Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on terrorism, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Keystone pipeline

Terrorism, guns

A Feb. 15 article, “Denmark shootings stir fears of terror,” reported yet another in a long line of terrorist attacks.

How ironic and sad to see an adjacent ad for a “Gun and Knife Show Sale!” with “Wholesale Ammo!” and “Handguns Galore!”

Only in America.

Shane Smith


Keystone pipeline

I’m puzzled as to why there is such a clamor for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Do those who are pushing for approval of the project not understand that this involves a Canadian company wanting to transport Canadian oil across the United States to our ports on the Gulf Coast so it can be shipped to other countries?

Let me repeat that “shipped to other countries.” There never was a plan to have any of the oil stay in the United States for our use.

One of the bogus arguments in support of the project is that the venture will create jobs. Actually, much of the labor will be Canadian, not American.

The few American jobs will be short-term, temporary positions, and for that limited benefit, if a person can call it a benefit, we are taking on all of the risks that are a part this adventure. Most notably are the risks of oil spills or leakage of oil into our groundwater.

Is it really worth it?

I don’t think so, unless, of course, you own stock in the Canadian company.

David Briggs

Basehor, Kan.

Brownback trouble

When my sons were young, I always stressed an important lesson: “At this stage in our evolution, we humans are all hypocrites.”

Deciding how big of a hypocrite you will be is one of the most important choices a person could ever make.

It amazes me that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touts morality and family values when much of what he has done is immoral and damaging to Kansas families.

Much of what trickles down from Brownback’s policies totally disregards the plight of most citizens and favors a select few. If Brownback went before the head of his adopted church, Pope Francis would give him detention at best.

Armand Way


Conservative win

As a conservative I was pleased with the midterm election results. I believe that many of our nation’s problems can be best addressed with conservative approaches.

However, it appears that the major direction that the Republicans wish to advance is toward continuous war. There is a movement to demonize Russia as well as China.

There is no adequate reason for these countries to be enemies when they could be friends.

The Republicans are pushing for additional military involvement in the Middle East. No one in our country has a clear grasp of what is going on in Muslim countries.

We need to treat them like an epidemic, isolate, and stay away.

These are Middle Eastern problems. Let the people there sort out what type of world they want to live in and forget trying to form them in our image, a fool’s errand.

George J. McLiney Jr.

Kansas City

Chasing butterflies

Your Feb. 13 article, “Push to save the monarch is taking wing,” did not connect all the dots.

We are now going to spend $3.2 million in tax dollars to recreate habitats for the monarchs, while we continue to pass out agricultural subsides to destroy the species?

Planting 200,000 acres doesn’t appear feasible. It sounds like another monoculture approach.

Our milkweed is in patches in our pastures and in fence and hedge rows. City dwellers, travel some rural roads, and you’ll see no fence rows, and farmers are now removing the hedge rows.

Why? More acres will be for subsidized corn and soybeans. Remember, taxpayers are also subsidizing farmers’ crop insurance.

I have a neighbor who even sprays the state right of way bordering his field, which kills milkweed, elderberry and other broad-leaf plants. Why is he allowed to kill these plants?

We all know our processed food is subsidized by tax dollars. I hope the next analysis includes the $3.2 million for milkweed.

For those concerned, you can vote with your dollars every time you pick up your fork. Buy and support local real-food producers.

Art Ozias

Centerview, Mo.

Thanks go to Obama

Give thanks to President Barack Obama for destroying the Democratic Party.

In December 2008, the Democrats had picked up 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. However, Obama gave the House and the Senate back to the Republicans, completely exposing liberals and progressives for what they are.

Sadly, every generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well.

Liberals tax, borrow and spend. Liberals want to take over the economy. Liberals want to run your life completely because you are too stupid to do it yourselves.

Thank Obama for rejuvenating the conservative movement.

His amazing leadership has divided America like never before and sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law-abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a stimulus to sporting goods franchises.

Thank Obama for awaking the American people to see that no smooth-talking teleprompter reader and community organizer can fool them forever.

Thank you, Obama, for the kind of hope and change we desperately needed.

Thomas Hay

Kansas City

Library’s disrespect

I think security in the downtown Kansas City library is ridiculous.

Every five to seven minutes, a security guard (either with a white shirt or yellow jacket) walks by on all floors to watch people. Even in jail people aren’t monitored that closely.

I believe this over-monitoring isn’t because of any foreseen threat as much as it is disrespect to the poor and homeless people whom library personnel regularly wake up.

Is it really that big of a deal if someone doses off as long as he is sitting up and not snoring? I don’t think so, but obviously the library does.

When I said to one of the security guards that people aren’t watched this closely in jail, he laughed at me and said if I don’t like it then I should feel free to leave and not come back.

This remark and the Kansas City Public Library are inappropriate in this regard.

The library is financially supported by the community. It’s not a private company to be intimating to patrons.

What the security guards are looking for (or warning people about) isn’t anything important that would harm any person or property.

I call it disrespect without just cause.

Kay Collins


Keystone XL risk

The Keystone XL pipeline would be more than 1,100 miles long and 36 inches in diameter.

What would prevent loonies, disgruntled people or terrorists from blowing up a few sections of it on some dark, moonless night, making one of the biggest environmental disasters we’ve ever seen?

However, protecting the pipeline would make jobs for a few thousand security guards, right?

Robert Harsh


Ambulance humor

I recently had to call for an ambulance because the pain I was having was so excruciating that I could not walk. The emergency responders came to my apartment on Paseo Boulevard, and they were extraordinarily nice.

After they checked me and told me I would live, their humorous attitude made me forget that I had pain and that they were emergency medical technicians. They certainly know how to make a patient forget her illness for a while.

They were laughing and joking with my sister and me but still taking care of business. Even though we didn’t take the ambulance, they helped me get into my sister’s car for the trip to the hospital.

Thank you.

Brett and Evan, you two are assets to the Kansas City ambulance service.

Roberta Steele

Kansas City