Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss police protection, Brownback’s tax cuts and Hillary Clinton

Police protect

In her June 3 column, Mary Sanchez wrote that police have “the legal right to shoot someone dead.” (13A, “When problem police officers migrate, trouble follows them”)

Police do not have a right to use deadly force except to defend themselves or others from a “forcible felony.” They have no more right to shoot than other citizens, except for when they are moving into trouble — which they do.

The Supreme Court has ruled since 1858 that police are not required to protect an individual person, yet they do. They do so burdened with vague and sometimes false information, as well as the expectation to know the details of all laws they must enforce and the unreasonable expectation to instantly grasp the details of a situation and respond perfectly.

As Sanchez mentions, some people are not cut out for this work. I have read the cases. Fortunately, this has not been my personal experience.

Kevin L. Jamison


Kansas not a nation

The June 8 Star joyfully covered the defeat of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cut policies and simultaneously made the same mistake he did. (1A, “Kansas tax ‘experiment’ offers lessons to nation”)

Kansas is not the United States. The Kansas economy in no way resembles that of the country. It is a small and very limited part of a far larger and more diverse entity. Taken alone, very few states are so diverse in resources, employment, transportation facilities and sheer critical mass to be small models of the U.S. as a whole.

Tax reduction does indeed grow the U.S. economy and thereby federal revenue. To expect the same result in a landlocked state with small population, limited industry and few natural resources is silly.

My opinion is that Brownback was primarily trying to burnish his tax-cutting credentials before a run at the White House, and The Star is just trying to support the dead-end leftist policy of wealth distribution. Each has made the same error, merely in reverse.

John O’Neill


Guns, hospitals

A hospital often has an emotionally charged climate, so it is no place for guns.

Imagine being worried that someone is going to shoot you because you just told him or her a loved one has died. Don’t think it could happen? Violence breaks out in emergency rooms already.

A hospital is already treating a drive-by shooting victim. Who is to say the next person who walks in the door isn’t there to finish the job?

We have to protect the workers and others seeking help. and having open access to guns in this setting will be explosive.

Kansas needs to get this right and protect the good guys who are there to help. This does not take away a person’s rights to carry. It just takes safety into account for all.

You cannot tell me that an emergency room where every nurse, doctor, tech, family member and patient has a gun promotes safety. Where is common sense?

Sandy Lewis


Jail problems

I am outraged by the “living” conditions at the Jackson County jail.

As a society, we have enacted laws to protect people. Our laws are designed to ensure that people are treated in a respectful way. The laws are there to protect all people.

For the moment, let’s assume that all inmates at the jail are guilty of crimes. That is, they have failed to treat others in accordance with the law. As a result, they have been detained.

Given the current conditions at the jail, the inmates are not being treated in accordance with the law. They have become victims at the Jackson County jail.

I would like to know who will be detained for mistreating and abusing them.

Eileen Kubayko

Kansas City

Democrats’ fault

After hearing all this President Donald Trump bashing, I have to say: Grow up Democrats. You put him there.

There are not enough Republicans in America to have elected him. What you did was try to shove down the throat of America a candidate who was disliked and flawed. So there was not an alternative.

The sad part is that we have many Democratic-leaning politicians who would have been fantastic and electable. But the party chose one who is painful to watch and painful to listen to.

So many would-be Democrat and independent voters cast their ballots against Hillary Clinton. In a sense, Trump did not win; Clinton lost.

This is what we have, and you are responsible. So show some class, if not for your party, then for America.

Jerry R. Jackson

Kansas City