Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Devin Nunes’ good logic, public employees and faux ‘socialism’

Nunes’ honor

A letter to the editor in the May 3 Star claimed that Rep. Devin Nunes of California is “well known to be a fanatic partisan who is not respected even by his colleagues.”

To the contrary, Nunes, as you can see in many videos online, is consistently calm and collected. He reasons with sound logic, should you want to see for yourself.

At times, he seems to be the only person in Congress with sufficient courage to pursue alleged epic corruption in the FBI and Department of Justice. Nunes is undoubtedly admired by many of his colleagues not just for his courage, but for his perseverance.

But the bottom line is that when it comes to forcing the FBI and Justice Department to uncover evidence that might put Hillary Clinton in a bad light, expect lots and lots of name-calling.

Kevin Wood


Common good

Local, state and federal government employees in our community and throughout the nation serve and protect us. Public servants deserve our appreciation daily, but Public Service Recognition Week (May 6-12) is set aside to honor our men and women in government.

Public service is a calling to serve one’s fellow Americans, and this is a week for honoring those who followed that calling.

Our diverse workforce at the federal, state and local levels consists of highly talented individuals with a strong drive to improve the lives of the American people. They ensure a clean environment, safeguard the food we eat, protect our communities from violence, stabilize and grow the economy, come to our rescue after disasters and teach our children — to name just a few ways public servants make our lives better.

This week is an excellent time to reflect on the hard work and dedication of our government workforce. Please join me in thanking our public servants for the important work they do for our community.

C. Roger Denesia

Overland Park

Protect states

I am baffled that a proposed amendment to this year’s Farm Bill, which is up for vote in less than two weeks, is getting so little media attention. If Iowa Rep. Steve King’s so-called Protect Interstate Commerce Act is passed, it would override Kansas laws regulating goods and services within its borders.

This bill, also known as H.R. 4879, could unwind state laws on many animal protection issues as well as those regulating commerce and control of what products are sold in our state.

The federal government should not undermine states’ rights. Contact Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who will be a crucial voice in determining passage of this measure, and ask him to ensure that King’s dangerous amendment is not included in the final version of the Farm Bill.

Charmaine Ward

Prairie Village

Radical right

Ed Rogers’ commentary about the difficulties of embracing a socialist economy makes several accurate points. (May 8, 11A, “The Democratic Party’s frightening embrace of socialism”)

His attacks on Marxism are easy, but on target. I believe he’s correct in saying that Democratic leaders should be wary of approaching some of the more extreme ideas, such as a job guarantees.

However, Republicans have also lurched ever further from reality to an alarming degree. One example is their fear of regulations by the federal government. Even minimal historical awareness shows that these regulations allow capitalism to work.

It was the reforms of the Progressive Era that saved the nation from the turmoil of the late 19th century. When we turned away from regulation and endured the chaos of the 1920s, it took the New Deal to bring back balance. That balance worked well through the 1970s.

Since then, many have forgotten the past and still believe that some kind of Laffer Curve voodoo economics could actually work. They mistakenly attack, rather than improve, regulation as a concept.

The Democratic Party has its extremists, but if America is to grow and prosper, Republicans will also have to denounce their ever-growing group of radicals as well.

Stuart Bintner

Kansas City

When critics cuss out “socialism,” I wish they would talk about socialism and not something else. Socialism is when government at any level owns and operates some or all of the means of production. Municipal electric plants and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Tennessee Valley Authority are socialism. Veterans hospitals owned and operated by the VA are socialism.

But Ed Rogers was specifying government benefits, which are not socialism. They include assistance such as free tuition for college students. Other such benefits are Social Security and Medicare.

We can disagree on the merits of various government benefits, but let’s not confuse them with socialism.

Alan Perry

Kansas City