I just read where the 4th Congressional District tea party “calls for common sense on SNAP,” or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Yes, Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s common sense is to cut $39 billion that helps feed needy children, older people and those who are disabled and unemployed. Yet, she is still in position to take more farm subsidies.
She says, “Our bill will not take a single calorie out of the mouths of children, the elderly or those disabled.” Is she going into the business of making MRE’s (meals ready to eat) such as our soldiers eat?
She has a start with an estimated net worth of millions of dollars, according to thecontributor.com. But wait, she also has a tea party comrade from New Mexico, worth up to millions of dollars more, according to The National Memo.
A rchie, Mo. Use turn signals
I trust the shiny new Ford F-150 pickup trucks come equipped with turn signals. Many of the older models on the roads today don’t seem to have them.
Kansas City Ban nuclear arms
Maybe it is a blessing in disguise that the Air Force can’t seem to keep the blast doors closed and secured on its nuclear missiles (10-23, A2, “Crews left blast doors open”). It’s a reminder to all of us that we aren’t mature enough as a society to control these weapons.
A mature society wouldn’t have them in the first place. Let’s be rid of them.
Let’s open the door to a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Kansas City Lost treasures
Here is a letter of thanks to the people who fought for more than 20 years to stop construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
In an Oct. 28 editorial, “Mitigate environmental impact of Lawrence trafficway,”
The Star tells us that work could start in November, despite protests by American Indians and environmentalists, two groups without enough clout in this battle.
I was no help, I admit, but still deplore the destruction of open land, peace and serenity, the sacred places, and I don’t mean only the wetlands. This is how our national treasures disappear, one six-mile stretch at a time.
This is a failure of the human race.
Prairie Village Obama, foreign policy
Has anyone read the U.S. Foreign Policy Strategic Plan? Just what I thought.
No one has read it because it doesn’t exist. A well-articulated strategic framework for America would give a coherent view of how we should protect ourselves and advance our interests over a long period.
Sure, we have lists of threats and goals, but nothing that defines our priorities to facilitate U.S. decisions and actions around the globe. The only consistency we have seen with the current administration is inconsistent positions on major world events.
We bumble in Libya, stumble in Egypt and fumble in Syria. We rely on ad hoc responses and a mishmash of justifications.
The U.S. looks dazed and confused. The world now perceives the U.S. as reactive and weak as we hesitate to define our positions in world affairs.
That’s just fine for many people as we suffer from the hangover of two long wars. Keep in mind that as our global influence and credibility decline, the long-term interests of the U.S. are jeopardized.
Our ability to promote stability and commerce around the world and, ultimately, our well-being as a nation, is weakened. We need a leader with a good plan.
Does anyone else get the sense that President Barack Obama would prefer to avoid foreign policy altogether and just focus on health care and energy savings?
Kansas City Halloween treat
To the Jehovah’s Witnesses group that comes uninvited to my home, because of your superficial politeness during in-person encounters, I have reluctantly tolerated your continual visits over the years.
However, I can no longer tolerate the blatant intolerance you impose on my private space.
I am extremely offended by the materials left on my door recently. Your pamphlet states that it is dangerous and harmful for children to celebrate Halloween because of its pagan roots and its ties to ancient worship, spirits and the dead.
Am I wrong or do not all Christians worship the dead (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost? It is not this hypocrisy alone that infuriates me but the larger harm in your message because it is divisive and judgmental, and it tramples on the beliefs and practices of different cultures, indigenous peoples and spiritual systems.
I am proud to say that I believe in ancient wisdom, I believe in the spirit of nature, I believe in diversity and I believe in showing respect to others’ traditional beliefs and rituals.
Do not come back to my home, where I plan to celebrate Halloween/Samhain/Dia de los Muertos this autumn season.
Kansas City Wait out Obamacare
I believe the best thing the GOP can do about Obamacare for now is to back off and let the government go back to normal. Actually, I was somewhat surprised that Obamacare would begin to take effect before midterm elections.
Between now and then, the voting public will have plenty of time to discover the facts/truth about Obamacare because today’s social media is awesome. Obamacare’s real cost and real problems (and all of those real exceptions) may make excellent discussion items for the next series of election campaigns.
One would hope that any reasonably intelligent person, regardless of his or her political persuasion, would wonder why everyone isn’t equal under Obamacare.
Bates City, Mo. Lesson for Congress
Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Next to every portrait is a brief biography of the subject.
I read of Robert Morris, a wealthy merchant and delegate from Pennsylvania to the Second Continental Congress. When the time came to sign the Declaration of Independence, Morris absented himself from the voting on July 2.
He did not think the country was ready for it. Morris did, however, sign an embossed copy of the Declaration of Independence on Aug. 2.
“I am not one of those politicians that run testy when my own plans are not adopted,” Morris said. “I think it is the duty of a good citizen to follow when he cannot lead.”
During the Revolutionary War, he was heroic in his contributions to colonial victory.
I suggest the 535 we elected to Congress take the short walk over to the gallery and read about the “dissenting” Robert Morris.
Kansas City Poor U.S. leaders
When progressive liberals, including the president, are confronted with opposing points of view, they often resort to unfounded accusations or name-calling of the crudest sort. Bigotry and prejudice are unpardonable, except when they do it.
Progressives feel justified in their own hypocrisy, which is why we have Internal Revenue Service-type scandals. Progressives consider themselves morally superior to the rest of us, so normal rules of conduct don’t apply to them.
Domestic and international policies are formulated in stumbling ad hoc leaps resulting in fiascoes like Syria and Obamacare. To progressives, success is determined by ideology rather than what is in the best interest of the people.
We are a first-class nation with third-rate leaders who have made us the laughingstock of the world.
Gregory H. Bontrager
Hutchinson, Kan. Diversity’s gifts
God created all different kinds of people for a reason. We all crave diversity in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and our media choices.
If this world had everyone the same, we would be miserable.
Everyone is born with a soul. It is our essence. Souls do not have a color, creed or agenda. Humanness does.
Yes, we have free will. But that doesn’t give us the right or permission to make someone’s day harder than it already is by our words and actions.