Letters to the Editor

Letters: President and Wizard of Oz, Obamacare, kudos to Pope

Updated: 2013-12-30T21:45:33Z

Obama, Wizard of Oz

According to the latest polls, it seems as if the American people question the integrity of our president. They have doubts as to his trustworthiness and ability to lead.

However, a big majority still find him likeable and think he is sincere about helping people. It reminds me of when Dorothy pulled back the curtain, and the wizard said, “I am not a bad person, just a lousy wizard.”

Bob Dougherty

Overland Park

Obamacare hopes

I think legislators in the United States and Missouri better begin to calm down. They need to help the working poor and middle class begin to enjoy the benefits of affordable health-care coverage under Obamacare.

I also hope Missourians experience the benefits under Obamacare.

The few Republicans I have supported since July 1980 as a registered voter include Kit Bond and John Danforth in Missouri as well as Robert Dole as a Kansas senator and Jan Meyers as a Kansas congresswoman.

David Gates

Kansas City

Bad ‘Wolf’

Television ads are calling “The Wolf of Wall Street” the “best movie of the year.”

I saw this movie recently. My wife and I see most of the new movies, as they are released.

This movie is among the worst movies we’ve ever seen. It’s pure pornography, with the filthiest of talk from beginning to end, XXX nakedness, repeated explicit sex and the constant use of drugs, drugs, drugs.

It’s hard to believe that Hollywood would sink this low. On the other hand, though, Hollywood movies long ago promoted the use of alcohol and cigarette smoking, so perhaps the presentations in this movie are not actually all that surprising.

I’m 78 years old and terribly disappointed in Hollywood’s constant efforts to corrupt our society.

And by the way, why on earth does the media comply with these efforts? Shouldn’t the media refuse to promote such a movie, certainly not calling it the “best movie of the year”?

Skip Willrett

Overland Park

Kudos to pope

As a high school senior attending a private Catholic high school, not only do I hear about Pope Francis’ teachings, but they affect some of the classes I take at school.

I have noticed in the past few years at school a lack of commitment to the faith, while an underlying feeling of doubt has surfaced among some students.

I was brought up in a Catholic household, attended a Catholic grade school and have continued religious education into high school. However, I often find it difficult to accept everything the church teaches when it can be so closed off to change.

Many of my friends and I were ecstatic to hear that Pope Francis was a much more open-minded, forward-thinking pope than those who have preceded him. His teachings make doubtful Catholics like me want to believe in the faith.

He makes us feel as if Jesus’ teachings are truly being brought into the modern world.

Pope Francis is correct in pointing out that Jesus was radical to those around him. Jesus disliked commercialism, classism and inequality, which is similar to how Pope Francis points out the flaws they cause in society.

So I say, keep it up, Pope Francis.

Maggie Herrington

Kansas City

Value of people

Officials in government have told us the Constitution is a “living document.” They say the colonists could never have envisioned the automobile or the modern computer, so our government must keep up with the times.

If you were to stop, you’d see one object that is constant through time — people.

The Constitution was based on the ideas proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence: self-evident truths that are not tied to one generation and immune to another. Human nature is fixed.

Technology doesn’t improve humans, and human government can’t improve humans. The preamble of the Constitution states that it was established to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Posterity means all generations.

Government is out of control; it is logical to assume that government will not control itself. This is why there are two paths to amend the Constitution.

The great state of Kansas has a leadership team to spearhead this movement. To get involved, visit our website, conventionofstates.com.

The true power lies with us — the greatest expression of human freedom. It starts in Kansas.

Michael L Pochek

Wichita

Kids’ better future

As a substitute teacher the last two years, I firmly believe there is a strong possibility the next 50 years can to be better than the past 50 years. But it won’t happen without planning and hard work.

If we can provide students a path to success, we’ve got nothing to worry about. These kids are bright, eager to learn and have pretty good morals.

The computer and the Internet have given them more knowledge than previous generations of students. Google is there for them.

By the eighth or ninth grades, the students should be made more aware of the jobs that are waiting for them. I know kids with college degrees they’re not even using. Then I know a kid who will graduate with a petroleum-engineering degree in May and has accepted a job with a petroleum company for $105,000 starting with $40,000 signing bonus.

I think the future will be better than the last 50 years. But if we baby these kids, we’re going to keep sliding into the abyss.

We may have been able to get a degree in basket weaving, get a job and work up to six figures. But that ship has sailed.

Vern Lynn

Lenexa

Harmless weapons

It turns out that guns, being inanimate objects, do not kill people. People kill people.

In other breaking news, crystal methamphetamine does no damage to the human body. Crystal meth is only harmful to foolish people who ingest it.

Responsible crystal meth owners can attest that without human involvement, crystal meth would just sit quietly where it was placed and cause no issues whatsoever.

The same is true of pretty much any drug you can name. It’s the users’ faults.

I support the right to own guns and drugs. There must be some occasions when using guns and/or drugs is legal and moral.

For example, if an intruder entered your home. Or if it’s the only way to relieve life-ending pain. It is perfectly reasonable to trust the American people to let these so-called harmful items sit on their shelves harmlessly until such a time arrives.

If these policies backfire, it’s only because of stupid addicts and murderers who would probably do these things anyway.

Some think that allowing people to easily acquire guns and/or drugs might encourage their use or enable users. But I completely trust everyone around me to own deadly items and never misuse them. God bless America.

Madi Holcomb

Leawood

Troost as gateway

I believe Kansas City to be the best city, but it is in need of one huge improvement.

Troost Avenue should become an area of unity for our city, not a dividing line.

When I entered my private high school years, I was shocked to meet others who were uncomfortable passing Troost Avenue or they spoke badly of the area.

Granted, I could see Troost Avenue from my grade school window and crossed the street most days to attend soccer practices, games, etc.

I am still irked by comments I hear about girls locking their doors when approaching the street.

I would like to see an increase in plans to break down the barrier that is Troost Avenue.

I believe our city would be the best out there if this were to happen.

Many times when we think of areas in need we think of Third World countries or places where natural disasters occur regularly. But we fail to see the need in our own city.

Mattie O’Boyle

Kansas City

Neighbors’ kindness

I live on 70th Terrace in Raytown and have amazing neighbors. I recently observed a lady and her two children exit my driveway carrying two snow shovels.

I went to the door and saw that they had scooped a path from my door to the street.

I could not identify them because of cold weather gear, but what a wonderful lesson in giving that woman is teaching her children.

Another neighbor (who walks) throws my paper from the street to my upper driveway. There must be something in the water, and I love it.

Herman Mohr

Raytown

Low-wage fallout

I wonder whether people who want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour are willing to pay $8 to $10 for their Quarter Pounders and $4 or $5 for their sodas.

George Gunter

Raymore

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