Rest in peace, Billy Graham. You left, in general, a good legacy.
Now, can his column please end in The Kansas City Star? It has long been written by someone else — perhaps his very different son Franklin — anyway. It promotes a one-sided, arch-conservative position not representative of most Christians.
Other perspectives deserve at least equal space. Why should The Star propagate a particular religious viewpoint?
Access for all
The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) would remove incentives to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For many of us, being able to go to a restaurant with our families, shop in a store or attend a social function is taken for granted — but not for people with disabilities.
Businesses must comply with many laws and regulations. There should be consequences for businesses that violate the rights of people with disabilities. Many places are not accessible, and this is a daily struggle for many people.
The ADA’s accessibility standards are important. We all are aging, and as we do, we need more support to be successful in our communities and in our homes.
Please do not place additional barriers in the paths of people with disabilities.
We urge our representatives to reject H.R. 620 and similar bills.
No to raffle
I want to go on record to make it known that as a person who is deeply saddened by these horrible school shootings, I find Tyler Tannahill’s AR-15 giveaway tone-deaf, heartless, insensitive and totally disgusting. (Feb. 15, KansasCity.com, “A Kansas candidate for Congress won’t stop AR-15 raffle”)
I support the Second Amendment, but to give away an AR-15 at this time is in such poor taste it is incomprehensible.
Van Buren, Mo.
I am 83 years old and am aware I have more years behind me than in front of me. I accept responsibility to advocate for my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and those who cannot speak for themselves.
Many statistics support my advocacy to fight air pollution. There is a personal side to this. Flying first class might immunize you from talking to the miners in Hazard, Ky., fighting black lung disease. You might not hear them pray that their children will never work in the mines.
My father died at age 57, before any regulations on clean air, after suffering from working in a toxic-air environment. Watching him gasp for air is not a happy memory.
Enforcing clean-air regulations might not be in the budget, but it is in justice and compassion. Channeling funds to enforce clean-air compliance trumps spending funds to build a stupid wall.
History will judge the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency. If repeal of the Clean Power Plan is rejected, I will joyfully thank the EPA. If not, it will be an injustice.
The ticking clock
After watching and listening to both sides of the gun debate on TV and in print, I would like to remind everyone that such a process may take time. Our children do not have any more time to wait for the people in power to fight it out.
We now need to take whatever security measures we can to ensure the safety of our nation’s children — bullet-resistant doors, more security cameras, drills in schools and so on.
This is something all schools can do, whether they want more guns in schools or oppose them. Not one more child should die while the country has “the gun debate.”
A Feb. 20 letter to the editor presents a long list of the accomplishments of modern liberalism, but makes the mistake of applying it to the liberal ideals of our Founding Fathers.
Their liberalism, which was classical liberalism in the model of John Locke, was radically different from today’s variety. Classical liberalism, inherited from the Scottish Enlightenment of the previous century, argued for limited, non-intrusive government and the protection of individual liberties from government control.
Today’s liberalism reflects the Democratic Party’s big-government agenda, developed in the 20th century, and its current drive to monopolize the process of debate on public issues.
The Founding Fathers undoubtedly would be alarmed to see how liberals of today use the race card and other tools of political correctness to indoctrinate, intimidate and ultimately silence anyone who might challenge their views. All Americans who love liberty as envisioned in the original concept of liberalism must give serious attention to this threat.
Kenneth G. Hartman