U.S. embarrassment, KCI, government errors

05/30/2014 5:19 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

Embarrassed in U.S.

I am embarrassed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other senators and congressmen.

I am embarrassed by Reid for blaming everything, even the Ukrainian crisis, on the tea party and always looking negative. I’m embarrassed by Boehner for being negative about everything and always looking negative about everything, except his suntan.

I am embarrassed by Pelosi for blathering in her many news conferences and her lack of knowledge about most everything, including the Affordable Care Act, the bill she said we had to pass so that we could find out what’s in it.

But I am mostly embarrassed by the American voters who continue, year after year, to return these people to public service. Shame on all of us.

We need a viable third party that will represent us. It’s not happening, I know.

Speaking of which, I do not want another Bush or another Clinton as president. I would love to have an American businessperson with some common-sense knowledge, decency and an agenda to get us back to being the United States of America.

Semper fi.

Bill Wood

Overland Park

Uniqueness of KCI

I was visiting the Kansas City area, as I do several times a year to see my son and his family. I love the perfect layout of Kansas City International Airport.

I am retired from a regional career that had me traveling more days every month than I care to count.

As a qualified frequent flier, I suggest you don’t throw money away updating the layout of your airport. Name one other major airport where you walk out of the jetway, take about 60 steps and you’re outside the terminal?

That surpasses any modernization that will add shops selling $4 bottles of water and overpriced trinkets.

Love what you have, it is unique.

Jane Sinclair

Greer, S.C.

Government errors

The government spends all of its time, effort and money on denying equal rights to the poor, gays, women and minorities. The government cuts education and school lunches.

Government takes God or any other form of religion out of the schools. Government makes it impossible for parents or schools to discipline children.

Government, along with religious fanatics, teach bullying, hatred and bigotry from the floor and the pulpit. Government teaches that nothing is gained without violence of some sort.

And then government spends millions more trying to figure out why these kids are killing. Just pay me. I can tell them.

Dan Stiles

Raytown

Steve Rose column

Steve Rose’s Republican roots go so deep that he apparently can’t recognize that today’s GOP, the party of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Ryan, is not the Republican Party of his younger years, the party of Bob Dole, Nancy Landon Kassebaum and John Rockefeller.

In his May 25 column, “Bet against me, please, on GOP Senate control,” Rose expresses his desire for Republicans to take over the Senate in the November elections, despite the clear danger today’s extreme right-wing GOP represents.

One week Rose appropriately criticizes Brownback and conservative Republicans in the Kansas Legislature for leading the state down a destructive path. The next week Rose speaks positively of Rep. Kevin Yoder, even though Yoder is a tea party Republican backing anti-government politics.

Rose is apparently unable to see that the national GOP is dominated by Brownback’s way of thinking.

I reject today’s Republican Party as a party of greed. It is anti-life, anti-democracy and anti-Christian. I hope that one day Rose will see that the Republican Party he supports today is not the Republican Party he grew up with.

Dave Pack

Lenexa

Trouble in Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback has earned the nickname “Brownbackward.” In 2012 and 2013, Brownback cut income taxes for big corporations and the wealthy, which left the state broke.

State revenues fell $92 million short of April projections, according to media reports.

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the state’s credit rating because of the massive income tax cuts, plummeting revenues, underfunded pensions and sluggish economy.

Brownback made large education cuts. This required the Kansas Supreme Court to order corrections in funding inequities among districts. But Brownback and the ultra-conservative Legislature passed a bill that eliminated teachers’ due process and took funds from schools that serve at-risk students.

Brownback refuses to expand Medicaid for 100,000 working Kansans and even signed a bill to disassociate from the Affordable Care Act.

Although a majority of Americans favor tougher gun restrictions, Brownback signed a bill allowing weapons to be carried openly in Kansas.

Brownback’s massive tax-cut experiment failed, leaving Kansas in dire financial times.

In November, Kansans will have an opportunity to send Brownback packing and elect Democrat Paul Davis. We must restore our state’s fiscal standing and return our schools to their previous highly respected reputation.

Jane Toliver

Leawood

Break up monopoly

A May 25 editorial, “Keep battling to deliver clean, renewable energy,” criticizing opponents of Kansas’ renewable energy mandate for being disingenuous was itself a fine example of disingenuity.

Kansas law mandates that utility companies purchase specific levels of renewable energy, which means that Kansans are forced to purchase wind energy and pay higher energy prices.

The degree to which it is more expensive is a matter of dispute, but even The Star admits that wind is more expensive than fossil-fuel alternatives. The Star describes this mandate as “consumer-friendly.”

It falsely says “these laws encourage electric facilities to supplement their use of fossil fuels with renewables.” The law does not “encourage”; it requires.

The Star touts economic gains to the wind industry but ignores the expense of everyone else in the form of higher taxes, higher electricity prices and other unseen economic consequences.

It concludes by saying people “deserve a choice,” but mandates are the opposite of choice. Real choice would not only allow citizens to decide whether to purchase renewable energy but to choose their energy supplier as well.

Maybe it’s time to look at breaking up the utility monopoly in Kansas as other states have done.

Dave Trabert

President

Kansas Policy Institute

Overland Park

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