Of the absurdities being bandied about by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, the one about national debt is tops. It is a Republican fairy tale that we have too much debt.
If you share the view that our national debt is a problem, I would ask:
1. How would you fund capital improvements and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, aircraft carriers, planes, tanks, etc.? Maybe we could just do without them, but it seems to me we’ve done that too long. Our infrastructure is already in poor condition.
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2. When could you borrow money at or near 3 percent?
3. When did you have the best credit rating in the world?
4. When if ever did payment of principal and interest on your debt amount to only 1.3 percent of your total income?
5. When did your debt amount to only 6 percent of your total outlays?
When one considers our needs and our present level of taxes, it is most likely we are not borrowing enough.
Taxes could be lower if we borrowed more to do more, create more jobs, improve national income and regain industrial leadership.
I love the Kansas Chiefs and have been a season ticket-holder since 1989. However, the parking situation in ridiculous (9-12, B4, “Tailgaters forced to make some adjustments at home opener”).
I live about 15 minutes from Arrowhead Stadium and used to leave an hour before the game, giving us about a half-hour to get into the lot and walk to the stadium. This year we left 15 minutes earlier and got into the stadium 30 minutes later, missing half the first quarter.
Why did the Chiefs change the parking if it was working before? It really put a damper on the whole Chiefs experience.
I realize it was opening day and there was new personnel working, but isn’t that what preseason is for? The problem was almost as bad at the last preseason game, even though there were only about 60,000 people there, so there is an obvious problem that needs to be fixed.
Jay G. Besheer
Key for vehicles
I was watching KCTV, Channel 5 news recently, and the broadcasters were talking about driving our cars with an iPhone.
Well, it frightens me, and I remembered also hearing a woman at a Toyota dealership who came in to get a new battery for her RAV4. It seems that she could not get in her car or start it without batteries for her remote.
What if no batteries or electricity are available? Being stranded and held captive in an emergency by a battery is no joking matter.
I would not buy a vehicle without a real key in addition to the remote. It may be fun and cute to be able to start and enter a vehicle with just a remote, but it’s also dangerous without a real key to enter and start a vehicle.
My new Sienna has both, making it a fun and secure vehicle. Some other amenities can be attractive, but think about secure entry, starting and dependability.
I recently returned from a 2,500-mile round-trip to bury my mother’s ashes. Seeing stalled vehicles sure makes access to one’s own vehicle critical.
William A. Ingram
Richness in life
I have lived a great life, traveled, won trips overseas, won awards for my skills and have a great family with six grandkids and a great wife for more than 45 years.
I started my life on Ventura Street in Laredo, Texas. It was the last street in America before crossing into Mexico. I was born in a house without wooden floors.
I was the oldest of eight. Six of us are still living. I called my brother and sisters the 1 percent because they were delivered by doctors and had Gerber baby bottles. I had dreams all my life, and I got everything thanks to God and my wife.
When I die, I want people to celebrate my life and all the love I have for others. I have lived the American dream, with goals, dreams, hard work and taking time to ask God to come into my life 38 years ago.
I have been blessed so much by our Lord and savior with peace and love. God first, then family, then work.
It’s hard to do, but it works. Whom are we working so hard for? Our families.
Take time to enjoy them. Make the time.
In past years, The Star has included attendance in football game statistics. Could this be included in future articles?