Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on Latinos, Gov. Sam Brownback and uninformed voters

Latinos left out

Latinos are not an invisible people. We are 54 million strong consumers.

Viewing television, it appears that Latinos are invisible unless you are watching Univision or the Kansas City Royals. Latinos are the United States’ largest minority group, yet I see only a few in television commercials.

As an aside, no Latinas were recommended for the face of the new $20 bill.

Anglos and African-Americans dominate the media. Latinos need to boycott select products. Spend wisely.

Maybe we will be acknowledged.

Ascension Hernandez


Kansas Titanic

It is truly cringe-worthy to watch Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas’ Republican lawmakers waste their time and our money after more than 100 days of stalling, grandstanding, blame-shifting and finger-pointing. We are no better off than when they began this farce.

It’s like watching a sinking Titanic as the captain and crew throw the passengers overboard while trying to save themselves by throwing each other anvils.

Andy Sandler


Stand up for Kansas

I don’t want to throw stones at the Kansas Legislature and its leaders, including the governor. That’s too easy.

You know what else is easy? The solution to the $400 million budget hole.

Here’s where it does take a bit of courage, but it’s still fairly simple. Lawmakers need to admit to themselves and to their constituents that they made a mistake when they bought into the inflated election rhetoric they were given (we were all given) declaring that massive tax cuts to businesses would bring economic prosperity and sunshine to Kansas.

Kansas lawmakers already have spent more time trying to fix the problem than they did to create it. So, admit it. They’re human. It was a mistake.

You know how to fix it. Rescind the tax cuts that are not working.

Stand up to Grover Norquist. Stand up to Americans for Prosperity. Stand up to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Stand up for the citizens of Kansas — all of them. Do not just cut 6 percent out of the budget and run home patting yourselves on the back. That would be lazy and destructive.

Time for common sense. You know the right thing to do.

Marty Birch


Friedman columns

We would like to share our views about Thomas Friedman. His commentaries are very enjoyable. He is truthful and understands our foreign policies. I look forward to reading his comments every week.

We also read a May 31 letter from Bill Stephens about the Great Depression and think he was dead-on with what he said.

Stan and Sue McNickle

Overland Park

Uninformed voters

A recent CNN poll showed that only 39 percent of the respondents said they had heard of Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and fewer people knew what offices former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton has held.

We are electing our leaders with a very uninformed electorate in city, state and national elections. We have become an electorate that just checks a box on the ballot not knowing why we voted for a candidate if we voted at all.

Richard Wiens


Better days in Kansas

As a Kansas resident, I want to applaud our state lawmakers for spending their time tackling the tough and important issues that face our great state. What a great use of time and resources to focus on changing our state’s gun laws and do absolutely nothing to properly fund public education.

Reading, writing, class sizes and teachers’ pay aren’t that important anyway. It’s much more important to be able to walk around carrying a firearm without a license.

Does anyone else long for the days when Kansas wasn’t a national laughing stock? I know I do.

Sterling Hammett

Overland Park

‘Right to work’ bill

Last month, the Missouri legislature passed a “right to work” law that will inhibit workers from collectively bargaining for better wages and benefits. Although the governor vetoed the bill Thursday, it is one of several state right-to-work laws being considered this year.

Right-to-work is the wrong direction for Missouri and the nation. The typical worker in a right-to-work state makes about $1,560 less annually than a worker in a non-right-to-work state.

Rates of workers with employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions are also lower in right-to-work states. And contrary to proponents’ claims, research shows that these laws do not create jobs.

Over the last 30 years, incomes for middle-class Americans have fallen in conjunction with the falling rate of union membership. Analysis by the Center for American Progress Action Fund shows a strong correlation between declining union membership rates and the declining share of income going to the middle class.

With wages stagnant, inequality at record levels and union membership in decline, lawmakers should focus on rebuilding the middle class by raising state laws above federal standards — not by racing to the bottom with right-to-work. Missouri lawmakers should enact policies that empower workers to bargain collectively, which in turn would benefit the state’s economy.

Karla Walter

Associate Director

American Worker


Center for American

Project Action Fund

Alexandria, Va.

Love for all life

May the day soon come when we see our sons and daughters off to the gatherings in every homeland where the terms of a universal ceasefire will be sought out. The time has come to take care of the mother of all life upon this most remarkable planet.

Such a moment, in the history of our fully embracing this shared home world, will be manifested by extraordinary individuals doing wonderful things to bring compassion and rejuvenation to the forefront of human affairs.

There is a shift upon the winds of time. A renaissance is now arising in the heartlands.

All the mothers upon this sweet Earth will weep with joy upon such an undertaking. The time has come to park the tanks and sing in the meadows, to celebrate our arrival into an age of compassion and joy, cemented with a love for all life.

Clifford Humphrey

Kansas City

Safety questions

Do you change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change the time on your clocks? The batteries don’t cost much, and they might save your family’s life.

Do you have deadbolt locks on exterior doors? Do you lock them just as you would lock your car door? Most anyone could gain access very easily unless deadbolt locks are installed.

Are you aware of suspicious noises? Would you check to see what it is or have the phone ready to call for help? Investigating alone is dangerous. It has cost people their lives.

Do you have guns in your home or caustic material properly stored? Do you have a plan for escaping your house in an emergency? If not, why not?

Think twice, and act.

Paul Meyn Sr.

Overland Park

Love over bigotry

How one knows who is gay or straight has been bouncing around in my head for a long time. Not all lesbians are masculine, and not all gay men are effeminate.

I think this identity prejudice comes to mind only when gay couples show affection in public. Could it be two brothers or two sisters? Who’s to say?

So-called straight couples are free to show all sorts of affection in public. There’s no judgment there.

The closet is a safe place only when someone breaks into your house and you have to call 911. It is not a place to live your life.

This is America, people. Land of the free, home of the brave, and for any gay couple to show love and affection in public so anyone can point fingers, call names or worse is indeed brave.

That any American can still show signs of love, affection, compassion and dignity in these bigoted, racist, troubling times is what this country, my country is supposed to be about.

Lea Hopkins