Letters to the Editor

God in school, Catholic Church, water charges

Schools skip God

I hope the powers that be are so very proud of themselves. They took God, prayer and discipline out of our schools, and evil and violence walked in.

Carol Motsinger Kansas City Natural variation

I wish people would think for themselves instead of trusting any institution or person to think for them.

A recent writer thought it unfair to criticize the Catholic Church because some priests molest children, while the Boy Scouts are criticized for not allowing homosexual men to be scout leaders (7-6, Letters).

The issue is not whether our leaders are gay or straight. The issue is whether anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, abuses children. Anyone who abuses children should not have a role in their care.

Natural variations occur in every living thing, and I believe homosexuality vs. heterosexuality is one of those variations. Neither is wrong, only different. Both result in human beings who desire love and acceptance and an opportunity to engage fully in the lives they are given.

No one has control over what happened in utero; we are all human beings who want an equal shot at life.

Judith Sturgess Independence High water charges

I own a commercial building in Platte County that has two tenants. The common area contains men’s and women’s restrooms with a single toilet and sink in each.

The water bill for this property is usually around $12 a month. However, by the time Water Services adds commodity, sanitary sewer, sanitary sewer volume and storm water, the bill is $74.

Do vacant shopping centers and buildings that have no water service pay these charges? No. Yet the storm water is based on the square footage of the land or lot.

Residential properties have similar charges added for home service. This is grossly unfair and unreasonable and should be changed, yet we have no say in the regulation of utility rates or charges.

Maybe if enough of us complain we will heard, so take a look at your water bill.

Ron Adams Kansas City Successful people

I recently came across a quote by Sloan Wilson, author of “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit,” that is most apropos concerning our current leadership in Washington, D.C.

It should appeal to those on both the left and the right: “Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.”

Now there’s something upon which we can all agree.

Tom Karczewski Kansas City U.S. sexual assaults

Today our soldiers are sharply and justly criticized for widespread, shameful and immoral sexual actions. However, I well remember the outfit I spent five years in back in the good old days.

They were good guys. But single men in barracks don’t grow into plaster saints.

And I also remember that in time of peace it’s “chuck him out, the brute,” but it’s hero of his country when the guns begin to shoot.

Ben Nicks Shawnee Strong gun lobby

I understand why gun safety laws can’t get passed because of the gun manufacturers’ lobby. It seems all we citizens are capable of holding are candlelight vigils.

Are the candle makers in cahoots with the gun lobby?

Darlene Wiltanger Kansas City Costs for new KCI

A number of people have implied that Johnson County residents will not have to help pay for a new Kansas City International Airport terminal. Get real.

When Denver International Airport opened some years ago, everyone paid $10 for the privilege of landing or taking off from Denver. It made no difference if your destination was not Denver; if you had to change planes in Denver, you still paid the fee.

The only way airports can pay for a new terminal is by charging passengers a fee for that use. Therefore, any Johnson Countian who uses the airport will help pay for it.

Jo Johnson Prairie Village Green fuel solution

The Danish company Novozymes has developed enzymes that convert agricultural waste into cellulosic ethanol for the same cost as refining crude oil into gasoline. No water is used.

No additional fertilizer is needed to create the agricultural waste. No excess carbon dioxide would be given off creating the cellulosic ethanol.

The cellulosic ethanol produces 80 percent more energy than goes into creating it. The excess ethanol created from waste can go into E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline).

E85 costs one dollar less per gallon than pure gasoline on average and can be safely used in flex-fuel cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.

Flex-fuel vehicles are manufactured by all three U.S. automotive manufacturers for the same cost as vehicles that burn E10. Novozymes’ president says that all of the world’s transportation fuel needs may be met by converting just 20 percent of the world’s agricultural waste into ethanol.

Cellulosic E85 gives off a net 80 percent less carbon dioxide than pure gasoline.

Gregory Gebhart Webster Groves, Mo. IRS scrutiny justified

According to Internal Revenue Service tax regulations, “Political parties; campaign committees for candidates for federal, state or local office; and political action committees are all political organizations subject to tax under IRC section 527 and may have filing requirements with the Service.”

I would expect the IRS to closely inspect any application for tax-exempt status from political action groups such as the tea party.

Julia Willets Kansas City Social Security blues

Our Washington, D.C., legislators come up with some bad ideas, but the proposal to cut Social Security benefits by changing the way cost-of-living increases are calculated is a really bad idea. This plan, the so-called chained CPI, would not be the technical fix it is portrayed to be.

Rather it would cut our Social Security benefits substantially, leaving seniors with less protection against increasingly expensive health care, prescription drugs and utilities. The consumer price index already fails to take into account that seniors spend more on health care, which is rising much faster than overall prices.

Supporters of the chained CPI portray it as a more accurate reading of the cost of living. That assessment reflects a profound misunderstanding of the real-life choices most seniors confront to make ends meet.

Social Security is a self-financed program that provides earned benefits. It didn’t cause the deficit, and it shouldn’t be cut to fix Washington’s budget problem.

It wasn’t so long ago — just last year in fact — that we heard and read so many politicians promising never to cut Social Security for today’s seniors. The chained CPI shreds that promise.

Franklin C. Walker Kansas City Medicaid coverage

What good would it do for the Missouri legislature to expand Medicaid coverage when there are so few doctors and dentists who will treat Medicaid patients? Call it what it is, hospital-aid, and get on with reforming this bad system.

Fran Baker Lee’s Summit Create better world

I have an autistic grandson, and he is 5 years old. He is a wonderful, loving and very smart child.

He lacks the ability to communicate with words. He shows excitement by jumping up and down and letting out an “eee” sound.

He isn’t screaming or throwing a fit but is expressing his excitement in the only way he can. Autistic children are very intelligent and are quite aware of what you are saying around them.

Don’t assume that because they are special needs they can’t understand you, because they can.

I truly believe that if you have nothing nice to say, it is best you don’t speak at all because words hurt worse than you realize.

It is not our place to pass judgment because there is only one person entitled to do that, and you will need to answer for your behavior. Treat others the same way you would like to be treated and the world will be a better place.

Tyona Alm Olathe