Costly car wrecks
If you should have the misfortune of being involved in an auto accident, before having the accident please ascertain if the other driver is going to tell the attending police officer the truth.
If the other party should lie to the officer about what happened, and the officer hasn’t a clue as to the physics involved when one vehicle strikes another, the officer is likely to note that the involved parties told different versions of what happened.
Therefore no one is cited for the accident.
And the innocent party incurs a $2,800 repair bill because the officer chose to abdicate his responsibility.
Whining in Kansas
Dear Kansans: You really ought to stop the whining. It’s all over but the shouting for four more years.
Like Secretary of State Kris Kobach said, you voted them in again so you must want it that way. Anyway, save the shock and awe.
You have four more years of Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration.
And remember that every time you walk through a business’ front door and there is an LLC (limited liability company) designation next to the name, that place and its owners are paying less in state taxes than you are.
Traffic stop training
Much has been said and printed about the police and the training they should receive regarding handling people during arrests and questioning. This is good and needed.
However, this covers only half the problem. People are the second half of the problem because of how they react when stopped by a police officer.
Far too many get antagonistic and downright hostile when questioned by an officer. This is especially true of young males.
We should concentrate on getting people to be more cooperative when stopped by police officers. I am sure that if people were more cooperative with the police, very few arrests would end up with a scuffle, or worse, a shooting.
We should use every means possible to get this word out and try to convince people to be more cooperative.
Just ask any police officer whether and how this would help. The officer will tell you it would make a world of difference.
I don’t understand all the mystery about the new Republican congressional majority’s plan to “rescue” the declining American middle class.
I for one am very sure it’s the same plan that has been the center of the party’s economic policy since the Barry Goldwater wing won out over the Dwight Eisenhower wing with the advent of the Reagan administration.
It is commonly referred to as the trickle-down theory. Exhibit No. 1: See Kansas.
Congress’ new low
Just when you think Republicans couldn’t slink any lower than a snakes’s belly, they manage to sink so far that peering up from their position they need strong binoculars to even see the snake’s belly.
A bill to aid victims of sex trafficking had strong support and was sailing through Congress. Republicans brought that to a screeching halt by sneaking one anti-abortion sentence into the bill (3-22, Commentary, “The Senate: Desperately seeking sub-basement”).
There is no gray area here. If you want to aid tens of thousands of victims, you support the bill. You provide help for the afflicted and provide increased resources to break up this odious industry.
If you sabotage this bill, you align yourself with the despicable scum who profit from child sexual slavery. Can you guess which side the party of religious piety, of family values, of moral responsibility is on?
For the past two weeks, Senate Republicans such as Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have refused to remove that one sentence, firmly aligning themselves with the sex traffickers. For these people (I’m referring to the Republicans, not the sex traffickers) this is a historic low.
Global powder kegs
President Barack Obama and the United States face an alarming number of fires in the Middle East, Ukraine and North Africa. Which are serious threats to us?
I don’t think Ukraine is. Russian President Vladimir Putin calculates the odds carefully. If we make his land grab too risky and painful, he will back off.
With the Russian economy teetering, Putin has a lot to lose. No boots on the ground there.
In the Islamic State fight, an aggressive move by the U.S. would play into the radicals’ hands. If we send our soldiers there, we are in for another endless war and we make a lot of enemies among the billion or so Muslims elsewhere.
The odds look good that the good guys are going to win there, with our diplomatic help.
Iran might be different. The ayatollahs there seem to be committed to getting nuclear arms and destroying Israel, which would lead to World War III.
A lot can happen in two years.
If that fails? Let’s hold the centrifuges for two years and see.
I was visiting with a young girl at the grocery store checkout counter, and she mentioned that she might be going overseas. I jokingly asked, “To join ISIS (the Islamic State)?”
She replied, “What’s ISIS?”
These young people are being seduced by media professionals, and they don’t have a chance. I’m wondering whether the schools could be doing something to educate them about what they are getting into.
Another thought: When we catch Jihadi John, we should turn him over to the Jordanians for prosecution so he could face the same fate he dealt to his victims.
What is the word for Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature’s fiscal policy? Stupidity.
Just why is it stupid?
Tax cuts for the wealthy and no tax for most LLCs (limited liability companies) mean that average folks and poor folks have to make up the difference. Kansas lawmakers just don’t seem to understand that trickle-down economics just don’t work.
If new jobs are created, they will be mostly minimum-wage jobs. To make up for the loss of revenue, funds are slashed from education, arts, social programs and highway programs.
Kansas lawmakers don’t seem to understand that companies considering moving to the state don’t just look at the tax structure. Companies want their employees and their families to have top-notch schools, the arts, good social programs and a good highway infrastructure.
Now state officials are contemplating consumption taxes, which affect the poor more than anyone else. And, they have managed to get the state credit rating downgraded.
I am a moderate Republican but didn’t and can’t vote for any of the far-right conservatives in Topeka.
Use firing squads
We frequently read about the problem states are having carrying out the death sentences of defendants convicted by juries of their peers. Is the injection the right one, will it work, will they suffer?
These perpetrators had no regard for the pain and suffering they caused. Yet we seem to lament over whether they will feel any pain.
There is a simple solution: Bullets. Most states have a military installation. Most military installations have honor guards.
When a death sentence is scheduled, the six members of the honor guard from the nearest facility could be sent to the prison. Each is given four bullets (24 total).
Three of the soldiers have live rounds; the other three have blanks. No one knows who has which except the executioner who dispenses them.
Then it’s ready, aim, fire. The heart is the assigned target for each soldier.
In five minutes it’s over, to the relief of everyone including the executed. Total cost about $75 for bullets. The soldiers are on active duty, so it is a duty day for them.
No more spending $12,000 for a drug that will yield the same effect.