Letters to the Editor

June 30, 2014

Letter writers share thoughts on Democrats, GOP tax cuts and guns

In today’s Republican political world, there seems to be one solution to all ills — lower taxes on the wealthy and, like the one-trick pony, it solves all problems.

Shameless Democrats

Obamacare was written and passed exclusively by the Democrats.

Why did they write and pass a law that would provide subsidies for working people above a certain poverty level that in most cases pays for some, most or all of their insurance premiums?

In the same law, the Democrats denied subsidies to those below a certain poverty level.

Wouldn’t it have made more sense to offer those under the poverty level subsidized or free health care before they agreed to subsidize those who had incomes?

Answer? It’s obvious the Democrats designed the bill to be a political issue that blamed the Republican governors who wouldn’t expand Medicaid.

If the Democrats who wrote and passed the bill with no Republican support wanted to insure the poor, they would have written and passed a law that did just that.


Terry Kliethermes


GOP = tax cuts, guns

In today’s Republican political world, there seems to be one solution to all ills — lower taxes on the wealthy and, like the one-trick pony, it solves all problems.

It solves national and state deficits, as well as infrastructure needs, and maybe even overrides the need to address health care and immigration problems.

Kansas is a good example of how well this simple solution works in raising revenue.

Missouri is copying the same cure-all. Of course, it is wise to camouflage the fact that only the most affluent can possibly benefit.

Actually, the GOP is adding a second trick to its political arsenal. It’s called “Guns everywhere” in a nostalgic nod to the good old Dodge City, Kan., days where the stand-your-ground mentality featured the good guys vs. the bad guys shooting it out everywhere — on Main Street, in saloons, in schools, if they had any.

No question this political platform is clearly the common-sense answer to almost every 21st century problem.

Harold J. Schultz

Kansas City

Guns, public health

The National Rifle Association has strongly opposed the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general.


He states that gun violence is spreading so quickly it has become a public health issue. Murthy wants to provide the public with solid evidence to reduce risk of injury from guns.

Jennifer Ashby, M.D., a local dermatologist, states that gun violence kills more of us than some epidemics. The NRA doesn’t want us to know the real statistics and has its lobbyists at work to defund any laws that promote scientific studies of the gun problems in the U.S.

This allows the NRA and others to promote myths to brainwash the public. We should not have to endure that.

Pediatricians need to step up.

We depend upon physicians to maintain our good health.

The American Academy of Pediatricians has a gun-safety policy. But keeping it on a website is not enough.

Physicians need to regularly speak up for gun safety.

They should be promoting mandatory checks on gun purchases and give their voices to the importance of funding gun violence-prevention research.

Encourage parents to make sure guns have locks and store ammunition separate from guns.

Harold Koch


Red-light cameras

If someone breaks a law, we do not care whether the arresting officer is with the city police department, the county sheriff’s department, the state highway patrol or a federal agency. We only care that the criminal is properly apprehended.

So what’s the objection to red-light cameras? If a scofflaw is running red lights, endangering the life and welfare of others, he or she needs to be caught and punished.

Gordon Havens


Beating the drought

It looks as if it’s finally time to get serious about the conservation of water. I’m not holding my breath that the drought will get corrected by our government.

It sounds like the approach is drill, baby, drill. I suggest that everyone listen to Mark Shepard’s presentation on “Restoration Agriculture” and Allan Savory’s presentation at Tufts, Both are on YouTube.

Also, visit Acres U.S.A.’s website and get a copy of Shepard’s presentation, “Managing Water on Your Farm,” at the recent Acres conference.

Another good article on hydration by Joel Salatin is in a recent issue of Acres’ monthly magazine. Maybe other farmers will develop their farm plan.

Don’t expect any support from the government. Officials are consumed with terraces so more grass pastures can be converted into corn and soybean production.

Both allow the ground to be bare, and with reduced humus they become more susceptible to runoff. Remember, terraces are designed to facilitate the removal of water.

Why wouldn’t we want to hold onto that water and let it infiltrate the soil?

Maybe it’s because the soil has become so compacted that it would stand in the terrace until it evaporated.

Art Ozias

Centerview, Mo.

Climate reality

Climate change is not a hoax.

It is supported by national science institutes and academic researchers all over the world.

Some people would have us believe that all these organizations are in on a conspiracy to trick us. They say that thousands of scientists around the world are putting their professional reputations on the line to get more research funding and to profit from new renewable-energy industries.

They are not just skeptical; they are sure that climate change is a scam.

We can discuss and verify the evidence.

We can discuss what effects it will have and when, if we have the power to change it, the pluses and minuses of any action, and how to adapt.

But we should dismiss the conspiracy theory and stop supporting those who advance it.

Mack Tilton

Kansas City

Free school meals

I’m not sure if the general public knows the extent of availability of free lunches and breakfasts provided in schools.

I was surprised to find, when I taught summer school, that all students were provided breakfast and lunch.

Other children not attending summer school could also obtain food at various community locations free of charge. Sadly a lot of the fresh food actually was wasted and required to be thrown out.

Linda Simmons

Marshall, Mo.

‘Right to farm’ issue

The proposed “right to farm” constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot being pushed by the Missouri legislature is being sold as “good for organic farmers” (6-28, Midwest Voices, “Protect farmers with Amendment 1”).

What a bunch of baloney.

This “right to farm” bill will give large agricultural corporations the right to place an aromatic hog farm next to your house, pump their animals full of any chemical they want and pollute our streams and rivers with animal waste. If they want to add an amendment to this bill that requires food providers to disclose what kind of drugs and chemicals they are using on the hamburger and pork chop package, I might consider it.

You can bet that won't happen.

Thank you Missouri legislature, but I prefer my Sunday dinner not to glow in the dark.

Vote no on the “right to farm” bill.

Linda Christian


KC Royals blues

I took my two young children to a Kansas City Royals game over the weekend. The game was delayed for almost four hours because of weather.

Instead of postponing the game to allow us to attend another game later in the season the Royals insisted on finishing the game, making it impossible for us to see the game in its entirety.

To make things worse, our bobbleheads were stolen while we were away from our seats.

We will not be attending any more Royals games.

Kevin Orr

Overland Park

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