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Reduce gun violence

Seat belts don't prevent all car-related deaths. But they certainly help.

Smoke alarms don’t prevent all fire-related deaths. But they certainly help.

And background checks won't stop all bad guys from getting guns. But it would certainly help.

How is this still a debate?

Zach Urton Lake Waukomis Obamacare enrollees

Although the odds were stacked against it, enrollments in the Affordable Care Act surged and exceeded 7 million. How’d that happen? The excuses for what appears to be a favorable outcome by the “repeal not heal” gang are in vogue.

“Not many are actually paying for coverage” is often repeated. The subtext is the enrollees are a bunch of deadbeats.

With the late surge, many have yet to pay as they have not yet received their first bill. States that track this information show 85 to 90 percent have paid on time.

“Most are already covered” is another excuse we’ll hear ad nauseam. That is based on a January survey that indicated that only up to 27 percent had not had prior coverage.

“The survey weighed heavily on off-exchange figures, which often were people merely reinsuring with a previous carrier.” The few states that break out these numbers contradict the survey.

Kentucky says 75 percent of its enrollees had no prior insurance, whereas New York indicated that by mid-February its figures showed 92 percent were not previously insured.

“The White House is cooking the books.” Actually, Fox News was called out for running a misleading graphic regarding enrollment. How’d that happen?

Ken Strange Kansas City Obamacare travesty

I am trying to gain perspective. So 30 million policies (defined as 30 million families) have been canceled, and then in turn 7 million new people enrolling in the Affordable Care Act signals a victory? What a travesty this has become.

Ronald Blum Grandview Alzheimer’s long goodbye

If your loved one or friend is an Alzheimer’s disease patient, this letter will have special meaning for you. My precious beautiful wife, Twila, joins with many other Alzheimer’s disease patients in the Foxwood Springs Community Center Alzheimer’s Department.

They have comfortable confined living facilities and a social worker, doctor and nurses. Trained aides provide excellent care.

Recently while Twila was sleeping, I kissed her cheek three times, and she surprised me by giggling. How I loved that.

I am so thankful that this illness does not hurt. There is very little complaining.

Twila’s loss of memory is so apparent, and it hurts to have her ask sometimes, “Who are you?” Twila’s personal awareness needs help — her ability to speak is mostly gone. Clapping is a part of her repetitive behavior.

How terrible this Alzheimer’s disease is with no cure in sight. Day after day my precious Twila is slowing dying, and I find that tears and weeping come easily.

Doug Sutherland Raymore End KC violence

Recently the mayor of Kansas City was quoted saying the solution to his city's murder problem was for parents to do more parenting, churches to do more churching and nonprofits to do more nonprofiting. He left out the most important group.

Witnesses should do more testifying. Night after night the news is filled with police officers and detectives saying they cannot prosecute a murder without eyewitness testimony.

I must admit I have always been blessed with living in a safe, relatively crime-free neighborhood and city. I never witnessed a murder.

If there is no punishment or even a trial for taking someone’s life there will be no reduction in the crime. Maybe it is fear of retaliation or a code of the community not to come forth.

The last I checked this country had a witness protection program. Why isn't this being used to encourage our citizens to testify? I do know this problem will continue until the environment in which it operates changes.

How many more need to die senselessly before this bloodshed stops?

Joe Lavender Lenexa