Letters to the Editor

Fair tax, KCI, medical records

Fair tax over IRS

Lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July didn’t restore freedom taken by the tyranny of the Internal Revenue Service. Reading the Declaration of Independence underscored this nation’s return to conditions the Founding Fathers found intolerable: government use of fear to take property and control citizens.

The tax code threatens liberty. It cannot be understood by those who must comply with that code or live in fear of penalties imposed by the IRS. A law that cannot be understood is not a law derived from the consent of the governed.

When a person is audited, the basic principle of trial by jury is replaced by presumed guilt. The accused must prove his innocence. The 16th Amendment must be repealed. End the IRS.

Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder recently said, “No law-abiding American should ever have to fear a call from a government official.” The IRS, a tool of fear used by politicians to control citizens and businesses, reward friends and punish enemies, has no place in a free society.

Only the Fair Tax Act (HR 25/S 122) ends the IRS and supports the repeal of the 16th Amendment.

End direct taxation on jobs and income.

Beverly Martin Fulton, Mo. KCI’s popularity

Clearly, Kansas City International Airport is enormously popular with the hometown, and after the city has spent $400 million on renovations the past 15 years, I think replacing the three terminals with one is a giant waste of $1.2 billion.

For just $200 million, you could implement the following plan and still have $1 billion left to apply to the light-rail plan that was promised but never seems to happen.

First, lease terminal C for private use and renovate A and B. Add a second level to each terminal with one centrally located security area that would have an escalator down to an entirely secure gate level.

The top level would house the ticket counters and be accessible by vehicles for curbside drop-off and check-in. The gate level now would have plenty of space for shops, restaurants, bars and waiting lounges.

Transferring passengers would never have to leave the secured area, and you could put the luggage carousels at the ends, past the tunnels in a non-secured area designated for passenger pickup. Let’s add several levels of terminal parking and offer the option of covered parking a short walk to an elevator down to the second level and a sky bridge to security.

Problem solved.

Tim Bleish Overland Park Medical records pitfall

On July 2, The Star’s Diane Stafford outlined the virtues of electronic medical records, “Health care’s quiet changes,” without mention of how the technology has crippled the physician’s bedside manner.

The personal computer has now become central in every health-care encounter.

My internist is competent and compassionate, yet he’s forced to alternate between taking my history, doing his exam and dictating into my medical records using Dragon Speak for Medicine.

The nurse who took care of me recently at an area hospital before an elective procedure focused nearly entirely on the computer screen in front of her — mumbling under her breath as she misclicked and had to go back to another screen to enter my information correctly.

When electronic medical records first came to me, it took me 146 clicks of a mouse to document a patient who came to the department for treatment of hiccups. With another month’s experience, I had improved my overall click efficiency by 11 percent.

Doctors and nurses are now forced to efficiently relate to an electronic screen rather than connect with a human being.

Medicine is an art and science not a click of a mouse in the name of greater efficiency and the meaningful use of computer records.

Glenn W. Simon, D.O. Lee’s Summit Warnings for pilots

So the South Korean jetliner that crashed recently has a landing speed of 137 knots and stalls at 85 knots.

Why would such a high-tech aircraft warn pilots that their airspeed is too slow just mere seconds before it falls out of the sky, by waiting until a stall is imminent, as happened in San Francisco?

Why not have a warning alert when the aircraft is 10 to 15 knots below its landing speed, in addition to the stall alert so pilots actually have enough time to correct the situation?

I am not a pilot, but that seems to me like a common-sense solution that should have already been in place.

Curtis Kincheloe Liberty Protecting children

Nancy Lanza was a law-abiding citizen exercising her Second Amendment rights.

Because she did so, six adults and 20 children were slaughtered with an assault rifle by her mentally disturbed son on Dec. 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

We have a choice: Do we say that the murder of children is an acceptable cost in order that a minority can have the personal power that comes with possessing these weapons, or do we say enough is enough?

These Second Amendment rights that gun advocates are crying about are the Second Amendment rights as interpreted by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia anyway.

Thomas Hogan Kansas City Immigration reform

The current problems in this country can be attributed mostly, if not wholly, to a very poor immigration policy on the part of the 15th century American Indians.

Sandy Maxwell Independence Here’s to Mitt

I’d like to inform former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney that I have just become a 47 percenter.

In other words, I now qualify for Social Security and Medicare.

My life plans have changed since attaining this status.

I will not have a do not resuscitate (DNR) or a living will.

What I will have is a directive stipulating that all means will be used to prolong my life, no matter how extraordinary or extreme they may be.

I want to get every red cent out of Social Security and Medicare that is humanly possible.

I earned it and I want it all back, with interest.

Mitt, my goals will not affect your wealth or that of the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump, but it will put all of you in a tizzy and bring extreme group anxiety.

Mitt, your wife will still have her $500,000 dancing horse, and you will still have your garages with elevators and your four mansions.

I’m sure you will re-evaluate and run again for the presidency, citing retirees as the reason millionaires and billionaires are under pressure.

Mitt, will you please pass the Grey Poupon?

Paul Comerford Blue Springs Ban drugs, not guns

I have found the common ground on all the shooters at Columbine in Littleton, Colo.; Virginia Tech; Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Newtown, Conn. It’s not what you think.

We are doping young boys in school.

Let the boys be boys. Stop feminizing them and giving everyone a trophy for mediocre performance.

Not everybody is a winner.

Too many boys are medicated on psych drugs. Ban the drugs.

Ted Ward Tonganoxie