Letters to the Editor

U.S. president, gun rights, Judge cartoons

Updated: 2014-01-08T00:09:05Z

Actor for president

I’m just wondering whether it’s time for the return to the presidency of a Hollywood celebrity. Many would agree we had good luck with President Ronald Reagan.

The professional politicians standing in the wings for 2016 leave me with little enthusiasm. It’s too bad Hollywood can’t offer to people today individuals such as Spencer Tracy, John Wayne or Bette Davis.

But Hollywood could offer Tom Hanks.

Hanks seems to have his feet on the ground and would not be a pawn to the current political system.

Edward “Gomer“ Moody

Kansas City

Obama’s failures

We have three current/former cabinet members of the president’s who have made drastic mistakes. They are Attorney General Eric Holder and his Fast and Furious gun scandal, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi massacre and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with Obamacare’s botched startup.

Obama has remained unscathed. This is similar to an NFL general manager who hires failed coach after failed coach. Soon people realize the problem is not the coach but the general manager.

The problem in the executive branch is not the members of the cabinet, but the one who appointed them.

Shame on those of you who voted for such an incompetent man, and shame on the Republican Party for endorsing such poor opponents. Obama is simply the worst president and must be stopped.

Joe Lavender


Limit gun rights

Our politicians take great pride in declaring their pro-life stance and their opposition to fetal pain (although that is unsupported) but show no compassion for the lives of those killed by guns and the day-to-day pain their loved ones suffer.

As for all those responsible gun owners, they are certainly not in the homes where young children find loaded guns and kill themselves or other children.

A responsible gun owner is mature enough to accept that one’s right to own guns must be balanced with the right of others who do not like guns and don’t feel safer because someone near them might be wearing a gun. Guns need to be registered with local authorities, and licenses must be renewed on a regular basis.

Tragically, the responsible, calm, level-headed gun owner may suffer from a mental disease any time in the future. I hope not, but that is certainly a possibility. Anyone can reach the end of his rope and not be able to think or act rationally.

The right to bear arms is not unlimited.

Rayne Reese

Overland Park

Lesson from Chiefs

Dear Mr. Clark Hunt:

I'm done. Four decades of emotional and financial investment is quite enough (1-5, A1, “Another chapter in KC playoff misery”). Same plot, same ending.

The Kansas City Chiefs have once again managed to outdo themselves in finding ways to lose playoff games — 28 point lead... really?

I'm 62 years old and I have come to the decision that there are better ways to spend my time than on this red roller coaster. I should have just watched “March of the Penguins.”

Owners, players and coaches still cash their checks, checks that we fans write. Like the old joke:

“Doc, it hurts when I do this.”

Doc: “Then stop doing it.”

Long lesson learned.

Robert Bennett

Lake Winnebago

Joyless over Chiefs

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer:

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;

But there is no joy in Kansas City — the mighty Chiefs struck out.

Howard Eichenwald

Overland Park

Lee Judge cartoons

Star editorial cartoonist Lee Judge has started the New Year with a bang and revealing truths — “Well, what if the television industry decided to get rid of everyone who said something stupid?” (1-1, Judge cartoon)

Obviously, the public is not ready for the truth, and Fox News should be boarded up.

Then, “What’s it working on these days?” (1-2, Judge) The potato-chip mentality certainly reflects the direction of education, research and many other aspects of our society.

Vincent U. Muirhead


Korean War book

The book, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Yearsof Growth,” was published in the United States by South Koreans three years ago to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

It was not for sale but a gift to all Korean War veterans. As you turn the pages of the well-bound book, you get a glimpse of the old Korea devastated by the Communists’ brutality — a long line of refugees crossing a frozen river, abandoned children crying as the U.S. Marines recaptured an enemy-occupied port city and tens of thousands of North Korean refugees waiting to board an American troopship during the evacuation of Hungnam port after Chinese troops ambushed the United Nations troops that had advanced to the Yalu River.

You also get the sense of the new, vibrant South Korea today that boasts a strong economy and is among the United States’ most loyal allies, whose troops fought every war that Americans fought since the Korean War.

As a Korean who lived through the war, I agree with Confucius who said, “Gratitude is the most important virtue of all human virtues.” And this book is the witness.

Therese Park

Overland Park

Contraception issue

In reference to the Affordable Care Act provision on contraception, the elephant in the room seems to be that the people who object fail to acknowledge the option to not participate.

I don’t believe the law mandates the use but rather the option.

I’m reminded of the story about the woman in Kansas who needed a kidney transplant but objected to blood transfusions because of her religious beliefs. Do we need a policy definition tailored to those beliefs as well?

Where does this end? It seems the opposition contradicts its criticism as to the size and complication of the law.

Are opponents advocating plans tailored to each individual’s religious preference? Do they want to mix government and religion?

As a lifelong Republican, I consider myself to be pro-life.

As pro-liberty Republican, I do not feel it is my right to impose my personal beliefs on others.

As a Christian, I feel that it is my duty to try to persuade others toward my pro-life beliefs and that imposing them would be pointless.

Based on the level of contradiction posed by the opposition, I can only conclude this is another desperate attempt by extremists to impose their will and discredit the current administration.

John Goldsmith

Napoleon, Mo.

Advice to Gen X

This is in response to Vanessa Waters’ Jan. 1 column, “The problem with being a ‘Gen-Y’er today.”

Nowhere did she discuss the opportunity to spend time as a volunteer, which is a great way to network.

I also wonder whether she applied for seasonal part-time jobs the past two months, I have seen several help-wanted signs at area stores.

Life is usually what you make it.

Most of us in the working world for several decades have also had periods of disillusionment. We have worked long and hard.

What I see in Waters’ generation are employees wanting to only work the schedules they choose, not a 50- to 60-hour work week.

What a lot of us didn’t have was time to play video games and binge-watch Netflix.

My advice would be to take whatever part-time job you can get, start networking, volunteer and build your life as best you can with a good attitude and willingness to start in the working world, even if it’s not in your chosen field.

Jean Kaiser


Cheated on taxes

The average congressman makes $174,000 a year for doing nothing. How much will you pay in taxes this year?

Thomas E. Dodson

Kansas City

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