I have always looked forward to reading Steve Rose’s columns. But in his most recent entry concerning Kris Kobach and the “election integrity” committee, he misses or neglects a very important point. (Aug. 5, 11A, “Kris Kobach is capitalizing on the ‘big lie’ ”) And that point is that the Republican Party, with its push for voter ID laws, has made what Kobach is doing in Washington, D.C., possible.
What makes matters worse is that Rose does not even mention the Republican Party in his column.
The push for voter ID laws in Republican-controlled states has made it possible for Kobach to continue to lie about the prevalence of illegal voting. I’m surprised that Rose doesn’t get this. Or maybe he does.
Elwin McKenzie Jr.
Nuns in action
As a continuously practicing Catholic for more than 60 years, I can’t help but wonder why I have no memory of any homily that stressed the importance of paying a living wage or providing employees with health care benefits, ever.
I do recall a homily years ago when the priest stressed how important it was for workers to give their employers an honest, full effort, but not once anything about the responsibility of employers to treat their employees fairly. Could the answer be as simple as the Catholic Church is in competition for the same dollars? I would certainly hope not.
Recently, Sister Simone Campbell and the Nuns on the Bus have been recognized for their tireless efforts on behalf of the poor through Network, a social justice lobby.
Sister Simone and more than 7,000 Catholic nuns signed a petition urging our senators to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act or cutting Medicaid. They also actively lobbied our elected officials.
I applaud Sister Simone and the other nuns for their unceasing efforts on behalf of the poor and for never forgetting what it means to be Christ-like.
Daniel L. Doyle
After reading “Towns fight to stay viable by saving grocery stores” (Aug. 7, 1A), I thought Wal-Mart, Amazon or some new entity should take a cue from the tiny house concept and spring for tiny grocery stores in these needy small towns.
They would/should/could deliver needed foodstuffs to stores on, say, a weekly basis. Maybe they could even deduct the expenses of doing so off their taxes.
On Sunday, I went to my first Royals game since Kauffman Stadium’s 2009 renovations.
When I was younger, we went on a regular basis. Now I have to use wheelchair-accessible tickets and services.
The Royals made the day thoroughly enjoyable for me. They definitely know how to treat the disabled. Thanks, Royals, for helping me enjoy the whole day.
Fort Smith, Ark.
The real rate
According to a recent report from NPR, the combined federal, state and local corporate tax rate in the U.S. is 38.9 percent, which would make it the highest rate in the world — if companies actually paid it all.
However, taking deductions, credits and other reductions into consideration, the effective corporate tax in the United States is 18.6 percent.
So when House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump talk about lowering the federal corporate tax rate to 15-25 percent, it is a do-nothing waste of time, assuming they mean no deductions, credits and so on.
Hey, guys, quit treating us like an ignorant electorate.
You are either trying to deliberately run something by us (Do tax breaks for the rich and millions losing their quality health insurance come to mind?), or you are so blinded by your selfish partisanship that you have forgotten how to fairly legislate for us regular people.
E. Eugene Harrison
Missouri’s right-to-work bill was designed to destroy unions and lower the wages of the working class, and that is just what it does.
In my construction career traveling and working in different states, every state with right to work had low wages. This hurt all but the owners of the big companies. Small companies were hurt because the working class couldn’t afford to buy their products.
I have been union since 1952, and I have yet to meet or see a “union boss.” In the unions, the members are the bosses and everything is voted on.
North Kansas City