Some Americans seem to be under the illusion that freedom of speech supports such notions as racism. It does not. The Constitution and Bill of Rights established a rationally realized idea that God and nature created a natural state of equality and thus established the legal protections for that reality.
Hence, America demands that to be citizens, to be patriotic, we employ values that create, advance and protect a nation of equals.
Racism, sexism and environmental mismanagement are not rights, nor are they American values. Any attempts to arbitrarily void the mission of America to provide a home for everyone must be viewed as uncivil and un-American, not patriotic.
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Our civics courses no longer teach the true values of America, which are realized only in a community where discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion or origin of birth is not tolerated.
What we need to do is understand the true values of America and unite around them.
A bigger risk
I read the story about inspectors from the Kansas City Health Department confiscating and destroying food being given to homeless people on the grounds that it might be a health hazard. (Nov. 6, 4A, “Officials explain trashing, bleaching food for homeless”) Doesn’t the department know that not getting enough to eat is always a health hazard?
God commands us to help the poor. Kansas City is not only failing to obey this command but is hindering those who try to obey it. I wonder what the inspectors will have to say in their defense when they face God’s judgment for their action.
With one stone
Perhaps the University of Kansas could hire football coach Bill Snyder away from Kansas State. That would solve a lot of problems.
Steve Rose’s Nov. 3 column was sharply on target. (7A, “Candidates ought to be ashamed for ignoring this urgent issue”) Our environment is the single most important issue (the only issue, in fact) for any political contest anywhere in the world. It was, with minor exceptions, completely ignored during this election season.
The political reasoning to avoid the issue is obvious: fear.
We pray that courageous, thinking candidates will rise to the occasion soon so our children and grandchildren have a fighting chance to live life as we know it.
Mankind can adapt. It is adapting. But radical change is very difficult without serious social, economic and political consequences.
The climate we experience today will not be radically different tomorrow. Or the day after. That’s the problem. It becomes a problem only over several tomorrows, and that number is getting smaller.
If I don’t brush my teeth today, that won’t make much difference tomorrow. But over several tomorrows, my lack of attention to oral hygiene may very well result in me having no teeth.
I’m grateful you had the courage and the wisdom to point this out to your readers. Please stay on the case.
Frank C. “Pat”
Many thanks to the Girl Scouts who brought us Girl Scout cookies at the polling place at West 91st Street and Lamar Avenue on Tuesday.
After arriving at 5:30 a.m., the 13 poll workers were getting a little weary by about 4 p.m. The cookies and the support of the troop and its leaders gave us a real boost.
In addition, the kids saw democracy in action, with short lines, welcoming workers who worked hard to solve any issues and people being kind to each other, despite their political differences.
America is still alive and well in Johnson County.
Who’s crazy now?
Perhaps Missouri has shifted and become more polarized. Maybe it has been all along, and all it took was any candidate better than Todd Akin to prove it.
Claire McCaskill’s loss might not have been all her fault, but I doubt calling her base “crazy” helped.
Maybe it’s time some red-state Democrats drop the moderate act. It sure isn’t enough to win an election, and it might start taking a toll on their own turnouts. But I fear they’ll double down and lose by larger margins before they learn.