Voting on Saturdays
Some letter writers have suggested we should move election days to Saturdays and not close schools that often are used as polling places.
Many European countries vote on Sundays. It works well. The fewest voters are working, and it makes it easier to get people out to vote.
Why not try something that is proven to work?
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What is going on in Topeka? Have they lost their collective common-sense minds?
There is a bill that looks as if it will pass that would allow anyone 18 or older to conceal and carry a gun in Kansas. The next time you are standing in line at Target, I hope the name of the store does not trigger a reaction from some yahoo waiting to buy his Skoal.
Training and education does not infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment right. In today’s world where violence is all around us, life is less than sacred and many never grew up respecting a gun.
What is the harm in delaying this until training and education has happened? My Republican Party is moving so far right I need a road map to find the GOP.
Is this bill going to balance the budget, repair our roads, improve our public schools, increase job opportunities? No, it is not.
Stop this madness now.
It would be nice if government taxing authorities would give each of us the choice of our own sin tax. Limiting the sin tax to tobacco and liquor excludes those who like chocolate, ice cream or other foods such as bacon, or any other bad habit one needs help controlling.
Taxing authorities need only to tell us how much money they need and leave the fine-tuning to the taxpayer.
Edward “Gomer” Moody
Unfortunately, former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is not alone in his opinions about women in the Catholic Church.
It seems he thinks women are the root of all the problems with the church and with marriage. I believe this opinion is shared by many clergy, including Bishop Robert Finn.
After many years of allowing women to participate in the foot-washing ceremonies on Holy Thursday, a directive was issued that this practice would no longer be allowed — men only.
At our church, church council members, mostly women, were the representatives for the foot-washing ceremony. Last year, despite their time and talents donated to the church, they were kicked to the curb and handpicked men had their feet washed during the Holy Thursday Mass.
As a woman and the mother of daughters, I think women should be full participants in the Catholic Church. Girls should be recruited as altar servers and encouraged to volunteer their time and talents.
I will not tithe on my earnings until I see evidence that this attitude against women is changing. I will donate to charities that help women and girls instead.
Help for parents
With the influence of the Internet, there is a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips on how to raise a healthy child. Is the information accurate? Whom do you trust?
As I search online for topics such as vaccinations, essential oils, organic and gluten-free food, raw milk, environmental toxins and natural parenting, I’m bombarded with websites claiming to have the best advice on these topics. One website supports the unfounded home remedy of putting breast milk or garlic into your child’s ear to treat an ear infection.
As a pediatrician, I can attest that advice like this poses a significant risk to your child. Anyone can create a website, regardless of how unscientifically based his or her information is.
Be careful to look for the author, editor and sponsors of the website to gauge if it’s trustworthy.
We as parents are vulnerable because we only want what is best for our child and are desperate to find guidance.
Reliable resources for parents are www.aap.org and www.healthychildren.org. You can go to pediatricians with questions. They are educated to work with you to address your concerns and should be used in your parenting journey.
Dr. Emily Paprocki
I would have no feelings regarding the Keystone XL pipeline if times were different. But our house is falling down around us.
U.S. roads, bridges, power grid and rail system are all in disrepair. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s budget for this year is dismal.
Yet our politicians are bent on building a pipeline that has absolutely no long-term benefit to us — only to the oil companies. We will not use this oil, only export it to countries such as China.
It’s extremely expensive and difficult to refine. Yes, it would produce many short-term jobs but ultimately provide only 33 permanent jobs.
Congress as always is looking out for the big companies. Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, needs to look up the term “infrastructure” because this is anything but that.
Our roof is leaking, foundation and windows cracked and furnace broken, but some lawmakers choose to put in a swimming pool. Funding to repair our infrastructure would provide millions of long-term jobs and provide long-term payback for our tax dollars.
Congress as always is wasting our money. Our representatives are more concerned with those at the top, such as the oil executives who donate to their super PACs, and forget about us the 95 percenters.
Insurance for guns
There are many people who do not support unfettered gun ownership but keep their mouths shut because of the bullying and intimidation by gun owners.
It’s time to bring out the heavy hitters to stand up to the National Rifle Association. That could be insurance companies.
How can they help?
If people want to own guns, then they must contribute to the costs incurred by society from gun misuse. Each gun should be licensed after a test to see whether the potential gun owner can handle the firearm (like we do with cars), and then there should be an insurance requirement.
The insurance company would require the owners to keep track of their guns and notify the company when they are sold, lost or destroyed. The insurance company then would pay damages to anyone hurt by the gun.
This includes guns sold at gun shows. Get the insurance companies involved, and the NRA will see that it is time to take responsibility and pay for the problems guns cause in society every minute of every day.
Raise tax on gas
With the price of gasoline still below what it was a year ago, now is the time for Kansas to bump its tax on gasoline from 24 cents a gallon to 34 cents per gallon. It could be a lifeline for Gov. Sam Brownback.
Raising the gas tax would bring in millions of dollars in badly needed funds per year, and Kansas would still have a lower tax rate than California or New York.
There continues to be a lot of discussion about guns. Who needs protection and who uses guns to commit crime?
What if no one had a gun?
Conceal carry, guns
Some members of the Kansas Legislature think it’s OK for people to carry concealed weapons without being required to have a permit or to take a safety class. Some lawmakers think that because anyone can openly carry a gun without such restrictions, there’s no difference in allowing unrestricted concealed carry.
But there is a difference. If you go someplace and see someone packing heat, and it concerns you, you can leave. If you go someplace and you know that anyone there, no matter how drunk, emotionally unstable or mentally impaired, may have a concealed weapon without any sort of training, it can be pretty anxiety-provoking.