Kansas politics, Missouri State Fair, math encouragement

08/15/2013 6:34 PM

08/15/2013 6:56 PM

Retake Kansas

Like many Kansans, I have been concerned about the continuing attacks on education by our radical Legislature. The quality of public education in Kansas is what led to Johnson County being the economic engine for Kansas.

Why destroy it? I believe the answer lies in the continuing opposition to evolution.

The radicals create a false dichotomy between religion and science. When they repudiate evolution, they are also repudiating genetics, geology, anthropology and other academic disciplines.

If you are opposed to the advancement of knowledge, why prepare kindergarten through 12th-grade students for higher education? Why support higher education?

Business development in the 21st century depends on being at the leading edge of academic research.

The emergence of Silicon Valley had everything to do with Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley and nothing to do with California’s taxes.

Moderates need to retake this state from the radicals, giving our young people the opportunity to use the intellect God gave them to advance, not repudiate, knowledge.

Bond Faulwell

Overland Park Steve Rose column

Steve Rose, wake up and get yourself into the 21st century (8-11, Commentary, “Government should subsidize the Postal Service”).

Only in your “Alice and Wonderland” world is the solution for stifling government interference with the post office more of the same.

More power to the Postal Service as it works to provide better, more efficient and profitable service? There are many, many successful alternatives already available, such as FedEx, UPS, the Internet with electronic document signatures and even private messenger services.

Saturday deliveries? Why? Universal residential deliveries? Why?

I live in the same ZIP code as Steve Rose, and almost all of my mail is advertising sent business third-class and subsidized heavily. And by the way, my mail is now delivered four hours earlier thanks to those same route evaluations you decry.

Let’s cut the U.S. Postal Service loose from government interference and let it compete on a level playing field.

If enough consumers want its services and will pay for them, the Postal Service will thrive.

If not, it will disappear just like so many other businesses have.

John Quick

Prairie Village Safety net week

Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed this as Primary Care Safety Net Clinic Week.

It recognizes the clinics in our state that provide a safety net for the most vulnerable Kansans — those who are uninsured and underinsured.

In 2012, these clinics provided comprehensive primary care to more than 235,000 people, regardless of their ability to pay.

The clinics play a vital role in our communities by helping their patients stay healthy and out of emergency rooms.

In Kansas City, Children’s Mercy West/Cordell Meeks Jr. Clinic, Duchesne Clinic, Health Partnership Clinic, KU Health Partners/Silver City Health Center, Mercy Truth Medical Missions, Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, Swope Health Wyandotte/Swope Health West and Turner House Children’s Clinic perform this critical service.

On behalf of its 45 safety net clinic members, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved wishes to thank the state and local legislators, private foundations and many individuals who recognize the important role safety net clinics play in overall health care in Kansas.

As more people look to these clinics for their health care, we are grateful for the commitment of these leaders to the medically underserved.

Cathy Harding

Executive Director

Kansas Association

for the

Medically Underserved

Topeka Tough in Kansas

I would be very willing to alert my state and national representatives to the importance I place on fair and empathetic treatment of undocumented immigrants and their children, being pro-life and not just pro-birth, wanting to make sure everyone’s voting rights are protected, not interpreting religious liberty to mean promoting only one creed and its set of demands and prohibitions as the standard for the country, and urging the representatives to do all they can to reduce violence by safeguarding women and passing sensible gun-control legislation.

But what good would that do?

They consistently support an agenda that I not only consider to be based on the bottom line but also often reveals an alarming disdain for the welfare of most citizens of Kansas.

Being a Kansan is tough.

Janelle Lazzo

Roeland Park Proud, shameful

Although I agree that Missourians “should” be above the behavior exhibited by the crowd Saturday night in Sedalia at the State Fair, it seems to me that the people there displayed their authenticity, crude and ignorant as it was (8-12, A4, “Anti-Obama stunt rebuked”).

Consider this: If the crowd had not responded to the clown in the mask, he would have withdrawn in humiliation. I’d say he knew his audience and played to it.

Yep, they’re proud to be shameful.

Pamela Gregory

Prairie Village State Fair politics

There’s an uproar over a clown in politics (8-14, A1, “Supporters defend skit mocking Obama”)? Did the Republican presidential primary already start?

Mike Sanders

Pleasant Hill Math encouragement

On the Aug. 13 FYI article by James Fussell, “Expert advice,” I found the comment to the students about math not being fun most upsetting.

I would appreciate if you would refrain from such conditioning comments to our next generation of learners that steer them away from math and science.

Our country needs more engineers, scientists, physicists and mathematicians. These occupations all start from cultivating interest in those subjects early. Ergo, we should support students who are excited about math and science (or whichever subject they do enjoy).

Brad Gilson

Former math, science

Tutor/teacher

Mission Hills Annoying robocalls

The proliferation of automatically dialed phone calls is beyond nuisance level, and we receive at least five per day.

Henceforth, rather than hang up at the first hint of the purpose of the call, I’ll listen until the source is revealed. (Political organizations and nonprofits are permitted.)

One of the daily calls opens with “The FBI ...” and must be from a home-business.

Coincidentally, while writing this letter I answered a call from Medical Pendant in Utah with the offer of a free alarm device and, of course, the request for my name so a “lifetime associate” could make a follow-up call.

To underscore the frequency of the calls, just now I answered another, this from the Campaign to Reform Immigration for America, which connected me to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office so I could urge her to take action on this issue. The initial call did not advocate a position.

Notifying the secretary of state regarding the disallowed calls is a first step in the effort to end the daily intrusions. The state does maintain a no-call list. Its effectiveness is not certain, but it’s a place to start and it’s worth a try.

Steve Sherry

Kansas City Exceptional baseball

The movie “42” is out on DVD. It tells the story of the accomplishments of Jackie Robinson and others to allow African-Americans to rightfully play major league baseball.

It is a story that should be told.

But there is another important story concerning baseball that is ignored.

That story is about the 47 players who were enrolled members of Native Nations, American Indians, and the 85 players of American Indian heritage who played major league baseball from 1887 to 1945.

Jeffrey Powers-Beck’s 2009 book on the American Indian integration of baseball is a well-researched and interesting story about some incredible athletes who had the courage to play despite the adamant anti-Indianism and exploitative marketing.

Michael W. Simpson

Osage County, Mo.

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