Oil companies, guns, Congress

06/23/2013 5:00 PM

06/21/2013 11:18 PM

Dear Big Oil

I am not at all sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t buy a lot of gas over the recent holiday weekend. Your monopolistic price gouging and attitude about money kept me at home, except for driving to my second job.

Wait a minute, I am bringing you good news, just not as much as you want.

Michael J. Knight

Kansas City, Kan. Annoying road bump

I would like to address the bump on the exit from U.S. 71 south to westbound Interstate 435.

It was fixed at one time. But they worked on it, and it has been getting worse. I try to swerve to miss it, which takes me across to the other lane.

When are they going to fix this? They have recently worked on the strips between sections on U.S. 71, but evidently overlooked this one.

Don Sortor

Kansas City Guns and violence

In the June 20 editorial, “Gun reform needs churches,” the author proposes that pastors stand up for better gun legislation.

Murders are committed using cars, baseball bats, knives, scissors, rocks, knitting needles, etc. Those murders also count in our high murder rate. It’s not just guns.

I think there is a very old saying that will fit right into the pastors’ calling, “Thou shall not kill.” Teach the solution every day to everyone.

All nations in the world have laws against murder, and all religions in the world object to it, and we want to talk about controlling guns.

It is not more laws, gun-safety education or legislation that’s needed.

How about teaching values? Not just to the members of the congregation but to the citizens of our country.

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, atheist or any religion, it doesn’t matter the faith. It’s the value of life that is missing.

We have learned to be racially sensitive; the words and attitudes of the ’60s aren’t considered acceptable in today’s society. We need to learn that today’s violence is not acceptable.

Gary Jones

Independence Plight of workers

America’s workers have been bullied by management to the point that they are more and more willing to accept a future that is absent of any protections against further declines in their wages and benefits. They are headed toward serfdom.

And most troubling, labor leaders seem unwilling to stand up and fight for their members.

If I am correct about this, then it’s incumbent upon the workers themselves to begin the struggle that will be required to regain fair and decent compensation for their contributions to the success of businesses.

American labor must reinvigorate and strengthen its bargaining position. As a nation, we simply cannot continue to witness labor’s long slide toward oblivion; it must be stopped.

What the American worker must understand is that there are more of us. We vastly outnumber managers and business owners.

And never forget the words of the leading 20th-century expert on improving the quality and quantity of industrial output, W. Edwards Deming: “The problem is at the top! Management is the problem! ... The worker is not the problem.”

It will not be possible to restore American workers to a higher standard of living without a fight. It’s either that or serfdom.

David N. Guthrie

Overland Park Targeting media

Question: What does the U.S. Department of Justice share with Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security? Answer: Both agencies target their respective nation’s media under the guise of national security.

The Department of Justice appears to target news media members deemed unfriendly or critical of President Barack Obama and his administration. Iran’s intelligence ministry targets media for provocative and false reports as determined by outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Yet both nations’ constitutions address conceptually freedom of the press. In Iran, Article 24 of the 1979 Constitution states, “Publications and the press have freedom of expression.”

In the U.S., our First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.”

Perhaps both the departments believe they are greater than and exempt from their nation’s constitutions.

As with the federal government’s attacks on our Second Amendment rights in the name of security, we now see the same systemic attack launched against our First Amendment rights, once again in the name of security.

Perhaps anti-First Amendment zealots can justify the actions by the Justice Department, the FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder in targeting the media.

Waldo Clock

Leavenworth Ineffectual Congress

Congress has already voted against veterans assistance, voted against background checks for guns, voted against food stamps, voted against seniors and retirees on many issues, voted against children (education cuts and food stamps) and Meals on Wheels, and did nothing about the sequester until members of Congress were inconvenienced by it and could not get home for “vacation.”

Upcoming issues: genetically modified organisms in our food (deny labeling of such) and more pollution (oil mostly).

Now members of Congress are considering a bill that might deprive my cat of her required medicine because she needs two compounded medicines daily. Many of our animal companions need these for better lives.

There are compounded medicines required for people that might be harded to obtain should this pass.

I read recently that the approval rating of Congress was a whopping 10 percent. I am quite surprised it was that high after all the votes that were against what the people wanted.

Carol L. Neill

Overland Park Workers feel pinch

I will never understand this fear of the Affordable Care Act, and now it is an excuse for companies to cut wages.

The most powerful workforce in history is being forced to minimum hours while business owners continue to scam our American workers to work for peanuts.

What happened to quality and quantity?

I hope that airplane manufacturing, bridge building and first responders don’t cut hours to keep people from affordable health care.

As for pizza places, restaurants and movie theaters that choose to keep their staff from health care, two can play this game. I won’t be visiting those establishments.

Larry Miller

Overland Park Uncompensated care

Republicans’ attacks on Medicaid ignore the devastating consequences of their actions upon all children.

Children’s Mercy Hospital treats every child regardless of ability to pay. Last year’s uncompensated cost was millions of dollars. Medicaid assisted many of those children.

Costs for treating a single preemie or seriously challenged child for years can be astronomical. Heroic right-to-life efforts considering every embryo and fetus a potential child should extend to the care of those children.

Children’s Mercy will provide that care for every child, regardless of circumstances.

Besides the best in patient care, Children’s Mercy doctors have recently announced phenomenal results from their efforts.

The hospital’s Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine has developed procedures for genetic sequencing, leading to technology which only a few years ago would have been considered impossible.

Its doctors are accomplishing miracles with relatively modest budgets.

For the Republican Party to continue inflicting its narrow agenda upon innocent children is unconscionable.

Gov. Jay Nixon should call the Legislature to a special session to expand Medicaid. Meanwhile, the Republicans hopefully might listen to Bob Dole, and “close for repairs.”

Ed Fleetwood

Village of Loch Lloyd Royals manager

The Royals’ problems on the field against the Cleveland Indians on June 18 show me that manager Ned Yost is not the leader this team needs in order to grow.

Yost does not have the most.

Gary Brown

Platte City

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