Isn’t it wonderful to hear people complaining about hot dogs at Kansas City Royals games? I can remember not long ago when the pitching was doughy, the score was too small and the fans were the ones getting burned.
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Reunite mother, child
The April 30 front-page article, “Kansas case takes center stage in national marijuana debate,” regarding medical marijuana patient Shona Banda, whose son was forcefully taken from her by state authorities, is heartbreaking.
I can only imagine the pain and anguish this woman feels after having her son ripped away from her arms.
Even worse, the fear and loneliness her son is experiencing after being taken from his mother is utterly sad.
As a self-avowed pro-family advocate, I strongly urge Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to personally look into this situation and do all he can to bring this family back together.
Firearms in Kansas
I strongly recommend that any Kansans who plan on carrying concealed firearms without conceal-and-carry weapons training to go online and read about the legally limited circumstances in which you can “present,” much less fire, your weapon.
Otherwise, I fear a number of very surprised citizens, who thought they were in the right, will find themselves on the way to jail.
Carson for president
Dr. Benjamin Carson announced his bid for president in Detroit on May 4. His supporters have engineered the only successful conservative grass-roots presidential draft since 1964.
Carson is a straight-talking, brilliant brain surgeon of high character who loves this country and is willing to do what is necessary to save it. He has practical, pragmatic answers for the critical issues facing us today, such as health care, immigration, the war on terror and our national debt.
He reaches across ethnic, economic and social barriers and is a man truly capable of uniting America.
We have failed at our one and only sacred obligation, to leave our children and grandchildren an America at least as free as the one in which we were born.
If you want to restore the republic and leave a free America to your grandchildren, then join us in a great movement to elect Carson president of the United States. For more information go to www.2016committee.org.
Before Amendment 3 passed in 2004, the Missouri highway system was rated near the bottom for condition. The Missouri Department of Transportation immediately took steps to put in a plan that has moved Missouri near the top in recent years.
Many of the upgrades were completed using bonding funds. Funds are being paid back with the annual money that Amendment 3 is providing.
Today, without proper funding from state appropriations, the road system is slipping back to unsafe and unacceptable conditions. The state legislature has the power to increase the gas tax by a few cents, which would allow us to provide matching funds to receive federal transportation funding.
These federal funds are gas taxes that we are all paying. Even doing this is just a stopgap measure until permanent funding is in place.
It is my understanding that there are members of the legislature in Jefferson City who have taken a position that they will not support any kind of a tax increase ever. For those members, I suggest you take a sick day and let the other members move forward in funding for our highways.
Support keeping our highways safe and sound.
The latest assault by Yael T. Abouhalkah (4-22, kansascity.com, “Kansas plummets to 39th worst jobs growth rate in nation over last year”) says it’s “utter nonsense” to measure the health of an economy by growth in the private sector rather than government.
We disagree. The money to fund government comes from the private sector; further, government can grow by overtaxing and suppressing private-sector growth.
The Star’s use of non-farm jobs (total of government and private-sector jobs) in its reporting masks what is really happening. For example, it reported that Kansas gained only 1,900 jobs in the first quarter of 2015, but in reality, the private sector gained 3,500 jobs and government lost 1,600 jobs.
FYI, using average annual data, Kansas was No. 38 in private-sector job growth between 1998 and 2012. Growth in 2013 ranked No. 27, and it improved to No. 21 last year.
The most recent census data from 2012 shows Kansas had 22 percent more state government workers than the national average on an employees-per-10,000-
residents basis; Kansas was 29 percent higher on combined state and local government.
It’s unfortunate when anyone loses a job, but much of the right-sizing of government that needs to be done can be accomplished through attrition. The Star’s defense of excess government employment ignores the unseen economic consequences of excess taxation.
Kansas Policy Institute
Now that the Missouri House has passed a law requiring students in publicly funded schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily, it might be a good time to rewrite the pledge to better reflect the current state of our Union.
I suggest something like this: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the plutocracy for which it stands, one nation under wealth, with liberty and justice for sale.”
Missourians should take a long, hard look at how a minority fringe takes over and operates a state legislature. The fringes are highly organized and know that victory for their causes is achieved by voting in the primaries.
The fringes win the primaries, leaving little to no choice for the majority of citizens in the general elections. A choice of two extremists is really no choice at all on Election Day. Extremists on both the right and left must be controlled for this country to work properly for all its citizens.
If we don’t make the effort to get out and vote in the primaries, then we must live with the laws and regulations these extremists enact. Look what happened in the state of Kansas and what can easily happen in Missouri, if it isn’t too late already.
Get out and vote in the primaries if you want to save your state, local and federal governments from a takeover.
The majority rules only when the majority takes the time and makes the effort to vote in all elections. Vote or suffer the consequences.
KC Royals respect
The Royals are being mistreated, and we cheer that they are fighting back (4-25, A1, “Nice KC now has bad-boy baseball”). You have to show the other team that you won’t put up with not being respected. If some punches need to be thrown and players need to be beaned, so be it.
“We’ve got to have each other’s backs. If you come at us, we’re not going to back down. We’re going to keep playing the game our way,” Jarrod Dyson has said.
And the Royals fans applaud. We won’t take being mistreated lying down. We have to show others that we deserve that respect.
The Royals’ violent response has a purpose. It will keep them from being wrongly treated in the future.
The Royals were happy to deal with the consequences because, in the end, it will make positive change. Just don’t tell that to the protesters in Baltimore. Their violence has no purpose.
Violence accomplishes nothing. It makes you a thug who doesn’t care about yourself or your neighborhood.
We are happy to condone violence as a country. You just need to have a worthy cause behind you. Like baseball.