Letters to the Editor

March 10, 2014

MyRA headaches, nuclear treaties, tax offshore businesses

While agreeing the public needs to save more, MyRA is yet another clever approach by the president to redistribute income. Savings would be tax-free, with no administrative charges and 100 percent secure.
MyRA headaches

While agreeing the public needs to save more, MyRA is yet another clever approach by the president to redistribute income. Savings would be tax-free, with no administrative charges and 100 percent secure.

That sounds good, except the money would be secured by government bonds. They fund government creating more debt. Paying off that debt will be done by increasing taxes, which is the way the government redistributes income.

Perish the thought that while the Chinese may not be interested in buying the U.S. government bonds, unsuspecting Americans will.

Obamacare is another example of a tax plan slowly becoming visible. All of this is on top of funding problems for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The car can only run on fumes for so long, and then it grinds to a halt.

Can the 1 percent, so-called wealthy, fill the tank? The problem is too big for that and will fall on the middle-class folks who are supposed to be the ones being protected.

How often do we need to be reminded there is no such thing as a free lunch. By the way, there is no talk of welfare running out of money.

Carl Kent

Raymore Building back U.S.

We are hearing a lot about the need to help people who are unemployed. It seems it is a subject that no members of Congress want to attach their names to.

Well, here is a plan.

Let each company that took its business out of the United States start paying a 5 percent entry tax. No merchandise could be brought into this country from a company that moved its business out of the United States until the tax is paid. It created the unemployment when it moved away from the people who helped make it big.

Half the money would go to unemployment benefits and half would go to cover the national debt.

The people in the middle class have taken just about all they can handle.

Esther Sole

Independence Nuclear component

Why does it matter what happens in Ukraine? Plenty.

What plays out will have dire global implications.

In 1994, the United States and Russia signed a treaty guaranteeing Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons, which it did. Russia has violated that treaty.

The world is watching to see whether the U.S. will honor its commitments.

Had Ukraine not given up her nukes, Russia would not have dared to send troops to Crimea. So the lesson is: Don’t believe world powers when they guarantee your integrity in exchange for giving up your nukes.

Which is to say a country should never, ever give up its nuclear weapons.

If we don’t engage Russia in a no-nonsense, all-options-on-the-table approach, the days of nuclear non-proliferation will be over.

In short order, you can bet there will be more rather than fewer countries that will acquire and keep nuclear weapons as it becomes clear they cannot trust the U.S. or Russia.

What a tragedy for the world and mankind.

Lee J. Orth, Ed.D.

Greenwood ‘Hate’ overused

Today, the word “hate” is overused by many groups. Let’s be clear on this subject; dislike of, disdain for, disapproval of, disagreement with and moral or religious objection to do not equal hate.

John Stolte

Kansas City Homicide reduction

I read with great interest the March 5 editorial, “KC’s new joint effort to combat murder needs to work.”

I think there is something missing pertaining to the Violence Free Panel — the missing element being citizens from the neighborhoods with the highest crime rates in your city. My question is, “How can you have an effective campaign against violence and crime without involving those who are most affected by its repercussions?”

I am a fourth-year criminal justice/psychology major and have studied criminals and crime from every aspect. Common elements that most criminals share are mental illness and poverty.

We have learned that the primary element is poverty, which can lead to crime, violence and murder. Unless the citizens most affected by these elements are involved, all the committees in the world are not going to solve this desperate war going on in your streets.

Your mayor’s goals are also out of perspective. First, your city needs to create safer neighborhoods, and then the murder and violent crime rates will diminish.

Poverty is hopelessness, and when people lose hope, they look for any way possible to survive.

To solve a problem, you have to get to its roots.

Carol Folks

Mc Louth, Kan. Misplaced focus

At first glance, Sen. Rand Paul’s 28th Amendment proposed for the Constitution seems like an admirable idea: “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” That is, until the real motivation behind the proposed amendment is revealed.

It’s another childish instance of lashing out against the Affordable Care Act and all who allowed it to become law. In Paul’s own words, “If he likes Obamacare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives Obamacare to Justice Roberts.”

Not only does Mr. Paul forget that the duty of a Supreme Court justice is to determine whether a law is constitutional (not whether he or she likes it), but he also forgets his role as a member of Congress, which is to make laws for the benefit of the American people. Pushing for a petty, vengeful amendment whose chances of passing are nil is not useful in the least.

Instead, Congress ought to focus on better implementing the Affordable Care Act, or better yet, on important issues members of Congress haven’t addressed at all, such as immigration.

Benjamin Anderson

Liberty Marijuana use

Is medicinal marijuana the same as not facing reality? I cannot understand why marijuana is considered medicinal.

Hitting someone over the head with a hammer could be considered medicinal because the person would be in and out of reality.

We are veering toward a chaotic society without knowing what is real and the purpose of existence. People are yelling for freedom and more freedom. Maybe too much freedom can be bad for a person’s health.

The problem with our society is that everything is connected to money. Selling marijuana can produce taxes for the state, more jobs, more revenue, more spending, more investments.

Round and round we go.

Then there is recreational marijuana. Freedom on the rebound. This means people don’t want to face the pain, but they want to get back at the people who are causing them the pain.

With a wince they will say, “I am truly free. For once I have accomplished something in my life.”

To that I reply, “Think.”

Beatrice Okorie

Kansas City Costly new KCI

About plans for Kansas City International Airport, imagine I have a home that almost everyone in the family likes, and the place is practically paid for. It needs a new roof and could use updates such as appliances, granite countertops and wood floors.

So, in favor of the few, we will tear down the house and rebuild. We will start making higher payments for many years to come.

Now I get it — makes perfect sense.

Nicki Naylor

Lee’s Summit Flat tire rescuer

A friend and I were on our way home from a swim at the View in Grandview when I had a flat tire on Missouri 150. I pulled into a service station followed by another car.

Before I had even gotten out of my car, this man came to my door and said he’d noticed I had a flat tire and did I need help? He immediately went to work and got my tire off and changed to the spare in the single-digit temperature.

That angel’s name is Tom Stevens from Greenwood. From two little old ladies from Leawood, thank you, thank you, Tom.

You are truly an angel in my book. Thanks, too, to the young man at the Shell station who treated us to free coffee and hot chocolate.

Pat Holm


Related content



Editor's Choice Videos