Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on third-party candidates, tax leak, payday loans, sales tax hike

Alternative ticket

I am a previous diehard Hillary Clinton fan. She made me, at 29 years old, want to register to vote in 2008.

Now, eight years later, the thought of voting for the Democratic presidential nominee makes my stomach ill. She no longer has my trust or respect.

Until a few months ago, I was ready to sit out and refuse to vote. Then I saw a story about Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. Since learning of them, I have been asking everyone to at least look into the Johnson-Weld Libertarian ticket.

Most recently, I have been badgering people to help try to get them up to 15 percent in the polls so they can debate. If you receive a call from a pollster or see an online poll, choose Johnson. That doesn’t have to be your final vote.

Both are former two-term Republican governors who were elected in heavily Democrat states. Both have more elected experience than Clinton or GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Happily, neither has an explosive personality or lacks character. Their team delivers a strong message of fiscal responsibility and combines it with a socially tolerant core.

If you feel middle-of-the-road, these two gentlemen could be just what you need.

Erica Lisenby


Illegal tax leak

I find it rather odd that laws are broken and the media’s only concern is whether the victim deserved it (10-2, A16, “Trump’s taxes for 1995 show massive loss”).

Someone apparently leaked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return (law violated) and passed it to The New York Times, which published the results (another law violated).

The Department of Justice has shown no interest in enforcing the laws, and all the media can talk about is the information illegally leaked and published that showed a person lawfully reported losses and was not assessed taxes.

So the only party that acted lawfully is the party that is tried and convicted in the media.

The Department of Justice seems to be President Barack Obama’s personal cops who enforce laws only against a person or entity that is not liberal.

In what world does this seem right? I know, for liberals, the ends justify the means. That’s sad.

Tony Hawkins

Kansas City

Trump’s cabinet

Hoping that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would surround himself with good, intelligent people whose interests align with the good of the nation is supreme folly.

Whom do most individuals surround themselves with? With like-minded people. People of good character, just like themselves. God-fearing people whom they can trust, people who will have their back, people who won’t take advantage of their shortcomings or ignorance. It’s the “birds of a feather” analogy.

Trump, too, would surround himself with people who think and act like him: people with vendettas, people who use Twitter as a hammer, people who let others get under their skin at the slightest provocation. People who are schoolyard bullies.

Trump has displayed a disregard for the facts, and he is not comfortable around smart, intelligent and competent people. Trump always has to feel superior to those around him.

Just look at his Mr. Invisible vice-presidential choice, Mike Pence. And, like most of us, Trump would surround himself with exactly these kind of people.

Tom Davis


Election Day

Are the American people right to believe Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has never done anything good for them? Or would they be right to believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has tried to help people in the United States and around the world live better lives?

So the question is, What is right?

Melvin Robinson

Kansas City

To Russia with love

If Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is losing in the middle of this month, he will drop out because he does not like to be fired. His next move would be to go to Russia and run for office, because he thinks the Russians are doing everything right.

If you don’t believe me, just ask him what he said.

Russell Taylor

Blue Springs

Payday loans

I was glad to see your article on payday loans (10-5, A8, “Payday loan mogul’s $1.3 billion judgment is record FTC penalty”). I find the practices of these companies vile.

Their efforts are aimed at the poor and at getting customers to pay off loans and immediately renew those loans, which becomes a vicious cycle.

But I’d also like to say that Rep. Kevin Yoder received two significant contributions from the payday loan business after he sponsored legislation that would loosen restrictions on the business.

He espouses Christian values. Unfortunately, he ignores the belief in helping the poor rather than repressing them.

Dennis Courser


No sales tax boost

Say no to sales-tax increases until they are removed from essential food items. The slick Johnson County booklet mailed to our homes urged our safety-conscious residents to add “just an infinitesimal amount” to the current sales tax.

The three illustrated examples were a $20 T-shirt, a $400 TV and a $898 refrigerator. Where was the yearly amount we pay for celery, milk, eggs, butter, etc.?

This regressive fee should be eliminated. Kansans pay the highest food tax in our country. If need be, keep the tax on soft drinks and non-essentials. There are other more equitable resources to tap.

Alice Carroll

Overland Park

Debate or brawl?

Sunday night’s debate was the most egregious example of politics by personality that we have seen in recent times. There are real problems in our world that need the attention of competent visionaries and leaders.

Was there a glimpse of that in Sunday night’s brawl of personality flaws?

Party platforms are supposed to help us know what to expect from the folks we elect. True, the platforms are boring to read, and it would be helpful to have a thoughtful clarification of the differences between the parties.

But Sunday night’s brawl was no help. But I would guess the media ratings were high.

Should I be grateful for that? Is that really what’s at stake in our world?

Robert J. Carlson

Overland Park

Kander on guns

The Second Amendment has been the hot topic in this year’s U.S. Senate race in Missouri, and it was started by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander’s gun stunt ad.

During the Missouri Press Association debate, one of the moderators said his newspaper’s readers don’t understand why the ability to use a gun is necessary for a candidate running for public office.

I found it interesting that in his answer, Kander said he would take his Army marksmanship badge over a political rating any day. The “political rating” he was talking about is his rating from the National Rifle Association that is based on voting records. Kander’s rating? F.

Kander is trying to cover up his abysmal record of defending the Second Amendment by saying he owns a gun. What difference does that make? Does Kander think Missourians will believe he will protect our right to bear arms because he owns a gun?

Gun owners in Missouri have a clear choice in the U.S. Senate race. Roy Blunt has fought to defend our Second Amendment rights. Kander loves his gun.

But yours? That’s another question.

Pat Lehman

Lee’s Summit

Constitution Party

My fellow Americans, I too am so disgusted with the nominees of the major parties that I can’t remember ever being so angry. I have, though, found a solution to the problem, as I have found a candidate who will bring this country back to where the Founding Fathers envisioned it to be.

I am talking about Darrell Castle. He is the candidate for the Constitution Party, and I believe that he deserves the support of all the people who are sick and tired of the same old stuff that has been coming from Washington, D.C. If all those against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would vote for Castle, this election would be won by him.

Look him up, check him out and see why I have decided to vote for him. No one has to just go with the status quo and accept that this is the way it is.

We can use our common sense and vote for the best candidate who we think would do our country good. If you are like me, then do what is right and vote for Castle/Scott Bradley Constitution Party candidates and take this country back.

Barton L. Bedwell


Life goes on

Like most people, I engage in discussions regarding the pros and cons of various political candidates. It is something of an American tradition.

A stumbling block to these discussions is the lack of personal knowledge about the candidates. We have only glimpses of their public personas, and, like all of us, they tend to put their best foot forward in public. We all tend to reveal our true personalities in the privacy of homes and families.

Too much of what we hear about a candidate comes from biased sources. Advertisements placed by the candidates or political action committees tend to overstate the qualities of their favored candidates while portraying the opposition as poorly as possible. Neither portrayal is completely honest.

I try to keep in mind that the day after the election, I will go about my daily activities in the normal fashion. The Earth will continue to spin on its axis, and my personal future will not rely on elected officials. Life will go on.

Mike Hanrahan

Cameron, Mo.