Letters to the Editor

July 30, 2013

GOP obstructions, IRS faux scandal, food stamp abuse

The Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of a duly elected Congress, signed by a president who won a majority vote and upheld by a Supreme Court with a conservative majority. Having held nearly 40 futile votes to abolish the law, Republicans in Congress now are threatening to shut down the government unless no funding whatsoever is provided for the Affordable Care Act.
GOP obstructions

The Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of a duly elected Congress, signed by a president who won a majority vote and upheld by a Supreme Court with a conservative majority.

Having held nearly 40 futile votes to abolish the law, Republicans in Congress now are threatening to shut down the government unless no funding whatsoever is provided for the Affordable Care Act.

Don’t they swear an oath to uphold the laws of the United States? They’re like the 4-year-old throwing a fit in the store because he didn’t get the candy he wanted.

I am sick of one of our major political parties doing nothing but sabotaging the government they are allegedly a part of. Their biggest fear is that the law actually will work and people will realize what a bill of goods the Republicans have been trying to sell them the last few years.

Dennis Croskey

Kansas City Governor’s heroics

Gov. Jay Nixon is the voice of sanity and reason in Jefferson City.

Republicans in the state legislature are taking Missouri down, denying Missouri’s students an adequate educational system.

The GOP is denying Missouri’s seniors and indigents adequate Medicaid benefits. The nonprofit hospitals in Missouri are being harmed by the Republicans’ stubborn refusal to accept expanded Medicaid dollars.

Missouri’s hospitals’ abilities to provide services to its citizens are in jeopardy because of the Republicans in the legislature. Gov. Jay Nixon is fighting to keep Missouri from the sliding back to the stone age.

Paul Comerford

Blue Springs Offensive headline

I am deeply offended by the headline “Flirtation leads to ambush with bat” (7-27, A5, In Brief).

When a man makes unwanted advances toward a woman, it is not flirtation. Harassment, perhaps, but not flirtation.

The word “flirtation” in the headline gave me the impression that the woman involved had been flirting with her assailant. In the body of the article, though, it was clearly stated that the man had made “advances.”

Flirtation is usually innocent, gentle, socially acceptable and most often attributed to the female of our species. Unwanted advances are usually rude, forceful and, when they lead to the use of a baseball bat, clearly socially unacceptable. And, warranted or not, unwanted advances are usually associated with the male of our species.

By writing your headline as you did, you imply that the woman might have been partly to blame for the situation.

We already have too many instances in our society when women are blamed for being assaulted. With your choice of words, our newspaper joined those ranks. I expect more from The Star.

Jennifer White

Kansas City Citizen involvement

Harold Fridkin was one of a kind (7-18, A4, “Longtime political adviser Harold Fridkin dies at 86”). Harold nourished the concept that true public service is a profitless passion.

From the moment my law partner, George Charno, became treasurer for Richard Bolling in 1948, I saw Harold work behind the scenes to elect Bolling to Congress for successive terms of office without expecting anything in return except good government.

In 1970, Harold led the effort to bring home rule to Jackson County with nothing in mind except to replace an obsolete county court system with a more democratic legislature.

Indeed, Harold Fridkin gave so much of himself with so few expectations for himself that he is a textbook example of how good government comes about from citizens who donate their time to see that it happens.

Sidney L. Willens

Kansas City Royals broadcasts

Contrary to popular public opinion, I rather enjoy Rex Hudler as part of the Royals’ broadcast team.

I constantly hear complaints from fellow Royals fans about Rex’s somewhat silly antics, phrases and puns. But I find them to be entertaining and a good complement to the broadcast.

I know, as a fan who can’t make it to games as much as I would like, that I would rather have an over-the-top silly broadcaster than a mundane snore-fest of a broadcaster.

Therefore, I would like to thank Rex for his entertaining service to the Royals, and I look forward to hearing more of his voice on the television.

Tommy Watson

Kansas City IRS faux scandal

Some conservatives still believe that the scrutiny of 501(c)(4) applications by the Internal Revenue Service was some sort of scandal. It wasn’t.

It was simply the IRS doing its job.

The primary function of any 501(c)(4) organization is one of social welfare. It is only common sense that applications from organizations with blatantly political names be reviewed regarding their social-welfare intent.

The IRS group that performed the reviews was headed by a self-proclaimed conservative Republican. All evidence shows that absolutely no directive or influence came from the president or anywhere in his administration requesting selective scrutiny of conservative-leaning groups. None.

Both conservative and liberal applications were reviewed, but you might not know that because when Rep. Darrell Issa requested information from the IRS regarding the selective scrutiny, he requested input only regarding conservative organizations.

Now there is the scandal. His investigations are supposed to be non-partisan. He is the one who should be investigated.

In the end, not a single conservative organization was denied approval of its application. So, where is the scandal?

William R. Lenz

Kansas City Food stamp abuse

I’m for helping the poor and homeless, children and veterans. What really burns me up is to stand in line behind someone dressed in the finest clothes buying food fit for a king with a food stamp card and still having the cash to buy booze.

Usually, these people will be seen loading the stash into a nice late-model car better than most hard-working people can afford.

Ron Erickson

Independence Gift card blues

I was recently given a $75 gift card drawn on an area bank. I attempted to use the card at a restaurant on a $62.85 tab.

The card was denied, so I went ahead and paid by another card. I later called the firm that gave me the card and was told that the card company “assumed” a 20 percent gratuity because it was at a restaurant.

Upon contacting the bank, I was assured that the bank would never do such a thing but that I should call the number on back of the card. I did so.

This was card services, which the person explained, contracts with the bank, and yes, it does “assume a 20 percent gratuity at any restaurant.” This caused an overdraft of 42 cents — hence the denial of the card.

I was told “just go to Wal-Mart or any other store and use the card.” No apology. No reason.

I asked how I was to know of this 20 percent gratuity assumption.

Response: “Check the website.”

Need I explain to the bank the slightly vulgar definition of the word “assume”?

Have I missed something in this life’s journey?

Bill Emerson

Kansas City Kennedy secrets

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this November. What national-security interests are served by keeping information relating to that tragedy a secret?

Why does our government keep so much information from us?

Curtis Moore

De Soto Angel’s kindness

The gentleman who usually helps at the front door of the Kansas City VA Hospital had gone home for the day. I was taking my husband home from the hospital and was attempting to get him into our car when a lady jumped out of her car behind me.

She came up and asked whether she might help, and I gladly agreed. We got him into the car, and I was thankful to be on my way home.

I would like to thank her for her kindness. I did not get her name, but I will call her Angel.

Phyllis Airington

Kansas City

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