Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss marijuana, gun silencers and truckers’ safety

Revenue solution

Recently, a local TV station reported on how auto accident rates have risen in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized. I wonder how those numbers stack up against alcohol-related accidents.

Science shows how medical marijuana has been beneficial in helping patients with cancer, seizures and ALS. From an economic standpoint, think about how much sales tax states could charge.

We are closing schools. Revenues from taxing medical marijuana would more than pay for these schools’ needs.

Rev. Christopher

Whedon

Overland Park

Official obligations

Among the many responsibilities of our elected officials is their obligation to remember that they were chosen to represent the people.

Unfortunately, many seem to have forgotten or have chosen to ignore the fact that a part of these responsibilities is that they must be willing to answer questions from the public, which includes the news media.

Every time I see one of our elected members of government walk away from a media representative and refuse to answer questions, I am appalled by the rudeness.

Whether these members of government like the questions is totally irrelevant. The fact remains that they asked America for the right to represent the country, and part of being a good representative is being willing to answer tough questions while being forthright and truthful.

I hope Americans are taking note of the actions of our officials, but in particular those who are being rude and inconsiderate in their duties.

The media don’t always get things right, but they work toward that end, and they too represent the public. They get to ask the hard questions for us, and they deserve respect.

Jeffery R. Dysart

Overland Park

How it’s made

I imagine the bill for silencers on guns was crafted like this. (June 19, 1A, “NRA, lawmakers taking aim at rules squelching sales of gun silencers”)

The National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers met to determine how to boost sales. One executive said, “We have already passed legislation that eliminated background checks and training requirements, and we now allow guns in some hospitals, on campus, for the mentally ill, for domestic-violence offenders and for those on terrorist watch lists. We have reintroduced lead in bullets. What else can we do?”

Another executive said, “The only things left are add silencers and lower the purchase age.” They agreed and told the legislators they have bought to make it happen.

And, of course, the lawmakers did.

David Evans

Kansas City

Vets first

Finally a column in The Star that is positive for our veterans — the June 23 guest commentary by Todd Graves. (13A, “New system will modernize VA record keeping”)

The VA will help those with PTSD and injuries. I hope there will be no more suicides.

As a veteran of Vietnam, I was appalled by the handling of the VA under the previous regime in Washington — way too many suicides. Those who serve our country need better care than they got before.

Dennis Tabel

Overland Park

Tired truckers

A federal mandate that truckers with commercial driver’s licenses use electronic logging devices instead of paper logs will take effect in December. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

What these devices will do in reality is force the truckers to follow a rigid schedule and drive, even if tired, for a full 11 hours. Even a quick stop would count against them. No one wants a tired driver on the road.

It is my belief that when a driver gets tired, he or she should be encouraged to pull over and take a nap. No one can dictate the sleep patterns of every driver. Some people can sleep 10 hours and wake up tired. Others can sleep five hours and be refreshed.

The electronic logs will not make the road safer. Their only benefit is making record keeping easier. They will cost the companies more money. Ultimately, food, clothing and other products will cost the consumer more money.

I’m not against the devices. I am against drivers not being able to take breaks. It affects their day negatively instead of allowing them to refresh and not be penalized.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration controls the commercial driving industry, but the public has no restrictions and people can drive 24 hours a day while talking on their cellphone for as long as they want.

Who is more dangerous?

Allyson Nutt

Grain Valley

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