Here’s what the U.S. military leaders had to say in Senate hearings last week concerning the epidemic of sexual assault cases within the U.S. military and bills before Congress to take serious crime out of the chain of command (6-5, A1, “Generals, lawmakers face off”).
Gen. Raymond Odierno, U.S. Army chief of staff: “Maintaining the central role of the commander in our military justice system is absolutely critical.”
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations: “It is essential that our commanders be involved in each phase of the military justice system.”
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “I urge that military commanders remain central to the legal process.”
Substitute “bishop” for military leaders and you begin to understand the difficulty of holding people accountable in an environment where leadership protects sexual predators.
Prairie Village Coral climate change
Had enough rain? I surely have and would like a few sunny days.
Do you ever wonder what’s with our strange weather? It could be a hint of climate change.
Scientists say we are pumping too much carbon dioxide into our atmosphere from burning coal, oil and gasoline. The carbon dioxide gets trapped in the upper atmosphere and won’t let the sun’s reflected heat escape, thus heating the Earth.
There’s a group working to reduce these carbon emissions that cause climate change, Citizens Climate Lobby, which promotes a tax on carbon.
The tax money would not go to the government but to the American people to help pay energy bills. Here’s the big payoff.
Because the carbon dioxide emitted would cost companies money, they would switch to renewables like wind, solar, geothermal and tides, which don’t give off carbon dioxide and don’t cause air pollution. It would be a win-win situation.
Mary Helen Korbelik
Mission Hills Secrecy is hypocrisy
Americans seem outraged that the government is “sharing” our private phone calls and emails (6-7, A1, “Federal agencies mining data from Internet firms”). Big Brother is watching.
The hypocrisy is that many Americans share every detail of their lives on social media. The Internet knows us inside and out. We no longer value our privacy — to the point of sometimes putting ourselves at risk of foul play.
My outrage is not that Washington is snooping. It is that the government seemed to think it should keep it a secret. That is shady behavior from what was supposed to be the most transparent government in history.
President George W. Bush was evil for the same behavior. Just ask President Barack Obama, who excoriated him for it.
I want the government to stay on top of the bad guys. I can handle this invasion of privacy. Just stop the hypocrisy, Mr. President and all of the president’s men and women.
Cleveland Government hot air
I have bought guns at gun shows. I have sold guns at gun shows.
When I sold a gun, I did not do a background check. It was not because I didn’t want to but because the government wouldn’t let me.
Background checks for private sales would be so easy (make the phone number, the form and a set of instructions available on the Internet).
I can only conclude that, in truth, people in government want to do no more than act like they are doing something by talking about it.
Overland Park Incompetent Obama
The ongoing investigation of the catastrophe at Benghazi on Sept. 11 has finally gotten the attention of the mainstream media. Even The Star has decided to cover it.
What bothers me most is the lame excuse given by the Obama administration that there wasn’t enough time to send help to the embattled ambassador and his staff.
How any sensible person could come to that excuse or conclusion escapes me. How could anyone have known how long the ambassador and his people would be under siege? It could have been days, not hours.
I am an Air Force veteran, and in the era of supersonic jet fighters, I cannot believe that our fighter planes couldn’t have been on the scene in a couple of hours — ample time to defend the ambassador and stop the terrorist attack.
This entire episode has sickened me. There may be a cover-up, but the obvious excuse, in my opinion, is that the Obama administration, including the State Department top down, is incompetent.
Olathe Three-party system
The two-party system is no longer serving our nation. The primary elections are controlled by the extremists in each party, and the resulting candidates do not represent the majority of voters.
A three-party system would be one solution. In the interest of accurate labeling, I suggest these party names: the Paranoids, for extreme right wingers; the Pollyannas, for the leftists; and the Pragmatists, to represent the large number of voters in the middle.
William T. Kelley
Kansas City Controlling weapons
There has been a lot of bluster about gun control. People who want to kill others with a gun will get one no matter what, even a homemade zip gun.
Looks like now we are going to need to focus on bomb control. We also are going to need motor-vehicle control for those who kill thousands of people every year in the U.S. with cars.
Don’t forget slasher control. Boycott knives. Only dull knives may be sold. And by all means ball bats. They really mess you up.
Gallatin, Mo. Guns, foreign deaths
I am so ashamed of the senators who voted no on the gun background check bill. I heard them defend their votes because of a supposed fear of the government collecting names so that when some imaginary tyrant takes over he will know who has guns and will go house to house taking them by force.
The bill they voted no on contained a section that made the collection of names illegal, which was somehow missed or ignored when they read it.
We have a duty to make sure that these National Rifle Association pawns are not re-elected when their terms are up.
This is not just an American issue. Guns sold so easily at gun shows and out of the backs of vans are being smuggled into Mexico, where gun laws are strict. A recent “Vanguard” program said more than 2,000 guns are smuggled into Mexico every day.
The city of Juarez averages more than two murders a day. The blame lies at the feet of our failure as a nation.
Kansas City Hudler must go
“I almost heard it.” This stupid comment was uttered recently by the Royals’ bumbling motor mouth, Rex Hudler, when a foul tip hit the batter’s lower leg.
Even Ryan Lefebvre questioned the statement. It is indicative of the senseless running commentary that we are forced to listen to if we want to watch the Kansas City Royals play baseball without tuning in on the radio.
Add me to the ever-increasing list of fans who want to Dump the Hud.
Overland Park Kindness counts more
To the woman who was so rude to my autistic son, I want to let you know that despite his communication delays he is a sweet, loving human being.
I assure you his coughing was not a malicious assault on you. He happened to have a head cold. He gets sick, just as you and I do.
I hope your verbal assault on him made you feel like a real winner. In the meantime, you caused my 4-year-old son and my wife much heartache because of your vicious words.
I would like to believe there is a special place in the afterlife for people like you. Our son is everything to us, and we will always defend him from ugly people like you.
Just know that your hateful words hurt an innocent disabled boy, and I really hope that you will think before you chastise another child who cannot help who he is, which is a beautiful, caring boy with nothing but a heart full of love to give.