The Republicans in the Kansas Legislature seemed to be willing to raise taxes on everyone, so the 330,000 Kansans that currently pay zero Kansas income tax continue to pay zero Kansas income tax. If everyone simply paid his fair share, Kansas would be heading toward prosperity along with other states.
But instead, like with school finance, the Kansans Republicans know they are right. Who needs rating agencies and statistics anyhow?
Inspiring stories of joy
Stories of violence, dysfunctional federal and state governments and people acting in an unethical manner are ubiquitous in our newspaper these days. The emotions these news stories produce are generally depression, dismay and shock.
That being said, every once in a while we are treated to a story that produces feelings of uplifting joy. We were treated to two such stories in the June 24 913 section of The Kansas City Star, “ Fishing Guide offers an Angelic Tribute” by Brent Frazee and a “Friend in need, indeed” by Lori Allen.
Both these stories, depicting the deep bond one can develop for his canine companion were uplifting. Although they were reporting a story of loss to one degree or another when I read of the struggles of each of the canines I was able to feel the love, worry and grief felt by the animals’ owners.
These articles were both well-written, human interest stories. It would be my wish that The Kansas City Star could report the news on the current events that we must know but also find more stories such as these that make us feel inspiration and joy, opposed to depression and dismay.
On Danedri Herbert’s July 1 column, “Marriage debate stuck a knife in the notion of honest discourse,” the conversation on marriage equality has been going on for more than 10 years. Too bad you missed it.
Apparently you had your hands over your ears.
Let me make sure I understand what’s happening here. A hateful, unbalanced man with a gun shoots and kills nine people because of his racist views.
That’s a terrible tragedy. So why have we chosen to focus our efforts and attention on bringing down a Confederate battle flag?
Doesn’t that seem just a little misdirected? Don’t get me wrong.
I think the flag is a travesty and should never have been displayed at government offices no matter what you think your heritage is.
I have to admit though, I’m going to miss seeing it on patches on jackets or stickers on cars because they were so effective at warning anyone within sight that here, before you, stands a racist. Now we’ll have to wait until those persons open their mouths.
Annette S. Bright
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. It was good for gays, terrible for those who are also affected by the U.S Constitution.
The Supreme Court overstepped its bounds drastically. The word “marriage” does not even appear in the Constitution. The 10th Amendment states that any jurisdiction or duty not mentioned in the Constitution is the responsibility of the states or the people.
No one has a right to be married, regardless of sexual preference. Because marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the states.
If the federal government can rule on the states’ jurisdiction of marriage there is little left that is out of its reach.
Free speech attack
In the Kansas Legislature, a lady Democrat, Rep. Valdenia Winn of Kansas City, Kan., criticized a bill promoted by the opposition (6-27, A5, “Panel clears KCK lawmaker”). In her view the bill had racial overtones and needed to be modified.
Her criticism was stern and forceful. A leader of the opposition said he would demand she be censured under legislative rules. This response came in spite of recent racist remarks by a member of his party.
This politically biased act is absurd. Again the Kansas Legislature shows the level of animosities that have prevented civil debate and bipartisan cooperation.
What was said was a spontaneous act of free speech. It required neither acknowledgment or approval and definitely not the threat of censure.
To threaten censure was infantile and shows evidence of the unbridgeable gap between the parties in the Legislature.
Again, we are observers of a failed body that has lost its way politically. If freedom of speech can be attacked within the government itself, where can we turn to protect our constitutional guarantees?
At their best, all religions can inspire their adherents to aspire to better themselves; conversely religion can dictate fanatical behaviors that create hatred toward anyone who does not believe as the followers do.
We have, so far, been spared the crisis seen today in the Middle East through our government’s inability to establish a state religion. However, recent events in various states and nationally revolving around race, reproduction, gender equality (both hetrosexual and homosexual), and religion have seen both factions and politicians attempting to tear down this barrier.
Once such beliefs based on a particular text become law, democratic recourse ceases to exist.
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