Letters to the editor

07/08/2014 2:53 PM

07/08/2014 2:53 PM

Paycheck equity

The newspaper carries stories about income disparity. There are demands for minimum wage increases and limits to CEO compensation. There is never a word about defining the contribution an individual makes to the enterprise or level of responsibility.

Assuming we limit CEO compensation to $500,000 a year, where does any extra profit go? Does the enterprise just hoard the extra money? Does it all go to hourly workers, no matter their contribution?

Individual contribution and responsibility is not equal for all people. It takes effort by all to make an enterprise profitable.

The reward for taking on more responsibility should be greater than for the warm body that shows up and makes the minimum effort just to get a paycheck.

Richard Blaisdell

Kansas City

Confidence in Obama

I feel grateful to have a thinking person in the White House. President Barack Obama's prudent consideration of all the factors relevant to involvement in the current crisis in Iraq puts him in stark contrast to the phony posturing of the Bush/Cheney administration.

President George W. Bush claimed that he depended on his gut instincts to make decisions. Well, he certainly didn't depend on his brain.

The Bush/Cheney Iraq war was a fiasco. And now the people who orchestrated it want to criticize President Obama?

Thanks to Bush/Cheney, 4,500 Americans and perhaps 150,000 or more Iraqis died in a war that merely made a bad situation worse. We will be suffering both the domestic and international consequences of Bush’s gut feelings for decades.

Michael Zygmunt

Kansas City

Lawsuits for misdeeds

If John Boehner and the GOP file a lawsuit against the president, then it’s high time that Democrats and President Barack Obama file countersuits for harassment because Republican leaders have made it perfectly clear from day one that their intention was to do everything in their power to make Obama’s life miserable.

Lawsuits should also be filed against Republicans who make politically motivated laws specifically designed and intended to deny the poor and elderly their precious right to vote.

Last, but certainly not least, all family members of the thousands of American soldiers killed in Iraq based on lies told to us by that Republican administration, should be allowed to file wrongful death lawsuits against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. In my opinion, those three should be brought before the world court and tried for crimes against humanity.

Eddie L. Clay


Hobby Lobby case

Quite some time ago I made the decision not to spend any money at a store that is as blatantly conservative Christian as Hobby Lobby purports to be. If every seamstress, scrapbooker and hobbyest who believes a woman should have the right to make her own decision about contraception made that same decision, it would make an impact on Hobby Lobby Inc.

Vote with your dollars, ladies.

Jane Gilbreath

Kansas City


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