Letters to the Editor

June 13, 2014

Backward GOP logic, genetic modifications, KCI convenience

Does anyone else question Republican politicians’ logic when comparing voter fraud to global warming? Apparently, Republican politicians have an inverse relationship between evidence and action.

Backward GOP logic

Does anyone else question Republican politicians’ logic when comparing voter fraud to global warming? Apparently, Republican politicians have an inverse relationship between evidence and action.

In the Republican bizarro world, voter fraud demands immediate legislative action despite the evidence that such crimes are minuscule. Compare the voter-fraud exertion to the denial and obstruction on action to curb global warming despite the dominant evidence supporting our activities’ contribution to global warming.

Where is the Republican logic?

John Segale


Genetic modifications

Genetically modified ingredients are part of our everyday life.

Consistently found to be safe, genetically modified crops are planted in our fields and used in food-processing industries. The result is safe, affordable food for consumers in the U.S. and across the world, where genetically modified foods are helping feed a booming global population.

As executive director of the Kansas Beverage Association, I know how genetically modified ingredients sustain jobs in our state. Beverage manufacturers rely on genetically modified ingredients to produce the drinks that consumers love and that support 2,269 jobs here.

More broadly, the agricultural sector — much of which relies on genetically modified crops to reduce the use of pesticides, water and land — is a major contributor to Kansas’ prosperity, accounting for 25 percent of our economy.

That’s why I support Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo’s stand on this important issue.

Pompeo introduced legislation that would protect consumer access to products containing genetically modified ingredients and ensure that Kansas farmers and businesses could continue to plant and process genetically modified crops.

Kansans should be proud of his leadership.

Ronald R. Hein


KCI convenience

I travel three weeks of the month, leaving from Kansas City International Airport not only to numerous cities in the U.S. but throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

I sit on the board of directors of the Airline Passenger Experience Association, recently sat on a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation rulemaking committee and work with the Department of Transportation.

Out of dozens of airports that I fly to around the world, none is more convenient than KCI.

Airlines don’t choose to make particular cities airport hubs based on how many restaurants and shopping opportunities there are, nor does this influence companies that might wish to locate businesses here. And with Chicago, Dallas and Denver already active hubs, such a role for KCI is highly unlikely.

The purpose of the airport is first and foremost to serve Kansas City’s travelers. KCI can improve its restrooms, increase its restaurants and connect its three terminals the way other airports do without changing the basic design, which makes KCI exceptionally convenient to Kansas City residents who fly.

Michael Childers

Kansas City

Voucher for schools

A school-voucher system to allow students to choose their schools — private or public — is a great idea in theory. But all you have to do is look at colleges — private and public.

Look what happened when government made in some cases unlimited funding available for students to go to college. The costs exploded.

What is to keep the voucher system from producing the same effect on schools with kindergarten through 12th grade? It is customary for costs to gobble up all available funds and take it to the limit.

People are mistaken if they think government is in the business of controlling cost on anything. Government proves that every day.

Jerry Jackson

Kansas City

KC streetcar amnesia

I believe streetcars are not necessary. I think most people promoting the streetcars are under age 55 and have no recollection of how happy most people were when the tracks were removed in the 1950s.

I remember how accidents involving cars caused the streetcars to stop, which added to the traffic impediments. Additionally, when it rained, the street tracks were not easy to drive on.

I think a much simpler and more efficient solution would be to increase the number of MAX buses and the frequency of their stops. This would accommodate travelers quite well.

The MAX is a hybrid, energy-efficient, quiet alternative to the streetcar at a fraction of the cost.

Shevie Winitz

Kansas City

Purple prose skills

My retirement years have brought me genuine contentment. I especially treasure what the relaxed pace of life does for my psyche.

I have only one regret about joining the fraternity of laid-back seniors. My store of profanities and epithets has seriously diminished.

No more — or rarely — do I hurl obscenities at the TV during Chiefs games or take the Lord’s name in vain arguing with defiant offspring. But I am grateful to one group — my fellow drivers — for keeping me in swearing practice.

Let me recognize a few of these numbskulls:

The texting woman who failed to move forward in the left-hand turn lane, causing me to miss the light.

The BMW hotshot who failed to signal until just before making a right turn.

The pickup jockey who swerved into my lane before making a left turn.

The teenager who nearly hit my car when he wandered into my lane while he was texting.

To these and other geniuses who have inspired me to keep seeking more creative curses, I extend (along with a certain digit) my undying thanks.

Robert Willson

Overland Park

Yellen on right track

Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, was quoted as promoting stricter regulations on our banks and financial institutions. This would be a miracle and a terrific accomplishment.

Through the years, in a thorough absence of honesty and ethical behavior, the banks have taken people’s savings and proceeded to loan these funds at significant interest rates generating huge profits for themselves while returning little if anything to those depositors whose money they are using, often a laughable and insulting amount — many times a few cents or a dollar.

This has been done legally with the assistance of lawmakers, lobbyists and business organizations benefiting from these bank loans.

This all seems to fit in with the current atmosphere of corporate greed, personal gain and a lack of any form of honesty, fairness and regard for fellow human beings.

Today, our bailed-out banks and other financial institutions have been fined millions of dollars for their complicity in failed mortgages and other unethical practices.

Sadly, I do not see better times or opportunities for the average saver at this point.

Lawrence Aloisio

Kansas City

Politics’ other guy

I’ve never played in a no-limit poker game; it seems clear that the person with the most money will always win the game.

Oh, yes, it helps if you can bluff well and keep a poker face, but in the end, money wins the bet.

I have never played the game, but that is exactly where our state and federal legislatures have put us. Along with the Supreme Court, they have taken all the money rules off the table, and even if you have a royal flush you might as well fold because you’ve already lost.

It would seem that you can buy about as much democracy as you can afford. If the chips are down and you can’t back your hand, you have already lost.

Yes, you’re right, there are candidates out there who are good and really want to help the public. But when a political action committee dumps on them, they are going to lose the hand.

The advertising and name recognition can’t match the deep pockets.

That’s why when the election for governor runs in the fall, I’m not voting for the well-backed Sam Brownback.

I’m voting for good old what’s his name.

Richard C. Lumpkin

Prairie Village

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