Joco Opinion

March 4, 2014

Letters to the editor

The future of Kansas education as voted by the Legislature:
Education motivation

The future of Kansas education as voted by the Legislature:

a) For political purposes, a public pre-kindergarten program.

b) For constituent demands, home schooling and religious schools where diversity can be diverted.

c) For the sadistic purposes, a return to the belt.

d) For the “ostriches with their heads in the sand,” sex education, according to the “birds and the bees.”

e) A university system dictated by the National Rifle Association.

This will surely attract the best and brightest to our state.

John Nelles

Shawnee Hayward’s barbecue

My husband and I were so excited to learn that Eric Sweeney is taking over Hayward's Pit BBQ restaurant in Overland Park and bringing it back to its “glory days.” It has always been my husband's favorite barbecue restaurant.

He thinks its the best in Kansas City, and we have been taking friends and family there for more than 32 years. Having live music on weekends is a wonderful idea.

That's like the icing on the cake or should I say the sauce on the ribs?

Janice Wasserman

Leawood Trickle-down lie

Some people are critical of the Keynesian theory economic columns of Paul Krugman and Robert Reich. Gee, I’m glad they read the newspaper columns. The arch-conservatives I know proudly announce they don’t read the local paper.

John Maynard Keynes formed the socio-capitalistic economic theory that has proven rational and effective in the modern-day world. It is Keynesian economics that built the American middle class of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and the great economy we had until Republican supply side, trickle down economics took all the money to the top 1 percent and kept it there.

Not only did supply side not trickle down as the right promised, but Alan Greenspan admitted that he was wrong about supply side economics. Recently Pope Francis, condemning damage to the poor, said that the trickle down economic theory has “never been confirmed by the facts.”

I’m afraid, all these years I called trickle down a worse three letter word, a “dirty l--.”

Lloyd Hellman

Leawood Religion’s name

In writing a “religious-freedom” law to allow discrimination only against gays, the Kansas and Arizona legislatures are missing a huge opportunity.

Yes, the Holy Bible advocates putting homosexuals to death in Leviticus 20:13. But why stop there?

What about people who divorce and marry someone else? Mark 10:11 states that “whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another committeth adultery against her.”

Leviticus 20:10 adds: “The man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife ... the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” If the Bible advocates killing half the adult U.S. population, all of the remarried and their spouses, why shouldn’t Kansas and Arizona businessman be allowed to discriminate against them?

Surely businesses should also be free to discriminate against wicked children, given Leviticus 20:9: “For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death… .”

Don’t forget those naughty young brides who cannot prove they are virgins. Deuteronomy 22:21 dictates: “Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die... .”

The Bible condemns to death many other sinners, including “he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord” (Leviticus 24: 10-16) and “whosoever doeth work” on the Sabbath Exodus 35: 2). Why should Kansas and Arizona business people be forced to serve non-virgin brides, blasphemers and people who work on the Sabbath?

So get with it, you Republican tea party folks. Why stop with gays when there are so many more ripe targets?

Charles Hammer

Shawnee Backward Kansas

Just when I think that Kansas is recovering from its image as a state populated with backward, poorly educated people, our Legislature comes up with something like a proposal to legally discriminate against U.S. citizens.

Don’t our legislators understand that the legislation they have proposed would allow policemen to step away from an active rape if they thought the woman being raped is a lesbian? What is our state coming to?

It’s as if we have dusted off the Jim Crow laws from the 1940s and ’50s, changed one word to “gay” and have decided that it is allowable as a state law. The Kansans I have grown up with are good people.

How are we allowing this?

Joe McMillian

Olathe State liquor laws

I support Uncork Kansas’ effort to modernize the state’s outdated liquor laws. Consumers should have the right to decide where to buy alcoholic beverages, rather than having the government decide.

The proposed new law is a common-sense solution that will allow grocery and convenience stores to sell these products while giving liquor stores time to adapt to the changing marketplace.

It’s a win-win for the state, and I encourage lawmakers to pass this measure.

Edward Cross

Lenexa Pope should act

If the Roman Catholic Church sincerely wants to recover from the clergy sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis must discipline Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

In 2012, Finn was convicted of a misdemeanor charge for failing to report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who was involved in child pornography.

Hats off to the group of Kansas City parishioners, a nun and a Milwaukee priest for filing a petition requesting that the Vatican discipline Finn.

Our justice system did the right thing by placing Finn on two years’ of court-supervised probation. The Catholic Church must hold Finn to account for violating canon law.

Jane Toliver


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