Joco Opinion

July 15, 2014

Letters to the editor: Hobby Lobby, wastewater bills

Hobby Lobby case

Hobby Lobby’s refusal to cover contraception for their female employees’ health insurance is discrimination and a real setback for women’s health care.

The Green Family owns Hobby Lobby. They are true hypocrites.

Their health insurance plans cover vasectomies for men and the company’s 401(k) plans invested $73 million in pharmaceutical companies that produce women’s contraceptives.

More than 90 percent of women use birth control at some time in their lives. Women, not their Hobby Lobby bosses, deserve the right to make their own health care choices.

If you agree with me, please join me in boycotting Hobby Lobby stores.

Jane Toliver


Saving America

I am really getting tired of the furor over contraception. This country is being invaded from the south by illegal immigrants from countries around the world.

The Obama administration is doing nothing and appears to be encouraging the invasion. Members of Congress are running around whining but doing nothing.

The country has a national debt of about $17 trillion and the biggest problem anyone can find is the decision of the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby. I think it’s time adults got involved.

I think the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and all the Sandra Flukes of the U.S. should have access to all the types of contraception that has ever been developed. As a matter of fact, I would vote to make it mandatory that they have access and mandatory that they use the contraception.

Now that this situation has been solved, can we get on with doing something about saving this country?

John Lovelace


Vote in Kansas

When has The Kansas City Star taken any concern for the governance of the state of Kansas and the GOP? Criticism possibly (7-8, A1, “Kansas race frustrates moderate Republicans”).

We can talk all day about the focused interviews with has-been Republicans and data gathering from a national statistics agency I’ve never heard of or the newspaper could print something from interviewing sources such as Sen. Pat Roberts, Milton Wolf, Alvin Zahnter, and D.J. Smith.

I hear daily the constant mudslinging from the commercials from Sen. Roberts’ camp. They sound like the same company who did the political slinging for Sen. Claire McCaskill against Todd Akin, a lot of nothing made into something.

If Kansas moderate Republicans are frustrated and are going to walk away from the ballot box, they have no business living in the United States and even the state of Kansas.

I know one thing. I will be at the ballot box and I will not vote for someone who has been entrenched in Washington, D.C., for more than 47 years.

Fellow Kansans, this is our election. Feel privileged to vote.

Do your homework and vote.

Steve Hohe


Snodell column

Denise Snodell, you have again reduced me to tears with your July 9 column in 913, “On the road and in the air, high anxiety can always top itself”). I reward myself with the 913 section after cleaning up the breakfast mess.

Your column also is something my husband of 53 years and I enjoy together. Because we live in the real world, not some romantic fantasy land, those things get fewer and far between as retirement throws you together 24/7.

Back to your column, take your flight experience and picture flying on a pass with toddlers through teen years. We got bumped in Madrid with our teens, farmer grandparents and a couple of someone else’s teens who had spent all their money.

Picture having your teenage boys with passes and passports. Gives a new meaning to out of sight and control.

Thanks again for your realistic view of family life.

Karen Booth

Roeland Park

Supreme Court relics

I take this truth to be self-evident that a corporation is not a person. For those who demand a supporting rationale I borrow from our own Supreme Court in its decision about pornography — I know a person when I see one.

A corporation is but a scrap of paper, probably on file in Delaware. A person we can see walking around, feeling sad or glad, doing good or in some cases not so good.

Yet the Supreme Court has somehow confused this scrap of paper with a living, breathing entity thus leading to much of the needless confusion and controversy pulling our nation apart today.

Shame on them. Shame on the five old guys, appointed by relics of days gone by, who further the festering and division of the nation. They have made us the laughingstock of all other nations.

Their decisions should be ignored.

Ro Platt

Overland Park

Wastewater customers

Johnson County Wastewater customers have recently seen changes in the appearance of their bill as well as the way some fees are categorized because of a change in our billing model. Ratepayers now see a variable Volume Charge and a fixed Service Charge.

Previously, capital charges, called the Equivalent Dwelling Unit or the EDU charge, were included as a line item titled WASTEWTR CAP on real estate tax bills. All single-family residences were charged the same capital amount, regardless of the impact they had on the system. In 2013, JCW moved that charge to the Wastewater bill, still charging everyone the same amount.

At the beginning of 2014, JCW introduced a usage charge to replace the EDU charge. The charge combines the capital usage rate and the operations usage rate, both of which are based on a household’s Average Winter Water Usage. This means that those who have a lesser impact on the sanitary sewer system pay less and vice versa.

The service charge is a fixed rate that includes cost recovery for customer service and billing costs for both operation and capital activities, so that JCW can continue to provide high-quality service to its customers. If a customer thinks there is an error in his charges or in JCW’s method of calculation don’t hesitate to contact JCW directly.

Customer Service representatives can be reached at 913-715-8590 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit for more information about our billing process any time.

Lisa Davis


Customer Relations

Johnson County


Kansas City

To send letters

Visit the Letters website at to submit your letter to the editor for 913. The website form, with helpful reminders on required information replaces an email address for online submissions. You may also mail letters of up to 300 words to 913 Letters, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO, 64108. Online letters are preferred.

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