Letters to the Editor

July 28, 2014

Letter writers sound off on ‘right to farm,’ Senate candidate Milton Wolf, same-sex marriage

Letters to the Editor: Does anyone else find it odd that Dr. Milton Wolf is being investigated by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts now that he is running against Sen. Pat Roberts in the heated primary?

No on ‘right to farm’

On Aug. 5, please get out and vote. Please vote no on Amendment 1. It is poorly written, confusing and labeled so many different things other than what it really is.

Amendment 1 would open the door wider to factory farming in Missouri, wreaking havoc on the environment and causing the ultimate demise of the family farm. It’s an effort to shield factory-farming entities from regulations regarding animal welfare, the environment and consumers.

We have a right to food that is safe to eat. We have a right to clean air and clean water that isn’t contaminated by runoff from animal waste.

And we don’t need further chemical contamination. Disposal of the animal waste produced by factory farms is an issue unto itself.

Stop and think about how many tons of waste would be produced. What are they going to do with all that? Oh, yes, one solution — land application as fertilizer — and how many feet deep would that be?

Amendment 1 is simply a way for corporations to bypass laws and regulations that protect our health, our property values and our environment.

Please vote no on Amendment 1 on Aug. 5.

Mary Ballard

Kansas City

Fishy Wolf probe

Does anyone else find it odd that Dr. Milton Wolf is being investigated by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts now that he is running against Sen. Pat Roberts in the heated primary (7-23, A10, “Kansas healing arts board investigates Milton Wolf”)?

Bob Lampson


Same-sex marriage

Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Marriage is God’s idea and has been a religious ceremony sanctioned by the church.

Yet, today there are more state governments challenging who can be married. If we agree with the Founding Fathers of this great nation, then the government — local, state or national — should stay out of the marriage business.

I believe every person should be treated with respect and equality, so if the government wants to accept and recognize same-sex couples, then call it civil union and give them the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. That way everybody is treated equally, but marriage as a religious ceremony is also honored.

Most people agree that separation of church and state is a good idea, but that is not what is currently happening with the marriage issue, and that honestly concerns me.

Mike Eklund

Lee’s Summit

No on state sales tax

Missouri is rushing a transportation sales tax. The state is asking for extra revenue right after lawmakers passed a tax cut that favors the wealthy.

I, for one, will vote no on this sales tax in part because of the above.

Regardless of how you vote, please take the time to vote.

We get what or who we vote for.

Scott Tubbesing


‘WuMo’ not funny

The comic strip “WuMo” reminds me of “The Far Side”... except for the being funny part.

Steve Frisbie


Irresponsible state

There is no reason to approve a regressive sales tax to fix Missouri’s roads and bridges just because the majority of our state legislators are frightened to death of voting for any tax increase, no matter how much it is needed.

Their agenda, evidently, is to keep their no-tax-increase pledges unsullied when they vote on the floor by forcing citizens to approve an inferior tax increase on themselves.

This is irresponsible government and should not be rewarded. Despite the emergency on our highways, we must force our elected officials to do the right thing.

The first step is to vote no on the transportation sales tax.

Keith Evans

St. Joseph

Insurance pro

I am a Kansas resident who is especially concerned about insurance representation for the state.

In Kansas, we have an attorney general who is an attorney, a secretary of state who is a constitutional professor, a treasurer who has an MBA. Why don’t we have an insurance commissioner who is an experienced expert in the insurance industry?

I support one candidate — David Powell. He has been an insurance professional for more than 37 years in Kansas and has sold all types of major insurance.

David’s credentials include:

1) He has read the 2,000-plus-page Obamacare law.

2) He has written a book explaining it.

3) He wrote significant legislation blocking federal power over Kansans.

4) He has helped Kansas legislators understand Obamacare.

5) He has issued regular updates on working with Obamacare.

6) He developed an existing solution with doctors called Direct Primary Care to get insurance mandates off Kansans’ backs.

7) He has advanced degrees in insurance.

Kansas Republicans should be concerned and vote in the primary Aug. 5. The wisest and most responsible policies for the state will be implemented with David Powell as the next Kansas insurance commissioner.

Dana Meredith


Coal losses in U.S.

The U.S. has more unmined coal than the rest of the world. Coal is cheap.

We have more emission regulations concerning coal-fired generating plants than most other nations. Eliminating coal-fired energy plants would cause utility bills to increase.

This puts an undue burden on the middle class. Instead, we ship our cheap coal to China, where there are no regulations on emissions like in the U.S.

Wind-powered energy is inefficient and ecologically harmful. The utility companies want the giant windmills so they can charge you for the electricity.

Why not erect your own smaller windmill? Generate your own electricity and sell the excess to the utility company.

The oil companies like hybrid automobiles because hybrids still need gasoline. With an all-electric car, you don’t need gasoline.

Don’t worry. The oil companies would still need to supply lubricants for the brakes and transmission.

Better yet, why don’t we put fans behind the grill on cars to generate the electricity to power the electric motors? You would only need the battery to get you moving. The fan-generator would provide the power.

Patrick Pepple

Lee’s Summit

Streetcar benefits

Streetcars were replaced by buses not because they were unpopular but because the private streetcar lines were owned by corporations with auto, oil and rubber interests. It was more profitable for them to eliminate the competition so they could sell more cars, oil, steel, rubber and other material.

Electric streetcars are much cleaner than diesel buses, and they contribute to economic development. Greater economic development means more jobs. More jobs mean more tax income. More tax income means money to fix roads and sewers.

Those who complain about the investment costs forget that the roads that the buses travel on also cost a lot. The short-term costs would be greatly exceeded by the long-term benefits.

This is not a liberal or conservative issue. Other cities can’t develop regional rail fast enough. They obviously have seen the benefits.

Gary Brush

Kansas City

Merging lanes safely

I am one of those drivers who, when traffic is narrowing because of a lane closure, use the open lane and drive past the line to the front before merging.

The unwritten rule to merge early and line up in a long queue almost inevitably results in traffic moving at different rates, leading to a perceived unfairness among some in line, which could easily result in road rage.

Studies conducted by the Federal Highway Administration and others found that motorists using all available lanes of traffic up to the merge area, then taking turns merging into the open lane, is safer and reduces congestion faster.

I encourage all drivers to search the Internet and inform themselves about the “zipper merge.”

Roderick Becker

Kansas City

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