Reagan on Trump
WWND? What would Nancy do? Would Nancy Reagan support the candidacy of Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump (3-7, A1, “Nancy Reagan death end of an era”)?
As expected, after the latest shootings people are proposing worthless and unconstitutional gun-control regulations. Many are proposing to deny gun ownership to people on the no-fly list.
I have no problem denying gun purchases to non-citizens, but there are many U.S. citizens on the no-fly list.
The following information is from The Washington Post and the American Civil Liberties Union website: More than 6,000 U.S. citizens are on the no-fly list. There is no way to find out whether you are on the no-fly list other than to try and board a plane.
If you are on the list, there is no simple way to get your name removed (denial of freedom of movement and denial of due process). When a request for a gun purchase is made and the name is on the federal terrorist watch list (the no-fly list is a subset of the terrorist list), the Department of Justice is notified and justice officials approve or deny the request.
None of the terrorists involved in the recent shootings was on the list.
One change that might have prevented the latest shooting was to deny gun purchases to people who are here on visas or have “visa waived” entry to the United States.
I would recommend the movie “Suffragette” for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after he called the League of Women Voters communist (2-28, A31, “Kobach carps about ‘communists’”). Maybe after watching it Kobach would join the 21st century.
Value of diploma
The intersection of Black Lives Matter, Concerned Student 1950 and the “more muscle” professor has resulted in a clown show in Columbia, Mo. Given the information available, I am confident most readers cannot figure out what horrible racial injustice transpired that would cause so much outrage.
Add the actions of assistant professor Melissa Click, and your average taxpayer just has to shake his head.
It is not clear to me who needs to rip out the rot at Mizzou, but these acts of progressive fratricide do provide a glimpse at what is coming in academia. Current and future students might have a concern that a diploma from Mizzou, especially for students of color, may not be much of a selling point on resumes.
Kind of like an unintended micro-aggression.
If you missed the Aaron Neville concert Sunday night at the Folly, you missed a great show. It was a benefit put on by Catholic Charities, the FIRE Foundation and the Bright Futures Fund.
The opening music was performed by the very talented Blackberry Winter band, which played music from the Ozarks.
Aaron sang a variety of songs in a voice that brought me to tears, especially his rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
He sprinkled in a few personal stories and even had a brief senior moment, which he mentioned and the crowd appreciated given that most of us fell into that category.
It was more than 90 minutes of amazing music, free of special effects, backup singers and dancers and musical instruments except for piano and keyboards, and, thankfully, free from the political nonsense that has overtaken us of late.
His voice is unmistakable and absolutely soulful perfection.
I hope he returns to Kansas City soon. Please go if you have the opportunity. You won’t regret it.
Here’s what I don’t get about people parking cars in a way that blocks our downtown’s soon-to-be-operational streetcar line (3-7, A1, “Streetcars encounter a few bumps on the roads”).
Even if those motorists didn’t see the signs, even if the painted line they were supposed to park inside was scratched or faded, even if those drivers were only running into a business for a second, even if there were no streetcars, why would people park so far from the curb anyway?