Our leader says he does not know what is happening. President Barack Obama says:
He didn’t know what the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s beliefs were. Obama said he didn’t know about voting registration fraud.
He didn’t know about the National Security Agency’s extensive snooping. He didn’t know about the Internal Revenue Service extra scrutiny on tea party groups.
He didn’t know about Benghazi. Obama didn’t know about “Fast and Furious.” He didn’t know the Syrian rebels were connected to al-Qaida.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said President Obama “was blindsided” by the fact that Obamacare was not going to work as expected.
What does this guy do all day?
Lone Jack Gettysburg Address
In reading today’s Star, I found one article about the 150 year anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (11-20, A4, “Gettysburg: A short speech long remembered”). I did not find any report by the Star that our current president did not have time in his schedule to attend any of the ceremonies at Gettysburg.
President Obama was no doubt busy working on his Obamacare website. This is so typical of our president/commander in chief.
This is also typical of The Star not to report anything that may look bad for this president.
Lenexa Making U.S. better
In the United States, no one should go hungry, no one should be homeless and no one should go without quality health care. How do we pay for it?
Eliminating Medicaid and Medicare fraud would go a long way toward funding of health care. Eliminating unneeded farm subsidies and other government “pork” would fund programs to ensure every citizen goes to bed nourished.
Reducing the defense budget and aid to other countries would give the U.S. the funds to repair our infrastructure and provide affordable housing for all. Yes it does sound too simple, but that’s the point.
It is. We need to elect officials who are able and want to do what’s best for the citizenry, not appease the lobbyists, not work for lifetime employment and benefits that their constituents can only dream about. We aren’t exceptional, as some world leader recently stated, but we can be.
Overland Park Use empty schools
Kansas City Public Schools is an unaccredited district. Because of this status there is the possibility of Kansas City students transferring to accredited schools within the region.
This proposal brings up the necessity of lengthy busing and overloading neighboring schools. The students are in Kansas City, and Kansas City has a surplus of unused school buildings.
Why not allow the surrounding districts to staff the existing empty Kansas City schools, bringing their competence to the students? This would be more convenient for the students, utilize surplus buildings and eliminate the probability of overloading the surrounding districts.
George J. McLiney Jr.
Kansas City Improving Congress
To improve Congress, get rid of the “majority of the majority” in the House and in both the upper and lower chambers, use a “one bill, one idea” rule (no added pork or “hidden laws”).
Limit the influence of money (lobbyists and special interest groups) by publicly funding elections. Each of the last two national campaigns cost more than $2 billion. If we weren’t being sold politicians, it would keep some of the blatant lies out of the mainstream.
Set term limits — one re-election bid for president, one re-election bid for senators, two re-election bids for House members. After six, eight or 12 years have passed, the individual can run for the same office again.
Reintroduce the very first idea that was presented for the Bill of Rights: Base the size of House districts on the smallest district (population-wise). The number of people a representative represents should be about equal.
Because states establish their own districts, we apparently are stuck with gerrymandered districts that favor one party or another.
Sugar Creek TV news overload
Kansas City area television stations have gone berserk with so many news programs. It seems like they are on all day long.
Offerings in the morning at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 noon. Evening shows at 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. And that doesn’t count all the “Breaking News” alerts during regular programing and “expanded” coverage for really important stuff.
One station starts a newscast so it will be the only one in that time period. Then every other station follows.
Before you know it the public is hearing all the same stories 10 times a day. Is there so much going on around here that we need such coverage?
I think not. They have so many commercial breaks, they should call it “Commercial Ad TV” with some breaks for news.
Where does it end? On behalf of the viewing public, I say, “Uncle!”
Lenexa Adding to U.S. debt
You have to keep two things separate: The federal deficit, which is the one-year shortfall, and the federal debt, which is the grand total. Yes, the deficits are falling rapidly, by the hundreds of billions of dollars.
But the president’s projected $650 billion deficit this year is still larger than George Bush’s 2007-2008 combined deficits of $619 billion.
Yes, the deficits are getting smaller, but the total debt is still rising faster under this administration.
The past three years have added over $3.5 trillion (a trillion is a thousand billions) to our total debt.
Overland Park Tax top 1 percent
Until we 99 percent of the citizens join together and throw off the special tax breaks our “betters” concocted for themselves, we will continue to suffer under a huge national debt.
Revenue is the answer.
“Revenue” from those who have for years manipulated tax cuts for themselves such as capital gains tax reductions on certain investment profits, oil and gas depletion allowances, and lowered tax rates for the ultra-rich.
For three decades our government’s income has been cut for no reason except for the overwhelming lobbying power of the big-guys.
No such power existed for the 99 percent.
Increase tax revenue from those who have the money.
That is where the money best and fairly must come from to reduce the national debt.
Leawood Losing to obesity
I recently went to my local grocery store and picked out a medium-size red apple for an afternoon snack. The total cost was 96 cents.
My husband regularly stops at McDonald’s restaurants for a double cheeseburger. The total cost is $1.09.
And we wonder why we are losing the battle against obesity and in getting our population to eat more nutritious foods.
Sallie H. Brodhay
Overland Park Grocery blessings
I am an 89-year-old woman living in an apartment at John Knox Village. Recently, I took the grocery bus to Hy-Vee.
I do not need many groceries, but the things I had in my cart added up to 99 cents more than I had in my purse. As I was deciding what I could do without, a woman in line behind me handed the clerk a dollar bill.
I asked for her name and address, but she thanked me and told me to help someone else later on. What a blessing.
Dorothy E. Krone