Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on Greg Orman, voting and Sen. Pat Roberts

Orman questionable

I can comprehend that if the entire Senate were replaced by independents there might be a chance to end the gridlock in Washington, D.C., especially if President Barack Obama re-engages in the political process rather than continuing to be a bystander.

What I do not understand is how Greg Orman, as one independent Senate candidate from Kansas, no matter how intelligent, thinks he has any chance of ending that gridlock with a Republican-dominated Congress, a likely still closely divided Senate and a president who has nothing to lose by vetoing anything from a Republican-dominated legislature.

Maybe someone could ask Orman how he thinks he is more likely to end the gridlock than a Republican Senate that might be gained by voting for a mediocre incumbent and removing the most obvious source of gridlock during the past two years.

Don Miller


Be informed and vote

Voters must do their homework before going to the polls.

This is not rocket science, although some candidates and their backers may attempt to make it appear to be that way through confusion, distortion of the facts and outright lies.

It’s easy to find a candidate’s voting history. If that person’s views on the issues more closely mirror mine, then that is the criteria I use to decide whom to support.

A good clue in deciding whom not to support is how that person runs his or her campaign. If the candidate stoops to publicly insulting and demeaning his opponents to get votes, this in my mind is a sign that he or she lacks character.

Last but not least, eligible voters simply cannot choose to stay home on Election Day and expect good things to happen. History has shown us, especially with the tea party’s rise, that extremists are usually elected when voter turnout is low.

Eddie L. Clay


Re-elect Roberts

Don’t be fooled by so-called independent Greg Orman. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

In the past, he has been a Democrat, supporting President Barack Obama and his policies. He contributed funds to Obama in the early days of Obama’s presidential campaign and was an Obama loyalist and financier for years.

Six years ago, Orman was a candidate for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat but pulled out because of circumstances still shrouded in secrecy.

Democratic candidate Chad Taylor pulled out of the Senate race against incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. So who would the ball be passed to?

Greg Orman, “independent.”

So with whom would Orman caucus? Obviously, it would be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. We cannot trust Greg Orman.

Esther Cotton

McPherson, Kan.

Clean up Kansas

It’s time to clean house in Kansas. What follows are the top picks:

▪ U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, “The Virginian.” Go home, Pat. You can still visit Kansas occasionally.

▪ Gov. Sam Brownback, the master of magical thinking and liar supreme. If “liar, liar pants on fire” were literally true, he would resemble Joan of Arc on the stake.

▪ Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, the overseer of “Kan’tCare.”

▪ U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp. Scamp says it all.

▪ Secretary of State “Kommandant” Kris Kobach, the fraud in voter fraud and modern champion of Jim Crow voter-suppression laws.

They are all Koch addicts (of Koch brothers money), just like Sen. Mitch McConnell, who told the Kochs, “I don’t know where we’d (Republicans) be without you.”

Oust them all and watch them go through Koch withdrawal when the brothers cut off the money. Most Kansans, no matter what political inclination, would greatly benefit.

Bob Burns


Dump ‘The Duplex’

Please dump Glenn McCoy’s “The Duplex” from the comics page immediately.

It’s bad enough that I have to look at that jerk’s garbage on the editorial pages, but it really galls me that The Star pays for this partisan hack’s nonpolitical garbage, too.

Doug Hitchcock

Kansas City

Disabled workers

It is apparent to me that a lot of people still think a person with a disability is less capable of performing or excelling in the workplace. A Kansas City institution with which I am associated, Alphapointe, proves just the opposite.

Alphapointe has employed the blind and visually impaired for 103 years. Some of the more than 170 positions we offer in Kansas City and New York City involve assembly or manufacturing tasks. Others do much more than that.

This month, in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Alphapointe opens a state-of-the-art, 60-seat call center in south Kansas City to provide cost-efficient telephone customer interaction for companies nationwide.

Employing the disabled is smart business. Studies show that people with disabilities are more loyal and have lower voluntary turnover rates, better punctuality and attendance, higher productivity and fewer accidents.

The disabled have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace. Employers who welcome the talents of people with disabilities help build a strong economy and an inclusive community.

David Westbrook


Alphapointe Foundation

Senior Vice President

Children’s Mercy

Kansas City

New definitions

During World War I and World War II, millions of Americans entered military service. Each of us had to produce a valid birth certificate before serving.

Today, 20,000 Kansans are contending they are being prevented from voting because it’s too difficult to prove citizenship and to provide a valid photo identification. I’ve changed residency several times in the last 75 years in two states without any registration or voting ID problems.

I’m glad our Kansas secretary of state is attempting to ensure fraudulent-free elections.

Currently, the letters after candidates’ names on the ballot signify their party affiliations. That is, D for Democrat, I for independent and R for Republican. Recently, a more accurate description would be D for deceptionist, I for indecisionist and R for reactionist.

The D’s want to retain control of the U.S. Senate with a dysfunctional government paralyzer as the majority leader. So the D’s have selected one of their own, a supporter of President Barack Obama, dressing him as an I.

Don’t be fooled. Vote for the R. America has had too much of the Obama-Harry Reid government.

Robert L. Kalbfleisch


Kauffman Stadium

I have never liked the nickname “The K” for Kauffman Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex. Now that the Kansas City Royals (facing the San Francisco Giants) are again in the World Series, let’s give the stadium the respect it deserves and banish the term “The K.”

Dick Horn


Change politics

Here’s a novel idea. Society shouldn’t allow any TV or radio political ads or any robo-phone calls during election season.

Only allow public forums, televised debates and fact-finding newspaper articles. That way people can get a more balanced idea of who the candidates are, what they stand for and their personalities instead of negative ads that can swing the truth by applying (not necessarily true) emotional jabs and lies.

It could encourage people to educate themselves about the candidates, ask questions and read more. It is a shame that so much money is used to influence what should be a very important decision based on facts.

The statements in a recent article, “Kansas has never before seen in its history such a massive effort by so many interest groups to keep one man in office,” and “(Greg) Orman will have to raise money quickly to compete,” say it all.

I’m disgusted by both the Democratic and Republican parties on how spending vast amounts of money is thought to be the way to win rather than honest actions and working toward the desires of constituents.

Term limits is another good answer.

Michele Souder

Prairie Village