Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers dicsuss Christianity’s tenets, term limits and Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Men only

In a Sept. 9 letter to the editor, a pastor said he was very happy having male and female clergy at his church. (18A) I am not sure how these pastors decide how to do things when they call themselves Christians.

Last time I read the Bible, it clearly stated that only men can be clergy. I guess God is right that men would make themselves god and make the calls.

It’s quite sad, because that means hell will be their destination. The Bible says no on female clergy to me.

Nick Loza

Kansas City

Better than limits

As the argument over the effectiveness of term limits is debated in The Kansas City Star’s Missouri Influencer series, I can see both sides of the issue. (Sept. 24, 1A, “Term limits ‘a disaster,’ say many state leaders”)

Entrenched power can corrupt lawmakers’ decisions, but there is a lot to be said for experience on the job.

In this effort to solve political ineffectiveness through term limits, we forget that we already have the proper tool to combat ineffective government. It is called the voting booth.

With the pathetic voter turnout levels in most of our country, maybe we should concentrate on encouraging ways for people to become informed voters. Let’s not take the lazy way out of this problem by crippling good legislators.

Maybe bad elected officials would try to do a better job if they knew that the voters, not the lobbyists, controlled their futures.

The key word here is “elected.” We already have the power to control terms of service. We just need to use it.

Michael Brodie

Independence

Wrong messages

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, stated in response to being accused of sexual assault that he was a virgin in high school.

His virginity has absolutely nothing to do with whether he committed sexual assault or other misconduct with Christine Blasey Ford or Deborah Ramirez.

Why are there so many misunderstandings about sexual assault — how to define it, how we understand perpetrators and how we as a culture are sending messages of acceptance of sexual abuse through our lack of outrage and clarity of these issues?

The country elected a president who blatantly demeans women and victims of sexual assault, as well as tolerates and promotes individuals who have histories of sexual violence against women. Our children are watching and will learn that “boys will be boys” if this sexual behavior is tolerated by any person, whether in school or in a position of leadership.

Let’s not tolerate this behavior. Tell your members of Congress to take the time for a thorough investigation and to show respect for victims and not their perpetrators.

Get out and vote in November for decency.

Debra Orbuch

Grayson

Westwood

Improper conduct

In the Supreme Court nomination process that has morphed into the media circus of the year, one very important question has not been answered: As ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, why has Sen. Dianne Feinstein not been held accountable for having material information about Judge Brett Kavanaugh but not bringing it forward during the nominating process?

It’s unconscionable that she is a member of the committee charged with investigating the judge’s background and chose to withhold important allegations and information from her colleagues and the American people until after the proceedings. It is obvious she chose to withhold this information to delay and disrupt the entire process, purely for political purposes.

Shouldn’t she be sanctioned, or better yet, removed from this committee for such a calculated malfeasance?

Richard F. Thomas Jr.

Kansas City

Cruel policy

No one should ever have to choose between seeking medical care and staying in this country. But that is exactly the situation many people will find themselves in if proposed changes to U.S. immigration policy are permitted to proceed.

According to the proposals, people can be denied long-term residency if they have been recipients of Medicaid, SNAP (formerly food stamps), federal housing assistance or other anti-poverty programs. (Sept. 23, 22A, “Trump to restrict new green cards for those on welfare”) This is just plain wrong.

I hope members of Congress will stand up against any policy changes that cut off families from medical care, nutrition or housing assistance.

Helen Evans

Kansas City

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