Letters to the Editor

Republicans, unions, senseless killing

GOP preference

Republicans claim they are not the party of the rich. Now I receive a letter from Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt regarding student loans. He is co-sponsoring S.1241, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which would increase interest rates of student loans.

Does he want to protect taxpayers from increased deficits caused by students? No, his quote is, “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill would reduce the deficit by $1 billion over 10 years.”

At a time when we need educated workers, Sen. Blunt wants to make a profit off our college students.

Remember a year ago?

These same Republicans wanted to continue having student loans go through banks — at an additional cost of $87 billion over 10 years. They want to have taxpayers support banks and have students pay for it.

We are also discussing increased immigration. If we make it harder for Americans to get needed education, we will either have to increase immigration or lose more jobs to other countries.

Tell Sen. Blunt we want to protect good-paying American jobs for our future.

Protect our kids.

Martin Walsh
Glendale, Mo. Ban some unions

There may be a simple solution to affordable education for the yearning masses.

The cost of higher education is now so expensive that many cannot afford it, or worse, must borrow the money to pay for it and then be condemned to debtors’ servitude for most of the rest of their lives.

Why is it necessary for the employees of any institution of higher learning to be unionized? They are not abused, overworked or subjected to unsafe working conditions. They are not coal miners or auto workers.

Let’s remove any government support for any unionized institution.

Why should any taxpayers’ money be used to support the lavish and obscene lifestyles of the union bosses, especially at the expense of our youth?

I also believe that no government employees need to be unionized.

These are hard times for many of us, and I see no reason to have a royalty class that is immune from the prevailing conditions of the times. I have also belonged to two labor unions and saw what they are.

Robert Patterson Lee’s Summit Senseless killing

Should we be outraged or shocked when three juvenile boys kill Chris Lane in Duncan, Okla., just for “the fun of it” (8-21, B7, “Three teens kill ‘for the fun of it’”)? Probably not.

After all, the father, who did not keep his guns locked or teach his son gun responsibility, will not be held accountable for his failure.

After all, we have allowed God to be taken out of our public schools, so godly principles, which include thou shall not murder, are not taught.

After all, we have abortion laws that devalue the sanctity of life.

So we can expect more of this kind of horrendous behavior until we the citizenry fully accept the responsibility for the direction we have allowed our country to go and show the willpower to return our country to the values upon which it was founded.

Bob Dixon Overland Park Back-to-school bang

The seasonal opening of public schools equals the opening of


hunting season for gun nuts. Have no fear, for armed teachers will enforce the stand-your-playground laws.

Doyle E. Yeater Raymore Kansas astronaut

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Tyler N. “Nick” Hague with the U.S. Air Force and a native of Hoxie, Kan. He was one of eight new astronaut candidates picked from 6,000 applications.

Hague is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

All Kansans should be proud that Hague has “the right stuff.”

Brad Lucht Kansas City Perplexing signs

Our family drives Blue River Road on a regular basis. The grass has yet to be cut, and now as we drove through we noticed new signs being put up.

I don’t understand. If the Parks and Recreation Department doesn’t have the money to put gas in the mowers and go along Blue River to cut, where in the world did the money come from for the new signs?

Ann Bellante Kansas City Democrats, taxes

A recent writer said that Democrats care for people, not profits. What he should have said was that Democrats care for people if they can use someone else’s money (usually taken by means of confiscatory tax rates).

As an example, Al Gore called for “helping people” by raising taxes on others, yet his charity contributions were paltry.

Warren Buffet believes that the rich should pay higher taxes. However, it’s a good bet that he doesn’t use a short form. In other words, he uses all the deductions he can get.

Rather than paying the higher taxes, he says other rich should pay. He makes sure his charity contributions count against his income, thereby lowering his own taxes. He also owns companies that pay minimum wage, which many Democrats say is wrong.

Many rich Democrats say that the rich should pay higher taxes, but they don’t add any zeroes to their tax checks after their taxes are figured. In other words, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Lastly, most Democratic politicians have no interest in increasing the lot of the poor, for in doing so the politicians would no longer have dependent people to vote for them.

Mike Sienicki Farley, Mo. Brownback’s choice

In response to your Aug. 21 editorial, “Judicial pick erodes confidence,” you repeatedly marginalized both the selection process for the Kansas Court of Appeals and the new appellate judge. But not once did you name one candidate more qualified than Caleb Stegall.

Are there any?

Jim Hawkins Kansas City Helmets, mopeds

Why do some Kansas City police officers go against Kansas City ordinances and write tickets for moped riders who do not wear helmets? Moreover, why do Kansas City municipal courts assess fines for these tickets?

Is it chicanery in its greatest form? Is it to fill city coffers? Is it to pay the salaries of court officials?

Kansas City Code of Ordinances, Sec. 70-746. Protective headgear and eye-protective devices. (c) This section shall not apply to persons riding within an enclosed cab, on a golf course or on a moped.

Frank Berry Kansas City Affordable care

On the Affordable Care Act, someone recently asked what uninsured person is going to pay several hundred dollars a month for the new health insurance when it’s cheaper to just pay the annual fine?

The answer to this is shockingly simple — a person who wants access to health care.

My daughter works but doesn’t have insurance through her employer. To add her name and her toddler’s to her husband’s employer-sponsored plan would have cost $1,200 a month in 2012. In 2013, she found a policy on the Internet for $150 per month.

Republicans need to stop wasting time trying to repeal a program so many of us truly need.

Susan King-Kostelac Mission Search for stars

Some time in the next week or so go outside on a clear evening after dark and look above the southeast horizon for a trio of bright stars making up the star pattern known as the Summer Triangle.

Above the lowest of the three stars, Altair in the constellation Aquila the Eagle, are two small constellations, Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow. The three stars forming the shaft of the arrow point nearly directly toward a new star, a nova, that currently is as bright as the shaft stars.

Nova Delphini 2013 is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye in dark skies and easy to see with binoculars in our light-polluted city skies.

A nova is not an exploding star but rather an explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star whose gravity has pulled gases from a nearby star onto its surface. This added gas on the surface of the white dwarf gets compressed, becomes extremely hot and then suddenly flares up in a burst of nuclear reactions.

Bob Riddle Lee’s Summit