Letters to the Editor

January 26, 2014

People’s voice, NRA, charter changes

“Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” was on the other night. It was as if Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and the Koch brothers were doing business in 1939.
People’s voice gone

“Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” was on the other night. It was as if Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and the Koch brothers were doing business in 1939.

Too bad there aren’t any Jefferson Smiths in Congress today.

Steve Barnhart

Kansas City Power of NRA

Masses of people are murdered in this nation by those whose weapons of choice are guns (being so easy and so available). With each tragedy, the National Rifle Association minions thumb through their prayer beads chanting, “Too bad. So sad.”

Two Colorado legislators tried to quiet the cries of the grief-stricken public by writing laws for gun control. They were gunned down politically by the NRA minions.

After another mass shooting, an outraged University of Kansas professor shot off his mouth against the NRA minions. They rended their garments, put ashes on their heads and wailed, “Not my children. Financial death to you.”

More recently, the NRA minions purged two of their own for the crime of promoting a discussion about gun regulation.

Too bad. So sad.

Terry Smith

Overland Park Misdirected attention

I don’t understand why the City Council spent so much time on getting the charter changes on the April ballot when several members were opposed to some or all of the changes. Yet the City Council seems to be ignoring the petition on the Kansas City International Airport that was signed by more than 5,000 Kansas City voters to get it on the April ballot.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Dan Coffey

Citizens for

Responsible Government

Kansas City Loving Missouri

Elected officials in Kansas are worried about taxing the rich at the expense of secondary education. But we see the worthless use of state funds by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to prevent something that won’t occur — illegal immigrants voting.

It’s another reason not to live in Kansas.

Everett Murphy

Kansas City True rebels, patriots

We have to deal with the times we live in. In 1776, the tyrant was King George III. He held all the cards and was using his power abusively.

People rebelled. Revolutions elsewhere also returned power to the people.

Today, the modern corporation has taken the place of outdated monarchies. A few have the wealth, and they rule like their tyrant predecessors. The rest of us have little money, few rights and no power.

If we had a new revolution in America today, the villains would be large corporations and the wealth they represent.

The government that conservatives hate so much is guilty of one sin, being ineffectual at combatting corporate power. The present tyrants reduce your benefits, move factories overseas, reduce your hours, turn full-time into part-time jobs, fire you and make you beg for work.

The Boston Tea Party was a protest against King George III, the tyrant. That name has been taken by a group that has nothing in common with the real tea party.

Today’s tea party is the polar opposite of the good citizens that threw tea into Boston Harbor. They are united with the current power, not against it.

John Chapman

Gladstone Stand your ground

On Kansas and Missouri having laws similar to Florida’s stand your ground law, I think such slayings should merit murder charges. If someone can back out of the situation without injuring someone else, that is what should occur.

Rather than killing another person and saying it was an act of defense, the initial victim should leave the scene if possible. Both, George Zimmerman and Richard Kropp should have been charged for something, if not murder.

I do agree that self-defense with a gun should be allowed, but I think that other cases shouldn’t be treated differently.

Regardless, someone’s life is being taken. I understand if it’s for self-defense, but in the Trayvon Martin case George Zimmerman could have gotten away and called the police and let them handle it.

If not charged for murder, the case should have been given more thought on a punishment of some sort.

Elizabeth Herbert

Kansas City Cheering Roberts

As an investor in two Johnson County companies working nationally helping disadvantaged workers find jobs, I read the Jan. 20 letter about Sen. Pat Roberts by Milton Wolf. Rather than repeating a string of political talking points, we are able to speak in specifics regarding Sen. Roberts.

The past five years, we have had many interactions with Sen. Roberts and his staff in Kansas and Washington, D.C. We deal with many congressional offices and have real experience comparing the quality of their responsiveness to constituent issues.

We have found Sen. Roberts’ staff to be uniformly responsive and to actually care about our work. After discussing Mr. Wolf’s letter to the editor, we compared notes, and there has not been a time our communications with Sen. Roberts were ignored or answered with boilerplate self-laudatory messages.

Partisanship aside, the quality of Sen. Roberts’ staff in providing constituent services deserves mentioning. He owes us nothing and vice versa but has consistently delivered high-level constituent services.

Voters should be aware of that in the face of the typical partisan attacks exampled in the aforementioned letter. Our experience is positive, and it’s real.

Thomas F. Strutz

Overland Park Vote Libertarian

On the Affordable Care Act, I suspect that President Barack Obama is really a Republican who ran as a Democrat just to be elected, which explains why he embraced the Republican-crafted health care plan.

Obama sold out our country to the powerful insurance lobbies and to the behemoth federal infrastructure. How many health-care dollars are being lost to the insurance middleman and to the government bureaucrat?

Hopefully, voters will rise up in November, vote out the Republicrats and send the insurance lobbies packing. Join me and vote Libertarian, and take our government out of the hands of special interests.

Put our government back into the hands of the people. Stop betting on a broken horse and vote for a Libertarian.

Robert Blanck

Kansas City ‘Duck Dynasty’ shame

Phil Robertson’s published opinion on black people before the civil rights movement is appalling yet common in America: “If I didn’t witness injustice, it didn’t happen.”

His statement that blacks were godlier, ergo happier, and “Nobody sang the blues,” reflects his blindness to the savagery in the Old South. Indeed, Jim Crow spawned the blues.

Near the Louisiana border in 1920 in Center, Texas, 16-year-old Lige Daniels was falsely accused of murdering a white woman. A mob of 1,000, armed with crowbars and sledgehammers, dismantled Daniel’s jail cell, gouged out his eyes, pummeled, stomped and abused Daniels.

While his corpse dangled from a tree like a trophy the assassins posed for photos with their children. Picture postcards were made and the God-fearing citizens of Center proudly mailed them to acquaintances.

There were 3,446 black people lynched in America between 1882 and 1968. Two-thirds of them were in Robertson’s South.

Norence A. Nelson

Waverly, Mo. Equitable taxes

This is to those who want the wealthiest 1 percent in this country to pay more taxes. Well, what do the richest 1 percent of Americans do with their money?

They don’t stuff it into a mattress. They either spend it or invest it. Both create jobs. The problem is when they spend or invest it out of the country.

If you want to tax them, tax the money leaving the U.S. This is where a sales tax instead of an income tax would work.

A sales tax with exemption cards for the needy would keep it from being regressive. A varying rate could be implemented when the economy needed stimulating.

Also, if you purchased something overseas, it would be taxed upon entering the U.S. Included in such a bill should be welfare for the H Block and the TurboTax people.

Bill Moses


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