Letters to the Editor

Obamacare, Gov. Jay Nixon, Pope Francis

Updated: 2014-01-23T23:50:02Z

Dump Obamacare

Republicans are not opposed to health insurance programs. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were leading the way years ago.

Mitt Romney established the program in Massachusetts, which has proved it works. Conservatives do not like Obamacare because it was ramrodded through Congress without debate or input by conservatives.

Passing it and then reading it just didn’t work. Not enough thought was given to the implementation procedures, means of financing the program, the effect on the medical providers and many other problems not covered.

It is so bad, just changing the name isn’t enough. The solution is to dump Obamacare and start over with a bipartisan health care plan as nearly workable as possible.

Bill Winbigler


Cheers for coverage

I wish to thank the sports editors for starting to include the Missouri Valley Conference in The Star’s coverage and conference stats.

One section I’d like to see greatly expanded on a regular basis is the “Around the nation.”

The little tidbits of news prove interesting, and I know there are tons more that could be sifted through to expand the section.

Gary Housknecht


Reject chained CPI

A flawed policy initiative called the chained Consumer Price Index is gaining steam in Washington budget talks. Chained CPI would shortchange people who receive federal benefits such as Social Security and federal annuities by low-balling their annual cost-of-living adjustments.

Chained CPI supporters try to minimize the consequences by calling it a technical adjustment or a better measure of inflation.

The truth is the chained CPI is only an adjustment, meaning smaller annual cost-of-living adjustments. It hurts every American in a major way.

How would the switch to the chained CPI hurt an American citizen who receives the average $15,000 annual Social Security benefit? Over 25 years, it would rob the senior of more than $23,000. Just think of how many coupons that senior would have to clip to make up for the loss of $23,000 over his/her retired years.

For many federal annuitants who don’t receive Social Security, the effect would be even greater. Over 25 years, the average federal retiree would see a loss of $48,000.

I urge lawmakers to reject the chained CPI and provide America’s seniors, retired veterans and public servants, and individuals with disabilities the income protection they have earned and deserve.

C. Roger Denesia

Overland Park

Senseless legislation

I find it curious that folks who profess to want less government regulation are often those who quickly jump to regulate personal behavior. The most recent example is Kansas Rep. Peggy Mast.

She has recently proposed regulating the dress, haircuts, jewelry and social media behavior of volunteer interns who work for state lawmakers. Shouldn’t these items be a matter of discussion between the supervising legislator and the volunteer?

Why must formal rules be adopted?

Not too long ago there was a big flap about the use of cellphones on airplanes. Because the Federal Aviation Administration determined their use did not negatively affect flight operations, it was decided that cellphone use could be permitted.

Immediately there was a cry for rules to regulate the use of cellphones on planes. How about having the airlines work it out with their customers?

Most fliers are able to express what they like and dislike about a particular airline and vote with their feet and dollars. Once again, we don’t need legislation or regulation for something that can be worked out between the user and the supplier.

If they didn’t waste their time proposing unnecessary regulation, perhaps legislators, at all levels of government, could do something useful.

How about regulating use of handguns?

Betty Banner

Manhattan, Kan.

Support for governor

After several recent experiences in retail outlets and restaurants in which servers and cashiers couldn’t make basic change without the aid of a calculator, I applaud Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon for wanting to spend more on public education (1-22, A1, “Nixon wants more to be spent”).

Our youths’ understanding of basic math and ability to calculate change are absolutely pitiful.

Whatever happened to getting into trouble for using calculators in class? Maybe we need to get back to that until kids reach high school.

Spelling has also become horrendous.

I saw a major news agency use “offences” in a headline. Obviously, the writer knew no better, and the editor didn’t catch it — and in this day of spell-checker. Really?

Double what Gov. Nixon is asking wouldn’t be too much in my opinion.

And, as far as the GOP saying he is spending too much and that the state just doesn’t have the money?

Republican lawmakers want to cut income taxes, one of the largest revenue generators for the state.

And they’re saying we don’t have enough money? How does that make sense?

We need to compete in the global marketplace, and we are falling further behind in education.

Fund education at whatever cost.

Brian Acker

Kansas City

Missouri’s riverways

The National Park Service is taking comments through Feb. 7 about its Draft General Management Plan for the Jack’s Fork and Current rivers, known as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The Park Service has progressed well so far. However, it should decide to go further than the middle choice it offers.

When Missouri’s unique world-class springs and the rivers they feed were given national status, it was to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

Only Alternative A would truly do this, reversing the deterioration.

Rather than continue to allow it to be like an amusement park, where natural views are tarnished by noisy all-terrain vehicles and trucks that tear up the river, Alternative A would close and restore 115 miles of illegal roads and horse trails back to nature and prohibit recreational-vehicle access to gravel bars.

It would stop much of the destruction — the water’s E. coli contamination from horses and the erosion of river banks, aquatic life and the ecosystem.

I need my family’s natural and cultural homeland to continue to be healthy, providing tranquility, fresh air, clean water, beauty and rejuvenation forever, and so does the nation.

Patty Brown


Pope’s guidance

Pope Francis is making the news almost daily with such issues as reform of the Catholic Church, gay marriage, abortion and more.

But his call to all Christian churches to unite as the Body of Christ was first initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1980, who invited all Anglicans, including married priests, to return to the Roman Catholic Church and unite as the Body of Christ.

During the next 30 years, more than 100 Episcopalian/Anglican priests entered the Catholic Church in the U.S.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI built a bridge between the two ancient churches by establishing ordinariates, which function as a super diocese for the united Anglican-Catholic churches.

Locally, a group of Catholics and Anglicans has been gathering at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Kansas City for the past five years.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, it will be received into the ordinariate as Our Lady of Hope Society during Mass celebrated by the visiting Anglican priest, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson.

This new congregation is the fruit of three Holy Fathers’ prayers and yearnings for “sacramental union among all Christians.”

Therese Park

Overland Park

Grasping atheism

Christians believe in God, the soul and an afterlife and are proud to call this “faith.” Atheists believe in just the opposite and mislabel it “science.”

There is no objective evidence, one way or the other. No one can know what happens to you before you’re born or after you die.

Can anyone ever grasp that atheist dogma?

Is it by itself nothing but a revealed religion?

Sam Gill

Kansas City

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