Letters to the Editor

July 26, 2014

Readers weigh in on guns, Missouri sales tax, GOP

I can start packing a pistol or rifle around my hometown. In fact, I can pack weapons in your Kansas hometown, too. And your local government can’t stop me.

Pistol-packing bliss

I can start packing a pistol or rifle around my hometown. In fact, I can pack weapons in your Kansas hometown, too. And your local government can’t stop me.

As a matter of fact, I might also want to holster up with a sword and/or machete or a huge knife. Maybe you will see me on your streets or sidewalks or at shopping areas or picking up a kid from school.

And all thanks is because of the National Rifle Association, Emperor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature for passing an insane piece of legislation that allows even insane, corrupt and angry Kansas citizens to unrestrictively pack heat and weaponry within the borders of the state.

Hey, fellow Kansans, do you feel safer?

Don’t try to argue, though.

I am practicing my Second Amendment rights, even though the “regulated militia” has been totally ignored by the populist elected officials of this state.

Ain’t this a great place to live and raise a family?

Michael Yanez

Tonganoxie, Kan.

Open carry gun ban

The mayor and the Kansas City Council’s public safety committee deserve three cheers for endorsing a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits (7-24, A4, “Mayor pushes open carry ban”).

We certainly don’t need that kind of intimidation on the streets of Kansas City.

Now if we could only have that kind of leadership in the Missouri legislature.

Pat Russell

Grandmothers Against

Gun Violence

Kansas City

Missouri sales tax

An increase in the state sales tax for transportation is not needed. The Missouri Department of Transportation already receives enough funds compared with other states based on size, for land area or population.

The new tax would produce millions of dollars more annually for the department.

It would add to revenue from Missouri’s fuel tax and vehicle fees.

The transportation department has responsibility for the highway miles in the state.

Many roads are rural. In most states, rural roads are maintained by local governments.

City taxpayers in Missouri pay the majority while their own needs are mainly ignored. So why a tax increase?

Since 2012, new federal transportation legislation requires funding to be used based on need — with professional standards and punishment.

Lately, there has been a lot of construction in the cities — finally.

The state transportation department should manage what is required by law. Both rural and urban roads need proper attention.

Gwen Moore

University City, Mo.

Deaths in Gaza

How can a human being stand on the sidelines and watch Israel kill children in Gaza without sacrificing something significant in his or her humanity?

Isn’t the silence of Americans on this point just one more form of complicity in this criminal brutality?

David A. Lee

Ottawa, Kan.

New GOP meaning

Since President Barack Obama’s inauguration, Republicans have used every dirty political trick in the book to hurt the president and derail his agenda. The GOP voted more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare.

The Republicans held their eighth investigation on Benghazi, and they voted to shut down the government. Also, they blocked everything President Obama proposed, including equal-pay expansion, job creation, common-sense gun measures and raising the minimum wage.

The GOP has obstructed the president every step of the way.

But the Republicans have now sunk to a new low.

Recently, House Speaker John Boehner announced plans to sue President Obama. This lawsuit is a desperate political stunt meant to motivate the GOP base before midterm elections.

Rather than govern, the right-wingers are wasting valuable time and taxpayer money.

The GOP should be renamed the Grand Obstruction Party.

Eventually, this will lead to the Grand Obsolete Party.

Jane Toliver


Uniforms needed

I would like to know why temporary postal carriers of the U.S. Postal Service are not required to wear the normal uniform when delivering the mail.

When my regular mail-delivery person is on vacation or transferred to a different route, the replacement gets to wear anything he or she wants to wear. This ranges from everyday clothes to shorts, shirts and pants with no identifying patches.

When I called my local post office supervisor, I received the explanation that either the carriers “do not have money to purchase the required uniforms” or “they are not required to purchase the required uniforms because they are not really considered ‘carriers.’”

Bull hockey.

I worked for 27 years for my city, and I was required to purchase the proper uniform or else.

How can a postal carrier not in uniform be recognized as a carrier if he is not wearing the proper and required clothing or uniform?

I know I am not the only one who feels this way.

Donald Hessenflow


EPA’s heavy hand

On April 21, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Although the agencies have gone to great lengths to assure farmers, ranchers and rural businesses this rule will not affect them, nothing could be further from the truth.

The proposal attempts to bring ponds, puddles, ditches and even dry land under federal regulation. This will require more permits for routine farming activities.

Despite what they have said, the agencies narrowed statutory exemptions for agriculture under the act. These requirements would prevent expansions, conservation practice implementation and other beneficial activities that provide jobs and better water quality.

Members of the Kansas Agricultural Alliance sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and our congressional delegation, seeking help to oppose the proposed rule. All Kansans should join us in writing the EPA and our congressional delegation asking them to ditch the rule.

Aaron Popelka



Agricultural Alliance


Cheering VA in KC

I have been reading articles about my fellow veterans waiting for care, and I feel compelled to share my experience.

I have been receiving health care from the Veterans Affairs facility in Kansas City for more than 10 years. I have had numerous surgeries, tests and procedures. I can’t remember ever waiting more than 30 minutes for anything.

The folks I have dealt with always struck me as caring professionals. I feel that the care I have received has added some years to my calendar, and I am grateful.

I was sorry that Gen. Eric Shinseki left as head of the VA. I thought he was doing a fine job. He got quite a bit of additional funding for the VA.

Political squeeze plays seem to hunt him down, though. I have a feeling we’re going to miss him, and I wanted to convey my gratitude to Gen. Shinseki and all the fine folks at the VA on Linwood Boulevard.

Kim Morgan

Vietnam veteran

Kansas City

GOP’s tea taint

What do former Rep. Todd Akin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, former GOP Sen.ate Christine O’Donnell and former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain have in common? They all like tea with their party.

Ella McCue


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