“This is an open letter to the Palestinian people. Do away with Hamas,” writes Matt Johnson, an editorial page intern at The Star. “Its leaders have nothing but savage contempt for the Israelis — as well as the Palestinians who want to live in peace with their neighbors.”
“There are so many bad things about Amendment 7,” writes Missouri Rep. John Lamping of Ladue. “Any one of them is reason enough alone to vote no. This would be the largest tax increase in Missouri’s history. This proposal would increase our state sales tax by 17.75 percent to nearly 5 percent on all taxable purchases.”
“I implore you, leaders of Hamas, let your people find peace and shelter from life’s storms,” writes Arthur Nemitoff, the senior rabbi of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. “And all you have to do to solve the pain of your people? Just stop sending missiles into Israel. Let your people live.”
“The artificial cap on the number of funded graduate medical education positions limits final training opportunities for physicians and thus limits access to care,” writes Marc B. Hahn, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. “This compounds the current primary care physician shortage and has the potential to be the single greatest barrier to accessing quality health care.”
“Rand Paul cynically uses Ronald Reagan’s popularity as a political tool, even though his own policies and inclinations are vastly different,” writes Matt Johnson, an editorial page intern at The Star.
“It’s been 33 years since the skywalks fell at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City on July 17, 1981. I ought to know, I was there with my wife and three relatives,” says Leonard Rose, of Johnson County, who told his story to Heather McMichael of the Skywalk Memorial Foundation.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
“Once a year, have the former U. S. presidents meet and develop a joint statement of what our country should be planning for the next 50 years,” writes Richard “Dick” Muther of Kansas City. “This presentation would address what we as a country, and as a partner in the world, should be focusing on in the distant future.”
“It doesn’t matter if the United States revamps its foreign policy and disengages from the Middle East,” writes Matt Johnson, an editorial page intern at The Star “Members of the Islamic State (and their co-thinkers) are opportunistic fanatics, and they’ll ruthlessly exploit any vacuum of American power — to the ruin of the victims they dominate.”
“Voting yes on both the Transportation Development District and the statewide sales tax ensures that millions in state funding helps to support Kansas City’s transportation growth,” Mayor Sly James writes of the two questions on the Aug. 5 ballot.
Let us set aside for a moment the utter absurdity of the idea that a corporation — a soulless legal fiction created by the state solely to insulate individuals from personal liability — can have a “right” to a religion — any more than such a corporation has a “right” to exercise unregulated free speech by secretly dumping millions into our political system.
“Congressional failure to act to increase the number of H-1Bs available continues to hurt the economy,” writes Roger McCrummen, an immigration lawyer. “This is just one aspect of the complex immigration debate, but it should be the impetus for a comprehensive reform of this outdated system.”
G.A. Buie writes: The most effective way to prevent acts of violence targeted at schools is not arming teachers or principals, but by building trusting relationships with students and others in the community, so threats come to light and can be investigated as appropriate.