Here is what is amusing to me about gay marriage. That horse is out of the barn.
Yet all evangelicals, Mormons and the leadership of the Catholic Church can think to do is run around yelling, “Shut the door.”
Hello, the horse is out of the barn. Priceless.
Kansas City Death penalty
Many thanks to The Star for the editorial “Missouri should stop state-sanctioned killing” (11-21, Opinion).
There is no question that Joseph Paul Franklin and others have committed terrible wrongs and the public needs to be protected from them. But, in addition to all the vital reasons the Star cites against the flawed penalty, I contend that the death penalty isn’t ultimately about those sentenced to death — it is about us, the people of our state and nation.
When we kill even the worst of humanity, we lower ourselves to their level. We place ourselves among a handful of other nations we would never want to be compared to on matters of justice and human rights.
We teach our children that wrongs can only be addressed with further wrong. Killing and violence only breeds more of the same. Ending the death penalty in Missouri and our nation would be a major step toward ending that cycle of violence.
It is past time that we joined the civilized world and end the death penalty, not for the sake of the killers but for the sake of our own souls.
Raymore News media shame
The press is supposed to be on our side, but it’s not. The press is supposed to demand accountability from our government. But it doesn’t.
Our debt is now more than $17 trillion, robbing from our children, and “a budget” is not important?
Our wildly irresponsible government creates laws it doesn’t even follow (Obamacare) and spends money like high school kids who get hold of their parents’ credit cards. During this fabricated and orchestrated condition called sequestration, our president takes an expensive vacation.
And the press is reporting on Lindsey Lohan? Are the news media so much in “the political tank” for these radicals that they prefer to watch America burn?
This is the first generation in American history that has “turned against” America, and it’s not because we are smarter. Google eighth-grade exam from Bullitt County, Ky., and try to take this test.
I dare you. Then tell me we are smarter. And most of these kids didn’t have electricity.
Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen. But shame on you “journalists” even more.
Joe Dan Gorman
Kansas City Seeking help at KCI
I have never seen a help desk at our airport. Perhaps it is because we have three terminals.
With only one terminal only one help desk is needed. For now I don’t know what visitors do for assistance.
Kansas City Illegal immigration
Imagine waking up one morning at your residence, walking out of your bedroom and seeing a total stranger sitting on your sofa watching your TV. Then you see another stranger in your kitchen, cooking his breakfast with your food.
You hear your toilet flush, and a third stranger comes out of your bathroom. The first stranger demands that you add more channels to your cable TV package.
The second demands that you stock a wider variety of food in your refrigerator, and the third demands that you buy softer toilet paper. They all demand that they be allowed to live in your residence permanently.
If you can imagine this scenario, then you fully understand the problem of illegal immigration in this country.
Lansing Brownback’s faults
Gov. Sam Brownback wastes millions of tax dollars on legal fees. Kansas dollars are used in lawsuits that are:
1. Anti-education. He says schools and universities already have enough money.
2. Anti-disabled. He says reduced services by KanCare will save tax dollars.
3. Anti-women. He believes pro-life does not include the health and well-being of women and children.
4. Anti-elderly, anti-students and anti-minorities. He prevents voting when many in these affected groups are unable to obtain unnecessary documents.
5. Anti-civil rights. He says married gays must pay higher taxes than straight couples.
6. Anti-arts. He says even a little funding for the arts is wasteful.
7. Anti-health care. He says our Kansas hospitals and our poor don’t need the extra Medicaid dollars offered by the federal government.
Brownback is even anti-middle class. He says tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, and not the middle class, will bring jobs and stimulate our economy.
Brownback is not working for Kansans. He is working for himself and his friends, the Koch brotherss.
Lenexa Diversity of prayer
The recurring school shootings prompt an echoing cry from the prayer-in-school zealots. It’s like clockwork.
So let’s examine that more closely, shall we? They want prayer in my classroom? Fine.
I invite them to come to my school and pick the student to deliver that prayer. Who shall it be?
My Muslim student? My Bahá’í student? Which to choose?
The Pentecostal student or the Catholic student? My Buddhist student or my Hindu student?
What about my atheist student or the Wiccan student? Because at one time or another, all of these kids have passed through my class.
That diversity is one of the best things about a public school. We educate everybody.
So how do you choose which religion to favor? The truth is, you don’t.
Because guess what, parents? That’s your job.
You need to do that at your home. Can your kid come to school and pray any time he or she wants?
Absolutely. Nobody’s stopping them.
But don’t ask me to favor one kid over another because then I wouldn’t be doing my job as the teacher to all of the kids in my class.
Overland Park No smoking in parks?
You sneaked it on Page 3 of the supplement: “KC area parks go smoke-free” (11-20, Neighbors).
So the micro-czars at Parks and Rec have little enough on their plates that they can afford to take up the banner of the anti-smoking zealots?
Will this government nannyism ever end?
The three reasons given are so lame, but they all boil down to: “It’s for your own good and society’s, too, don’t you know?”
No, I’m not a smoker. I quit 40 years ago and don’t recommend anyone adding another bad habit to their collection. The article names not one name and so I wonder: “Who runs the show at these hyperactive fiefdoms?”
Kansas City Tea party influence
As an 85-year-old Republican, I hate what the tea party is doing to my party. They are ruining it.
How I long for former Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum.
Overland Park Google damage
Regarding people expressing their thrill of Google cable coming to their neighborhoods, I feel I should share my experience with Google.
I own a rental duplex in Raytown, and Google contractors dug up my front yard and removed about five feet of a year-old sidewalk to install their underground cables.
They broke a gas line in front of the property, leaving the neighborhood without gas for a whole day. They failed to put up a caution fence, and at least one person fell and was helped up by one of my tenants.
I called the Google number, and nothing was done until I contacted the Raytown Public Works Department.
The contractors finally replaced the sidewalk after about two weeks and seeded the front yard instead of laying sod as they said they would do. Now I have half of my front yard covered in straw.
Needless to say, this is a poor example of Google service.