As you stated, Mr. President, “We are not some banana republic.”
Many Americans, however, find your policies repugnant and expect them to lead us to become a deadbeat nation.
Lee’s Summit Caution with Iran
The last time the United States and Iran had relations, Pan American World Airways had direct flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tehran. It was so long ago, but I remember it.
For most of recent memory, U.S. foreign policy has often politically been on the wrong side of things. But trust and compromise are a two-way street.
There must be good intentions from both sides for a rapprochement to work. I’m not convinced there is a true change of heart from Tehran today.
Putting a smiling mask on the face of hate and vitriol just doesn’t cut it.
Iran’s foreign minister can think he’s clever when he tells news anchor George Stephanopoulos that the “myth of the Holocaust” that appears on the website of Iran’s leader “is a mistranslation.” But he can’t fool me because I speak the same Farsi language he does. The original text says exactly the same thing.
This is not a matter of translation. It’s about having the guts to be truthful.
The only reason the ayatollahs are now sending the olive branch is that the international effort to isolate Iran is working. Let them abandon their culture of ideological hatred, and they will see again who is their best friend.
We started as great friends. We can be friends again.
Kansas City State police control
The Star on Nov. 13 ran an editorial on the police board, “A bigger appointed police board is not an improvement.” The editorial touts all that the police review commission got wrong.
The editorial implies that the 1930s corruption in our city government no longer exists and it’s time to move on.
I contend the idea of irresponsible public officials and politicians does continue in our city.
When our mayor won’t let the state auditor do his job and audit our water department, something is amiss. What are we hiding?
If everything is open and honest in our water department (I’m not saying it isn’t), then we should welcome the audit as a check-and-balance opportunity. This lack of openness from our city government lends credence to the thought that something is not quite right at City Hall.
Why would we give those in control any more power when they refuse to be held accountable?
Kansas City Nonprofit begging
Is this country becoming a nation of beggars? In a 10-week period, postal deliveries to my home have included 66 requests for donations from 30 organizations.
One of these is also regularly asking via emails, and six have contacted me by phone. In addition, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of charities mailing and phoning for used clothing and household goods.
These mail solicitations far outnumber essential letters I wish to receive. When my annual modest donations to some of these groups are rewarded with follow-up requests, it drives home the point that these fund drives are going too far.
It is also disquieting to have them send unsolicited gift items because I view that as prior contributions being needlessly frittered away.
Perhaps the time has come for the charity mailing businesses to back off because little will be forthcoming from me when mail bombardment like this constitutes a nuisance.
In addition, one has to question where the money-losing U.S. Postal Service fits into the picture of shouldering this huge distribution burden at the deeply discounted mailing rates allowed for nonprofit groups.
Robert K. Russell
Kansas City GOP economics
Republican economics: If you earn less than $100,000 a year, you are overpaid. If it’s under $50,000, you are way overpaid. If you make more than $1 million a year, you are overtaxed.
Prairie Village Obama’s misdirection
I read letters that say everyone who opposes President Barack Obama’s policies does so because of the color of his skin. Evidently this notion is popular.
But this opinion strikes me as a convenient evasion for addressing the real reasons for disagreement with Obama’s leadership and the direction our country is taking. Although race-based attitudes surely exist, it is simplistic and inaccurate to reduce all disagreement with the president to his race.
I happen to disagree fundamentally with the president, who elevates the authority of the national government above the local community. Families, local associations, churches and other groups should be the connectors and enablers of our prosperity, not the cradle-to-grave dependency on Washington, D.C., that Mr. Obama promotes.
Now, we can have a legitimate debate about my point of view, but don’t stick the racist label on me and pretend you have arrived at the heart of the matter. Consider the possibility that some of us have a different vision of society and that there is a source of order and comfort besides the federal government.
Kansas City Government pay cuts
Many people have mentioned that members of Congress should not have gotten paid during the federal shutdown. But I don’t think they would have been hurt by the hold on their pay because most are probably financially stable.
I wonder whether they would feel the pressure of a shutdown if their staffs and all employees at the Capitol, White House, Supreme Court and Pentagon had their pay withheld. Members of Congress are too far removed from their citizens, so why not hold the pay of people they have to see at work everyday and interact with?
Lee’s Summit Cheers for Munday
The Star has a writer named Munday
Whose poems the day after Sunday
Are super creative.
Our gain is elative,
And Munday makes Monday my fun day!
Overland Park Sports team names
It’s that time of the year when the wind turns to the north and the days grow short. It brings me a feeling of hope along with uneasiness.
Why is this such a mixed feeling? I know that I will hear that demeaning phrase, “the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.”
Ireland is known as the Isle of Saints and Scholars. The Irish eschew fighting and prefer to sit down to a lively discussion. This may lead to a physical confrontation, but only if the other party is not in full agreement. This is rare because of the Irish persuasive powers.
To get to the point, why can’t Big Brother and the Bureau of Thought Control ban the use of this phrase?
I was raised Irish-Catholic, and the last fight I had was more than 60 years ago at Rockhurst High School. This may sound picayune, but please remove this odious phrase along with other ethnic slurs from use by athletic teams.
Michael J. Kellerman
Kansas City Obamacare paradox
If the Republicans were so sure the Affordable Care Act would be a disaster, they would be all for it because then they could say “I told you so.” But because they know it will be a success, they do everything they can to stop it.
The Republicans created the moniker Obamacare. Thanks, Republicans. Because of your animosity toward this president, he will forever have this important piece of health care labeled with his name.