It should be clear by now that America is suffering from three forms of tyranny:
First, the tyranny of computer technology and electronic devices.
Second, the tyranny of political correctness (as if the Constitution guaranteed the right not to be offended).
Finally, the tyranny of popular culture.
I take umbrage at your recent editorial regarding illegal immigrants. (May 18, 12A, “The difference between undocumented immigrants”)
Your suggestion that Syed Jamal was in some way treated unfairly is not true. This man lived and worked in the United States for 30 years, received a visa and several extensions, and had more than enough time to apply for citizenship if that was what he wanted. There are immigration laws to be followed whether The Star or Jamal agrees with them or not.
The editorial intimates that President Donald Trump somehow offended all immigrants by referring to them as “animals,” when anyone who watched the news conference video and has a modicum of intelligence understands that he was referring to people such as members of criminal gangs. Of course, the mainstream media do not understand this.
The editorial indicates that about 40,000 immigrants live illegally in the Kansas City area. That fact on its own is concerning.
Some people say the United States has the dumbest immigration laws in the world. I agree.
I have for years advocated that the U.S. cancel its current immigration laws and adopt exactly the ones in place in Mexico.
As facility administrator of DaVita Westport Renal Center, I care for dialysis patients in the Westport and Kansas City community. I recently had the opportunity to represent dialysis patients and their families in Washington, D.C., to encourage Rep. Emanuel Cleaver to cosponsor the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act.
Dialysis patients face many challenges, including taking 19 or more medications each day on average. They battle kidney disease and often other comorbidities.
The PATIENTS Act would help patients on dialysis by reducing hospitalizations, providing medication management and supporting them through the complexities of our health care system. Integrated kidney care can also help these patients by providing a nephrologist-led care team, transportation assistance and transplant support.
The PATIENTS Act would improve care for more Medicare dialysis patients who depend on treatments multiple times a week.
For all these reasons and more, I urge Cleaver to join me in supporting integrated care for patients by cosponsoring the PATIENTS Act.
No fair play
In yet another brazen attempt at voter suppression, Missouri Republicans have jumped on the GOP bandwagon to rig the census, thus maintaining political control, by counting only citizens and leaving everyone else living in the U.S. out of the process. (May 17, 4A, “Bill: Only citizens could be counted to draw districts”)
Our nation’s democracy is being threatened like never before by those on the far right who show a total disregard for fair play. This has resulted in the election of a president who, by most counts, has lied more than 3,000 times while in office and continues to force his extreme views on a nation in dire need of honesty and civility.
At my age, I’m no longer concerned about my future in this quickly dissolving democracy, but I do worry about my children’s and grandchildren’s futures.
They deserve much more than being led by bigots, liars and thieves.
Eddie L. Clay
Wow — Missouri state Sen. Bob Onder is the veritable pot calling the kettle black.
He said a labor bill he sponsored last week, which would require public-sector union members to vote every three years to continue being represented by the union, would “make sure that (unions are) accountable to their workers instead of pursuing other agendas.”
How about Onder becoming accountable to the Missourians he serves and not to his big-business donors?
He also knows it’s already illegal for unions to spend money for political purposes.
Stop spreading lies and do your job, Senator.