Letters to the Editor

June 28, 2013

Gay marriage ruling, climate change, Boy Scouts

As expected, the editorial board of The Star has exaggerated the Supreme Court’s ruling on the same-sex debate. There was no stamp of approval when the vote was split on both issues. Justice Antonin Scalia even said that this issue should not have been decided in the Supreme Court.
Gay marriage ruling

As expected, the editorial board of The Star has exaggerated the Supreme Court’s ruling on the same-sex debate (6-27, Opinion, “A great day for equality in America”).

There was no stamp of approval when the vote was split on both issues. Justice Antonin Scalia even said that this issue should not have been decided in the Supreme Court.

And for America’s rapid acceptance of the issue, that has come about as a result of wealthy Hollywood activism and a willingness by leftist politicians like Sen. Claire McCaskill, Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama and all the rest to secure votes for the next election cycle.

All this ruling did was to reinforce the fact that America has gone from a moral slide to a full free-fall.

Billy Graham said it best: “If God doesn’t judge America, he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

God help us.

Mark Haskell

Olathe Climate change

As a person of faith, I was moved when President Obama reminded us that God has commanded us to care for this fragile planet.

In his recent speech on climate-change solutions (6-25, A6, “Obama plans new tactics on climate change), he said, “… Our children and our children’s children will look us in the eye and they’ll ask us, Did we do all that we could, when we had the chance, to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safer, more stable world?”

Like any parent, he understands what is at stake if we fail to act. I agree.

Climate change is a moral issue, and we need to take action. Kansas Interfaith Power Light supports the president’s plan to set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, promote renewable energy and build more energy-efficient cars and buildings.

Our children’s future demands nothing less.

Rabbi Moti Rieber

Overland Park Boy Scout divide

The Boy Scouts of America change 100 years of policy and tradition to accept gay scouts.

No doubt the Scouts already have gay members. Now they can be themselves without risk or worry of persecution. Is this so bad?

Controversy stems from Christian beliefs and values. The Scouts are heavily subsidized and supported through Christian churches and organizations.

There may be a withdrawal of support to the Boy Scouts by those who view this as an unacceptable conflict.

Parents will need to decide for themselves.

As America runs down the path of liberalism, it divides itself. A house divided.

Phil Swayne

Gladstone Cover-up outcome

The president has failed on many levels, and the drums of illegal and unconstitutional activities loom in the shadows with the possible impeachment of the president and prosecution of so many officials, such as the heads of the Internal Revenue Service, national security officials and others.

The scandals include:

• The misuse of the IRS to target individuals and groups for the president’s aggrandizement and political purposes.

• Obstruction of Congress by various officials.

• Sundry cover-ups like Fast and Furious.

• Benghazi, the murder by passive refusal to send help to the embassy, namely the killing of an ambassador who was instrumental in smuggling arms to Syrian rebels, not knowing they are our enemies of tomorrow.

• Obstruction and diminishing the value of due process.

• Attempting to prosecute Americans at Guantanamo Bay involving terrorists while protecting the murderers of men, women and children in Waco, Texas, including former attorney general Janet Reno, former president Bill Clinton and all the agents and soldiers involved at the Branch Davidian compound.

My question is: When is Congress going to take action and responsibility to impeach this president and hold obstructive officials liable for contempt of Congress?

William A. Ingram

Kansas City Scandal in church

The lawsuits keep coming, the Catholic Church is bleeding financially and the bishop prevails.

I wonder why victims of abuse from clergy appeal to the church for reparation when history shows the church will settle monetarily but with no intent to turn the perpetrator over to the law. Subsequently, the church shuffles the priest from parish to parish.

Will this bring closure to the victims?

Conversely, abuse victims with no church affiliation turn to local authorities to apprehend and charge the perpetrator. This ensures that the legal process will get the abuser off the street and he will serve time in prison. This, in some measure, should bring closure to the victim.

It seems to me the legal process better serves the community and the victim.

Willa Pierce

Kansas City Oregon and Medicaid

A New England Journal of Medicine study of a Medicaid effort in Oregon is being called out by health-reform opponents as proof that Medicaid doesn’t work.

In 2008, Oregon expanded its Medicaid program by 10,000 people selected from a pool of 90,000 who applied. The program created an opportunity to compare the health and use of services of those on Medicaid with the uninsured.

After two years, people with Medicaid coverage had lower incidences of depression and higher uses of physician services and preventive care. Their diabetes was diagnosed, and they received treatment to control it.

Furthermore, those covered by Medicaid had much lower out-of-pocket costs and were less likely to have medical debt. The findings also indicated that those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes did not show significant improvement.

Although the results weren’t as strong as some would have liked, the study shouldn’t be used to declare Medicaid a failure.

Medicaid provides access to health services, and while our country’s health-care system (both publicly funded and private pay coverage) isn’t always effective at producing good outcomes, insurance coverage is essential to obtaining health care.

In that respect, the study showed that Medicaid works.

Brenda R. Sharpe

Overland Park Attacks on freedoms

The First Amendment protects freedom of religion and free exercise thereof, freedom of speech and the press, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition government for redress of grievances.

The Obama administration has attacked religious freedom (contraception and abortifacients), freedom of speech and press (search of reporters’ phone records) and the right to assemble (Internal Revenue Service bias against conservative organizations). That leaves the right to seek redress of grievances from the government. Good luck.

Give credit where credit is due — three out of four is not bad.

Jim O’Connell

Shawnee Obamacare pain

As a customer of two national chain restaurants and a local major supermarket, I found disgruntled servers and clerks who were recently changed from full-time to part-time hours. These employees lost wages and medical insurance because of the anticipated implementation of Obamacare.

It appears that Obamacare will leave more middle-class workers without medical insurance than it was supposed to add.

It is time to stop this injustice and repeal Obamacare. I urge you to write your senators and congressmen to repeal this law.

Rex Hedding

Independence Thanks to carrier

This letter is to recognize that one of your carriers who has faithfully delivered my Kansas City Star since 1984 in all kinds of inclement weather will no longer be my newspaperman.

Congratulations to Steve O’Toole for faithfully delivering me the newspaper for 30 years. He even changed his route for me one summer when I had to be at work at 4 a.m. so I would have the paper to read when coffee break came at 6.

More than 11,000 papers with only a handful of misses (he must have been on vacation). A very dedicated man. Thanks Steve.

Michael Mullenioux


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