Not judges’ job
Just as the federal judiciary is ill-suited to make national security judgments, the Kansas judiciary is ill-suited to determine what constitutes adequate state funding for education. This should be clarified in the Kansas Constitution to preclude the continuation of massive, unnecessary legal and court expenses.
This has been a waste and an embarrassment for the state since 2003. Fifteen years of legal and court expenses, and it is getting worse.
At a time when partisan politics are all too common, we are seeing something different from Congress. The U.S. Senate passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, with both parties voting in favor. Our lawmakers have returned to Washington. Now it’s time to move this bill across the finish line and into law.
The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act created a one-size-fits-all response to the financial problems created by big Wall Street banks. Local financial institutions face the same regulations with fewer resources. As a result, the effort to protect consumers left them with fewer financial choices and rising costs.
As financial cooperatives, our credit unions return profits to our members and our communities. Every dollar directed away from helping consumers makes a major impact on our members and their access to the best rates and services.
We urge U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves and Kevin Yoder to help locally owned and operated financial institutions better serve consumers and small businesses in our district by supporting this common-sense legislation, which will help credit unions and other local lenders make a positive difference in our community and country.
Might makes right?
Sorry, Sen. Pat Roberts, but opposing Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state was about Pompeo himself, not partisan politics. (April 25, 15A, “No good reason not to confirm Mike Pompeo”)
Pompeo’s statements and actions make it clear that he will be inclined to military action or war before diplomacy. That he’s been put in charge of foreign affairs with bully President Donald Trump and warmonger national security adviser John Bolton represents a grave national security risk for our country.
Care is care
I am amazed and disappointed that Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would pay any organization to discriminate in the placement of children in foster homes and potential adoptions. (April 25, 16A, “Lawmakers brace for ‘firestorm’ over faith-based adoption bill”)
For the past 10 years, I have been a volunteer with Jackson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, which acts as guardian for children brought into family court as a result of abuse or neglect at the hands of their caregivers. I have had at least two cases in which children were placed in LGBTQ homes and received warm, loving care. These children badly need any and all available family support.
Children are not taught to be LGBTQ — they are born that way. Close friends of mine in another city are devout Roman Catholics, and their son is transgender. Although it has been a difficult adjustment for the family, this child is no less loved than before his transition.
HB 2481 would allow state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against people like me. I am divorced and remarried, which may be unacceptable under some agencies’ religious beliefs.
Joy Koesten is my state representative. Thanks for your opposition to this measure, Rep. Koesten.
A mother’s loss
Mary Sanchez’s sympathetic and empathetic column concerning Barbara Bush is a testimony to the strength of character not only of Mrs. Bush, but her mom and all of us who experience the loss a child. (April 21, 11A, “Remembering Barbara Bush, grieving mother”)
My experience was a miscarriage of twins. But that was half a century after Robin Bush’s death and Sanchez’s mother’s first late-term loss. I was fortunate to have a community that understood it was a loss and allowed me to grieve.
Another generation later, our daughter-in-law lost a daughter, Faith, at 17 weeks. Fortunately, she was supported by a medical team that understood the need to allow her and her husband time with the daughter.
Loss is painful, but grieving is a process that one must experience, and a medical team that understands that need is exceptional.
Sanchez’s words and her insight concerning Mrs. Bush are evidence that our culture is learning to honor painful life experiences appropriately. Thank you for sharing such a personal and perceptive tribute to Mrs. Bush, but also to your own mom and all mothers who know the loss of a child all too soon.
Susan Annette Smith