I’m supporting the Independence School District in asking for an operational levy increase of 24 cents on Tuesday’s ballot.
I’d like to present the reasons I think this is good for our community.
I plan to vote yes because this levy increase is good for the children. It’s really that simple.
But it’s also good for local businesses, and that will lead to more and better jobs. That improves things for everyone. A rising tide lifts all ships.
We’re not talking about a lot of money. For the average homeowner, it means just $3.80 more per month, but this minor increase would help with the school district’s work with the career academies.
This innovative program helps high school students to be much better prepared to enter the work force, to have jobs right here in our area and to make our community a better place to live and raise a family. It helps all of us.
This issue has the support of local businesses, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and our local teachers. Please vote yes Tuesday. Investing in our kids is a good move.
Keep children safe
As a longtime professional in early childhood, I find it alarming that our first homicide of 2015 in Kansas City was a child. Research shows people who are knowledgeable about child development are less likely to abuse children.
The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley has taught thousands of early childhood professionals for more than 25 years.
To demonstrate the commitment of preventing child abuse, at 10 a.m. Monday the Francis Institute’s staff will join with personnel from Plaza De Niños (which serves as a lab school for the Child Growth and Development Program at Penn Valley), children and staff at Penn Valley to continue our annual tradition of “planting” blue and white pinwheels on the hillside facing Southwest Trafficway.
Be their voice — speak up to prevent child abuse. Call the hotlines if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Call 800-392-3738 in Missouri and 800-922-5330 in Kansas.
When you see a blue pinwheel on 31st Street and Southwest Trafficway in front of the Francis Institute and Plaza De Niños on Penn Valley’s campus, please think about how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect, and keep children safe from harm.
Support Uber KC
As a local high school English teacher, I can appreciate the benefits of a safe, affordable option when I need to get home safely. Uber KC provides me with this option.
Never have I had a bad experience with Uber. I can honestly say that my numerous rides with Uber have been far superior to my experiences with countless taxi companies.
When riding with Uber, I feel safe, comfortable and confident that my driver is not frustrated by having to drive me around town.
Understand that Uber is reflective of how established our city is. We can keep Kansas City in the ranks of great American cities by allowing Uber to stay.
Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent sketch on anti-vaccinators that has gone viral, pun intended, raises an interesting point. In it, infuriated, emotional doctors yell directly at the camera, imploring parents to vaccinate their kids.
In addition to pleas from doctors, Kimmel asks people who decline vaccinations for their children to also not seek medical attention when ill. “Stitch yourself,” he proclaims at one point in his blistering diatribe.
His point is an obvious one. If you don’t trust doctors’ advice on vaccines, why would you trust their advice when you’re sick?
As a physician, I understand that I have to earn patients’ trust.
When I see anti-vaccination families, I don’t ask them about vaccines or autism. I ask them about trust. Would they trust me to take care of their kid if he or she were ill?
They invariably say yes. Then why don’t they trust me when I am recommending safe, effective vaccines?
After these discussions and building relationships with patients, most families accept vaccinations.
Next time you see your doctor, please ask yourself, “Would I let him treat me if I were sick?”
If yes, then please consider allowing the doctor to help you from becoming sick, too.
Jay Sarthy, M.D.
As adults, when things go wrong with our youth we are quick to place total responsibility on the school. However, schools are only a part of the solution.
Take bullying. If youth observe our political system, they learn that bullying is an accepted way to campaign. Suicide wasn’t the desired outcome of an apparent slur by a Missouri politician, but that is what happened.
An evening before the suicide, a politician’s solution to school bullying was to take away funding if a school couldn’t deal with bullying. Had he ever been in a school where the administration’s hands are tied by the legislators on disciplinary methods?
During the next campaign cycle, the youth of our state and nation should challenge the politicians to emulate the character they expect from our youth. They can start by presenting their plans for the offices they seek and by not bullying their opponents with half-truths to get elected.
This applies not only to politicians but to all the citizens of our country. Now is the time for all of us to examine what children are learning from the examples we purport.
Believe me, they are watching you to learn how to live their lives.
Inexplicably, the Kansas Legislature has just passed dangerous legislation getting rid of training requirements for concealed carry (3-27, Editorial, “Don’t succumb to reckless gun bills”).
It is time for the people of Kansas to do something very important.
Please call today or email Gov. Sam Brownback and ask him to veto this legislation that relaxes (indeed eliminates) concealed-carry training requirements. People who conceal-carry guns need that eight hours of training to protect themselves, their kids and the rest of us, the innocent bystanders. No one’s gun rights go away — people just get training.
It is super easy if you’ve never done it. Google Gov. Brownback and then telephone his office. Or email.
Do not be complacent and think that rational minds will win out.
The Missouri legislature has reached the midpoint of its session, and overall, the chambers are on the right track in several key policy areas.
Among other things, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion appears to be off the table for 2015, and legislators are pursuing Medicaid eligibility reforms to ensure limited state dollars make it to the beneficiaries who need them most.
We haven’t seen — at least, not yet — progress on income-tax relief. The Legislature passed a very modest tax cut last year that won’t come into full effect for about a decade, but taxpayers need more than a half-percent cut from their tax bills over 10 years.
Fortunately, there’s still time for legislators to make a move and get tax cuts over the finish line. The clock is ticking.
Every day as I read The Kansas City Star, I am grateful I don’t live in Kansas. I feel sorry for those living there who are intelligent.