Drugging teens, Congress, mass shootings

09/19/2013 5:53 PM

09/19/2013 5:54 PM

Drugging children

There should be a ban on drugging our youngsters while they are in grade school or high school.

I encountered some young boys waiting for a haircut in the beauty shop I went to. They were comparing the psych drugs they were all on. These were preteen boys.

I was amazed to say the least. They thought it funny and were bragging about it.

Is drug use the way we raise our children now? It does make you wonder.

Barb Cook

Kansas City Do-little Congress

Wake up, America. Our Congress costs the taxpayers millions of dollars a day in salaries, staff and other operating expenses. And what has it accomplished?

This 113th Congress passed the fewest bills in history at the point of the August recess. The Republican-controlled House has wasted so much time and our money voting for the 41st time to repeal or alter Obamacare knowing full well it has no chance of getting through the Senate.

Speaker John Boehner said House members should be judged on the “number of bills they repeal.” If that is the success measurement, then they have totally failed.

My representative, Congressman Kevin Yoder, even voted in the Appropriations Committee against prohibiting people whose names are on the possible terrorists list from buying firearms and explosives. The Republicans on the committee defeated that amendment saying there are flaws in the list.

That makes as much sense as saying drunks still drive, so let’s not pass any laws against drunken driving. House Republicans have opposed the Violence against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure that women are paid as much as men for doing the same work.

Sue Thompson

Mission Obama’s IRS scandal

The Internal Revenue Service wasn’t trying to deny tax-exempt status to those conservative nonprofits.

It made sure they were inundated with red tape and endless questions so their money-raising and influence were delayed until after the 2012 elections.

It was not as obvious at first and just as effective as a denial.

Robert Hurd

Warrensburg, Mo. End mass shootings

Ah, so another group shooting (9-17, A1, “13 dead in D.C. rampage”). The first few shocked everyone, such as the one at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Now, mass shootings seem as if they are almost a weekly occurrence.

How about a law prohibiting the sale and use of those automatic weapons? No, we can’t have that. We can’t take away our Second Amendment gun rights.

But what about the right of people to get through their lives without wondering who’s going to get shot next? Because there will always be a next time.

Virginia McLaury

Kansas City Zealous tea partiers

The outrage coming from the tea partiers about overzealous government has all the sincerity of a used car salesman.

The ultra-right-wing types are supposed to use tax-exempt money for the betterment of the community, not political advancement.

They should be scrutinized by the Internal Revenue Service.

The real abuse of government power is the Republicans’ relentless attack on unions.

It has been their not-so- secret goal to eliminate all unions so their constituents (big business) can have cheaper labor. This is a never ending battle that gets very little media attention.

Steven Morales

Blue Spring Controlling politics

Is it time for the people of this nation to take control of their political future. Being taken advantage of by those in government needs to stop.

Allowing those in power to secure for themselves lifetime total benefits is a critical error. We need to stop aligning ourselves with political parties and realize that all these parties are doing is keeping us upset and divided while those in charge pursue their own interests.

Stop talking this party or that party and just elect someone to serve a set term once, with no more or less of a benefit program than any other citizen.

One other critical thought has got to be, Do we really want lobbyists running our business from under the table? Do we?

Tom Spath

Lenexa Misspent sales tax

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City asked Jackson County taxpayers to approve a sales tax to provide funding for a Institute for Translational Research and Medicine.

The council says it will bring more jobs and investment to the county plus the possibility of medical breakthroughs.

The council chairman leads a Kansas City company that over the last five years has closed regional manufacturing plants while laying off several thousand workers. Yet, he says this tax proposal will bring new jobs and opportunities.

As a supporter of Republican presidents’ policies, the chairman would now be in favor of taxing the people for what is essentially a gift of citizens’ tax dollars to institutions without much control of program goals or reporting of actual results.

I would expect a person of the chairman’s business stature to believe that a great opportunity for medical breakthroughs plus financial growth was worth investing part of the chairman’s family wealth of more than $1 billion or taking money from his family’s foundation worth an estimated $800 million instead of taxpayers’ pocket.

John Jennings

Overland Park Pick good leaders

For the common good, don’t support or vote for elected officials or candidates who sign pledges.

Those who sign such pledges are not leaders because no leader paints himself into corners but allows flexibility to use initiative, creativity and political courage to meet the needs of society.

Those who sign pledges are not leaders but populists attempting to get your vote on a singular issue such as taxes, gun control or climate change, or they are keeping a promise to a special interest that supports and/or contributes to their campaign.

In simpler words, they have sold out.

Would it not be best for this nation to elect true leaders who wish to serve the common good rather than special interests, Grover Norquist or the Koch brothers?

Michael Yanez

Tonganoxie Inspiring KC children

Kansas City children in the 1960s and 1970s had good friends. Torey Southwick and Ol’ Gus, Whizzo the Clown and Cousin Ken showed cartoons. Phil Jay and Johnny Dolan of WHB radio played our requests.

These media personalities provided fun and inspired community pride. Our friends attended business grand openings, county fairs and the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.

They encouraged us to be part of these exciting things happening in Kansas City. They taught us to give something back, too.

They wanted us to be the best boys and girls we could be, to take pride in our neighborhoods, sponsor backyard carnivals to help fight muscular dystrophy, pick up litter, be kind to each other.

They taught us we were the important people they wanted to meet — people they expected to do great things.

Who do Kansas City children have today?

Gary Lezak and his dogs perform a valuable service visiting area schools. But a meteorologist can only go so far in reaching children.

Today’s Kansas City kids need their own special media friend. Kansas City needs kids growing up proud of their community.

Deborah Ground


Overland Park

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