Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts and the Royals

Political dementia

If the sun were really shining in Kansas as Gov. Sam Brownback states, then he should be able to run on his record instead of running millions of dollars’ worth of smear campaigns.

All Kansas citizens have to do is look at the dire straits of their state budget to get the correct answer.

As for Sen. Pat Roberts, I agree with independent challenger Greg Orman.

Roberts has been in Washington, D.C., too long; he is part of the problem.

Politicians get elected, go up there and forget “by the people, for the people.”

Dennis Parker


Orman vs. Roberts

Usually in an election pitting a newcomer against a well-entrenched incumbent, one expects to hear new ideas from the challenger and criticism of the incumbent, while the incumbent touts his record of achievements.

I had hoped to hear more substantive proposals from independent Senate candidate Greg Orman, but he has avoided personal attacks on Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, running primarily against the Washington status quo.

What is remarkable about Roberts’ campaign ads, and what should tell you all you need to know on Election Day, is that after 34 years in Congress he is unable to cite anything he has done. One source noted that Roberts has the thinnest resume of anyone in Congress for an extended period.

The only reasons Roberts has offered to vote for him is that Orman is a closet Democrat and that we must stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It won’t make any difference who leads the Senate for the next few years, just as it hasn’t for the last few.

But this election is for a six-year term.

Is there any reason to expect Roberts to actually start accomplishing something at this late stage of his career? You know the definition of insanity.

David P. Troup

Manhattan, Kan.

Voting strategy

Midterm elections are almost upon us, and there is always a lot of confusion on the issues and candidates.

For years, I have used my own special method of voting.

Days before the election, I peruse The Star’s editorial recommendations on the issues and candidates. Then, I vote just the opposite. It’s a surefire scheme with guaranteed positive results.

Bruce Erickson

Lee’s Summit

Closed polling place

Edgerton, Mo., has had its polling place closed, and people will have to travel 18 miles round trip to Dearborn to vote.

The decision to close the polling place in Edgerton was made by the directors of the Platte County Election Board.

Citizens of Edgerton offered solutions to all the reasons given for closing our polling place. Finally, the election board explanation came down to: “I just don’t feel comfortable opening it back up.”

What was the real reason for closing it? Why did directors of the Platte County Election Board not want the voters of Edgerton to know until close to the election?

We have the workers and the polling place.

One can only conclude that there are ulterior motives for closing it and not even attempting to work with the voters to resolve this problem.

The directors of the Platte County Election Board should be ashamed of themselves.

Richard L. Roan

Edgerton, Mo.

Diuguid column

I probably agree with Lewis Diuguid about once every decade, but his Oct. 22 column, “Floor of TV programming keeps falling to new low,” was spot on.

I’m certainly not a prude when it comes to language or other obscene things, but for public consumption, especially when youngsters can see and hear stuff that is objectionable, it makes me wonder whether there is nothing an actor won’t do to get attention.

Moreover, how can sponsors justify paying for that kind of programming? They need new marketing and advertising directors.

Edward H. Barnes

Prairie Village

Thanks to Royals

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Kansas City Royals for the atmosphere that has permeated our city from the beginning of the playoffs to now with the World Series.

It is so refreshing to watch the games and see the camaraderie between total strangers and players interacting with the crowd, making everyone a part of this historic time.

Recently, the news reports have been full of sad events, political bashing and enough gloom to cause one to turn off the television just to keep from feeling despair throughout the day.

I enjoy broadcasts that end with a good story — a kind act or a “person of the week” who has demonstrated kindness and quality in his or her life.

The Royals have given our city something to smile about and have reminded us that random acts of kindness do exist, and the more the better.

Thank you, Royals.

Beth Clarke


Medicaid expansion

Rep. John Diehl, a suburban St. Louis Republican who may become the speaker of the Missouri House, has launched an initiative — “100 Great Ideas for Missouri.” He said, “I am looking forward to listening to the people of Missouri about how they believe we can best ensure economic opportunity for our state’s future.”

In real estate, there are three things that matter: location, location, location. For Rep. Diehl’s 100 great ideas for economic opportunity, I propose there are 100 things that matter: Medicaid expansion, expansion, expansion, expansion.

Without Medicaid expansion, Missouri is losing jobs. “The reason we are hiring in Arkansas and laying off in Missouri is that Arkansas chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and Missouri did not,” according to Paul Taylor, CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital.

Not expanding Medicaid has cost Missouri, and not just the dollars we refused under the Affordable Care Act. In states that have broadened Medicaid eligibility, patients are getting needed medical care. Hospitals in these states are seeing substantial reductions in uncompensated costs.

Can we listen to our hospital administrators and learn from the states that have benefited from expanding Medicaid?

To ensure economic opportunity for Missouri, the greatest idea of all is Medicaid expansion.

Mary Clemons

Chair, Health

Advocacy Committee

Women’s Voices Raised

for Social Justice

Kirkwood, Mo.

EPA safeguards

Help stop 6th District Congressman Sam Graves and his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency.

Remember when the symbol of the United States, the bald eagle, almost became extinct? Who set in motion the initiative to save our nation’s symbol? Maybe Graves is too young to remember when Uncle Sam almost lost his symbol.

Who wants polluted soil; foul, polluted, dirty air; and foul, polluted, undrinkable water? Who wants another disaster like Love Canal in New York, or closer to home in Missouri, another Times Beach, where dioxin caused cancer, or for that matter another Cuyahoga River in Ohio, where the river catches fire?

Rep. Graves, it appears, would take us back to those times. It would be a time when corporate profits were more important than people’s health. Does plutocracy rule or do the people rule?

Tell Rep. Graves you’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.

The EPA is the only agency standing between a run-amok plutocracy and protecting of our air, water and soil. The EPA safeguards our environment, our waterways, our farm lands and our wildlife.

It protects our families, our health and the health of the Earth.

Roy Speer

Kansas City

Angel’s death

In the Kansas City area, all are sickened and concerned about the murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper (10-23, A10, “Reward to find girl’s killer grows”). Please remember this gut-wrenching feeling we are experiencing now.

If and when the assailants are brought to justice, they may face the death penalty.

Those responsible for this tragedy deserve the death penalty by any constitutional method.

Joe Lavender