flew his B-17 bomber and crew over Germany. The purpose: to do their bit in putting an end to the Third Reich’s national socialism and its threat to the world.

I was born that very afternoon.

Dad and his guys were lucky. They flew 33 combat missions and came back to home base each time. Many of their air-combat comrades were shot down and killed or captured and imprisoned.

Dad turned 95 years old in October — outliving the vast majority of the Greatest Generation.

I note this bit of history to highlight the great irony to be found in it as it relates to today. You see, we are now under assault by the very kind of national socialism those American guys and gals so valiantly fought to destroy. Millions of us are apparently ignorant of the sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents as they have voted — and are voting — to establish national socialism here.

Please do some learning and hard thinking. Get a grip on reality. Be certain to vote during the midterm elections next year. Avoidance is unacceptable.

William McDannold II

Lee’s Summit

Exceptional Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a good man. He was a great man.

Ken Hedden

Parkville

Obama not humbled

President Barack Obama has said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” indicating the government made it happen. We now see what kind of business the Obama administration builds — Obamacare.

Any other organization introducing such a product to the public would be broke and out of business. If the president’s ego will allow it, a bit of humble pie may be in order.

Robert Howell

Leawood

Flashing arrows

I think the new flashing yellow arrows are dangerous. Unlike a solid yellow arrow or light whose message is to yield, the flashing yellow arrow’s message is go, go, go.

Drivers may think oncoming traffic has a red light and it’s OK to proceed, but just be careful. The purpose is to keep traffic moving, but the message is ambiguous.

Jim Junge

Prairie Village

House GOP futility

Dear House Republicans:

The Affordable Care Act was passed by a majority in Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court and supported by referendum in the last presidential election.

Face it. You lost. Move on.

Chris Muehlberger

Prairie Village

Junk mail rates

The post office claims to be losing money and frequently raises rates or wants to cut back on deliveries and services.

The solution is very simple — charge regular postal rates for advertisements and solicitations from boiler rooms claiming to represent charities and political parties, rather than the few cents they pay now.

Today I received 22 pieces of mail. One was a bill; the rest were ads and solicitations.

Jack Hayes

Belton

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