President Barack Obama’s “fix” of the Affordable Care Act is neither constitutional (he can’t arbitrarily change laws) nor wise. It makes no changes except to delay taxpayer pain until close to the midterm elections.
It throws the insurance industry, consumers and state insurance commissioners into disarray. And it makes no determination about what to do with the millions of policies that have already been canceled.
Anyone wish the Democrats would have read the law before creating this mess?
Overland Park Liberal gun laws
Proponents of open and concealed carry in public spaces have deluded themselves into believing that the only armed people will be white, middle-aged, patriotic, Christian veterans.
When being armed in public becomes commonplace, law enforcement will be rendered helpless to determine probable cause to stop the five or 10 al-Qaida sleeper operatives who will stroll into Oak Park, Ward Parkway or Metcalf South malls, disperse to busy stores and proceed to hurt people.
Rural tea party legislators have little to worry about because their constituents are outnumbered by cattle 100 to 1, and they have few if any large public buildings. Yet they are pushing these measures through our legislatures, putting all of the cost and peril on the citizens of the more populated areas.
In the next elections, people should think hard about whether they want to re-elect charlatans who have their own interests at heart or statesmen who will represent the voice and welfare of all the people.
Prairie Village Bowe, weed debate
This is a tempest in a teapot (11-13, B1, “Bowe faces pot charge”). As a former Kansas City police officer, I don’t consider 10 miles over the speed limit a big deal.
The fact that Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was accused of having a small amount of marijuana in his possession is also nothing to be concerned about. Bowe’s only mistake is that he should have been extra careful about his driving habits, knowing that he had a substance on board that might cause him some grief.
I’m more concerned about his dropping the ball. Go Chiefs.
Coach Andy Reid needs to bench Dwayne Bowe for conduct unbecoming a professional athlete. If Bowe plays on Sunday, look at the message it sends to youths.
This isn’t his first problem with substances. He clearly puts his own needs ahead of what the Chiefs expect from him.
Gladstone Breast cancer thriver
When I was in high school, my mom’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s and died painfully. We didn’t talk about cancer then, especially breast cancer. Women and their loved ones suffered in silence, cut off from the world.
More than 25 years later, when I was diagnosed in my early 40s with breast cancer, I was grateful I didn’t have to be isolated and ashamed of my diagnosis. A cocoon of love and support empowered me to become a “thriver.”
I thrived because of the pioneering, relentless efforts of organizations like Susan G. Komen. These organizations have been joined by others like Art Bra KC, which celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money to help uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. Every model who participates in Art Bra’s annual fundraising event is a breast cancer survivor.
That’s why I object to the negative mischaracterization of Art Bra KC that appeared in Cindy Hoedel’s article in the Nov. 10 issue of Star Magazine. I optimistically invite Ms. Hoedel to visit with Art Bra’s founder, models, other volunteers and those assisted by the funds raised to gain an understanding of the difference we are making in Kansas City.
Kansas City Ongoing silence
I too would like to know how National Rifle Association members would act if any of their children were gunned down. I’ve thought about that a lot since all the killings of our children.
I have yet to hear any of NRA members take a stand against assault weapons. Strange.
Kansas City Satirical views
OK, on food stamps and gun control, I think I get it now.
All of those folks on food stamps because they can’t find jobs should just starve to death for not working. Hey, overpopulation is a real problem. It’s time to focus on reducing the surplus population.
And now we have a Navy complex that has proved to be not safe but average schoolteachers, if armed, can handle things.
Charles E. Downing
Roeland Park A peaceful world
We need to live in a peaceful world. There have been wars since time began because of greed and the desire to control other civilizations.
Religions enabled people to get along better and live in harmony with many different customs, traditions and cultures. But religions are unable to bring peaceful solutions for the many dictators who want to control the people and keep the riches and power for themselves.
All the tribes and factions are jealous of each other, which is a problem in a society based on freedom. Our country should not aid those factions.
Terrance R. Hawbaker
Atchison, Kan. Job training void
What is the real problem behind Obamacare? Is it too expensive? Is it too political?
No, none of these things.
The problem behind Obamacare? It’s trying to fix the wrong problem.
Adults and their dependents who don’t have health care are people who might not have jobs. People without jobs might not have the training and education for today’s positions.
Obamacare is a misguided effort to apply expensive Band-Aids over ignorance, illiteracy and badly needed job skills.
The symptoms of the illness are no education, poor education or the wrong education.
The people locked in poor rural areas, the projects and barrios deserve the training to get jobs that will give them the resources to afford health care and make better lives for themselves and their dependents.
We need free vocational technical centers in every poor area of this country.
We need special-education centers where the curriculums represent a partnership between private enterprise and government.
Prairie Village NRA must change
Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colo., Sandy Hook Elementary, Washington Navy Yard .... The list of mass shootings seems destined to get longer. So long, perhaps, that an etc. or an et al might need to (deplorably) be added.
At the crux of this insanity sits the National Rifle Association, masters of a paradox but also our greatest hope of starting a cultural shift, that, dare we dream, might put us on the path to ending this nightmare.
The National Rifle Association name implies that it might offer some expertise in gun safety. Unfortunately, the organization has chosen to make its members experts on distorting the Second Amendment.
Money is made on the sales of assault rifles, lobbying against laws that would close the gun-show loophole and distancing the association from the bloodshed.
I, for one, can only pray that somehow, someway, the NRA will take its natural place as the leader in gun regulation and change, for the better, the way guns are bought and sold in our country.