“Blessed are the poor in spirit. ... Blessed are the meek. ... Blessed are the merciful. ... Blessed are the peacemakers. ...” Matthew 5:1-12
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity....” Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
Does health care for all fall under the umbrella of the comments above? Does a government that promotes the general welfare rather than the interests of the top 1 percent of our society live up to the spirit of these moral axioms?
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Can a political faction of a society that worships economic and political democracy exclude the least-well-off persons in that society from its benefits? Certain members of this Congress shout a resounding “yes.”
Perhaps they will one day meet their creator in a judgment hall they don’t control. Can anyone doubt the verdict: “Enter though not, for I do not know you.”Chuck Bishop Kansas City Johnson County gain
I am all for research, but everyone who might come to Kansas City to work if the medical-research sales tax were to pass Tuesday probably would live in Johnson County.
Can we afford technology? If jobs of the future are going to require more and more education, where are the jobs for average people going to come from? That’s a serious question.
Maybe we should foster more jobs that are low tech, not high tech. We need jobs for people of all abilities.
And if we’re having trouble with unemployment, imagine what trouble countries that are far less educated are having.
We are entering a phase that calls for something that hasn’t been seen for a century — the social philosophers. The industrial revolution brought out philosophers because of the upheaval it created.
But jobs weren’t reduced; they were changed. We are in the middle of a new revolution — the technological revolution. And with it comes not job changes so much as job elimination.
That’s a bigger problem that needs addressing.John Chapman Gladstone No new KC logo
The current logo for Kansas City looks just fine and should not be changed.
Kansas City has very bad schools. The crime is too high. There are a lot of areas to be worked on, and a new logo is the very last thing we should spend millions on.
It would be endless all the things that a new logo might affect, like the Kansas City Chiefs for one. Leave it alone.Ron Erickson Independence Hillary Clinton
With the Republicans behaving so badly, we can now look forward with certainty to seeing the White House occupied in 2016 by St. Hillary and her consort, randy old Bill Clinton. Such a great country we live in.Donald Hoffmann Kansas City Republican plan
Is it me or has anyone else noticed that the Republicans have gone after President Barack Obama for his four years of accomplishments maybe to make us forget about eight years of failures of the last one in the White House?Jim Lovell Independence Honored Missourian
Missouri lost one of her most devoted sons this week (10-29, A1, “Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri dies”).
The Kansas City Public Library had the honor to host Congressman Ike Skelton three weeks ago for a last conversation about his life and career.
It is a moving story of a man whose grit and good cheer helped him surmount the polio that struck him down in his youth to rise to be one of the most respected, bipartisan men of principle in the U.S. Congress. You can see it at www.kclibrary.org.Crosby Kemper III Kansas City Affordable health
The new computer-based health-care marketplace seems like a good idea on paper, and the website seems fairly comprehensive. With convenient information and detailed explanations, it seems quite helpful.
The healthcare.gov website is geared to individuals, families and small businesses that need better, affordable options. That said, whether this plays out to be a splendid option or a waste of money will be evident in the coming weeks, months and years.Matthew Mader Independence Obamacare for all
If Americans have to be forced to take and use Obamacare, with the threat of fines and retaliations, then Congress and the president should have to take Obamacare. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them.Dorothylee S. Hans Kansas City Obamacare horror
This whole situation is a mess. I think we need to get rid of Obamacare. It is a horrible health-care law.
In my opinion, we need to stop the funding for it and not include it in the budget.Jacob Davis Blue Springs Marijuana dreaming
Many out there would tell you that with legalizing pot, crime would go down and the economy would go up. But the same thing was said with whiskey, and nothing changed.
One thing that is obvious is that there are many more practical uses for marijuana than to just get high. Just a few of the most common uses for marijuana are clothing, paint, paper, textiles, cosmetics, foodstuffs and animal feed.
And while this may not seem like a big deal, it might provide some people with jobs or enable others to start the businesses they always dreamed of.
The only problem is that without federal legalization, these businesses would be prevented from starting. Until marijuana is legalized, people will have to keep on dreaming.Eli Hughes Kansas City Leadership question
Some letter writers have asked the question: “Whatever happened to the optimism that was part of the American culture?”
Perhaps that question can be answered with another question: “Whatever happened to leadership from the White House?”Thomas Hay Lake Waukomis Hostage-taking
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he will hold up future government appointments until all survivors of the Benghazi attack come forward.
First it was the government shutdown. Now this.
The government belongs to the people, not senators and congressmen who want to use it as their personal tool to hold it hostage to get what they want. I wish the Supreme Court would step in and make these moves illegal.
It does nothing but hurt citizens, while life goes on for those with power. I have a strong feeling that things may change with upcoming elections.
When I served in the Army for more than 20 years, I did it to serve my country and the people. I took my orders from the president, not some senator who wanted to use the military as a personal asset to hold us hostage.
I fear if things don’t change, we may be headed for a revolution.
So, Mr. Graham, if you have a bone to pick about someone dissing your demands, leave our government alone. It only hurts us — citizens who depend on a strong, working government.Rich Greene Olathe Minimum wage
Raising the minimum wage could have unforeseen negative effects.
On paper, the idea seems great. More money for workers. That just seems right.
However, the elevation of the minimum wage could easily cause a major layoff of employees.
Obamacare will cause financial problems for some businesses, large and small. Raising the minimum wage could have the same effect.
I understand why workers want higher wages, but having a lower wage is better than no wage at all.
I believe the government should first survey and analyze finances of companies that could easily raise their wages. If a good majority can, then go for it.Chris Hampel Prairie Village