Letters to the Editor

Cuts hurt America, Syria, Kansas judges

Cuts hurt America

Two stories on the Aug. 28 business page revealed the source of the conservative-liberal conflict: “Sprint chops 800 jobs” and “Study doubts many high-paid CEOs’ value,” such as $1.5 billion for running an insurance company.

Sprint’s former chairman was fired for poor performance and was paid $9 million in severance. That’s like making $225,000 a year for 40 years — and Sprint’s board judged him inept. How many hard-working, even ambitious, people ever make more than $200,000 in a year?

Primarily Republicans have been trying to sell America on the idea that people like the ones in the article are 1,000 times smarter or harder-working than most of us. I don’t believe it.

Cutting income taxes and regulations that protect workers, children, the poor, the elderly and the disabled isn’t the way to ensure America is a country we can be proud of.

Jim Rawdon Lee’s Summit NY name change

In the unlikely event that Anthony Weiner is elected mayor of New York City, my wife and I wondered whether he might try to change the city’s nickname from “The Big Apple” to “The Big Weiner” (or wiener, if you prefer). Something to ponder.

Jim McDowell
Kansas City Killing innocents

The president, in condemning the use of chemical agents in Syria, raises the issue of the “morality” in the killing of innocent men, women and children. Who are we to talk about morality when we legally kill millions in the name of convenience?

The press delights in showing pictures of the victims, admitting they may be “difficult to watch.” Where are the pictures of the innocent babies murdered while in, presumably, the safe confines of their mothers’ wombs?

This double standard is scandalous. Until we correctly label our own wholesale killing, who are we to criticize the morals of others who are killing the innocent in the throes of war?

Chuck Schroeder Kansas City Picking judges

Yes, it’s a fact Caleb Stegall is qualified to be appeals court judge (8-25, Letters).

It is not a fact that Gov. Sam Brownback “finagled the process.”

Our elected legislators passed the bill, and the governor signed it. Election by the people as suggested by the letter writer would be OK, but it probably would be too big a step for the 3,000 voting attorneys of the Kansas Bar, which controlled the majority on past selection commissions and decided which attorneys’ names could be put forward for selection by the governor.

Now we have the federal model where the governor makes an appointment. That appointee then goes before a Senate hearing and is confirmed or not by the senators who were elected by the people.

Citizens also need to take control of who is seated on our Supreme Court.

We can take that control from the bar by asking our legislators to start the process to amend our state Constitution so we can have the federal model for appointing and confirming those justices as well.

Donna Gillett Leavenworth Theater’s swan song

After 27 years, we are losing one of Kansas City’s finest treasures, American Heartland Theatre.

Featured were quality shows, professional actors and actresses, many local, and a great staff in a nice, homey setting at reasonable prices.

We have been subscribers since Heartland Theatre was founded by the late James Assad, who was executive director for years.

We miss him and house manager Harry Ware, who passed away fairly recently.

He greeted many of us by name. Tom Broyles doctored up my wife’s Sprite perfectly for all those years.

So, with sadness and regret, we say goodbye to American Heartland Theatre and Crown Center and to all the brunches and shopping before the shows, and shopping and dinners after the shows six times a year. Judging by the out-of-state cars, Crown Center and Kansas City will miss out on a lot of dollars.

And sadly a large number of personnel will lose their positions.

Hallmark, we regret your decision.

Albert R. St. Germain Grandview Texas takeover

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a fraud.

He blusters that he produced the Texas economic boom.

The engine behind it is a product of nature, crude oil. Perry didn’t put it in the ground or retrieve it.

His appearance sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce was like inviting the fox into the chicken coop after he announced he was here to steal the chickens and our jobs. Our friends at the chamber wasted their money on Perry and should have invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Has the Chamber of Commerce no effective tool to promote Missouri businesses, and has growth fallen under the spell of St. Louis extremist Rex Sinquefield in his quest to turn Missouri into a suburb of Kansas or Texas?

Missouri’s GOP-led legislature also seems to be taking marching orders from Sinquefield, Perry or Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Come on GOP, think of your constituents instead of the Sinquefield money.

Paul Comerford Blue Springs No to state tax cut

HR 253 was an ill-conceived piece of legislation to cut taxes. Thank God Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto saved the state from financial ruin.

I am sick and tired of the state’s race to the bottom with Kansas to see how far we can cut taxes and services in the name of big business and the wealthy. This is the same old trickle-down economics that has been disproved by history and the facts.

If the Missouri legislature overrides this veto, it will cost the Independence School District alone millions of dollars. Stop the insanity.

Missouri already has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. It is also a fact that businesses don’t look for the lowest taxes to start a business. The quality of neighborhoods, the schools and basic services are the biggest draws for businesses. Companies look for an educated work force.

Cutting services to communities, schools and more is detrimental to bringing more business to the state. It is simply idiotic to think otherwise.

Tell your legislators to say no to overriding this veto. Make your voice heard.

John Seeley Independence Invest in schools

We are very concerned about our image with a more than 40-year-old airport but not concerned about having a good system for 15,000 students in the Kansas City Public Schools? We know the needs of the flying public and do not know or do not care about the educational needs of our children?

What is wrong here? Let’s find out what we need to do for a good school system. Then do it.

Build a new airport if we can afford it.

What we can’t afford to do is give up on the education of 15,000 students.

Marion Shippee Kansas City