It has been my pleasure to contribute more than 50 years of combined service on several commercial boards of directors, including public and private for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, and as a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Were President Donald Trump the chief executive of any of these organizations, and should he have tweeted the crude, sexist and vitriolic assault as he did on Mika Brzezinski last week, I can tell you exactly what would have happened: The chairman of the organization would have called a board of directors’ meeting, and Trump would have been fired on the spot.
That elected members of Congress do not “fire” Trump now says more about us than about them. Our U.S. senators and representatives work for us. We hired them and put them into office with our votes. And we should insist that they do their jobs by invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and removing this national embarrassment from office without delay.
Michael L. Pandzik
It’s about illegality
The news media treat all stories about the crackdown on illegal immigration as an assault on all immigrants. All but a couple of radical Republicans and President Donald Trump have never been against legal immigration or legal immigrants.
To lump the fight against illegals into a battle against all immigrants is a grave distortion of facts. It is another example of a particular slant from the liberal sources in the media to further their agenda.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is just fine with sending all our voting information to Kansas’ Kris Kobach so Washington, D.C., can check up on us. (June 30, 1A, “Kobach wants personal info on every U.S. voter”)
If we can’t trust Washington with gun registration information, why should we trust it with our voter registrations? All Kobach wants are our names, addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. What could be wrong with that?
A burning issue
Show your patriotism: Burn down your neighbor’s house with a bottle rocket on the Fourth of July!
The U.S. Constitution and its preamble were written by the Founding Fathers to give current and future citizens rules for the new nation. They were accepted by the population and became the law of the land after ratification.
The preamble provides guidance to leaders regarding the government’s responsibilities: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
I am concerned that we have been paying too much attention to the common defense and not enough to the general welfare — in the form of protecting our citizens from high-priced prescriptions and hospitalization or loss of Medicaid.
These should be the concerns of the federal government as I read the preamble. Let’s get fired up during the Fourth of July celebration.
Roberta A. Eveslage
Care in the air
On June 17, my husband Craig and I boarded Southwest Airlines Flight 4063, flying from Kansas City to Tampa. At about 10,000 feet, Craig began experiencing frightening seizures. The flight attendants immediately began rendering comfort and aid as the captain diverted our flight to St. Louis.
We both want to thank the amazing crew of Southwest Airlines and the fantastic ground crew who retrieved our bags from the belly of the plane and got me to an awaiting ambulance.
To all the passengers who were on that flight, we are so very sorry for the inconvenience and delay our medical emergency caused you.
We hope you all made your connecting flights and arrived to your destinations on time. Your kindness and concern could be felt on board that day, and your supportive applause touched our hearts.
To Kathy Persell, a nurse on board, and the two nice gentlemen sitting nearby, thank you so much for your compassion and concern.
Maybe we can take that Florida vacation next year but, for now, we simply want to acknowledge the wonderful passengers, attendants and crew.