As a moderate registered Republican, I am astonished by the conservative approach to Obamacare. No one seems to consider consequences. Conservative/tea partiers are eager for Obamacare's failure, and yet society will not go back to health care the way it was pre-Obamacare.
Pre-existing conditions, children on parent's policies longer and portability are with us to stay. Insurance companies cannot afford these costs without mandatory enrollments.
Almost certainly Obamacare's failure would lead to the single-pay national health care that liberals want and other first-world countries have. In a similar vein, Republicans, including Sen. Pat Roberts call for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation.
Democrats hope she runs for the U. S. Senate. It would be delicious irony.
Overland Park Cemetery misuse
My husband was visiting Calvary Cemetery at 69th Street and Troost Avenue recently about 5:40 p.m. Our son is buried there, and my husband was praying at our son’s grave site.
Nearby, some people gathered in black costumes and painted white faces. There were motorcyclists with the group who were revving their engines and making a racket.
My husband spoke to a member of this group of 20 to 30 people and told them our son was buried nearby. The person apologized and noted that they were filming a movie.
The morning after this incident, I called Calvary Cemetery. I spoke with several people and expressed my concerns that an event like this would be allowed in a cemetery. They regretted that we were upset, but they said there was nothing we could do to prevent this from happening in the future because the cemetery is open to the public.
A cemetery should be a place of prayer and remembrance, not a prop for a horror movie.
Platte City, Mo. Preying on people
How does one describe the behavior of the GOP legislators in Missouri and Washington, D.C.? How about as narcissistic adolescents.
Do they even know what the 99 percent of Americans are doing to stay afloat today? Do these mostly Christian men and women even care?
They have one goal — make money, any way possible, via payday loan extortion, big pharma gouging, Wall Street deceptions, big farming, big chemical, big oil, big fast-food. It’s anywhere money can be withheld, swindled or acquired by manipulation, cheating or blackmailing (as recently went on in Washington), or by privatizing education, privatizing prisons and making military-industrial-complex deals everywhere.
And uninformed Americans keep putting these wolves in sheep’s clothing in office.
To the GOP, money is more important than our children, given that the Missouri legislature keeps withholding money from our children by underfunding the state formula for education, which seems more important than being safe from guns, being safe from hunger (food stamps), being safe from sickness (Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act) and more important than teachers (those who actually care about our kids).
The “Greed On Parade” party is a disgraced group of idealistic thugs who, in the name of God, pretend to do God’s work. You bet.
James L. Wrolstad
Liberty County constitution
I implore Clay County voters to research the changes proposed for the constitution.
The county administrator would have control and power over the government but is not elected by the people.
Voters of Clay County would have little effect on issues. Our auditor would be appointed, not elected, therefore would be accountable to the council, which appoints this position.
The proposed constitution would supersede “special and general laws” that are currently followed. The proposed constitution also states there is no fiscal impact to the county.
The election will cost thousands of dollars. Please research before voting.
Kansas City Breaking-news joke
I question the priorities of the “breaking news.”
On a recent night around 11 p.m., police helicopters were roaming Hyde Park searching for someone. I didn’t pay much attention until I heard six shots fired from a block away. I searched local news sources trying to figure out what was happening in my own backyard.
But there is no coverage of this. There is only speculation as to what occurred on the unofficial Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch Facebook page.
So I checked The Kansas City Star breaking-news page. Nothing about the shootout.
But I did learn that Andrew Wiggins will be featured in GQ this month (10-24, B2, “GQ is latest to feature Wiggins”). I am a huge Jayhawks basketball fan, but seriously.
This is ridiculous.
Kansas City ‘Chumps’ unite
People earning less than $20 an hour should consider adopting the title “chump” and unite. Regardless of race, creed or color, united as chumps you have unparalleled leverage with sheer numbers.
You can boycott American companies that have moved overseas and taken jobs, as well as companies not paying a fair and living wage. Vote as a bloc for lawmakers who represent your interests.
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and texting are at your disposal. I’m sure unions would love to help.
If found that an employee has been fired for being a chump, an immediate boycott of that company and its services could be posted on Facebook and Tweeter. As companies realize chumps no longer are buying their products or services, change will occur.
Companies exist to make profits. The calculator makes all decisions.
Businesses are not evil. But if you are valued at a low rate, what are your alternatives other than to increase your value?
You will make a living wage, the government will get you off subsistence, and you will be paying higher taxes and be able to afford better commodities and services. That creates demand, and demand is what creates jobs.
Mission Golfers’ delight
A “shout out” to the staff at Minor Park Golf Course for the professional manner in which the course is operated. The manager, along with the other professionals and desk staff are excellent. And the grounds staff does a truly outstanding job in keeping the fairways and greens in beautiful playing condition — even during summer temperature extremes.
Kansas City Improving KC
Mom said, “Always begin a conversation (on any subject) with a pleasant tone and, as important, end on a good note,” so here goes.
Certainly our sports teams, particularly the Royals and the Chiefs have given us long sought-after successes.
Attendance at Kauffman Stadium was up this year, and youngsters once again can emulate their favorite ballplayers. Across the street at Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs coach Andy Reid and a host of young footballers have given us all pause.
Not far from the stadiums, drug-related gun violence on the city’s East Side has residents fearful for themselves and certainly their children. And while paling perhaps to the East Side situation, school board members, city officials and civic leaders must not allow us to fall off task in regard to our schools.
City services and infrastructure issues are other areas that require attention.
The city has reason to be impressed with the selection and performance, thus far, of Mr. Darryl Forté, as Kansas City’s police chief.
Forté has shown a lot of backbone to the citizenry as well as, and perhaps more importantly, to his rank and file charges and the Kansas City police board.
Kansas City Integrity triumps
It was suggested that after living in my house for five years the air ducts might need cleaning. I contacted KC Fresh Air based on a flier I had received.
The young man, the owner and a veteran, came to my house and inspected the ducts. He then said, “Based on my observation your ducts really don't need cleaning.” He explained why and then left. He could easily have “cleaned” them and gone away several hundred dollars richer. I am retired, a widow and on a fixed income.
His honesty made a significant impact on my finances, but more than that, in this day of negativity he proved that there are still people for whom integrity trumps money. I want to publicly thank him and recommend his service.