Apparently, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s faith in Ayn Rand’s philosophy is greater than his faith in Catholicism. He asked the Jesuit priest to resign as chaplain of the House of Representatives. According to Democratic Rep. Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, Ryan might have thought that the chaplain’s prayer was too political.
In a prayer, the chaplain suggested that we remember the poor, the least of us — one of the tenants of Catholicism. Too political?
Maybe Ryan should hire megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, who preaches a prosperity gospel. I am sure Rand would approve of that. And if it fits Rand’s philosophy, Ryan would love it, too.
When people think of deforestation — which is rare in and of itself — they tend to blame it on wood products such as paper. Although I could easily be tempted to believe that malicious sugar packets and other paper products are ruining our environment, it simply isn’t true.
The real culprit is agriculture, which is a seemingly innocent use of land. That term may make you think of happy farms, but the harsh reality is that hundreds, if not thousands, of trees are thoughtlessly wrenched from the ground to make room for another proprietor of obesity —also known as a farm. It’s not so innocent.
As you are presumably a human being who cares at least somewhat about our environment, maybe you could think the next time you purchase that extra salad you’re never going to eat. Or try shopping for food produced locally, so at least products aren’t shipped as far.
Every time you buy something, you’re voting for how you want your store shelves to be stocked. Do you really want them to be filled with products that resulted in the clear cut of forests?
You, as the consumer, have the power. What are you going to do with it?
And, yes, I do see the irony of sending this to a newspaper.
Water is life
Around the country, cities face challenges making sure they have enough drinking water. In Texas, cities affiliated with one water authority are spending $225 million to build a 95-mile pipeline to pump 13 million gallons of water a day from an aquifer.
California regulators, meantime, are considering reinstatement of drought-driven water restrictions that were in place from 2013 through 2017.
Even in the Midwest, Waukesha, Wis., recently won a decades-long fight to use water from Lake Michigan, just 20 miles away. It will spend $286 million to tap into the Milwaukee water system, but only for 40 years.
In Kansas City, we are privileged to live on the Missouri River, one of the most bountiful sources of fresh water anywhere in the world. On average, KC Water cleans 93 million gallons of water each day at our treatment plant near Wheeler Downtown Airport. We then deliver this water through our 2,800-mile water main system to homes, businesses, fire hydrants and 32 wholesale customers in the region.
May 6-12 is Drinking Water Week. Thank you for your continued support, through which you join me and more than 880 employees of KC Water as stewards protecting this precious, life-giving natural resource.
Director, KC Water
It is amazing that most of the negative letters sent in on the possible renaming of a Kansas City street to honor Martin Luther King Jr. are written by people who don’t live in Kansas City itself.
What business is it to you? We, the people who live in Kansas City, and who pay the taxes for our streets, will decide what we name our own streets. Worry about your own.
Tone it down
I understand the importance of keeping the public in the know when severe weather is forecast. But after much repetition on local television stations of the weather conditions, storm chasers’ reports and the movable feast of storms, some of us viewers are ready for regularly scheduled programming.
I would like to propose that sister stations pick up the continuing coverage for those interested. The major stations can scroll messages across the bottom of the screen telling how to connect with these sister stations.
Pamela J. Auerbach
On the wall …
I’m not sure: If you look up the word “hubris” in the dictionary, do you find a picture of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach or President Donald Trump?