State voting rights
A July 30 editorial in The Star, “What a great day for protecting voting rights in Kansas and elsewhere,” reported that voter-suppression laws in Kansas, Wisconsin and North Carolina were overturned by judges in those states.
It made my day to read this. Credit should be given to the American Civil Liberties Union for its influence in upholding our American way of life.
Influence from the dark side of Kansas regarding voter suppression in other states (and, unfortunately, as part of the GOP platform) has been quite disturbing.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach argues that the recent decision by the Shawnee County district judge would let people who aren’t U.S. citizens vote in the primary. That is a stupid scare tactic that no intelligent person believes.
Those of us who are familiar with non-citizens know that they stay well away from voting. They are here to provide for their families and would not put themselves in the spotlight of the law by having their name on a ballot before attaining citizenship.
Our misguided secretary of state worries me more than all of the immigrants put together.
Obama on Trump
Shame on you, President Obama.
At a news conference Tuesday, when you said Donald Trump was “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve as president (8-3, A2, “Trump faults some fellow Republicans”), you broke one of the cardinal rules of politics.
You told the truth.
I reject Thomas Friedman categorizing Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump together as so-called “Wall People” (8-2, Commentary, “Global changes divide ‘Web People’ and ‘Wall People’”).
Yes, Sanders and Trump both can be called “anti-establishment,” but otherwise the two could not be more different. The corporate media need to stop suggesting there is any meaningful similarity between them because both are anti-establishment.
It is just wrong.
Sanders is a Web Person. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the value of the web of people across the world and in our country. Our democracy is on life support. In fact, it is a pluto-
cracy controlled by the rich.
We need to overturn Citizens United and make other changes so the entire web of U.S. citizens matters again.
Trump University is a perfect example of how presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will “make America great again.”
According to published reports,” about 9,208 students each paid $1,495 for a three-day seminar. In addition, about 794 of those Trump University students each paid up to $35,000 for the Gold Elite program so they could be transformed by Trump into successful real estate investors.
Some attendees even got their pictures taken with a cardboard cutout of Trump.
Apparently, there was some dissatisfaction with Trump’s promises because there is a class-action lawsuit concerning Trump University. Students of Trump University have alleged they were duped into believing that by paying for the seminars and programs, Trump’s advice would put them on the road to riches.
It appears that instead of becoming wealthy, the Trump University students simply acquired more debt.
The actions of Trump regarding Trump University should be an indication of how he would “make America great again.” Would any of the students of Trump University vote for Trump as president?
Trump seems to make statements as if he were a dictator. Fortunately, we have the legislative branch and the judicial branch in addition to the executive branch.
Register to vote.
Holly John Blythe
Loving KC buses
I recently moved to Kansas City from a small rural community. I discovered the 85 Paseo bus takes me most places I want to go or spots where I can transfer easily.
The drivers are wonderful. The ride is efficient and comfortable. The cost is minimal, and I even got a bus pass to make it less expensive.
I’m learning lots about stores to shop and places to visit. And the best part is I don’t have to drive my car much anymore.
Thank you, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. I’m loving this city.