There have been many articles written about the policies on transferring students from non-accredited schools to accredited schools. A St. Louis man wants vouchers so that tax money can go to parochial schools, which is making it almost impossible to do the right thing about the transfer policy.
The Missouri House and Senate realize that the transfer policy would be devastating in the unaccredited public school districts because of a loss of money, causing the end of the public school districts.
The reason for this is that the man from St. Louis has enough money to run a primary election so that representatives and state senators are afraid to oppose him.
My question is: Do we want public education to disappear?
H. Lon Swearingen
Kansas City Wrong on Broadway
The Star’s Nov. 29 editorial, “A downtown mix allows drive-throughs,” on a downtown Jimmy John’s drive-through was shortsighted and did not acknowledge the important issues.
The stretch of Broadway is a very dense collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. All lots are built up to the street and the property lines. Not only would a freestanding fast-food building create a gap-tooth appearance in the continuity of the historic facades, but the auto lanes cutting into the sidewalk would be a hazard to pedestrians.
Kansas City drivers have difficulty yielding to walkers even at signal-controlled intersections. There are places on the edge of the loop next to the freeways where a drive-through might not be so disruptive to the urban fabric.
Kansas City Pope’s hypocrisy
I was struck by the hypocrisy of Pope Francis’ recent remarks about capitalism (11-27, A12, “Market ‘tyranny’ decried”).
I would argue that free-market capitalism has been the engine for more good than any other system extant. Although not perfect, free-market capitalism has provided the means to nearly eradicate many diseases, feed millions, distribute billions in disaster aid and defend those unable to defend themselves.
Socialism and communism have been the source of oppression and poverty. Look no further than the former Soviet Union, present-day North Korea, Cuba and several Latin and South American countries.
Furthermore, if the Catholic Church divested itself of some of its great wealth or paid taxes on said wealth, millions more could be fed, clothed and sheltered. Hypocrisy is unbecoming in leaders, especially in a pope.
Kansas City Cheer KC Chiefs
I'm sure that I was one of several thousands who were upset to see the Kansas City Chiefs lose on Sunday. After giving it some thought, I have a few words to convey to the sportswriters of The Star.
I always enjoy their columns, but after the last three weeks of writing how badly the Chiefs performed and then questioning why we aren't winning, I'm tired of listening (12-2, B1, “Out of control”).
Do you remember last year? Hello.
How soon you forget. The Chiefs have come a long way since then, and the team needs our support, not the pressure that our sportswriters are putting them under.
They have had a terrific record so far this year, even with the losses. How about a little praise?
By the way, two of those losses were to Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning and company. Enough said.
Let's quit focusing on the losses and give the Chiefs the credit overdue for the wins. Give them a break.
They have given their heart and soul this year, not just for themselves, but for us, the fans. I am sure that they are on the right path, and next year, look out NFL.
Chiefs, we love you!
Bucyrus, Kan. Erasing safeguard
The filibuster is a check-and-balance tool available to protect and amplify minority opinion. It is used to oppose a controversial simple majority, which could prove temporary.
Democratic senators recently abolished some uses of this even-handed safeguard. Their partisan action clearly indicates that the majority running the Senate does not intend to be a minority ever again.
The Founding Fathers were rightly concerned with protecting citizens from top-down coercive government, unchecked by such safeguards.
Democratic senators weren’t concerned. They unanimously voted to establish the arbitrary tyranny with which progressives would replace constitutional liberty.
Kansas City 2nd Amendment
The problem with the Second Amendment isn’t whether it sanctions unlimited gun ownership. It’s that it was written in a way defying most people’s full understanding.
The clause beginning with “A well-regulated militia being necessary” was intended to modify the part that goes “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
At the time of the Bill of Rights’ drafting, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were in close touch and shared a common 18th- century suspicion of standing armies — anybody’s standing army, U.S. or foreign.
Madison figured the best way to assure defensive readiness — even against a strong and out-of-control central government, if necessary — was to rely on the minuteman principle that had worked in 1775. It had worked because guns were hanging over fireplaces, ready to hunt game, and colonial militia officers were ready and able to regulate any shooting — at redcoats, not schoolchildren.
Stanley Praying corporations
The Nov. 27 front-page article headlined, “Religious freedom at crux of case,” misses a core component of what the fight is about. The Supreme Court will have to decide whether corporations have religious rights or how wide-reaching those rights are.
Individual religious freedom is not being challenged.
Corporations are, by definition, distinct entities from the individuals who made them. In a sense, corporations are fictions, made by man for generally overt reasons. All of the corporations in the article exist to make money.
Corporations have many rights, but I doubt that a meaningful relationship with God is among them.
I’ll go to my grave defending the rights of individuals to believe and practice religion as they see fit, maintaining (or not maintaining) a relationship with God. It is an affront to the faithful to use “religious freedom of corporations” as an argument to not provide birth control to employees.
I was raised believing that a man cannot serve two masters and to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. If the owners of a corporation want to deny some aspect of health care to their employees, there are better arguments to be made.
Sugar Creek 28th Amendment
Ever wonder why Congress has never pushed to have the proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution passed? It is because a clause in it says: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the senators and/or representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the senators and/or representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Kansas City KCI looks shabby
We just returned from a trip where we passed through Kansas City International Airport and multiple other airports. We were shocked at the condition of KCI (at least the Delta gates).
The carpet was filthy and smelled. The seats and area were showing significant wear. The other airports we were in were all clean and well-kept.
We love the Kansas City airport and really like the ease of use offered by the current layout. The airport has always been clean and well cared for. Is this change a subtle effort to create a shift in public opinion? Will letting it get trashy and cluttered make people agree to the changes that the powers-that-be want to force on us?
I’ll be flying again soon. I’ll let you know if they have washed the carpet by then.