Letters to the Editor

Stopping terrorism, health care, Royals broadcasters

Stopping terrorism

Terrorism is rooted in hatred, fear, violence and evil and a sense of entitlement. Ways to combat terrorism before it even starts may be through love, kindness, acceptance, dialogue, equality and positive contact among all peoples across cultural or societal lines.

A terrorism prevention strategy must begin in homes and fostered in communities. What can we do?

We can teach our children about the sacred worth of every human being. We can teach our children to be more accepting of people who are different.

We can teach them that violence is not a preferred way of settling issues. We can show our children by example.

We can teach constructive conflict resolution. We can take them to a house of worship and expose them to values taught there. We can tell them that acts of nonsensical aggression at home will not be tolerated.

We can promote inclusivity.

Prevention of terrorism begins with each of us. Are we capable of stopping it? Are we trying to stop it?

But we must start somewhere or it will not go away.

Susan Evers
Overland Park Anti-male bias

In regard to women making more money, it is because of men being discriminated against because of their gender (5-30, A1, “Family income shows big shift”).

George McNarie Kansas City
Tragedy enlarged

I’m a 61-year-old American male and have enjoyed a life of fishing and hunting and trap shooting — all the things a normal guy does, I guess. I was more than sickened by the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

The horror those kids endured is unimaginable, and the grief their parents suffered would be intolerable. But the reaction around the country, the shouting for better, farther-reaching gun control caused me to just sit back and shake my head in amazement.

That anyone actually believes the senseless deaths of innocent children, regardless of the number of incidents or lives, would actually touch the hearts of our U.S. congressmen and women is blind to the reality.

If it involves campaign fund contributions, parties and boondoggles or the chance that monies might be spent backing a more pliable candidate, you can bet your last dollar that our God-fearing senators and representatives will continue to sell the sanctity of our children’s youth for the opportunity to stay in office.

William (Bill) Crowdes Blue Springs Kudos to editorial

Great job. I normally don’t read the opinion section, but the June 1 editorial, “Bad legislature plagues good people of Kansas,” just verbalized my thoughts so well. It’s great to know there are some intelligent people out there.

Carolyn Gangel Olathe Steve Rose column

Steve Rose seems unduly impressed by the fact that 29 percent of voters in a Farleigh Dickinson University poll think an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years (6-2, Commentary, “The NRA stokes real fears about government”). He is also impressed and approving of the rhetoric of Wayne LaPierre and the power of the National Rifle Association.

What Mr. Rose fails to mention is that 47 percent of the polled voters did not think an armed revolution was going to be necessary. To put the power of the NRA in perspective, the NRA spent millions trying to get its candidates elected in 2012 and little of its money supported winning candidates.

Rose thinks background checks cannot possibly be enacted, but a Gallup poll has determined that 65 percent of Americans think the Senate should have passed that measure, including 44 percent of Republicans. Only 29 percent thought the opposite.

Could that be the same 29 percent who contemplate armed revolution? Could they be folks who mostly or exclusively get their news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other such extreme sources?

And why do we need a rehash of such propaganda?

Albert de Zutter Kansas City Health care issue

Neither Missouri nor Kansas appears likely to expand Medicaid, leaving an unacceptably large number of people without access to health care.

This is an issue of national security, not just a social issue.

People without health insurance don’t seek out health care as soon as they get sick but usually wait and see whether their problem gets better.

But when we have a deadly epidemic or pandemic (“when” and not “if” — this will happen at some point), delays in diagnosis and treatment will cause it to worsen and spread, making it much harder to contain.

Currently, two serious diseases are spreading in parts of the world with the potential to cause a deadly pandemic of catastrophic proportions: a new strain of avian flu (H7N9) and a new type of coronavirus (related to the SARS virus). Either or both may acquire the ability to be transmitted readily from person to person.

Diseases don’t care whether a potential host is a Republican or a Democrat, a legislator or a street person. Our lawmakers are responsible for providing for our national security from diseases as well as from explosives.

Janice Grebe Roeland Park Snake oil sales

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being very disingenuous stating that the lofty benefits of the Affordable Care Act would be a panacea for all Americans. The following are some facts to consider.

• The president stated in his 2008 campaign that the average American family would have its annual health insurance premiums lowered by $2,500 with health care reform. That hasn’t happened.

• Major insurance carriers have said premiums could increase dramatically in part because of the mandates imposed by Obamacare.

• Seniors in the Medicare Advantage Program are facing higher premiums and/or benefit cuts because of the new health insurance tax in the health care reform law.

The uninformed citizens will have a rude awakening in 2014. Secretary Sebelius is selling snake oil to the American people.

Steve Schieszer Blue Springs Costly KC trolley

I was disappointed the referendum to put Kansas City International Airport on a ballot so we could all vote on the planned changes was scuttled by a technicality from the city.

The important point is that city officials continue to ignore the public, their bosses. Now it is the streetcar.

They told us it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers (other than those along the track) anything. First, they robbed the public transportation funds of $2 million. This means poorer bus service to areas of the city that really need it the most.

Now it’s the bridge. One official said the bridge was strong enough to support the streetcar over the river. Now it’s $3.4 million to fix the bridge, plus $2 million robbed from our bus service and an additional $1 million plus from the capital improvement fund (meaning less for repairs of sewers, curbs, water lines and roads).

This totals more than $6 million being spent for the streetcar (trolley folly) that wasn’t supposed cost the taxpayers anything. Because they have changed the rules on the streetcar funding and are using taxpayer dollars, shouldn’t the whole thing be revisited?

Maybe a referendum on the streetcar would be in order? Let’s talk.

Dan Coffey Kansas City Royals broadcasters

This is in support of Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc, the broadcasters for the Kansas City Royals. Actually, I am a California transplant, and while living there, I totally enjoyed their broadcasts of the Angels’ games.

When it was announced they were both coming to Kansas City, I was ecstatic. I understand that everyone does not appreciate Hudler’s unique style, and, yes, he can be a little hokey.

However, I enjoy his enthusiasm for the game, as well as his game analysis and emotional interpretation. It is disappointing when it becomes necessary to listen to other networks carrying the Kansas City game because some of the other broadcasters are boring and lack a passion for the game.

Jayne Schommer Louisburg, Kan.