Letters to the Editor

Readers discuss debate, election, Kansas tax cuts, cops and crime

No debate

Debate Sunday night? What debate? A circus would be a more accurate description.

Our fractured political process fails the citizens of our country and fails to inspire the rest of the world. Instead of a model of democracy, we are now an object of ridicule and amusement.

We need leaders interested in serving our country and not their narrow selves.

Tom Owens

Kansas City

Trump’s run

Disaffected, working-class white voters hoping to ride the Donald Trump train all the way to the White House better buckle their seat belts. The engineer of “Make America Great Again” is close to driving the train off the rails.

During the Republican primaries, Trump was the invincible “Teflon Don.” His racist remarks and ugly insults directed at Mexican immigrants, Muslims and Megyn Kelly had pundits predicting Trump had sent his campaign into a self-perpetuating death spiral.

Instead, Trump dispatched his Republican opponents. But since the party conventions ended, exasperated Republicans have watched Trump ricochet from one headline-grabbing gaffe to another.

Picking a fight with a Gold Star mother was mind-blowingly stupid and shattered Republican Party insiders’ hopes that Trump could disguise himself as an acceptable politician.

In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party ascended to power by scapegoating Jews, inciting rabid nationalism and promising to make Germany great again. That kind of demagoguery won’t work in America.

There is nothing inspiring or reassuring about Trump. We would no more elect Mafioso John Gotti or convicted con man Bernie Madoff than a thug like Donald Trump.

Jeffrey Bushman

Kansas City

Clinton’s deceit

Our presidential choices are Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. We know about Trump.

Everyday the liberal/Democrat/socialist columnists and editorial writers tell us of the shortcomings of Trump. Evidently, the aforementioned people are quite comfortable with Clinton, a habitual liar and someone who should have been prosecuted for mishandling classified material to cover her tracks.

That has been her strategy as first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate. Attempting to get a truthful answer from Clinton is like nailing down jello. Witness the Benghazi hearings, the misuse of state department emails, etc.

Clinton brings up Trump’s tax returns from the 1990s. He had massive losses and did not pay taxes. Anyone familiar with the U.S. tax code knows that if people, businesses or corporations make money, they pay taxes. If they don’t make money, they don’t pay taxes and can spread those losses over time.

I think the more interesting subject is how Bill and Hillary Clinton managed to propel themselves into the top 1 percent of the nation’s wealthy when they left the White House broke. Yet they amassed millions.

Bud Frye


Where’s Stein?

“Our Flawed Process” reads the headline for Sunday (10-9, 1A). Scott Canon and Dave Helling forgot one vital component to this process: the media.

Where are the headlines about the incredible presidential candidate Jill Stein? Where is the media coverage anywhere for this viable Green Party candidate?

If the media would step up to the plate and give her the coverage she more than deserves, we the people would have an alternative candidate who could very well win. She not only sticks to the issues but presents sound solutions to many of our problems.

I appreciate The Star’s editorials. Coming from a paper that is not afraid to speak up in these editorials, I find it mystifying that Jill Stein’s candidacy is absent from daily viewing.

I think if more of the media took more of a stand against the status quo, the flaws would more quickly be remedied.

Beth Anne Mansur


Middle East wars

Every day, there are bombings in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries where Shiites and Sunnis battle one another. There is such division in these countries that it seems no one is strong enough to bridge the divide and make the countries safe for both sects.

Is it impossible for both sides to ever come to a peace arrangement? Who will be the one to lead the compromises and get both sides to the table? Fighting and killing seem to be the only solutions right now, and they are not working.

The U.S. has been fighting for 13 years and is trying to help bring stability to the region. Has it worked? Simply, no.

We have spent lives and resources with no results to show for it but more of the same problems as when we starting fighting. The best solution will be for the two religious sides to begin the peace process.

How many more lives must be lost before everyone says enough is enough?

I, for one, hope the world will come to the realization that there has to be peace in the region, and it has to come from the people who live there.

Gene Zwolinski


Sen. Blunt assist

Although my husband and I try to vote in most major elections, we don’t consider ourselves to be political people. However, our family recently endured a crisis and has decided to speak out.

For years, our son has taught elementary education overseas. While working in the United Arab Emirates in 2010, he experienced something common for foreigners: His passport was stolen. He took the necessary steps to resolve the issue, and we thought that was the end of his passport problems.

A few years later, my husband and I received a shocking call from our son, who was detained while passing through the UAE while returning to his teaching position in Egypt. He was accused of acquiring $90,000 in defaulted loans — a serious crime.

My prayer was answered when I received a call from Sen. Roy Blunt’s office. He and his staff were in almost daily contact with us during our son’s 17-day ordeal.

Thanks to Blunt and his staff, our son was able to prove he had fallen victim to identity theft, and he was freed.

During these troubled times, we need more leaders in Washington who, like Blunt, truly care about the people they represent.

Carolyn Novak

Kansas City

Presidential choices

Being a retired union worker and devoted Democrat for 33 years, I didn’t think any Republican candidate could sway my vote. This election, I have to ask myself, should I vote for an ignorant pompous liar or a well-versed intelligent liar?

Christopher Brunner

Oak Grove

Broken world

We live in a broken world. Evil has become the norm. Truth has been substituted for opinion. Feelings supersede fact. Relativism replaces conviction.

Blame-shifting instead of taking personal responsibility. Entitlement versus hard work. Enabling rather than allowing natural consequences.

Jumping to conclusions versus rational thought. All or nothing thinking instead of finding compromise. Selfies versus serving. Pride replacing humility. Hate over love. Division instead of unity.

What is the solution? It starts with you and me. Offer faith, hope, love and acceptance. Of course, the greatest of these is love.

Barry McAnulty

Lee’s Summit

45th president

The choice for our 45th president is among Democratic nominee crooked Hillary Clinton, a person many do not trust; Republican nominee dangerous Donald Trump, a person even more think is unfit to hold the office; and libertarian Gary Johnson, a person no one knows.

If the next administration doesn’t destroy the country, the 46th president should be the amazing Michelle Obama. Is it too late to elect her now?

Steve Barnhart

Kansas City

Kansas experiment

It’s reality check time: Scientifically, whenever an experiment is started, serious record keeping is done. Should the experiment show it’s not working as planned, or causes consequences detrimental to who or whatever is under the experiment’s umbrella, the experiment is stopped and everything returned to pre-experiment levels.

That’s not happening with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s experiment. Nothing that was projected to happen as a result of his experiment has happened, but instead of stopping the experiment, and restoring things to pre-experiment levels, the failed experiment continues. Not only is it continuing, the controller of the experiment states it isn’t failing, then buries his head in the sand.

Come Nov. 8, Kansas residents can vote out people who supported that failed experiment, and vote in people with the courage to stop the experiment, reverse it and return Kansas to the state it was in prior to that experiment, when it was doing just fine. Bottom line: Get out and vote.

John Ekstromer


Cops, crime

I feel compelled to expound upon a letter (10-7, 12A, “End gun violence”) suggesting a higher police presence at night to deter violence. He’s right.

The solution to our inner city’s problems isn’t less police, as Black Lives Matter would have you believe. We need more cops in our low-income, minority communities, which are most vulnerable to violence.

Until the neighborhoods are safe, no one will invest in business or jobs there. No one will move back and pay property taxes, which can fund better education.

Crime is the root of the East Side’s problems, and unless we curb it, no significant progress will be seen.

On another note, let’s stop blaming police for the problems of crime and violence. Let’s stop labeling all cops as racist because of isolated incidents.

Our police are employed to stop crime, and no institution cares more about black lives than the police.

John Sulzer

Kansas City