The Missouri legislature recently passed a bill reversing the St. Louis minimum wage hike. It’s a gift to job creators across the state.
Excessive minimum wage mandates increase labor costs for employers, whether they’re farmers, restaurant owners or industrial leaders. Higher labor costs mean less money for business expansion and job creation, which hits entry-level employees the hardest.
As longtime cattle farmers in the state, we can tell you that big government often makes it harder to hire, not easier.
The minimum wage is just one example. Strict environmental regulations are another, as they can make it more expensive to run a farm and produce the food people need.
Missouri policymakers should follow President Donald Trump’s lead and help employers do what they do best: create jobs. Limited government is the best way to help people find good-paying jobs and support their families.
Young Farmers and
Get real on horses
Yet again, people who don’t seem to know anything about horses are protesting horse slaughter houses. (July 20, 14A, “Letters”)
Wednesday night, my beautiful horse was euthanized because she had a painful and incurable condition. I was lucky enough to be able to pay the $600 to have her cremated. But people who love horses and must part with them sometimes can’t afford that. The slaughter people can take a horse for as little as $200.
In a way, it might have been more natural, more loving to let my girl be useful, to return her to the circle of life instead of burning her.
I loved my horse, but she was not a pet. She was a horse, a large and sometimes dangerous animal. She lived the best life I could afford to give her, including, in the last weeks of her life, expensive surgeries and medical treatments. I would have done anything to save her. But when her pain became too severe, I had to let her go.
I could afford to do those things. Some people can’t. It doesn’t mean they love them any less. The slaughter houses can sometimes be the kindest way to let go.
Get real on Moran
To those who credit Sen. Jerry Moran with a statesman’s qualities for voting no on the Republican “Nocare” bill: It appears that Moran instead is trying to confuse voters on his true stance and give them an unjustified belief that a leopard can change his spots.
I have his July 18 communiqué, where he says he wants to repeal Obamacare (with a two-year delay), replacement in place or not.
Spring Hill, Kan.
As a physician, I too applaud Sen. Jerry Moran’s vote against the outrageous Republican health care bill. But our senator is still being subjected to unfathomable pressure from the right.
I just viewed a worrisome image on the internet of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell striding down a hall with our senator nearby.
Sen. Moran, you do not owe the majority leader, the Republican Party or the Koch brothers and their ilk a thing. The case is not complicated. Your loyalty belongs with the residents of Kansas.
Last month, I attended your town hall at the DoubleTree Hotel and was very impressed with your grasp of the issues and your integrity. Integrity is a rare commodity in politicians these days, but citizens can recognize it when they see it.
So, Sen. Moran, reaffirm your integrity and vote your conscience in this difficult situation. Kansans will appreciate it and remember it at the polls.
Would the Overland Park City Council please conduct a training class for Olathe on how to lower taxes? Olathe council members only know how to spend.
Mary A. Gomez
Other needs first
There is constant news coverage about a new airport. I am curious why a new airport is the most pressing issue (and financial expense, too) in Kansas City.
Why not fix the 100-year-old water system that keeps bursting and costing the city tons of money? Why not fix the school system, broken sidewalks and crime? Why is the airport such a priority?
It seems like a total waste of money, which could be spent more wisely in other areas.
If there’s such a crusade on warning against distracted driving, then why do TV stations do live reports from inside moving vehicles, sometimes with the reporter driving? And why do they glorify storm chasers?
Nope, no distractions there — no sireee Bob.