Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently vetoed a dangerous abortion restriction bill (HB 1307) that would have tripled the mandatory waiting period in Missouri.
With all the attention paid to the bill, one important fact is often overlooked: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures.
Doctors like myself and health-care professionals know that these health-care decisions are best left to a woman and her family.
Tripling the mandatory waiting period for an abortion is a political decision, not medical.
Like all health-care providers, doctors who provide abortion services are guided by principles to ensure that patients receive high-quality health care in a safe, respectful environment.
When Missouri women decide to have an abortion, they have few options, with only one freestanding clinic left in the state. The average woman travels nearly 90 miles for each visit.
Bills like this are drafted by politicians whose goal is to end women’s access to safe and legal abortion. Interfering with a woman’s personal decision-making and taking away access to care won’t make abortion go away, but it could jeopardize women’s health.
I applaud Gov. Nixon’s veto and call on the Missouri legislature to uphold it when it meets this week. The time has come to remove politics from women’s health.
It seems like common sense: Missouri’s white-tailed deer are wildlife. But some state legislators think otherwise and are now working to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of two bills that would have essentially reclassified captive deer as livestock, like cattle.
In vetoing SB 506 and HB 1326, Nixon proclaimed that the reclassification of “wildlife” to “livestock” would violate the Missouri Constitution. He is right. Missouri’s deer are not a cash crop to be exploited for the gain of special interests. It’s bad for the health of wild deer, bad for the economy and undermines decades of wildlife policy.
Fall will soon be here, and many of us are anticipating donning our hunting gear and heading into the fields and forests to our favorite deer stands. Archery deer hunting season opens in this month as the legislature considers whether to override the governor’s veto.
Tell your legislators that our wildlife and hunting heritage is not for sale and that you support Nixon’s vetoes of SB 506 and HB 1326. Keep our deer wild and our hunting traditions alive.
President and CEO
Lessons in politics
The Sept. 8 editorial, “Can Orman beat Roberts?” deserves a reply.
I think independent Senate candidate Greg Orman has a good chance against a lackluster senator, incumbent Pat Roberts.
Chad Taylor, the new kid on the block, should consider his dropping out as the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat a lesson one learns in the political arena. He still has the time and opportunity to return in future campaigns.
Running for office is a tough row to hoe, and a smart candidate who suffers a setback licks his wounds and recovers to file for office in future elections.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who campaigns on the phony issue of voter fraud, is an outstanding example of a political opportunist.
Although the undertaking of a comprehensive study of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans is commendable, the last premise to be examined “whether disability compensation affects motivation to recover” indicates how very little we have learned about the condition since Gen. George Patton slapped a soldier with the condition and accused him of cowardice during World War II.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is not an illness from which a person affected can cure himself simply by being “motivated.” To imply that reveals ignorance.
No one would dare suggest that compensation affects the motivation for amputees or burn victims to recover, and to apply the question to disabilities involving psychological disorders is equally offensive.
Some people have accused the state of trying to fool the public with tax-receipt monthly reports (9-3, Editorial, “Stop trying to fool Kansans on tax cuts”).
The Kansas Department of Revenue, on a monthly basis, reports monthly and fiscal year-to-date receipt totals for Kansas.
While the press release highlights aspects of tax collections, the spreadsheet accompanying it shows all taxes collected by the department.
State general fund revenues comprise 14 different taxes, so when one is low, the others can offset it in total collections.
To cherry-pick just one tax type — as some are doing — presents an incomplete picture.
Taxes withheld from workers’ paychecks are up. The state unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.
These are positive indicators of an improving Kansas economy.
State of Kansas
Secretary of Revenue
One of President Barack Obama’s contentions is that he extracted America from Iraq.
President George W. Bush had established a time frame for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq, but Obama could not even follow the exit strategy.
Obama’s failure to secure a status of forces agreement with Iraq left a vacuum that is being filled with Islamic State fighters. Obama’s recent approval of air strikes in Iraq provides proof that his decisions were flawed.
I wonder how this information will be filtered by his supporters.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been proved right on his concerns regarding Russia and many other topics.
Our standing in the world community has been weakened, and the United States appears incapable of doing anything right on the world stage.
Maybe Obama’s lack of leadership is causing us to pay a heavy price.
Maybe we made the wrong choice in 2012.
Gov. Sam Brownback:
I am unreserved in writing you today as a Kansan, a recent college graduate and a frustrated millennial who is appalled by your constant, worn-out argument of blaming our nation’s president for the struggles of our state.
I am from a typical, middle-class, working family in Kansas. My parents instilled in my brother and me a drive and work ethic to strive for success.
We were taught that taking initiative requires also accepting the consequences of our actions.
Gov. Brownback, I am displeased not only by your incessant blame game of linking every Kansas underperformance to the White House but also by your lack of responsibility for the direction that you alone are leading our state.
As I would hope you are competent enough to acknowledge, you are positioned in a way unlike many other governors. You have both chambers of the Kansas Legislature in your favor as well as many resources at your disposal.
Sir, this means that the current state that Kansas is in is a direct result of your policy, your guidance and your advice.
I ask that you quit the blame game and get to work.
Kindness on display
Our apologies to those of you traveling State Line Road and 55th Street on a recent Friday night.
Our stalled yellow car brought out the best patience in you as you had to slowly negotiate traffic because of us.
Your kindness was also evident because in the span of 20 minutes while we were waiting for the tow truck, no fewer than 10 good neighbors stopped to offer assistance.
These small acts of kindness make a big statement about the true spirit of our area at a time when bad news often takes center stage.
David and Juanan Hill