If you are opposed to guns, then you best look at Chicago.
That city outlawed guns, but it is the murder capital of the United States. Do not worry, we, your armed neighbors, might save you when the bad guys come.
Or we might not.
Blue Springs Spending priorities
We have our priorities mixed up. Why in the world would we want to waste $40 million a year on translational research (11-6, A1, “Tax for research soundly rejected”) when $40 million would keep Ervin Santana pitching for the Royals for another two or even three years, maybe?
Kansas City Government’s role
People who don’t like the federal government or what it does need to ask, Do you enjoy driving on paved, well-lit roads?
Do you appreciate air traffic control when you fly? How about food that isn’t contaminated and clean drinking water?
I’m fairly sure the Founding Fathers did not provide for the governmental departments that oversee all of these functions.
We no longer live in the 18th century, so why would anyone think our government should? Not all government functions and workers are worthless, deadbeat moochers that Fox News leads people to believe are out there.
Wake up and join the 21st century.
Lenexa GOP handiwork
It’s time to ask a few questions.
Why do opponents of Obamacare think the current system, under which uninsured people go to emergency rooms for treatment and insured people pay their bills, should be preserved?
Why don’t wealthy Republicans want uninsured people to have insurance? Why do they want people with pre-existing conditions to be denied insurance?
Why are the Koch brothers spending millions of dollars to persuade young people not to sign up for Obamacare? And why did Republican leaders agree months ago that a government shutdown as a tactic to defund Obamacare was worth the pain it would cause to so many?
There were people who opposed the Social Security Act in the 1930s and people who opposed Medicare in the 1960s. Both laws have been amended many times through the years to improve them.
Obamacare is the law. It’s not the business of Congress to eliminate it after the fact. It’s the business of Congress to make it work.
Unless we get some clear answers about their real motives in fighting the law, the Republicans have to take the blame for the recent crisis.
Kansas City Korean War tributes
South Korean President Park Geun-hye this fall awarded Gen. Walton H. Walker, the first commander of the U.S. 8th Army in the Korean War, with the Paik Sun-yup Award.
Sixty years ago, the Mutual Defense Treaty between South Korea and the United States was established in which South Korea’s undying loyalty and support of the U.S. was declared by the then-commander of the South Korean army, Gen. Paik Sun-yup.
General Walker’s two grandsons accepted the award.
Locally, two events will honor the veterans of the Forgotten War. From 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Colonial Presbyterian Church, 95th Street and Wornall Road, will host a veterans’ breakfast. Speakers will include a survivor of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and a Korean-American who lived through the war.
At 11 a.m. Monday, the Veterans Day ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at 119th Street and Lowell Avenue will include an unveiling and dedication of a granite panel honoring Chaplain Emil Kapaun, 2013 recipient of the Medal of Honor, by the combined efforts of the Johnson County government and the Korean War Veterans Association.
“It will be the most meaningful event our association has ever had at the memorial since the dedication in 2006,” the association’s president, Tom Stevens, said.
Overland Park Skelton remembered
On Nov. 4, a good friend and neighbor, as well as a highly respected statesman, was laid to rest here in his hometown of Lexington, Mo.
Paying their love and respect for Ike Skelton were friends, colleagues and many in the uniform of the country that he loved and served so well for much of his life. A fitting tribute was the flyover of the B-2 bomber, representing much of what he did to serve not only those of us in his district, but all in our country as well.
As we remember him, may we, and especially those chosen to represent us, learn well from Ike’s ability to present his own opinion but then be willing to compromise and make decisions for the good of all.
Rest in peace, Ike. We will miss you.
William LaHue, M.D.
Lexington, Mo. U.S. aid to Egypt
The recent debate on whether to give aid to Egypt or pull the plug on the $1.5 billion agreement brought up a controversial issue. Why should we give aid to a country that can’t keep a stable government?
A government cannot function when the military keeps stomping its foot on the neck of politics. The fact that most of that aid goes to the military does not help the cause.
Would suspending the revenue given to Egypt allow the country to settle its issues or throw Egypt into political and economic stress?
The choices made will always have an interesting outcome.
Grandview Endorsing democracy
Less democracy means more pollution. Coal smoke causes mercury-polluted fish, tainted mothers’ milk and a carbon-distorted climate.
Loosely regulated gas fracking pollutes our dwindling water supplies. Tar-sands output would crowd our refineries, increasing gasoline prices.
Regulators must impose true costs on the polluters. Then solar and wind energy could compete, resulting in lower costs for homeowners who produce energy on their properties.
These polluters spend big to destroy the tenets of our democracy. Massive campaign contributions to legislators have clogged Congress with science-deniers. They aim to induce public cynicism and discredit government’s instrumental role for social balance, health and prosperity.
On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard McCutcheon v. FEC. Coal company CEO Shaun McCutcheon claims that current campaign contribution limits are unconstitutional.
McCutcheon, who denies the ample evidence that climate change is real, would like to eliminate aggregate limits so he could give up to $3.6 million in a single election cycle.
To protect the voices of all Americans, the court must avoid a second Citizens United decision.
Fossil fuel industries are the center of a cancerlike disease of American society, and judicial activism must not spread this sickness further.
Missouri Sierra Club
Kansas City Confused atheists
Truly intelligent men have long known there is a power behind all things, a power they will never be able to look upon or to see.
Some of today’s men say that there is no power behind everything and that they themselves know how the universe was created.
Some learned men today are atheists. Many scientists are afraid to be otherwise. The really serious atheists believe that if they keep adding one and one it will eventually become three.
These atheists deceive themselves.
And in these lies and stories, they determine they have arisen in all of their wonders and/or ailments from a “great little poof of nothing,” with no aforementioned thought, with no intelligent reasoning behind.
No laws, no nothing. He just simply became and was.
The atheists are such poor, such thin, such empty, such a confused and hollow little people.
The greatest playwrights in the history of mankind have always known that all acts are acted.
But, of course, before being acted, each act had to be written down by a writer.