Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Roy Blunt on taxes, historical memorials and KCI airport

Pay attention

Sen. Roy Blunt, I invite you to look at Kansas’ “success” at lowering business taxes to spur business and raise income of the workers. (Sept. 4, 7A, “Families and small business need tax relief”)

It was a mistake — a big mistake. It has never worked, and never will.

Allen Carl

Overland Park

By now, you would think Sen. Roy Blunt would know better than to believe anything President Donald Trump says.

During the election, Trump promised to increase taxes on the wealthy. He also promised just last week in Springfield that “lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers.” On all counts, Trump flat out lied.

Most of Trump’s proposed tax reductions would go to corporations and the wealthy not small business or workers. The top 1 percent would get half the tax benefits under Trump’s plan. The Institute for Policy Studies points out that the job growth rate for corporations that paid the least in taxes over the past eight years was negative 1 percent.

The evidence is that businesses spend their tax breaks not on job creation but on stock buybacks and executive pay.

Although I agree with Sen. Blunt that “American families need more money in their wallets and better jobs,” Trump’s tax plan is an empty promise, and the senator should know better.

Dennis McIntyre

Kansas City

Don’t forget

I continue to read with interest the ongoing tirade about memorials to the Confederacy. I am astonished that none of these have stated similar concerns over other relevant issues, such as the removal of memorials commemorating World War II Japanese imperialism in the U.S. territory of Guam or glorifying members of the U.S. Calvary and the Buffalo Soldiers responsible for the demise and enslaving of Native American tribes in the Great Plains during the 1800s.

What is really interesting is that those who fought to free others and those who were freed joined forces and turned on Native Americans to take away their historic lands and way of life. I am sure there are other historic examples.

Where are the ideological outrages in these instances? A common thread in these memorials is that they represent a historic viewpoint in our nation’s development.

Who should make the final decisions on any memorials? Not a few protesters. We elected representatives to reflect our ideals of America and remember the lessons learned from history.

Ray Rawe


Real cowboy?

Missouri state Rep. Warren Love states he is a “western man” and “cowboy of the Capitol” to justify his recommendation to hang a person who threw paint on a Confederate monument in Springfield. (Sept. 1, 1A, “Missouri lawmaker is criticized for post saying monument vandal should be hanged”)

I’ve lived in Montana and Wyoming. Although Missouri is west of the Mississippi, no one in the western plains, Rocky Mountains or West Coast would ever describe Missouri as “western” or “cowboy.”

For Love to use those terms as an excuse for his extrajudicial recommendation to hang a person, regardless of the incident, reveals a character I hope does not represent the good people of Missouri. He certainly does not represent western values. Someone needs to educate him that vigilantes went out when civilization and law came in.

Take the cowboy hat off, Warren. You don’t merit it.

Pat Neary

Billings, Mont.

Can’t buy it

President Barack Obama’s letter to the current White House resident is a shining example of what is sorely missing from this administration: class. (Sept. 3, KansasCity.com, “Obama offers accolades, advice in farewell letter to Trump”)

John Cleary


Make it local

I strongly support The Star’s Sept. 3 editorial regarding the airport. (14A, “The four lessons learned from Kansas City’s airport debacle”).

As a 30-year frequent flier living in Liberty, I especially support your call for a regional airport authority.

The Kansas City Council has seemed deaf to suggestions from non-residents. Baggage handling has always been among the slowest compared with similar-sized facilities. The redesign of the consolidated car-rental facility years ago added 30-60 minutes to visitors’ time to get in their cars and leave the airport.

Many decisions seem to have been made based on the creation of additional revenue, not on passenger convenience.

Let’s have a regional airport authority.

Roger A Revell