Is there any way to create a plan to restore our faith in government? After Vietnam and all wars since, it seems oil and money control our lawmakers.
Why are there the continuing job losses and all the bankruptcies? It seems many of our tax dollars are used to help other countries and shore up the schemes of the big oil and money groups.
They quit working for God and country since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The whole thing is milking the working taxpayer.
It’s like the O.J. Simpson thing. Let’s face it. We’ve been victimized.
William Leroy Elwood
Osceola, Mo. Christian bias?
The letter writer claiming Christians are unfairly targeted by the media (11-15, Letters) proceeds to poison the well with unfounded comparisons of atheists to Nazis and members of the KKK.
If she were to have a clearer recollection of history, she would remember that those two groups used any combination of lynching, gassing, torture, firing squads and mutilation to accomplish their goals whereas the atheists are using speech to accomplish theirs.
Coincidentally, in the same issue of The Star where her letter appears, there is a story recognizing a Christian church for welcoming the atheists to help serve a meal to 1,500 homeless folks who do not have to pay an admission price of being preached to about Christian beliefs before receiving their food.
I don’t see the bias against Christians, but I do have a clearer picture of what true Christianity may look like.
Kansas City ‘Prairie’ must go
Does anyone else find the view offensive of the “prairie” on the northwest corner of 63rd Street and Brookside Boulevard?
I urge the Brookside Merchants Association to take a stand and encourage Border Star School to comply with the Kansas City ordinance and cut down the weeds (aka the “prairie”) on its property. Anyone owning a property with such copious vegetation would be cited.
The sign by the chain-link fence surrounding this growth refers to it as a “prairie,” but a sign does not a prairie make. To ask people (or students) to envision a prairie on that corner is akin to asking someone to imagine an ocean after viewing a pond.
Swope Park would be a much more appropriate venue for such an educational project, and it would keep the city’s mowing costs down.
Kansas City GOP, Obamacare
Sen. Barack Obama campaigned on creating a national health care program. He won both the popular and electoral votes.
During his first term, the Affordable Care Act was passed. During the president’s campaign for his second term, the Republican platform included repeal and replace of Obamacare as it came to be known.
Again, President Obama won both the popular and electoral votes for his second term. I find it interesting that Republican politicans continue to claim that the American public doesn’t want Obamacare. Because the majority of Americans elected President Obama and reaffirmed his platform by electing him for the second term, maybe the Republican politicians should be saying that the American Republicans don’t want Obamacare.
It would seem to be far more accurate.
Independence Washington Park
This morning on my daily walk with my dog at Washington Park, I saw papers and other trash and leftover boxes scattered over the entire park. There were trash cans posted along Grand, but they were for the most part, unused.
In the past year at least 12 trees have been cut in this park. The stumps remain. There has been no replanting. The shrubs that died from the drought last year were removed, and nothing was planted to replace them.
The sidewalk on the Pershing side is humped in the middle and virtually unsafe to walk on. Another section is a mess of broken cement and iron manholes set wrong.
This park is set in the middle of Kansas City. Most visitors go to Union Station and Liberty Memorial, not to mention the Aquarium and Legoland at Crown Center and the shopping and the hotels that surround the park. Many people who work nearby go to the park to have a picnic lunch. People bring their children and walk their dogs and jog around the little park.
How sad that we allow people to destroy this park.
Kansas City Losing agendas
Just like former Secretary of State Phill Kline, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is pursuing a personal agenda. Both of them have cost and are costing Kansas a lot of money in lawsuits pursuing losing agendas.
Kline was rightfully stripped of his law license for the illegal practices he used while secretary of state and Johnson District district attorney. Now Kobach is also pursuing a personal agenda that ultimately will be ruled unconstitutional.
It seems Kobach has decided he gets to pick what elections people are eligible to vote in and even who can vote. As far as he’s concerned, federal and state election laws don’t matter.
What Kobach refuses to admit is that there is no voter fraud, especially in person voter fraud in Kansas. His job is to protect the right of voters, not to take away that right.
According to his new law, some people can vote in federal elections only. Some can vote in both federal and state elections and some can’t vote at all.
Maybe Mr. Kobach understands if he doesn’t allow people to vote in state elections he is in less danger of losing his job.
Overland Park Parenting satire
As economic studies have proven, high rates of unemployment are significantly detrimental to a sound society. Unemployment contributes to crime, poverty and an overall restraint on economic growth.
This being considered, it is important to acknowledge and offer support for the practice of bad parenting. Bad parenting secures employment for a wide array of professions.
These professions include, but are not limited to, the following services: alternative education, counseling, judgment, law enforcement, legal advisement, pharmaceutical supply, social welfare and substance abuse treatment.
By contrast, caring for one’s children and offering support, guidance and discretionary discipline could render the aforementioned vocations obsolete, thereby eliminating a collectively large percentage of the American workforce.
Support bad parenting. Failure to do so would be economically irresponsible.
Donald L. Robertson
Blue Springs Censoring textbooks
We read where authors are censoring their books in order to get them published in China. Chinese authorities won’t suffer passages containing sexual content or anything critical of the Chinese government.
For years now in Texas, extremist conservative Christians have gotten themselves elected to the Texas board that picks school textbooks. They have successfully fought to censor material about science and add non-scientific material about science.
These topics include global climate change, evolution and reproductive health care topics. Because of the size of the Texas school book market, these changes inevitably find their ways into the textbooks for all U.S. children.
We must congratulate the Chinese censors for finally catching up with Texas in limiting the conveyance of actual knowledge to their citizens.
Could Kansas be far behind?
Kevin H. Connaghan