Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on Jean Schodorf, the Royals and breast cancer

Schodorf, Kobach

I strongly support the Oct. 9 editorial, “Schodorf best choice for key Kansas office,” endorsing Jean Schodorf for Kansas secretary of state instead of letting Kris Kobach continue to game the system and abuse the office to which he was elected.

I’ve spent the last 25 years fighting against the discrimination my children have experienced growing up. But Kobach’s career has been devoted to promoting himself and his particular brand of the politics of hate, increasing discrimination instead of trying to get rid of it.

He’s creating a culture of fear and making it harder for Kansans, especially African-Americans and Latinos, to exercise their basic right to vote.

I was encouraged to hear that when Schodorf met with members of Kansas People’s Action, of which I am a member, she committed to broadening voter participation and making it easier for Kansans to vote with measures like same-day voter participation. We need more Kansans participating in the democratic process, not fewer.

Of course, for that to happen, we first need to vote on Nov. 4 and show Mr. Kobach the door.

Teresa Garvey

Valley Center, Kan.

Boys of Summer

Our Boys of Summer truly are the October Surprise. May the Royals continue to hit hard, run fast, pitch strikes and leap magnificently so the ultimate championship will bring a little glimpse of heaven from the mountaintop.

Maggie Clark

Kansas City

Breast cancer

Yes, it’s mid-October, and with all the pink ribbons fluttering and the marches and runs taking place, we should all be aware that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Are we aware, though, that being told the annual mammogram reveals no sign of cancer is not really a clean bill of breast health?

The more common ductal type can show even the most minute of lesions, but a lobular form can be walnut size and be undetected by mammogram. Ultrasound or several new technologies are needed but are not routinely covered by Medicare or insurance.

Several years ago, some screening centers had signs at their check-in counters offering for a nominal fee disposable padding to make the mammogram more comfortable. Might a similar method be used to allow women to pay the much higher fee for the peace of mind a more complete examination would offer?

Pat Wurster


Vote armed with facts

Under the current Democratic administration, businesses created more than 10 million new jobs compared with thousands of jobs lost per month under Republicans. The housing market has rebounded.

The auto industry was saved. Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. We have the lowest percentage of Americans without health insurance in history.

The jobless rate was 10 percent in October 2009. Unemployment is now less than 6 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average was less than 7,000; it is now more than 16,000.

Corporate profits are through the roof. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

All of this success is in spite of more than 300 Republican Senate filibusters (many for job creation), more than 50 House votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and votes against the administration’s jobs-creation bill to fix our deteriorating bridges and roads.

Finally, which party voted against Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage and everything the Constitution requires Congress to do to “promote the general welfare”? Want more Republican obstruction, including suppressing the right to vote to possibly create an even a more regressive Supreme Court?

Facts, not inherited ideology or blatant lies, should guide how we vote.

Martin Kaynan


Steve Rose column

I don’t agree with everything Steve Rose writes, but he was spot on in his Oct. 12 column, “Let’s send Kris Kobach to political oblivion.” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has spread his hateful message across the country, and he is an embarrassment to the Midwest.

I wish he would go the way of former Missouri governor Matt Blunt and former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline.

Anna Pearson

Lee’s Summit

Students’ sleep time

I love my sleep as much as the next person. Although sleeping in an extra hour every day as a recent study recommended seems nice, getting out of school and starting my evening an hour later does not.

If schools were to get out later as things balance out, students would get the same amount of sleep and nothing would change. Getting out an hour later would cause students to finish their extracurricular activities an hour later, finish homework an hour later and go to sleep an hour later.

Waking up an hour later would not do much good if students are going to bed an hour later.

Personally, I would prefer to just suck it up and wake up when I do.

My evenings are short enough and are packed with things I need to get done. It’s stressful enough trying to get everything done in the time I’m given,

I’d prefer not to make it even more stressful with an hour less each evening.

Ronnie Rice


NBA need in KC

It is time for Kansas City to have another NBA team. We lost the Kings in 1985 to Sacramento.

Since then Kansas City has grown immensely. Between 2000 and 2010, the metro-area population grew by 10.9 percent. Downtown Kansas City is more popular than ever because of the Power & Light District, and it would be even better with a team at the Sprint Center.

Also a team would help stimulate the economy by bringing in even more people downtown for games because, as of now, downtown is mainly for adults. But with a basketball team it would be more family friendly.

Combining Kansas City’s population growth, downtown’s new life and the need to further stimulate the economy, Kansas City is the perfect location for a basketball team.

Nick Caruso


Sen. Pat Roberts

At one time, senator, I had great respect for you. You worked on behalf of the people of Kansas and knew how important it was to work in a bipartisan manner to get things done not only for the people who elected you but for the benefit of the country as a whole.

You believed that the only way to get things done was to work together.

Sadly, those days are gone, and so are your principles, because of the fear you and other members of your party have of the far right.

Compromise is a word that has been removed from the Republican Party. Compromise is a word that will be used against you even if it is in the best interest of this country.

Senator, in order to survive your recent primary and now your re-election, you have sacrificed your own principles and integrity.

As I said, I once had great respect for you, but because of pressure from the far right in your party, you now stand for party over the good of Kansas and the country.

You do compromise now, but at the loss of your own principles.

Karen Lane


Confusing TV ad

Does anyone else share my inability to follow the logic of Democratic candidate Kelly Kultala’s skinny-dipping ad against her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas? The ad concludes by saying Congressman Yoder’s record is nothing to blush about?

That says nothing to be embarrassed about to me.

Steven Lesan

Kansas City

Google Fiber craving

I am still waiting for Google Fiber to come to my area. A lot of time has passed since I first heard about Internet speeds 100 times faster than before.

I got excited then and I’m excited now, but I am still left hanging.

Where is my Fiber?

I live in Prairie Village, so I know I’m technically not in Kansas City, but I think that because Google advertised its new product all over this area, the company should offer its product where it advertised.

Patrick Doyle

Prairie Village