Global warming, immigration reform, cell tower bill

06/22/2013 5:00 PM

06/21/2013 10:55 PM

Save Earth

An abundant Earth is our ultimate reality, the single indispensable base for our existence. Without it, we — and all the things we “own” — are lost.

Today, Earth is in mortal danger from premature warming, pollution and population growth. To survive, we need an immediate worldwide, Manhattan-style project to control necessary resources such as rain forests and oceans.

We must cut carbon emissions substantially. We must conserve energy. We must preserve sufficient wild habitats to sustain interdependent life forms.

Otherwise, we face extinction.

Everyone should write or email the White House and Congress to demand an international conference to preserve human life. Everything must be on the table.

Only a global effort can succeed, so we need to set aside international rivalries and cooperate with Russia and China.

But Washington does nothing unless we push. Call your congresspersons, write to your newspaper and talk with your neighbor, your church, your book club and your e-friends.

We need your letters, phone calls and emails. Our future is at stake.

Margaret A. Hogan

Kansas City NRA’s gun role

The gun-rights advocates and the gun-control advocates don’t seem to be able to find any common ground.

The National Rifle Association is long reported to have created excellent gun-safety programs for its members. Some of those programs are specifically created to reach small children about the dangers of guns.

Would the NRA be willing to share those programs with the public?

Would the NRA, in cooperation with local television stations, broadcast on a regular basis, 30-second and one-minute commercials on gun safety as a public service?

Not just for a couple of weeks but make a lifetime commitment to the public of this country.

Will the NRA help educate all gun owners? Teach them that they have a responsibility to keep their weapons out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill and small children. Teach them how to be responsible gun owners.

Will the gun-control advocates join the NRA in an effort to educate all gun owners on gun safety? For the good of the country.

Bob Starbuck

Lake Winnebago Sanchez column

Mary Sanchez’s June 19 column, “Protests do not belong at home,” was outrageous.

First, she unfairly describes Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as a “menace” because his opinion as an American citizen does not agree with hers.

Second, she wrongly labels Mr. Kobach an embarrassment to Kansas. He exemplifies the true meaning of legitimate activism on behalf of all Americans respectful of and dedicated to working and living within the law.

Our immigration policy needs reform but with circumspect reasonableness, equity and consideration of the due entitlement expected by any lawful citizen of our nation.

Ms. Sanchez seems to lament that Mr. Kobach has now become more of a victim.

Emotional as the immigration issue is, representatives of Sunflower Community Action should have recognized the improperness of their intention before they acted. Their extremely threatening protest on a person’s private property was not only outrageous and disrespectful but also illegal and essentially unconstitutional.

Imagine how any one of us might have felt if such a group of inconsiderate malcontents showed up on our lawn.

Mr. Kobach, I support your right to your opinion as I support Ms. Sanchez’s. I am very sorry you and your family had to experience this indignity.

David J. Bernal

Lee’s Summit Slam on Kobach

Does Mary Sanchez ever check her facts before she writes her column (6-19, A4, “Protests do not belong at home”)?

Her column pretends to be scolding demonstrators at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s home. But in reality she is only browbeating him. Just read the first four paragraphs of her column.

She can have her biased opinion, but just remember that some of us Kansans agree with Mr. Kobach.

Carol Rasdall

Kansas City, Kan. Lee Judge cartoons

Here’s a bit of insight for all the letter writers calling for The Star to stop printing cartoons by Lee Judge. Political cartoonists are hired to be controversial.

The more letters The Star’s editorial board receives complaining about Mr. Judge’s cartoons, the more secure his position at the paper becomes. A satirist’s greatest enemy is irrelevance.

Stop writing to The Star to complain about the cartoons you don’t like, or, better yet, do what I did and stop reading Mr. Judge’s cartoons altogether.

If the editorial board only receives letters praising Judge’s cartoons, then his value to the paper will be greatly diminished.

Paying attention to and then writing to complain about the content of Judge’s cartoons only serves to ensure that The Star will continue to publish his work for many years to come. The Op-Ed pages thrive on controversy.

Your letters to the editors criticizing Lee Judge’s cartoons are the greatest job security he could ever ask for. On this topic, your silence will accomplish more than any letter you could ever write in removing Mr. Judge’s cartoons from the Star.

David Grant

Lenexa Immigration reform

Our communities continue to face tough economic times, while our broken immigration system threatens our national security. But we now have a chance to address these issues.

The immigration bill before the Senate would be a step toward solving these critical problems. Businesses need talented, skilled workers to hire, and good business practices must be encouraged.

The current system allows some employers to hire illegal immigrants and pay them less or subject them to poor working conditions, which then diminishes job opportunities for Americans. Meanwhile, the status quo does nothing to ensure the safety of our friends and families.

Our borders aren’t nearly secure enough, and 11 million people live here illegally.

That’s why we need to support the bill drafted by Senate Republican and Democrat leaders. Their bill would allow businesses to recruit new hires who are educated and skilled in important industries such as medicine and technology while preventing employers from engaging in those bad business practices.

And the bill puts a strong emphasis on national security and directs the Department of Homeland Security to take important measures to secure our borders.

The current system isn’t working. We should all support immigration reform.

Curtis Pitts

Topeka Cell tower bill

As the head of a local economic-development group, I was baffled to read The Star’s June 17 editorial, “Nixon should veto cell tower bill,” urging Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that could help bring vital technology infrastructure and investment to rural areas such as Moberly.

In the 1800s, the railroad revolutionized America and helped Moberly spring from the prairie nearly overnight.

Like the railroads of the 1800s and the electricity grid of the 1900s, mobile broadband technology is transforming America in the 21st century.

For rural areas, mobile broadband is a lifeline to the digital economy. Farmers are using smartphones to monitor their crops. Entrepreneurs are launching their businesses using a laptop at a coffee shop.

Small companies are modernizing their operations with the help of mobile apps and services. And all of this innovation relies on access to reliable wireless service.

By implementing a more efficient way to manage wireless infrastructure permits, Gov. Nixon can help facilitate more private-sector investment in rural broadband infrastructure and pave the way for economic development, job creation and improvements in education, health care and public safety.

Missouri can’t afford to miss out on these benefits. House Bill 331 is the right choice for our state and our economic future.

Corey J. Mehaffy

Moberly Area

Economic Development




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