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Wages based on value

The subject of pay disparity has been all over the news. The amount of pay for the chief executive and part-time workers are compared. There is never any comment about value.

Companies are in business to make money. Each action taken by the company is to make a profit. The value of each person’s actions in making that profit must be a net positive contribution.

Paying a worker more money for the same effort does not add to the profit. The value of the workers’ contribution to the profit should be reflected in their wage.

The actions by a CEO can have a vast effect. The actions by an hourly part-time line cook are not a major contribution to the whole of the company. Their wages are different and reflect the value of the contribution.

If I am an hourly worker, I must do something to add value to get a raise. Supervision, new computer skills or something to make a larger contribution of value. It must be on me to provide more to get more.

Richard Blaisdell

Kansas City

Rights of U.S. citizens,1962 and now

In 1962 I had a high school freshman citizenship class. The country was entering an intense period of civil rights struggles and a period in which the promises of the Constitution would be demanded by those who were denied because of race and economic circumstances.

That period for me was a living history lesson. 2014 is a replay of that era.

Regionally we have Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach impersonating Bull Connor with his voter suppression campaign aimed at African Americans and Latinos in Kansas.

Missouri has an avid voter suppression effort embedded in the state Senate led by the Senate Republican leadership.

My citizenship class labeled voter suppression directed at minorities as “overt racism” and voter suppression directed at seniors, younger voting age people and those who have economic difficulties as “class disenfranchisement.”

Those are big words for people in power screwing you out of your right to vote. Standing around like sheep and letting a group take your citizenship rights must not be an option for minorities, older Americans, young voters and those who work in lower paying jobs.

No one should be the target for voter suppression. Citizenship should be accompanied with guaranteed rights.

Paul Comerford

Blue Springs

Where’s the waterservice, KC?

We had no water one evening earlier this month. It really shouldn’t be such a surprise because small leaks have been evident for years and were not heeded.

After a large gusher on my street and many calls from the neighbors, the water was turned off three hours later, and then the repair crew left. I mean totally left the area.

Over the years the Kansas City Water Services Department has spent thousands of dollars in mailers telling us how good they are doing. I suggest they spend some of that money on notes to the affected clients because I afterward I could not reach anyone and at the time had no idea when or even if service would resume.

Or is it that they really don’t care?

Gerald Foley

Kansas City

Game time TV ads; what aboutthe kids?

It’s been 29 years, and my family is excited about Royals baseball. We’ve been to Kauffman Stadium this year and enjoyed the atmosphere.

But we watched the American League Championship Series on TBS and were appalled at the atmosphere. TBS has obviously decided that its ads are for adult audiences only.

I sent the following to Major League Baseball:

“I am extremely disappointed in the ‘adult’ advertisements being offered during the American League Championship Series. I am specifically appalled by the Cialis, Family Dad and ‘mile high club’ ads.

“Have you decided that children shouldn’t watch? Have you had to explain to your child/grandchild what the ads are for?

“I see a ball tossed to a kid in the stands, and the announcer says something like, ‘There’s a kid with a forever memory.’ But my kids got a whole different memory from the TV!”

Major League Baseball and the Royals work very hard to make the “K” a family-friendly venue. What a shame they forfeited that atmosphere to the highest bidder.

James Freed


Obama’s progress: Things are getting better

There seem to be many people who would slander the current president. This is strange because he is far and above better than his predecessor in almost every aspect.

The previous president pulled us so far into the black abyss of despair and hopelessness that even his own party didn't want him anywhere near their last political convention. Now, albeit slowly, the economy is coming back, the deficit is going down, profits are going up and medical costs are dropping.

Now this, of course, I did not get from Fox News. Everything isn't rosy yet, but it really is getting better.

The Affordable Care Act program is even doing better than expected, and more people are able to cover their own medical expense rather than having the rest of us ante up for their share of the cost.

Now if the top 1 percent would start dribbling their money down like we've been told they do, the country would be up to full speed in no time at all. Soon all those people who are crying, oh woe is us, will have to give in and say, happy days are here again.

Richard C. Lumpkin

Prairie Village

Kudos to The Star photographers

I have enjoyed play of every game of the Kansas City Royals post season. But the icing on the cake are the fantastic photos in The Star.

Too few readers bother to read the small print that lists the photographers. Special hats off to David Eulitt, John Sleezer and the other photographers whose action shots bring life to the printed matter.

Go Royals!

Steve Katz