Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on mental health, VP debate, candidate selection

Mental health bill

Mental health legislation (known as the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act) passed the U.S. House nearly unanimously recently, and I would like to thank Congressman Kevin Yoder for his leadership in helping remove a few really bad provisions from the bill.

Through his leadership, several provisions that would have harmed people with mental illness were removed or fixed. This protected the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness program.

These changes will ensure access to this important federal program that provides free legally based advocacy to protect the rights of people with mental illness.

Even though the bill is not perfect, the protections will at least be maintained.

The PAIMI program was incredibly helpful for me personally. I am pleased it will continue to help other Kansans thanks to those important changes Congressman Yoder helped make.

Nancy Jensen


Kaine in debate

Well, after the vice presidential debate it is pretty clear why Tim Kaine was chosen as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate (10-5, A13, “Kaine, Pence clash over the merits of their tickets”). He was rude, crude and with a total lack of manners. Imagine that guy with the nuke button in his hands.

Wayne Miller

Lone Jack

Baby sitter pick

Admittedly, I have been on the fence on my vote for president in November. I worked out a real-life scenario to see whether it would clear up my decision.

I imagined that I had to attend an event and needed a baby sitter for my children. I had two options.

The first option was someone with very little baby-sitting experience who promised me that my home and children would be better off than they have ever been before.

“How?” I asked.

“Just trust me,” he replied.

The second option had years of baby-sitting experience, knew all my neighbors and if there were a problem could count on them coming to assist her.

When I evaluated the choices, it became very clear which baby sitter I would choose.

John Thomsen


Voting for change

Many would argue that Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach are the worst politicians to ever hold their offices in Kansas. The financial damage and embarrassment that both have inflicted upon the state have garnered infamy nationwide.

They have many things in common, but the most important is they both sport an “R” behind their names.

They won’t be on the ballot this year, but many others are. When Election Day arrives and Kansas voters review their ballots, they should remember the adage that insanity is doing the same thing again and again but expecting a different outcome.

If voters like what these guys and their party have done to the state and want more of it, by all means they should check the boxes next to the names with the “R” behind them.

But if voters want a change in this state’s direction, they must not vote for the party that brought us Brownback and Kobach.

David Troup

Manhattan, Kan.

American steel

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has continued to speak about all the jobs we have lost to foreign countries, especially China.

He has been speaking in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin about the loss of jobs in the steel and aluminum industries to China.

Trump failed to mention to the workers when he visited plants praising the quality of American steel and aluminum that he used steel and aluminum made in China to build at least two of his last three construction projects. Just as it is claimed he is “brilliant” and a “genius” for using tax laws to avoid paying federal taxes for almost 20 years, he will claim he is “brilliant” for keeping costs down on his buildings by using cheaper steel and aluminum from China.

I wonder whether steel and aluminum workers who have lost their jobs would consider this “brilliant.”

Trump could have used American steel and aluminum, putting more money into the American economy and saving jobs, but instead was only concerned about his bottom line.

He continues to claim his buildings come in under budget, so one has to wonder what American products he actually uses in his buildings.

Karen Lane