Cellphone case use
The cellphone people say you need a protective case for your phone. It is very expensive if you drop your cellphone and the screen breaks.
I just saw a much better use for the cellphone case. A mother was allowing her baby to use one as a teething ring.
It looked very effective.
Never miss a local story.
We the people speak to our government by voting. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall pass no laws … abridging the freedom of speech.” The Second Amendment states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Numerous states are removing people from the voting rolls by requiring identification to prove one has the right to vote. What if those states confiscated guns from gun owners and required identification to prove their right to keep and bear arms?
The people responsible for restricting voting rights are violating the Constitution. We should be protecting voting rights as vigorously as we protect gun rights.
Maybe we need a non-profit organization such as the National Rifle Association for voting rights. Is anyone for a National Voters Association, or NVA?
Gov. Sam Brownback will take down Kansas before admitting he’s made a mistake. So be it.
Let that be his everlasting legacy — the only governor to ever bankrupt his state. We could forgive the man’s error but not the man’s egotism.
Refugees in need
It saddens me to see how many of our leaders have panicked in the face of a humanitarian crisis. The U.S. thoroughly vets all refugees and asylum-seekers, and I would fancy that these restrictions will become still more stringent.
So why do some people touting that this is a Christian (love thy neighbor) nation refuse to help those who flee from the things we despise?
The United States is mostly composed of immigrants and their progeny. Many of our ancestors, and even some of us, came here fleeing war, genocide or atrocities. Yet, we who made it are eager to turn away the next group in danger?
I believe Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has the situation pegged accurately. And unless we are willing to maintain the American tradition of helping, we need to take Emma Lazarus’ words off the Statue of Liberty — “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. ...”
During World War II, we interned Japanese-American families after the United States was attacked. It turned out to be unnecessary.
The war was supported by Japanese-Americans, and their sons volunteered for the American military. They were not sent to the Pacific in case they would find themselves fighting with relatives, but they made names for themselves by their intelligence and valor in Europe.
Is it possible to do this again with Muslim families? I realize that World War II was fought over ideologies and not over religion. Maybe Muslims in the United States would need to be protected internally from our home-grown white extremists.
I want to give the employees in the Kansas City Public Works Solid Waste division a very sincere thank you for the great job they did picking up the leaves and the trash.
They do a great job all year, and I want them to know we appreciate it.
I was embarrassed and frustrated. There I stood in front of the grocery checker and didn’t have the necessary plastic card to pay the small bill.
I told the clerk my problem and wondered what to do. With a smile, the clerk informed me that the stranger behind me, a lady, had just paid my bill.
Was this an old-age problem or just a careless action rescued by a guardian angel or a miracle?
I thanked the lady and asked for her address so I might pay her. She said paying her was not necessary but she gave me her address. What a surprising and wonderful moment. I sent her a thank-you note.
Lesson learned — plan ahead.