Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss GOP Russia report, compensating the wrongfully convicted and obscene culture

Quite unclear

The Star’s headline “House probe on Russia clears Trump” on the front page April 28 was inaccurate and misleading.

The House probe endorsed by the thin Republican majority minimizes and ignores the vast amount of evidence concluding the opposite of “clearing” President Donald Trump.

Only Republicans voted for this report. Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, is well known to be a fanatic partisan who is not respected even by his colleagues.

The Star’s headline should have correctly communicated that this “probe” was a partisan whitewash. Truth is no longer the standard in Trump’s Washington. The Star’s headline did not even hint that this report was politics only, and far from bipartisan.

Kevin H. Connaghan

Roeland Park

No entry

We should protect our borders. People coming up from South America have no right to enter this nation. We need to lock down the border and not let them set even one foot into this country — ever.

Charles Burright

Lenexa

Help needed

The elderly in Jackson County need the kind of services provided by a proposed new property tax. (April 30, 8A, “Property tax increase for senior aid deserves careful scrutiny”) It would allow them to remain in their homes or apartments, and to stay out of assisted living and nursing homes as long as possible.

Many elderly Jackson Countians do not have relatives nearby to provide these services. Ask people and family members served by the Platte County Senior Fund, whose money comes from county property taxes, what they think of the help that agency provides.

I’m 70 and would be thrilled to pay that small tax, because someday I will need those services.

Nancy Taylor

Kansas City

Not the state

I agree that people who are wrongfully convicted should be compensated, but I do not agree that Kansas should have to pay. (April 28, 10A, “Kansas must pay for wrongful convictions”)

I don’t know the details in every instance, but I do know that in some of the situations The Star uses to justify its position, the men were convicted because crooked cops lied, crooked prosecutors coerced witnesses or so on.

These bad actors are responsible. As far as I know, a crooked cop is enjoying his retirement, and a crooked prosecutor is still working and doing his or her job badly. They should be made to pay.

When someone is convicted, rightly or wrongly, he or she is transferred to the Kansas Department of Corrections. The department assumes the verdict is correct.

Its administrators are not obligated to second-guess the verdict for every inmate who comes their way. They find the guy a cell and lock him up according to the sentence in whatever paperwork they receive.

If, years later, it turns out the verdict was wrong, especially if it resulted from someone else’s malfeasance, it is not the fault of the Department of Corrections or the state.

Carl Weaver

Merriam

Utterly corrupted

We live in the most permissive society since pagan times. Movie marquees, the covers of magazines, the internet, billboards, television, talk shows — they all scream sensual messages at us. “If it feels good, do it” has become a national motto.

In a society of unredeemed people, democracy is the only fair system. But no democracy can be better than the people who make it up.

When citizens are selfishly motivated, the government will be inequitable. When people are dishonest, the government will be the same. When everyone wants his own way, someone is going to get hurt.

The book of Proverbs says, “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.”

Jeanie Adkins-Peine

Overland Park

Level the field

I read with interest The Star’s story last month, “Hawley raises far less than McCaskill despite Trump’s help.” (April 20, 5A)

Irrespective of my opinion of either candidate, I feel this article points out that candidates from all parties have become enslaved to raising huge amounts of money for their campaigns. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down campaign finance and election laws.

That is why I support the organization American Promise, which is spearheading a 50-state Citizen Uprising event with one goal: to create a 28th Amendment that will get big money out of politics and ensure fair representation of the American people.

I urge anyone with similar concerns to visit americanpromise.net and get involved.

Jerry Lloyd

Lenexa

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