I learned a new term: “concern trolling.” Concern trolling is performed by individuals or companies to get free advertising.
This appeared to have occurred in Indiana and Arkansas.
Wal-Mart has been in the spotlight recently because a large number of employees rely on government assistance to make ends meet.
It is hard to believe that a company with Wal-Mart’s track record on pay would be outraged by the ramifications of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
This looks like a publicist’s dream — the opportunity to express moral outrage for free and garner customers.
I believe that businesses should stick to the art of business and leave governing to the elected officials. Weighing in on social issues could be a costly business decision.
When companies weigh in on social issues they risk losing customers.
In this case, by opposing the legislation they may gain potential customers from one side of the aisle, but they also risk losing customers from the other side.
I will no longer support Wal-Mart, Apple, Angie’s List, the NCAA or any other business attempting to influence public policy.
My advice to business is to stick to business and leave social issues to the public.
Request for governor
I’m puzzled. A young friend of mine at New Chelsea Elementary in Kansas City, Kan., asked me to contribute to his school’s Playground Puzzle Project. Currently, the children have no playground equipment. None.
Happily, my young friend explained that contributors to the project will have their names printed on the puzzle to be hung in the school in thanks to “the special people who helped make our playground dream come true.”
I certainly will contribute, and I hereby invite Gov. Sam Brownback and his team to donate to the children’s dream.
In fact, I look forward to the governor’s public response to the children, parents and teachers at New Chelsea Elementary School and indeed to all concerned Kansas children and educators, whose dreams and future are in critical need of attention.
Gov. Brownback, how much can you contribute?
Take Uber ride
I am disappointed in the mayor’s comments regarding Uber (4-10, A1, “KC, Uber spar over rules”). Competition is the best form of quality control — sounds like someone doesn’t want any competition.
My son is a regular Uber user, and he tells me that the cars are clean and the drivers are prompt, polite and safe. He can rate the driver and the experience after a ride.
The driver also can rate my son to let other Uber drivers know whether they should consider picking him up.
Contrast this with the last time I called a cab to take my husband and me to a concert.
The driver was 45 minutes late.
When I called him, he was very sarcastic and said, “Well get yourself another cab” and hung up. I’m wishing we’d called Uber.
I wonder whether that driver would have been late and/or rude if he knew that I could go online and rate my experience. Alternatively, if I were rude, throwing up in someone’s cab, not tipping etc., the driver could rate me.
If Kansas City Mayor Sly James would like to attract young adults to Kansas City, he might take an Uber ride. He might like it.
As Republican Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady from Palco, Kan., argues, it only made sense to expand a bill to carry a weapon openly without a permit, training or background check to concealed weapons (4-12, A1, “Free to carry”).
“This bill is about freedom and liberty ... constitutionally protected ... without having to ask permission of the state government,” the legislator said.
That puts aside the idea of a “well regulated militia” and the 78 percent of likely voters in Kansas supporting permits and training.
I just want to make clear to the moderates of the Republican Party that this was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, many people voted back into office.
These are the same guys who rule over the rights of privacy for a woman and who are more threatened by two consenting taxpaying adults of the same gender having full legal rights than the failing education and health of our citizens.
Missouri has its Republican legislature with the “I’m not an anti-Semite” GOP leader and which can’t see the need to raise taxes on cigarettes or say no to a lobbyist’s gift.
See no evil, hear no evil and vote in lockstep.
Kansas City, Kan.
Say no to Rubio
In Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential-run proclamation, he says he is leading a younger generation of leaders who are going to lead the way to a new American century (4-14, A2, “‘Time ... for our generation’”). But his thinking isn’t new.
In fact, these are the same old GOP ideals that have put America in dire straits.
But thanks to President Barack Obama, we are in a slow and much-needed recovery and comeback.
Rubio voted no to stem cell research, no to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, no to equal pay for women, no to the Bring Jobs Home bill and no to the Paycheck Fairness Act.
But he says yes to Hobby Lobby and its power over women in its workplace, concerning birth control. And he said yes to bills that take away women’s rights to choose and restrict them on other personal abortion issues.
But Rubio says he isn’t a chauvinist and doesn’t want gays adopting children. That says we are never going back.
Rubio, you are trying to take women back 100 years, when they had no voice. The Supreme Court says gays may marry legally now; you say no.
Discrimination has never taken America forward.
Student-loan debt is crippling many of our young, and there are hundreds of for-profit schools, many of which have dubious credentials and exist simply to lure customers and make profits. We spend more on prisons than on schools.
Among the top 15 countries by military expenditures, we spend as much as the other 14 combined according to one study. Poverty and the lack of health care are embarrassingly high in the U.S.
Racial troubles abound. The moneyed class owns most of our politicians.
To say that we are in need of some soul-searching is a gross understatement. I love this country as much as anyone else, but I believe we need to do internal housecleaning before we rant and rave about other countries and what they need to do.
Before we focus on the splinter in the eye of the other, we should remove the log from our own eye.
I believe the real promise of America will not materialize until we dispense with this current phase of foolish arrogance, shameless greed and bellicose posturing.
Real leadership is by good example, not threats.
As a conservative Republican, I certainly agree that too many black-white assaults take place, and we need to do everything possible to stop them (4-14, Commentary, “Is police killing an ‘isolated incident’?”).
I, however, take offense at Leonard Pitts calling conservatives immune to recognizing racism.
Racism is more prevalent now than 60 years ago when I left school and entered the workforce. I see it everywhere, whites versus blacks and blacks versus whites.
I don’t know why and don’t have solutions. I only know that Leonard Pitts and extremists on both sides paint all opponents with the same brush, and that does not help.
If I were a jihadist, I would thank Charles Krauthammer profusely for his continual predictions of upcoming bloody attacks. It’s nice to be able to spread terror while exerting little effort.
I have to put up with his predictions until the next attack occurs and he can proclaim that he was right all along.