Vote for John Fierro
I hope readers are not influenced by the Kansas City Star endorsements. An example is Yael T. Abouhalkah’s April 2 column, “Focus on five crucial KC Council races Tuesday.”
This is especially true for Northeast area residents, who after redistricting saw the community’s humble presence diminished by being tacked onto more prosperous districts, including Westport, the Country Club Plaza and north Brookside.
I invite people to look at a map of our council districts and share a bitter laugh. To quote a friend, “Makes no sense at all, which is why they did it.”
Gerrymandering, anyone? It also places a huge burden on the candidate.
Still, two capable people are running for our 4th in-district seat. But only one, in my view, would do justice to the overlooked Northeast and Westside neighborhoods: John Fierro.
In spite of her glamorous endorsements, I’m not sure Jolie Justus knows where we are. I have little evidence of her concern.
Perhaps she needs to come up and go door to door and hear our voices. Meanwhile, I’ll stick with Fierro, who’s had his boots on neighborhood soil for a long time.
Catherine B. Morris
What’s a trillion dollars? It’s enough money to give 100 million taxpayers $10,000 apiece (tax free).
Gosh, just think, that means the $18 trillion national debt could have provided 100 million taxpayers $180,000 each to stimulate the economy. Instead, our federal politicians gave money to the too-big-to-fail banksters to stimulate the economy
Gee, isn’t this money actually the taxpayers’? Why should taxpayers have to work again for their own money?
Boy, our well-paid federal politicians must really think we are stupid.
Kids’ health care
Each year, thousands of kids are given quality health-care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. If Congress does not act soon, funding for the program will run out and 38,000 kids in Missouri will lose access to vital services such as check-ups, dental care, vision care and other important services children to develop to their full potential.
Many people think that all kids in the Children’s Health Insurance Program fall under Medicaid, but this is not the case. The program covers kids in families up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
These are kids from hard-working, working and middle-class families who may not otherwise have access to care. These are the 38,000 kids at risk of losing the Children’s Health Insurance Program if Congress fails to act.
Kids in the program need a voice, and we need to be that voice for them. We need to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
Congress needs to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program before it’s too late for Missouri’s future — our kids.
Fully fund schools
I care. As a retired woman living in Kansas and having grown up in Johnson County, I think it is imperative that our school districts are funded appropriately.
The fact we have excellent schools is one reason people and businesses move to our area.
At the rate our illustrious Gov. Sam Brownback and his ilk are going, we will end up with unaccredited schools like our neighbor. Businesses will move out of our state, and our children and grandchildren will pay the enormous price of an inferior education.
Maybe it’s time to address the sports area of the education system. I’ll bet cutting football, basketball and soccer programs in our schools would get the attention of most Kansans.
In the 1890s and again in the 1990s, the WWJD (What would Jesus do?) bracelet was popular. They were worn to help Christians remember that Jesus is their example to be followed in daily life.
That’s against the fact that 42,000 incidents of domestic violence occurred in Missouri in 2012 (the last available statistics), and Missouri ranked seventh for women murdered by men, with the most common weapon used being a gun.
What would Jesus suggest women do?
Wayne LaPierre with the National Rifle Association suggested women arm themselves with guns. Is that what Jesus would want them to do?
Maybe Jesus would suggest they go to an area shelter or perhaps exercise their right to vote against all gun legislation that would possibly escalate violence.
As Christians prepare to celebrate the resurrection, the question will remain, What would Jesus do?
Steve Rose column
Steve Rose, in his March 29 column, “Johnson County will have school-fund power,” wants schools in Johnson County to be allowed to “pursue excellence unimpeded.”
Golly, who could oppose that — pursuit of excellence, with a side helping of freedom? I’m surprised that Rose did not include Mom and apple pie in his prescription.
Rose starts his lament about how Johnson County has been “punished” by citing a 1991 book, which pointed to property-tax disparities as leading to school-quality disparities and which many Kansas legislators (Rose says) used as a “bible” in reworking how schools in Kansas are funded.
The result rankles Rose, but he never even attempts to rebut the book’s assertion. He just complains about the law’s effect on schools in Johnson County.
Rose’s piece is impassioned, but it’s unclear what he’s passionately advocating — a general, equitable rise in school expenditures across Kansas or something that would allow Johnson Countians to parlay their relatively high incomes into expenditures for their own schools that are higher than elsewhere?
Rose’s “pursue excellence unimpeded” line suggests the latter. If so, then that sentence should have been a bit longer and said “pursue excellence unimpeded so that their own kids, who already have advantages over most other Kansans’ kids, can be even more advantaged.”
I’ve been commiserating for the last several months with people of all types and persuasions regarding the sad state of financial affairs in Kansas.
Facts do not seem to sway the general public, so I would like to play upon the conscience of Kansans.
Unlike many things, religion is a subject I know a thing or two about. What religion encourages us to be part of a society of constant wars and killings?
None of them.
Abraham, Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad agree on at least two notions: Love God above all else, and treat every person as your brother.
The death penalty is not just wrong from a religious perspective, it is also a terrible drain financially and it puts us at risk of murdering an innocent person.
But I’ve got good news.
We control the policies that come out of our statehouse, and we do so by making our voices heard at the ballot box. Together we can say no to death and yes to responsible, compassionate action.
George M. Melby
Kansas City, Kan.
Hope Lodge in KC
Hope Lodge is for cancer patients who are undergoing chemo, radiation and bone-marrow transplants. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
There are 31 such places throughout the U.S., and Kansas City is fortunate to have one.
Hope Lodge, like Ronald McDonald House, provides a home environment with a gathering room, kitchens, sun rooms and private rooms for the patients and their caregivers.
It is at 12th and Pennsylvania streets in downtown Kansas City. It is designed to be free-of-charge for patients who have been discharged from close-by hospitals but whose homes are too far away for outpatient care.
In a case where many clinic visits are needed, the Hope Lodge provides free a huge helping hand to many rural residents. We are former residents.
Linda and Kendall Brink