Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Kansas prisons, Bob Dole and Ford job losses

Prison heat

I’m a new pen pal with a Kansas inmate. I think befriending prisoners is the Christian thing to do. He wrote that neither of the prisons he’s been at has had air conditioning. I did a web search, and the simple answer is no — no AC. Prisoners can have fans.

At first, my reaction was simply, “Tough for you. Too bad.”

But thinking it over, I realized this is the 21st century. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If Kansas’ government buildings and police stations have AC, then modern prisoners should have a steady 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit as well.

I imagine many Kansans treat their dogs better than their human prisoners. How sad.

Mike Seeger

Kansas City

Honor Bob Dole

Bob Dole worked in public service for 45 years. He suffered combat wounds from Nazi gunfire and ran as the Republican nominee for president. However, when recently asked about his proudest life achievements he mentioned the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

The school lunch program has fed 40 million children in places such as poverty-stricken Kibera, Kenya. By being provided school lunches, poor families are not forced to put their starving children to work to eat, nor do children grow up stunted by nutritional issues. Another benefit is more girls enrolling in schools.

The Trump administration wants to fund only humanitarian programs tied to “national security interest.” The threat of mass famine is as high as it has been since the World War II, and at-risk countries such as Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are being destabilized by Islamic extremism.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram has kidnapped children en masse and has developed a close alliance with ISIS. If it is not enough to simply do the moral thing, we can at least act in our self-interest while protecting Bob Dole’s legacy and food-for-education program.

Jared Gilbert


The real point

I believe a June 21 letter writer missed the point of Jeff Danziger’s June 19 editorial cartoon. The group being shamed was the entire population under 25, not just women. But the writer is correct that everyone should be more involved with the voting process.

Marcia Young

Kansas City

Counter example

From Donald Trump’s campaign bully pulpit, he bragged that he persuaded and took credit for Ford not building a car-manufacturing plant in Mexico. On June 20, Ford announced it has canceled plans to build the Ford Focus in Mexico and will not build a plant there.

Instead, it will build the Focus in communist China and import the cars to the United States, saving Ford $1 billion — a business decision made in spite of Trump’s professed proposed tariffs on imported automobiles.

Since Ford’s announcement, the silence from the president and his administration has been deafening, exposing his bluff and bluster.

Robert Miller

Overland Park

Pelosi a no-go

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment to California, to Congress and especially to the Democratic Party. Her recent news briefing demonstrated how out of touch she is. To paraphrase Dirty Harry, she is a legend in her own mind.

Raymond Rawe


Low-wage needs

It took the Missouri Supreme Court to get here, but on Aug. 8, Kansas Citians will head to ballot box to vote on a $15 minimum wage.

Let me be blunt: Voting in favor of raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative.

An individual cannot live on the current $7.70-per-hour rate. For even small families, it is simply impossible.

The daily struggle millions of low-wage workers in America face today is largely unseen. It is getting better thanks to activist groups such as Fight for $15.

But the suffering of overworked, underpaid and disrespected low-wage workers has increased as inflation rapidly outpaces irregular, meager raises.

The situation has become untenable and has been for years.

There are arguments against raising the minimum wage. Nearly all of them are flimsy, at best. Most come from people who haven’t worked a low-wage job in a decade.

The harsh reality is this: Poverty-level wages and a health care system in turmoil mean millions of Americans are struggling every day simply to survive.

On Aug. 8, Kansas Citians can change one part of that equation. They can offer hope to the hopeless. I urge them to do so.

Jason Cook

Overland Park