Medicare, changed Kansas, fully fund education

10/24/2013 5:46 PM

10/24/2013 5:48 PM

Medicare benefits

I wonder what would have been the fate of those who grew old in the last 48 years had Medicare not been available for those honest Americans, doctors and insurance companies.

We have fraud in every facet of our lives, but I hope the ethical people outweigh the unethical, or as Spock of “Star Trek” fame would say, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Maybe universal health care will emerge as a good thing after all. I am glad that all my employers deducted my premiums since 1965. Good grief, I was a junior in high school.

I am now a senior citizen on Medicare.

Larry Miller

Overland Park Unfair changes

This is no longer the Kansas I grew up in.

The Kansas judicial system, which had ranked among the top five in the nation, is undergoing an unnecessary change. Witness recent efforts to fill an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Imagine you’re watching your favorite baseball team. The new guy brought in by the owner to make it in the big leagues did OK in the minors, but he has been at bat twice and struck out. He doesn’t seem to make the grade against major league competition.

The owner had a brilliant idea to change the rules of the game.

But he needed cooperation from the rule makers, who had enjoyed success through the help (financial and otherwise) of the team owner. He huddled with them.

The rules got changed almost overnight, and the fateful day arrived.

When the hoped-for hero went to bat, playing under the new rules, it was a cakewalk for him. He didn’t even have to slide into home plate.

How do I know the rules of the game?

I played eight years for a minor league team and know the way it’s supposed to be.

Janis McMillen

Overland Park Fully fund education

Sports-wise, this a great week for Missouri. The Cardinals are in the World Series. The Chiefs are 7-0. The mighty Missouri Tigers are 7-0 and No. 5 in the country. All Missourians (and many Kansans, too) should celebrate these achievements.

Now if only the Missouri legislature would better fund education in the state. Everyone agrees sports are entertaining and good for the economy. However, until we get serious about catching up with other nations in supporting education, we are shortchanging our children in their ability to function in this competitive world.

Ditto for the Kansas Legislature.

The Missouri and Kansas legislatures need to spend more money at all levels of education. This would create an educational powerhouse here.

Brainpower gives birth to economic power (and well-paying jobs). Let’s enjoy sports success but emphasize the main issue of educating our future leaders.

Phil R. Acuff

Leawood End gun violence

I was pleased and surprised the Missouri legislature couldn’t override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the proposed law to nullify federal gun laws, thus subjecting federal officers enforcing the laws to huge fines and/or imprisonment. Had the override succeeded, the state would have been subjected to massive lawsuits, with the cost borne by the taxpayers of Missouri.

However, I was dismayed by the recall of two Colorado legislators for their votes on gun control. I assume amnesia has taken hold on the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.

No one wants to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, but are background checks so extreme for anyone who has nothing to hide?

Yet again, we have an example of gun violence in Washington, D.C. Many hard-working people lost their lives because a disturbed individual could have been helped, if only the right people had been paying attention.

Marlene Shulkin

Grandmothers

Against Gun Violence

Overland Park Obamacare anger

As it was reported in “Website fix promised” on Oct. 22 in The Star, President Barack Obama said in reference to the Affordable Care Act rollout failure, “No one is madder than me.” Well, if I were him, some heads would roll, and the first one would be Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen “Katastrophe“ Sebelius.

Clearly, Obama is not nearly as angry as I and millions of others.

Greg Akridge

Shawnee Biblical direction

Doesn’t anyone read the Bible anymore to discern what is right and what is wrong?

First Corinthians 6:9-10: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

A collaborative set of verses can be found in Romans 1:24-32.

With such plain language, how can anyone say that God is OK with the homosexual lifestyle?

Dwight Kerns

Lee’s Summit Fixing Congress

We, the people, have Social Security legislated by Congress, which we pay for. Our representatives there have an elite retirement plan, which they get for life, which we pay for.

We have Medicare and Medicaid, which they legislate and which we pay for. They have a health-care system for life, which we pay for.

With the government shutdown, they were able to lay off thousands of people, and those who stayed on got payment vouchers, which don’tpay any bills. On the other hand, members of Congress still were paid their full salaries, which we pay for.

Doesn’t there seem to be something wrong with how members of Congress have isolated themselves from the laws they legislate to us, the people who elect them? It is not only wrong, it is morally wrong.

Is there not one among them who would stand up for righteousness and try to do something about it?

Will Miller

Mission Steve Rose column

As one of the more than 100 faculty and staff members at the University of Kansas who have affirmed the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, I take exception to The Star’s columnist’s description of us as “misguided” (10-19, Commentary, “Tweet should cost KU journalism prof his job”).

Yes, free speech has limits. However, a Kansas court recently affirmed the First Amendment right of an anti-abortion activist to tell a Wichita doctor, “You will be checking under your car every day because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.” That is far more threatening than anything Professor David Guth tweeted.

Two years ago, a Kansas state representative suggested that illegal immigrants should be shot down like “feral hogs.” Pressured, he issued a feeble apology for his “inappropriate comment.” He is now part of the Republican leadership of the Legislature.

Your columnist suggests that we all should have free speech but that people whose speech he doesn’t like should lose their jobs. What kind of free speech is that?

Seasoned journalists should be on the front lines of defending the First Amendment.

If we don’t support free speech for those whose speech some find distasteful, we’re heading down a slippery slope.

Tim Miller

Lawrence Pope Francis, hope

Thank you, Pope Francis, for your recent comments concerning the Catholic Church. Tears came to my eyes when I heard and read your encouraging, hopeful words

I thought to myself, “Yes. Finally. Thank you.”

For some, myself included, it has been a struggle in recent years to be a part of the Catholic Church. It seems the church has been too willing to cast stones at others while covering up and burying its own egregious actions.

You, Pope Francis, have given us new hope that the church can be a church of love, kindness, acceptance, mercy and service and no longer a church of judgment, condemnation and exclusion.

You, Pope Francis, have reminded us that all are invited to the table of the Lord. God bless you, Francis. And God bless us all, everyone.

Jan Clayton

Prairie Village

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