Letters to the Editor

LGBT bias, climate change, believing in faith

Hate in Kansas

I Googled “Kansas and hatemongers” recently, and at the top of the list was the Westboro Baptist Church. Fred Phelps has been preaching gay hate for years.

I see now that members of the Kansas Legislature give the impression that they have been attending the Westboro Baptist Church. What’s next for the Legislature, protesting military funerals?

They’re queer, they’re here, get over it!

John Myers
Richmond, Mo. Global warming?

We are in the middle of an extremely cold, snowy winter. Where is Al Gore when we need him?

Donald W. Dawson Jr. Kansas City
George Will column

In a Feb. 27 column, “Democrats distracted by feel-good, errant issues,” George Will dismisses the progressive view of climate change as a bogus issue. He chides liberals for citing the large majority of scientists who agree that climate instability is man-made, not just part of a normal cycle.

He is right that swings in climate do occur naturally, but he is wrong when he dismisses the current science as either alarmist or politically tinged. He asks “who did the poll,” reporting 97 percent agreement on the causes of climate change. Well, there wasn't really a poll.

Thousands of scientific papers about climate change were reviewed, and where causes of the changes were clearly addressed, 97 percent blamed human activity.

When scientists stop arguing about something, it is usually because the findings support a single view. When politicians stop arguing, it’s likely an election is coming.

Science isn't always right, but it shouldn't be politicized. Taking steps to correct human error that may have damaged the planet should not be seen as liberal, feel-good posturing. That kind of thinking can get us into some real hot water.

Andy Geoghegan Kansas City Blatant LGBT bias

Are the economies of Arizona, Kansas and now Missouri so good that businesses want to turn away paying customers because they don’t like their lifestyles (2-26, A1, “Missouri bill allows denial of services”)?

I don’t think there are a lot of companies that want to turn away paying customers. I hope common sense will prevail in Jefferson City, and the

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egislature will turn down GOP Sen. Wayne Wallingford’s bill, which would make discrimination legal.

If I find out about companies that support this bill, I will not patronize them.

Susan K. Scholl Kansas City Believing in faith

I believe in God, country and family, in the Holy Bible being the word of God.

I believe in freedom of religion, in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. I believe that people should be judged by character, not by color or creed.

I believe that capitalism is the American dream and not socialism. I believe that success should be rewarded, not punished.

I believe that welfare should help the needy, not control them. I believe that illegal immigrants are breaking the law and should be punished, not rewarded.

I believe that tax dollars should be fairly collected and spent wisely. I believe that life begins at conception and the unborn have a right to life.

I believe that God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman and that common sense makes for good sense.

For my beliefs I am called a racist, bigot, woman-hater and heartless by some who consider my conservative ideology to be idiotic and a danger to their existence.

Thomas Hay Kansas City Comic vacation

I read The Kansas City Star and have read a paper every day since I was 12 years old, right after I got my first paper route. I save the comics for last and look forward to those few moments each morning.

One of my favorites is “Get Fuzzy.” My question is When is Darby Conley not on vacation?

I don’t mind a few good strips from the past when one of the other cartoonists are taking some time off, but honestly, “Get Fuzzy” should be retitled soon as “Classic Get Fuzzy.”

Ted Edwards Kansas City Obama, being honest

The Feb. 24 editorial was headlined “Being honest about inaction in Syria.” So let’s be honest about our liar-in-chief, President Barack Obama. Here’s a litany of his untruths:

• I will have the most transparent administration in history.

• The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.

• The Internal Revenue Service is not targeting anyone.

• The public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk.

• Obamacare will be good for America.

• You can keep your family doctor.

• Premiums will be lowered by $2,500.

• If you like it, you can keep your current health care plan, period.

• Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups or what happened in Benghazi wasn’t my fault.

And the biggest of all, “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Dick Horn Leawood Trickle-down growth

Let’s work on the economy now. We keep having a wimpy economy.

We keep trying to follow a Constitution that was written decades ago. Taxes were far higher on top incomes in the three decades after World War II than they’ve been since. And the distribution of income was far more equal. Yet the American economy grew faster in those years than it has grown since tax rates on the top were slashed in 1981.

This wasn’t a postwar aberration.

President Bill Clinton raised taxes on the wealthy in the 1990s, and the economy produced faster job growth and higher wages until President George W. Bush’s first term.

Higher taxes on the wealthy can finance more investments in infrastructure, education and health care. These are vital to a productive workforce and to the economic prospects of the middle class.

Higher taxes on the wealthy also allow for lower taxes on the middle class, potentially restoring enough middle-class purchasing power to keep the economy growing at a fast rate.

As we’ve seen in recent years, when disposable income is concentrated at the top, the middle class doesn’t have enough money to boost the economy.

Growth doesn’t trickle down from the top.

Jerry Brown Overland Park Airport shuffle

There was news recently about the significant reduction in flights in Cleveland because of the Continental-United merger and Cleveland’s loss of its hub status.

I flew more than 100 flights last year and have seen this trend all over the country: St. Louis (TWA), Memphis (Northwest) and Pittsburgh (US Airways).

It is naive to think that a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport would attract significantly more flights, much less an airline hub, in this age of airline mergers.

I urge the city leaders to keep the convenience of the existing airport and limit spending accordingly.

Warren Kennedy Bonner Springs Prayer for children

We are proud to live in a city where people are known for their generous spirits, especially when they are presented with a particular face and need.

There is such a specific face and need placed in every Sunday edition of The Kansas City Star.

It’s usually on A4 with an article headlined “Family wanted,” showing a child, sometimes young, sometimes older, sometimes several siblings, who just wants a family.

Most of these children have been in foster homes much of their lives.

I know there are many needs to be met in this world, but it all starts with a family, the basic unit of society.

With that intact, more needs can be met.

I am proposing that we could storm heaven in 2014 with this simple prayer as we look at the children’s faces: “Dear Lord, God of all creation, God of all hope and love, find a family for this child/these children,” and name their names.

If you forget these words, just say, “Amen.” God will know your heart.

He said, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there will I be also.”

Mary Pat Miller Overland Park
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