Letters to the editor: Gun sales, honorable service, Facebook ‘likes’

10/02/2013 11:12 AM

10/02/2013 11:12 AM

Obama, gun sales

It's amusing to watch the reverse effects instilled by the lack of understanding of the law of unintended consequences. The best recent example being the explosion of gun and ammunition sales, inspired by President Barack Obama's declared dislike of guns and a declaration to minimize and control them.

Gun sales have never been better. The fact is, there are simply things that the government cannot control. The most shining examples being the failure of Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s followed by the failure of narcotics legislation.

Whatever is outlawed by legislation is simply an endorsement for the underground economy to fill in the need. If marijuana were legalized and taxed, it could be an enormous boost to the tax coffers, and I doubt that there would be anyone with marijuana that doesn't already have it.

Is there any way I could make a stronger argument for term limits?

Bob Patterson

Lee’s Summit Honorable service

I recently had the privilege of attending a funeral and graveside service for one our Kansas City police officers. The Kansas City Police Department was awesome at the funeral.

The police escort to the cemetery was awesome, and the graveside service was awesome with the 21-gun salute, the folding of the flag and presentation to the family, taps, a flyover and the dispatcher’s last call.

I have nothing but praise for the way the department honored one of its dead comrades and how they displayed beautiful respect to his family.

Jim Comfort

Belton Facebook ‘like’

I would like to congratulate the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on reversing that lower court ruling about Facebook and clicking “like” on a user's page not being free speech (9-19, A13, “Privacy issues on Facebook”). It is a step in the right direction recognizing that this is another way of writing out a sign and expressing your opinion.

As a child of this technological generation, I'm glad to see that our court systems are working to protect our rights to free speech whenever we log in to Facebook. We shouldn't be afraid of backlash like losing our job when we click “like” on a user's page.

That Hampton sheriff needed to evaluate his campaign when he saw employees “liking” his opponent's page, not fire them and use blanket excuses for the reasoning.

Megan Travelstead

Riverside Obamacare blues

I am just in “love” with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I received my renewal information in the mail recently from the insurance company for 2014:

• Monthly Premium plus 20 percent.

• Specialist copay plus 10 percent

• Hospital copay plus 20 percent.

• Maximum out-of-pocket expense plus 20 percent.

• Drug co-pays plus 10 percent.

• Urgently needed care plus 10 percent

• Chiropractic services coverage dropped

• Smoking Cessation coverage dropped

I am having trouble with the word “affordable.” On the bright side, I can keep my same doctor.

Richard Blaisdell

Kansas City

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