Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss the Comey testimony and U.S. health care

No retaliation?

Let’s examine the Republicans’ case on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday with a parallel example:

A CEO calls an employee into his office. He asks everyone else to leave. He asks the employee whether she likes her job.


He asks her if she would like to keep her job.


He then says he would like her to sleep with him. He fires her when she refuses.

Was that an order? Was that a threat? Was that retaliation?

The Republicans say no; it was just a statement of a wish.


Chris Roesel

Roeland Park

Ask questions

I listened to the live testimony Thursday, and former FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump said, “I hope you can let this go.” Comey indicated it was his perception that Trump wanted him to drop the investigation into his ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Why didn’t Comey ask for clarification if he did not understand what the president meant? The director of the FBI should know that you cannot operate on perception.

Communication is very important. Anytime you do not fully understand something, you should ask for clarification. Perception gets us in a lot of trouble.

George Hook

Lee’s Summit

Health proposal

My wife and I are self-employed and currently receive health insurance through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Blue KC will no longer provide insurance to us starting in 2018, and we might not have access to health insurance.

Gov. Sam Brownback, Rep. Kevin Yoder and other representatives have said that Obamacare is spiraling out of control. This is a real opportunity for our representatives to step up and propose a concrete solution to this problem.

Here is a proposal for your consideration: Those of us who are unable to obtain health insurance in the “free” market get access to the same plans that our representatives receive (for life) through their employers, the federal or state government.

If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us. Plus, we’ll pay the full premium without any contribution from the employer, just as we do now — a $1,300 monthly premium for two with a $5,000 deductible per person.

We’re pretty healthy, so the government should earn a nice profit.

John Dubois

Prairie Village