And other pests
The Star reported Wednesday that Kansas lawmakers have given initial approval to legislation that would prevent minors or dogs from running for governor. (2A, “Bill to prevent minors, or a dog, from becoming governor advances”)
But what about the rats?
Our kids’ future
Florida mom Lori Alhadeff’s outrage pains me, and justifiably so. (Feb. 20, 6A, “Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting”) Her raw emotion should trigger the entire country’s senses.
She rightfully screamed into the camera and asked that we fix a problem that cannot be ignored another day, another week, another month.
As a retired teacher, I hear the news and cringe. I know the faces of the students, and I know them personally. I may have taught in the Midwest, but that does not lessen the outrage I feel as the long litany of school shootings continues.
Young people carrying guns in backpacks is simply unacceptable. They must focus on preparing for the adult world, learning how to question, how to create, how to dream.
Our society is out of time. We must stop reacting and start shifting the paradigm now.
Education has become a numbers game: educating all students as a mass, not as individuals.
Education must value the students as individuals at all costs. And yes, it will cost. But we must not allow the cost to slam the door shut on the country’s future. Enough is enough.
Susan A. Smith
The right path
Syed Ahmed Jamal has gotten into a mess because of an expired visa. He’s been here 30 years. He should have gone through the process and attempted to become a U.S. citizen.
President Donald Trump took the oath of office to protect and defend our country against attacks by foreign countries, but Trump has repeatedly denied the Russian cyberattack on our 2016 election happened.
Equally troubling is that he has taken no action to prevent Russian interference in our future elections.
This is a dereliction of duty, and he should be held to account for his inaction.
Not a prize
You have got to be kidding — third-graders selling raffle tickets for an assault rifle? (Feb. 15, KansasCity.com, “A Kansas candidate for Congress won’t stop AR-15 raffle”)
In general, that is hard to believe. After the tragedy in Florida, it is truly obscene.
That adults are encouraging their children to sell tickets with an AR-15 as a prize is not far removed from child abuse in my opinion.
What kind of people would want their children to have any connection to an assault rifle? Let them play baseball; that’s what they should be doing.
Selling tickets for an assault rifle — which should be in the hands only of our military — or any gun, for that matter, is an astonishing lack of judgment.
So the Las Vegas, Texas and Florida tragedies happen, and you promote a weapon of destruction as if it were a free meal at a local restaurant.
No adult should willingly be associated with this perversion of parenting.
Yoder, GOP safe
In news that flew under the radar recently, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas received more donations than his Democratic challengers combined at the end of last year and has almost 10 times more campaign resources than any of the other campaigns.
If Kansans are somehow upset with Yoder, they aren’t showing it with their pocketbooks. What Kansans are showing is that they require strong character. Voters recognize and appreciate his love and commitment to his family and to his constituents.
The narrative seems to be that he is vulnerable, but I’m not sure I understand it. Donald Trump won Johnson County, Yoder’s stronghold of voters in his district. The effects of the tax bill and regulatory repeals are beginning to cause tremendous growth in our economy, ISIS is on the run and Congress has made great strides in reforming and improving our VA system.
Democrats and the media would love nothing more than to focus on trivial matters and the president’s Twitter feed. They say those things will drag down other Republican candidates.
So far, the evidence doesn’t seem to be bearing out that theory.