Letters to the editor

04/15/2014 5:29 PM

04/15/2014 5:29 PM

Library system cuts

I am writing to express my concern for the future of the Johnson County Library. I understand the downturn in revenue from the recession, but it seems to me that the continued years of overly restrictive budget practices has seriously eroded the historically fine library system.

The inventory of books and materials is not keeping up with population growth and demand resulting in lengthy delays to borrow a current best seller. Johnson County residents are extremely active readers, and the library does not meet their needs.

The library system had to drastically reduce services to youth and elders, including eliminating many story times for children and outreach to elderly or disabled. The library cannot expand services in growing areas.

The library is the one of the best bargains in town for the small amount of tax required. The greatest effect has been large staff reductions and subsequent hiring restrictions.

Once a library loses the ability to attract talented people in the profession, it loses its edge, and quality slowly erodes. I fear we are headed in that direction.

It is time to change course with new policy and leadership on the Johnson County Commission.

Donna Lauffer

Overland Park Strengthen gun laws

As president of the local chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, I am deeply saddened by the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom. Once again we see the danger of making it possible for people, no matter how abysmal their criminal record is, to obtain guns very easily.

Now that the shooter is being charged with committing a federal hate crime, I wonder whether our legislators on both sides of the state line are proud of considering and passing laws to nullify federal gun laws, and attempting to make it a crime for local law enforcement officials to abide by them. On the contrary — they should be ashamed.

Now is the time to have the courage to resist the political pressure of the gun lobby and do the right thing.

Judy Sherry

Kansas City Fighting for ‘Cause’

To the North, the end of the Civil War was a victory of right over wrong. The South saw it as a “victory” of might over right.

And as such it is still not over, we seem to be returning to the antebellum era of the early 1800s. Although slavery was condemned, we see today that perpetual poverty holds individuals, families and groups as virtual indentured servants.

Laws to invalidate or limit suffrage recall the use of gender, race and property to curtail democracy. States are defying the Constitution by enacting legislation banning federal laws.

Religious beliefs and traditions are twisted in attempts to return to the God given supremacy of the Christian, white male as the pre-eminent force in shaping the laws of the land.

“The Cause” is not dead.

John Nelles

Shawnee Getting by Congress

General Motors CEO Mary Barra should adjust her testimony style by learning from our female, Democratic federal employees.

Instead of actually answering the questions from Congress, Barra should use one or both of the Democratic tactics. Lois Lerner, at the center of the Internal Revenue Service scandal a few months ago, merely invoked her Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination for each and every question in a congressional hearing.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, cried out at a congressional inquiry into the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi: “What difference does it make now? They are all dead now.”

If Barra were to learn from our federal servants, her life would be much smoother. This is not to make light of a serious situation regarding the deaths caused by GM’s defective switches.

But a standard of incompetence and/or simply not caring has been established by our IRS and former secretary of state when it comes to testifying before Congress.

Joe Lavender

Lenexa Obama not weak

I laugh out loud when I hear Republicans call President Barack Obama weak. Have they forgotten that Russia attacked Georgia in 2008 and then-President George W. Bush did nothing.

Did they call him weak? Of course not.

That was just fine with them. But now Republicans are hankering for another war.

They see the wars coming to an end and they just cannot help themselves. They want another war so bad.

President Obama got Osama bin Laden. Bush couldn’t have cared less whether we got bin Laden or not.

And Republicans call our president weak? It must have something to do with the fact that Obama is a Democrat.

Sharon Edwards

Olathe Obama’s waffling

I am tired of the efforts to undo or modify the Affordable Care Act. Not from the Republicans but from President Barack Obama himself. What gives him the power to decide which parts of the law can be delayed or ignored?

This is President Obama’s signature legislation, and he seems bent on destroying it.

Either the Affordable Care Act is the law or it isn’t.

William Gray

Overland Park

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