Letters to the Editor

September 22, 2013

Food stamps, women as priests, KCI

That Congress would consider cutting food stamps is a sad commentary on America today. The real problem with the budget deficit is the tax cuts that originated under President Ronald Reagan and accelerated in the years of President George W. Bush, who cut taxes during wartime.
Food stamp cuts

That Congress would consider cutting food stamps is a sad commentary on America today. The real problem with the budget deficit is the tax cuts that originated under President Ronald Reagan and accelerated in the years of President George W. Bush, who cut taxes during wartime.

These tax cuts, of course, primarily helped the richest 2 percent of Americans. It is heartless to make the poorest among us pay for the economic mess created by congressional policies that benefit the richest few.

James Obertino

Warrensburg, Mo. Women as priests

Do you know how the pedophile priest problem could be eliminated or at least alleviated? It’s simple.

Each time a pedophile priest is discovered doing disgusting deeds, defrock him, turn him over to the authorities and then (here is the important part) replace him with a female priest.

Woman priests would be much more effective for many reasons. Unlike the male gender, they are not driven by sexual desires or inclined to sexually abuse children.

By implementing the above plan, the church would eventually be rid of all the criminal pedophiles. Woman priests would certainly restore dignity to the church, which has been sorely lacking.

Delores Mair

Kansas City Keep KCI as it is

I appreciate Rep. Sam Graves for standing up to the pressure and for doing what is right about Kansas City International Airport.

As a frequent traveler, I love the ease and convenience of KCI compared with airports we are trying to copy. Two points I haven’t seen addressed are:

• The importance of having one security/screening point. Why is it important? The beauty of KCI is the ability to go through security and check in and retrieve luggage close to your gate. Multiple entry points are safer because the ratio of security eyes on people and carry-ons is greater. How many screeners for how many years would we need to pay to get to the $1.2 billion for a new terminal?

• The shortsightedness by the planners. Their plans are based on today’s method for passing through security and checking bags. I’d guess that soon after completion of a new terminal, the methods will have changed and we’ll have spent money on an obsolete structure.

So Graves, don’t back down. When they tell you they’ll build an airport that’s as convenient and cause more airlines to come here, don’t believe them.

Linda Lyon

Kansas City Guns, lawmakers

I was extremely pleased and a little surprised that the Missouri legislature was unable to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the inane legislation to nullify federal laws on gun control, thus subjecting law-enforcement officers who enforced the laws to huge fines and/or imprisonment (9-13, Editorial, “Reason prevails on guns, taxes and union rules — barely”).

Had the override succeeded, the state would have been subject to massive lawsuits with the costs of defending them paid for by the taxpayers.

However, I was dismayed to learn of the recall of two Colorado legislators who voted for gun control. The voter turnout was low, and, as in many cases, those who were for recall came out in massive numbers.

What a shame for the state. I guess the shooting in Aurora has faded from Coloradans’ minds. No one is trying to take away law-abiding citizens’ guns, but are background checks so extreme for anyone who has nothing to hide?

And last week, we had another mass shooting in Washington, D.C. Good hard-working people lost their lives because of a very disturbed individual who could have been helped, if only people had been paying attention.

Marlene Shulkin

Grandmothers Against

Gun Violence

Overland Park College tuition

Some letter writers have indicated that Gov. Sam Brownback was the cause of tuition increases in Kansas.

What was the last year the University of Kansas did not increase tuition?

The answer is 1983.

The biggest prolonged percentage increase stretch was while a Democrat was in office. Kathleen Sebelius was governor of Kansas when the increase for 2003-04 was 20.7 percent, 2004-05 was 18 percent, 2005-06 was 15.9 percent and finally 2007-08 was 6 percent.

Unfortunately for me, those were the years my son attended.

Thanks, Democrats, for taking care of us while you were in power.

Gene Zwolinski

Leawood Background checks

I find it most curious that logic is anathema to journalists and politicians. Perhaps it is because agendas obscure the truth.

The Star posited that now is the time to rethink instituting comprehensive background checks in light of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (9-18, Editorial, “Renew gun debate to honor dead”).

What hasn’t occurred to The Star’s editorial writers is that a Department of Defense clearance is the ultimate in background checks. Financial records are scoured, interviews are conducted with family and friends, and character references are sought.

It seems to me that the government failed the citizens here and that there is probable cause for a suit against the Office of Personnel Management.

Again, the right to bear arms is vindicated when logic is employed.

Greg Akridge

Shawnee Grave new world

President John Kennedy said in one of his speeches that “a rising tide raises all boats.” This may have been true in 1960, but it isn’t today.

Well, it may raise all the yachts and cruise ships, but the dinghies and rowboats are being left in shallow water. We live in different times.

The fact is, we need less labor to produce things. And less high-priced labor.

To make matters worse, a significant part of that labor can be had overseas.

So truisms from our fathers’ days don’t hold true today. It’s high time for us to begin thinking anew, for our brave new world has some holes in the bottom of the boat.

John Chapman

Gladstone Background checks

The cases of Aaron Alexis and Edward Snowden point out the need for information technology personnel to undergo background checks, polygraph tests, licensing and bonding before any person is hired.

Gregory Howard Gebhart

Webster Groves, Mo. Death of Ella

So, if the 19-year-old man is so sorry for murdering the sweet, innocent deer, Ella, inside a locked cemetery, why did he not come forward in the first place? He admitted his alleged remorse only when the police were at his door.

No doubt he is only sorry because he got caught. And his claim that he shot poor Ella with a .45-caliber handgun for food? Give me a break.

There are many agencies he could have gone to if his family were truly hungry, which I seriously doubt.

I hope the judge throws the book at him and, if not, the man upstairs will take care of Ella’s killer on judgment day. There is a special place in hell waiting for him.

Kimberlee Stein

Kansas City Embrace beauty

“Have you thought about your future?” they ask me.

As a second-year law student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, I concern myself with little else — massive amounts of debt and troubling concerns of obtaining a job in an increasingly competitive economy. It would be, and often is, too easy to think of nothing else.

Our American society could not be more obsessed with securing our place in the future. We are taught by others to worry.

We are trained to always think one step ahead. This is not a bad practice, yet when it consumes our present we soon forget to live in the moment.

Why chase happiness when there is beauty all around us?

Every day we awake from multitudes of thoughts to see the sun has once again risen.

Every day we prepare ourselves for work and pass by marvelous monuments of architecture, whether it be man-made marvels or the blades of grass below our feet.

In a world so determined to strive for success, we need to stop more often and enjoy the world as it is. Beauty is all around us. Embrace it.

Knial Piper


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