Letters to the Editor

June 25, 2013

Democrats, Obamacare, Kris Kobach

Imagine a government run by the likes of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, backed by their “well regulated militia” (the National Rifle Association), imposing vast social restrictions, limiting voting, subjugating the masses to unregulated work conditions and appealing to the remnants of the majority of the 1940s and 1950s.
Frolicking Democrats

Imagine a government run by the likes of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, backed by their “well regulated militia” (the National Rifle Association), imposing vast social restrictions, limiting voting, subjugating the masses to unregulated work conditions and appealing to the remnants of the majority of the 1940s and 1950s.

This is the real threat of a tyranny of government. The Democrats will never gain that kind of foothold because they are too busy frolicking about the fields with butterfly nets.

John Nelles

Shawnee Obamacare sign-up

“People are confused. There’s a lot of misinformation out there. People are going to need help,” said Ryan Barker (6-23, A1 “100 days until Obamacare sign-up begins”).

“But there’s no question, we think there will be difficulties navigating the system,” said David Gentile.

I’m confused and having difficulties just navigating the article.

Melinda Esparrago

Overland Park Kobach is right

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is right to insist that our laws be enforced and our borders be respected (6-23, Opinion, “Kris Kobach: So smart and so very, very dumb”).

He is also courageous to continue in the face of mobs at the doorstep of his home as well as lies and scurrilous vilification from the likes of Steve Rose.

Sunday’s column by Rose is a black mark — not on Kobach, but on Rose and The Star, where it does not stand out amid the usual fare of false, inaccurate, incomplete and intentionally misleading tripe.

Steve Fitzgerald

Leavenworth Rose is right

The column by Steve Rose nailed Kris Kobach to the proverbial cross.

Kobach is smart the way he has hoodwinked local governments into funding his unconstitutional laws and lawsuits. In the letters to the editor in the same paper were two classic examples of people who have bought Kobach’s snake oil.

Thank you, Mr. Rose, for calling it as you see it.

Angela Ferguson Allard

Raytown Prayer in schools

Some people think children can pray privately in school as they wish, but they may not engage in public prayer in public schools.

Such a public demonstration of prayer serves only to flaunt the supposed superiority of Christianity to other faiths. Why would anyone assume that any public demonstration of prayer is by Christians?

It does seem as if over the past 50 years Christianity has been removed from schools and schools have been forced to bend over backward to accommodate every religion except Christianity.

The Constitution provides protection for all religions. Yet the one that our country was founded on is the one most excluded.

Robert Gjertson

Overland Park Sunlight benefits

A front-page picture last month in The Star showed a young lady sunbathing. The caption said she was soaking up Vitamin D from the sun.

That is impossible, but it is possible to absorb ultraviolet rays from the sun that will cause a chemical reaction to the oil in our skin that can result in Vitamin D.

There are many benefits to having enough Vitamin D, but the young lady won’t receive any of them if she covers her skin with sun block.

To get enough ultraviolet rays to get adequate Vitamin D, one must lie in the midday sunshine with at least 60 percent of the skin exposed for about 20 minutes.

It is important to not get overexposed.

Phil Langley

Lenexa Climate-change woes

Albert Einstein’s relativity theory predicted that a planet’s gravity would bend light from a star.

Observation confirmed that prediction, and the theory achieved consensus.

Today’s problem: Measurements show that carbon dioxide is increasingly present in our atmosphere, and these molecules capture infrared energy. Computerized climate models have predicted that consequently our atmosphere will grow warmer and hold more water vapor.

As further predicted by the models, NASA reports a global pattern of increased heavy rain, decreased moderate rain and prolonged droughts in certain regions. There’s a solid scientific consensus that excess burning of fossil fuels is the cause.

This results in grave risks for our food supplies and infrastructures on which society depends.

Wise government policies and consumer decisions can restrain the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Germany is showing how much energy can be obtained from solar panels on the roofs of its citizens.

In Midwest America, we can harvest even more solar energy that way.

We can turn aside from the worst of climate disruption if we overcome the greed of oil and coal companies, which paralyzes our governments today.

Jim Turner


Missouri Sierra Club

Kansas City KCI needs change

I am a frequent flier in and out of Kansas City International Airport. Since 1998, I have logged more than 700 legs on Southwest Airlines alone and have started/finished each of those trips from KCI.

I like KCI, and sometimes love it. But when I travel to cities with recently updated airports, I understand just how outdated KCI has become.

Three recent examples are Austin, Indianapolis and Dallas Love Field. All have single-terminal configurations. All have security lines that can scale up to move rapidly.

All have airy corridors with good food, restrooms and space. All have convenient parking.

KCI’s three-terminal design creates a bottleneck at security in Terminal B, while Terminal A and C are ghost towns with no services. KCI lacks ample restrooms inside the gate areas and will never be able to be upgraded beyond its current configuration.

I am writing this from Gate 41 at KCI terminal B. It is crowded. There are lines spilling outside both bathrooms, and the traffic of people getting off planes walking through the seating area is chaotic.

It’s time — just like it was time to endure the construction of the Kit Bond Bridge and the Interstate 435/U.S. 69 interchange.

John Murphy

Belton ADHD stigma

Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is misrepresented in the media.

The affected children are portrayed as hyperactive children with bad grades who are starving for attention. Facts show that 40 percent of those who have ADHD do not suffer from hyperactivity.

The cause of ADHD is also misrepresented. It’s implied that ADHD is a result of poor parenting or bad teaching. It’s actually caused by biological factors that affect the neurotransmitters in the brain.

As somebody who suffers a learning disability, I feel it’s the media’s responsibility to help change the social stigma that comes with ADHD.

By getting the causes and symptoms correct, we can begin to change the negative way others feel about those with learning disabilities.

Chelsea Scriven

Kansas City Suicide prevention

We must take action to prevent suicide. I have struggled with suicidal idealizations and attempts since the age of 10. I live with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I have learned a lot about mental illness, including that more than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have underlying mental illness at the time of their deaths.

I have also learned that decreasing stigma about these illnesses and getting the proper treatment can save lives. That is why I support of legislation furthering suicide prevention/metal health, education and research. Please learn how you can get involved.

Shaun C. Damico

Kansas City

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