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Obamacare goal

This month our president performed a victory lap in the Rose Garden for making his self-imposed goal of 7 million enrollees in his signature program, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Big deal.

How embarrassing to make such a big deal of such a mediocre accomplishment. Signing up for Obamacare was not even a choice, much less a popular choice.

It was required by law. Not only was this goal established by President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius but with no verification from any other sources.

The end date was changed several times. Obama also had to resort to a last-minute advertising campaign, costing taxpayers money to encourage people to enroll.

Running a victory lap over such a nominal accomplishment would be like throwing a parade for our Kansas City Royals finishing a season over .500.

I hope this reporting of reaching a goal is correct. After all, the man has lied to us on other occasions. Why should he stop now?

Joe Lavender Lenexa Question dodged

This month I received a call from Rep. Kevin Yoder’s office to participate in his online forum. I jumped through “the hoops” to participate.

My question concerned the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on funding for political campaigns. I was put on the queue and waited.

All of those who were before me had questions based on conservative views and were easily answered. At the end I was told to remain on the line as my question would be considered.

Thirty-five seconds later, I was disconnected. There was no number to re-call in order to reconnect.

What does our representative have to fear concerning funding?

John Nelles Shawnee Trash cans in Lenexa

Woop!! Woop!! Woop!! Now hear this, now hear this:

All is well in Lenexa except for trash cans on the loose. Proper trash can storage is the most pressing problem this suburb of Kansas City is facing (4-9, 913, “Trash collection issue prompts review of how Lenexa policies affect those with disabilities”).

No issues with basic city services, no problems maintaining infrastructure, and all crimes have been solved. Everything is fine in Lenexa. It has to be.

The city has a “community standards supervisor” to make sure things like wayward trash cans are addressed and if necessary bench warrants are sworn out for trash cans in front of a house, for crying out loud.

This is just one more example of people (and bureaucrats) with too much time on their hands and not enough sense. Give some people a 5-cent tin badge and they think they’re Barney Fife, hot on the trail of desperadoes.

Gotta nip these things in the bud, ya know!!

Lane Sekavec De Soto Women as pawns

As they say, the third time is a charm. I ask, how many times do Republicans need to make it clear to the women in this country that they do not believe in equal pay for equal work for women?

Ladies, three times now Republicans in the Senate have filibustered to even debate this bill. Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas stated, “Many ladies I know feel like they are being used as pawns and find it condescending that Democrats are trying to use this issue as a political distraction from the failures of their economic policies.”

Congresswoman Jenkins, I don’t know what women you are speaking with, but as a working woman myself, I along with other women I know believe in equal pay. We don’t feel like pawns.

Actually, we believe in equal pay for equal work. Women make up half the workforce in this country, and one can only hope women finally understand who is actually fighting for their economic future. It sure isn’t Republicans.

Every single Republican in the Senate voted to end debate on this bill. In other words, Republicans feel equal pay for women isn’t even worth their time to debate.

Karen Lane Overland Park Pope’s guidance

It must be very difficult for a Catholic archbishop, especially one who has tasted power for years, including a term as head of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, to bow to the wishes of parishioners in his archdiocese and decide to sell his new $2.2 million mansion. But that is just what Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has done, and I admire him for it.

This decision comes in the wake of Pope Francis’ consistent admonition to bishops in his first year in office to grow closer and listen more to the people. Archbishop Gregory says the pope has “called us to live more simply.”

Notably, the archbishop acknowledged that he was “disappointed” in himself for his decision to build the luxurious mansion because during the previous nine years he felt he had grown very close to his people. “I think this decision is an aberration rather than a pattern,” he said.

What a refreshing and restorative effect this action and these comments can have on Catholics all over America. We have become alarmed by a clerical culture that has allowed so many otherwise committed men, once they are in positions of church leadership, to forget that they should be servants of their people, rather than kingly figures at the head of the line.

Maybe the pope’s own behavior will motivate more bishops to follow Francis’ example in their dioceses. In the meantime, Catholics like me are grateful for the many ways in which Pope Francis continues to exert a wonderfully positive influence on our church and rejoice in this powerful witness now given by an American bishop.

Janelle Lazzo Roeland Park