I understand some people’s concern about not being able to view local television weather warnings during storms. We, too, have the same concern.
But there is an easy way to get the severe weather information. And that is by using a battery-powered portable television set to tune in local TV stations. They are inexpensive and only need to be connected to a small UHF antenna.
There is no need to miss important TV weather coverage, and the sets can also be used to enjoy regular programming on decks or patios, indoors or outdoors.
Topeka No day after?
The As I See It column by Kyle Harvey (11-18, Opinion, “Lawrence remembers ‘The Day After’”) remains relevant today. Thirty years ago, the television movie “The Day After” dramatized the impact of a nuclear attack in the Midwest.
Nearly 70 years ago, Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced the disastrous effects of nuclear attack. A recent exhibit in Iowa City titled “Nuclear Neighborhoods, 11,000 Generations” showed the lengthy legacy of nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants and the waste they generate.
Surely we should begin to learn from our mistakes.
Locally, the Kansas City plant continues to produce products to update nuclear weapons, despite international agreements to work toward multilateral elimination of this threat to the survival of humanity and of the planet.
For the 1983 movie, there was a day after. It is becoming ever more crucial to turn our efforts to greener energy and a peaceful planet — before there is no day after at all.
Kansas City Wake up, Washington
Congress and the president seem content with the shutdown/debt ceiling solution. Now on to the open items needing resolution.
There is a solution needed to the ever-rising national debt, a solution needed to the Internal Revenue Service and its political action committee approvals, a solution demanded to the Benghazi controversy, a solution needed in the Syria conflict, a solution required for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and a solution needed to the Department of Justice’s assault on religion.
These used to be important. Realize that Washington, D.C., relies on the public’s short memory.
It needs a wake-up call!
Kansas City Saving Social Security
We hear talk of a “grand bargain,” which would entail Democrats in Congress being willing to make long-term cuts to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for a short-term budget deal with Republicans. A 2010 Lake Research poll shows that 82 percent of all Americans oppose cuts to Social Security, including 83 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of Independents, 82 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of self-described tea party members.
Social Security solvency could be ensured well into the future with increased benefits to current retirees simply by removing the Social Security tax cap on all income above $113,700 per year. Those fortunate enough to make more than this should pay Social Security taxes on their full income just like the rest of us.
It would have the added bonus of helping reduce inequality, the negative effects of which are so vast that it is impossible to overstate them.
Overland Park Failed U.S. policies
Two recent stories reveal our disastrous foreign, economic and environmental policies. The first discusses the suicide bombing in a café in Baghdad. The BBC estimates that 461,000 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence.
This occurred in an unnecessary war and its aftermath, sold to Americans by the Bush administration. Now we have withdrawn and left Iraq to sectarian violence.
The second story discussed the military equipment being destroyed and then left in Afghanistan as we draw down from our most prolonged war. The results of these wars are American soldiers killed or maimed physically and mentally who come home to inadequate health services and are unable to find jobs.
For the Afghan people there is death and junk they cannot use or sell. They’re left with a corrupt government and the promise of more violence as the Taliban move in to fill the void. U.S. taxpayers paid for this equipment with money that could have been better spent.
Consider these policies when you vote.
Shawnee Political impasse
A small town had an old tree in the town square. A Democrat wanted to remove the tree to put in a path to facilitate crossing the street.
A Republican was against this as it would change the character of the town. When its leaves all dropped from disease, the Republican wanted to cut it down.
The Democrat decided, at that point, that he was in favor of spraying the tree in an effort to save it. The tree got worse and became a threat to pedestrians so the Democrat decided again that he was for removing it.
The Republican, having just learned that the bores which were killing the tree were the main diet of a certain migratory bird that was good for the town’s tourism trade, was now against removing the tree.
One day, several weeks later, the Republican and Democrat were sitting on a bench under the great tree, arguing their points, when it fell and killed them both.
Prairie Village Melt away butter
I opened up a container of butter one morning, noticing a new type of safety wrapping. I removed the top and thought that the amount of butter seemed to be a little less than usual.
My eyesight isn’t that good, but it is good enough to read 15 ounces printed on the side of the container. My memory is as good as my eyesight, but I surely think that the containers always contained a pound of butter.
Nothing illegal has been done, but there has been no announcement that the company containers are only going to contain 15 ounces instead of 16. How much more money do you think that company is going to earn by zapping an ounce of butter off each package?
Surely our government should be able to work out some sort of program like that on the various issues quarreled about in Congress and apply it to the national debt.
Overland Park Bad parenting
A recent letter to the editor (11-19, Letters) stated that with good parenting we would not need all of the ancillary services and law enforcement agencies that exist.
I refer that writer to the numerous studies that show that parents make up only about 50 percent of the direction children take. And in the case of sociopaths, no parent can make a difference.
Would that this were not so, but dreaming of an idealized environment does not make it so.
Kansas City Tea party spirit
The Revolutionary War divided our country. Some were loyal to Great Britain, while others fought for independence. Gen. George Washington’s ragtag army battled valiantly against the British.
They sometimes marched barefoot in the winter snows of New England. They went hungry and slept on the hard frozen ground often without blankets. Many froze to death.
Signatories of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives and fortunes in their determined quest for freedom. They were despised and maligned by many.
In fact, they were renegades, enemies of the British crown. But, “give me liberty or give me death” was the spirit that reigned in their hearts.
The Civil War was unpopular but how indebted we are to those who fought against the cruelty of slavery.
We have watched our freedoms erode over the years at the hands of our government, thrusting us into another kind of slavery: that of the state.
The day may come when our government will silence our voices, but it cannot silence the spirit within: that inherent love of liberty.
This is the spirit of tea party supporters.
Mary Ann Brennan