Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on Congress, faith, iPads in classrooms

Greed in Congress

To all of my family members, friends and Facebook friends, I have decided to not invest any more energy in Congress and the Republicans who control it. They have targeted the Latino “Dreamers” and the families of “Dreamers” with their anti-immigration efforts.

I will not be part of any more things having to do with that direction that Congress is taking or with any like-minded people who are running for office in 2016.

I will use 100 percent of my time for my family plus prayer.

Prayers are stronger than bullets, and faith is stronger than any army. After the midterm elections in 2014, it looks as if the rich and powerful men and women will control the men and women who hold seats in Congress.

The previous officeholders left without doing anything to help middle-class families, the young and the old. Millionaires now make up more than half the people in Congress.

May God help us all with all the greed and money affecting the people who run our government.

Florentino Camacho Jr.

Kansas City

Questions of faith

Let’s start with two premises. God is the infinite and eternal totality of existence. Existence is the infinite and eternal totality of God.

Logical reasoning would conclude that God and existence are one and the same.

The definitions of infinite and eternal place God and existence beyond human comprehension. Faith-based religion and knowledge-based science are means developed by man for understanding that which ultimately cannot be comprehended.

Religion, unlike science, seeks to go beyond understanding. It prescribes sacred rules for human interactions that apply to the individual, the family and even to government.

These rules aren’t always in harmony with those developed by such secular processes as democracy and representative government with individual rights.

They may even conflict with secular, non-democratic governments. However, it’s interesting that throughout most of the history of governments, religion has been a willing supporter of totalitarianism when the form of government served its interests.

Today, the Western world is rightfully alarmed by radical convolutions of non-democratic governments and religion. Even those convolutions that aren’t radical and aren’t violent can pose a challenge for secular democratic governments that value individual rights.

Which is more important? Your religious belief or my right to reject your belief?

Eddie J. Thomas


iPads in classrooms

Do administrators realize that iPads aren’t being used in schools the way they’re supposed to be used? As the school year has gone by, I have realized how much the iPads have cost me time-wise.

Homework used to be just pulling out a packet or a piece of paper and a pencil and just sitting down to do it. Now, kids are forgetting to charge their iPads, back up the data and even bring their iPads to school.

It has definitely gotten out of hand. In my opinion, iPads should never have come to mind.

While filling out the permission sheet for this letter, I misspelled my own name. As betanews.com states, “If used improperly, iPads can be a serious distraction in the classroom.”

In my classes there are at least two students off track because of their iPads. To add to all of that, some students have been keeping their games after they were told to delete all of them.

Behind the teachers’ backs, the games are played, and no work gets done. Many iPads have been broken as well.

All in all, iPads really slow us down and take from our knowledge of the world around us.

Isabelle Zukaitis

Mission Hills

Americans, wealth

Questions of class have moved from the world of social sciences into that of political posturing. Suddenly we hear champions of the middle class in their presumed war with the wealthy upper class, which may or may not exist.

Unfortunately, comparisons based on middle class and upper class, defining the two only by gross incomes, can lead to misleading conclusions. Using broader data, recognizing a distinctly separate working-class sector would seem to be a more appropriate approach.

Low-income individuals are frequently unemployed or underemployed, typically suffering from limited educations or lack of marketable skills. Working classes commonly depend on secondary school educations, working in manufacturing, sales and service, but some also acquire added marketable skills. Included are skilled-trade workers, functional managers and technically trained factory workers.

Middle-class people are typically well-educated and well-paid. They often provide professional or other valuable skills. These include doctors, lawyers, CPAs, CEOs and such, as well as major business or farm owners, business managers, teachers and public administrators.

Upper class includes a “new money” subclassification based on those having created extreme personal wealth. Another subgroup identifies those who combine existing wealth with a significant level of recognized social importance.

Ron McGee

Overland Park

Brownback logic

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is no fool. He knows what he is doing.

He is giving a return on investment to his investors. He is the perfect plutocratic Pinocchio.

And, by the way, true conservatives do not support plutocracy or theocracy, for that matter.

Jeff Forker

Overland Park

Good taxes matter

No one likes taxes, especially federal taxes. Yet, our income tax is more progressive than sales or property taxes.

Higher taxes on those who can most afford to pay is a wise investment.

Why? Because taxes on the poor and lower middle-class reduce consumerism. Demand of spending stirs the fires of industry.

Taxes on those with the most is a win-win situation because more government spending often first returns to those who control the wealth to start with, the top 1 percent.

Who has the most to gain from a healthy economy? The richest of course.

Who benefits most from better roads and bridges? Business people of course.

Without higher taxes, everyone loses.

The Star has pointed out many times how Kansas’ economy failed when Gov. Sam Brownback reduced taxes on the wealthy. Higher tax states have rebounded faster from the Great Recession.

Don’t call it income redistribution. Call it income reinvestment.

Dave West


Obama’s successes

The critical, political tsunami against President Barack Obama has caused a lot of his supporters to wonder what is happening to our leader.

Criticism begets criticism.

But before discouragement sets in, remember 2008 and 2012. Obama is the only president since Dwight D. Eisenhower who won more than 50 percent of the popular vote in two elections.

And President Obama’s re-election was an Electoral College landslide.

President Obama is a worldwide rock star with supporters and fans in the millions.

Critics get so much attention, like fingernails on a blackboard. It hurts your ears but accomplishes absolutely nothing. Critics are the minority.

Our president is doing just fine. And he will continue to do well because he knows whom he is serving. And he keeps a sharp focus on his responsibility.

He is my president and your president, regardless of any tantrum a critic may throw.

Reggie Marselus


Kudos to The Star

My husband and I have taken The Kansas City Star continuously since we were married almost 54 years ago. And our present carrier, Darrell Johnson, is the best carrier we’ve ever had.

He delivers our paper early, between 5 and 6 a.m., so that we can enjoy reading it with our first cup of coffee each morning. In addition, the paper is in the middle of the driveway without fail.

We are grateful for Darrell Johnson’s attentive service, which enriches our lives every single day.

Sara Colt

Mission Hills