The Middle East is in flames. Hamas terrorists have fired nearly 5,000 missiles into Israel.
While Hamas military leaders hide safely in underground bunkers, they maliciously use the people of Gaza as human shields, stockpiling weaponry and launching missiles from Gaza’s schools, hospitals and mosques.
Congressman Kevin Yoder has exhibited extraordinary leadership by vigorously supporting Israel in its battle against Hamas terrorism and condemning Hamas’ vicious rocket attacks. A few weeks ago, Rep. Yoder voted to approve an additional $225 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome, a vital missile defense system that has intercepted hundreds of Hamas missiles aimed at Israeli schools and infrastructure, and has saved the lives of thousands of Israeli citizens.
Congressman Yoder understands that Israel not only shares America’s values, it is a vital and reliable ally. And that the United States must stand with Israel, especially at this moment in history when radical Islamist groups such as the Islamic State are gaining strength, and Iran is continuing its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.
We are proud to support Congressman Yoder in his re-election campaign because he is a strong and effective leader for America and a great friend to Israel.
Robert and Miriam Glueck
Danedri Herbert’s Sept. 3 column, “My history is better than theirs,” excoriating The College Board for presenting dumbed-down American history to the “smart kids” is one the dumbest pieces of journalism I have read.
Herbert strikes me as a shallow thinker. My opinion was bolstered after a Google search turned up the fact that in her one of her online posted bios Herbert lists as an achievement winning an award for being the most average person at a camp she attended.
Perhaps someday one of our best and brightest students will take her place in the 913 Opinion section and present logical, well-researched opinion columns to readers.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s assault on our pocketbooks continues, including:
State income taxes are lowered and then sales tax (local and state) promptly rocket upward, significantly affecting the financially pressed middle class, where large expenditures are devoted to buying food and goods for the family.
“Fees” are constantly raised on gas and electric bills, with the middle-class once again on the short end of the stick. Utility fixed costs (which are actually approved by the state) should be apportioned by energy use, not the political clout of lobbyists funneling money to the politicians. That includes utilities lobbying for profits that vastly exceed rates for similar “risk-less” investments.
Forced use of renewable energy (which are actually unneeded new power plants) invariably raises rates, once again gnawing away at the middle-class.
The idea of lowering taxes to improve the economy only works if taxes (both direct and indirect) are actually lowered so folks have more money to spend as they see fit; and state spending is based on reality, not wishful thinking. That is quite clearly not occurring in Kansas under what appears to be a RINO governor.
I have been a supervising judge at voting places in Johnson County for just about every election for the last 12 years and I want to comment on the 913, Aug. 27 letter from Tom Davis. Mr. Davis was disturbed that an elderly gentleman was told he would have to vote provisionally in the late election and to “have his vote sent to the black hole of 15,000 other votes in Kansas.”
Mr. Davis said the gentleman had been “disenfranchised.” I get it that Mr. Davis is opposed to the current state of voter identification laws in Kansas, but he has confused the voter ID issue with the requirement for a provisional ballot.
He didn’t mention why the gentleman was required to vote on a provisional ballot, but it could have been for a number of reasons besides the lack of voter ID he implies.
The gentleman may have moved and not changed his registration. He may have requested an advance ballot by mail.
He may have been in the wrong voting place. There could have been any of a number of reasons, but whatever it was I can assure Mr. Davis that provisional ballots do not go into a “black hole.”
They are all investigated and they are all counted unless there is a valid reason not to do so. I suggest that if Mr. Davis would like to know more about how elections are administered in Johnson County he should volunteer, as my wife and I will, to work at a poll in the next election on Nov. 4.
Hate on display
To the “Republican Hater” who keyed our car when we were attending a Royals’ game on Aug. 29 because of the “Take Back the House” and President Barack Obama bumper stickers on the vehicle, I pity you that you are carrying that much hate. You have just told me that no one can express an opinion except you.
This is the reason I would never vote for a Republican. All Republicans can show is hate.
Why is it that to become a naturalized citizen in our country an immigrant must learn English, know our history and our Constitution, yet none of these subjects are now taught in our dysfunctional public school system?
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