Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss 95th Street woes and Pat Roberts’ bipartisan Farm Bill work

Speed it up

I am disheartened that as a city we go to such great lengths to ensure there are no viable public transit options on 95th Street. Considering this thoroughfare stretches from Lee’s Summit to western Johnson County uninterrupted, could we at least try? A pilot project testing the appetite for a line running from Oak Park Mall to the Cerner Innovations Campus could yield surprising results.

Surely such intense development on this major artery warrants public transit investment.

Ira Boydston

Kansas City

Looking out

Kansas farmers and families should be thankful they have Sen. Pat Roberts fighting for them. A lifetime Kansan and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Roberts has an understanding of food and agriculture few can match. Roberts’ expertise is crucial when crafting an updated Farm Bill, which affects everything from crop insurance to food stamps. He’s been involved in writing seven bipartisan Farm Bills, but the 2018 version may be his most important.

That is because of deep disparities in the House and Senate versions regarding food stamps, or SNAP. House Republicans want to cut funding and reduce the number of recipients. The Senate bill, which passed 86-11, makes changes but leaves SNAP funding intact.

Roberts addressed concern about waste in SNAP in an agriculture committee hearing last month, saying, “We are not talking about rampant program abuse.” As the House and Senate reconcile the differences in their bills, Roberts will surely continue to fight to protect SNAP, which he has described as “vital to those among us in need.”

Jack Delehanty

Lawrence

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