There have been ongoing protests at the new Honeywell plant in south Kansas City. Do the protesters think for one minute that if we had not been the first with atomic weapons that there would even be a United States?
Germany came close to developing the atomic bomb. Russia finally got it.
Either one would have destroyed us. The fact that we would retaliate was all that kept even the protesters safe.
I am glad we were first and strongest.
Edward H. Barnes
Prairie Village Filibuster failings
A great step to return this country back into a republic, as set out in the Constitution, was taken Thursday when the Senate passed a rule change to make executive nominees (except for the Supreme Court) up or down votes (11-22, A1, “Filibuster’s grip broken”).
The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent, not obstruct every nominee. GOP senators have blocked nominations that have never in the history of the Senate been blocked. It was past time to stop this insanity.
And as a Democrat, I don’t feel any threat as the Democratic Party approved the vast majority of Bush’s nominees, and we will not tolerate such despicable tactics because we don’t like what laws are in place or we lost an election. We aren’t and never have been as vindictive as the GOP.
Thank you, Harry Reid, for finding your backbone.
Kansas City Incentive pay
Low-wage workers have a just and necessary cause. But I think recent stories missed one important part of the low-wage worker concerns. If, by some slim chance, $15 an hour should become the law, is anyone aware of how many very qualified workers there are out there who have lost their jobs?
They’re well-educated and could and would apply for those jobs that are now held by those working part-time while going to school or those who cannot bring any skills to the table.
Of course, the lavish compensation packages for chief executive officers are obscene — but that’s a different subject entirely.
Mission Donation difficulty
If you donate to a charity, please follow up and make sure your wishes are being followed. I didn’t, and that makes me a fool.
I donated hundreds of dollars worth of clothing, some with price tags still attached, to a charity. It was my intention for each and every article to be passed on to someone in need who could make good use of every article.
I had hoped receiving something brand new with tags still attached would give someone a ray a hope, be it even for just a few moments. However, I am sorry to say it did not work out that way.
Imagine my surprise, shock, disappointment, and anger to find out employees at the charity took the price tags off a couple articles of clothing and actually wore them. I have been told their reasoning for doing so, and as far as I am concerned, it doesn’t hold water.
There is no excuse for having done what they did. They insulted me, the people who needed the help and the organization they represent.
It’s like being slapped in the face without actually being hit! Shame, shame, shame.
Lexington, Mo. Tea party patriots
A recent maudlin letter (11-21, Letters) oozed with the paranoid rhetoric being sanctimoniously delivered by the 2013 version of the tea party.
Two-thirds of the writer’s letter lauded the patriots of our Revolutionary War era.
She then devoted a token sentence to freeing our slaves in 1865, and that provided her an awkward entry into the current tea party mantra, its fear that all of us will become slaves of our own government.
She concludes her hysterical letter by comforting us that the spirit of the modern tea party will not be quashed by our tyrannical government.
Yet, these tea party fanatics believe that the government that has been elected by the people will ultimately
somehow circumvent the checks built into our government and turn upon the very people who elected the government.
They have the gall to believe that they are the only true patriots and that the rest of us are communists.
Thus, being the only pure Americans, they continue to fanatically spew their illogical garbage.
Robert Stuber, M.D.
St. Joseph Political suffering
The disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling has proven that money buys power because wealthy people and corporations can give unlimited amounts of money to back politicians.
The wealthy-backed, extreme right tea partiers entered the House spewing hatred toward the president and vowing to never cooperate with him. More than 40 times they tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act and spent more time attempting to deny women’s rights.
Johnny-come-lately tea partier Sen. Ted Cruz with his phony bluster managed to influence his fellow tea partiers in the House. However, it was an attempt at self-promotion.
Regardless of how they do their job, by law, members of Congress must receive their salary and benefits. No doubt none of their children have gone hungry or have been denied medical care.
House Speaker John Boehner has wept on many occasions, but he did not shed a tear over shutting down the government. A hardship was placed on many people besides the government workers.
The government employees were to receive back pay. But the other people are stuck with their losses.
Gardner Free speech rights
In American culture, should the First Amendment really be interpreted in a way that makes potentially slanderous or libelous words acceptable? Such words tumble from people’s mouths.
Many Americans justify the language claiming freedom of speech. When digging deeper, the meaning and background of the First Amendment was not to be able to say whatever people wanted.
The framing the Founding Fathers of the Constitution used was unique. They had been under British rule for years and were tired of being oppressed.
They wrote freedom of speech in the First Amendment to allow Americans to have a voice in government as well as protection from the government’s control. The Founding Fathers wanted to create a government in which the people could freely participate, but this clause has been misinterpreted.
In the end, does our First Amendment really go that far?
Liberty Good emergency aid
Again Med-Act and the Fire Department provided precious prompt help from a 911 call.
A vein in my wife’s leg had erupted and spewed blood. How amazing that their immediate aid could be so calming and effective. We sure hope Obamacare is anywhere nearly as efficient as calling 911 and getting prompt help as needed.
Lenexa Campaigning funding
The religious right funds campaigns for its candidates. The socialist left funds campaigns for its candidates.
With limited or no funding for other candidates, we may never again have the opportunity to vote for moderate candidates. The only solution to this problem is to set a maximum amount of donations allowable for candidates’ campaigns.
The candidates could then schedule a limited number of televised speeches within a certain time frame. This would ensure a level playing field and shorten considerably the time frame for campaigning.
Overland Park Cheers for KC
I am writing your newspaper to thank the angel who found my purse at the City Market recently.
My husband and I were on vacation in your great city. My nephew took us to the City Market for lunch. We sat outside eating a tasty sandwich. As we got up to leave, I inadvertently left my purse on the back of my chair. We walked back to his apartment when I realized I had forgotten my purse.
A woman found it and was calling numbers from my cellphone trying to find me. Words cannot express the gratitude I felt when I saw my purse in my nephews’ hands.
The woman who found it is truly an angel, and I am very impressed with the citizens of Kansas City.