Regarding the new convention hotel for downtown Kansas City, I am all in favor of giving some tax abatement for the construction of this hotel, but it must end when the hotel is built.
If it makes an immediate profit, great. If it doesn’t, that is on the owners of the hotel. The taxpayers should not be subsidizing a hotel for some rich corporation. The schools and libraries need this tax money.
Enough is enough. Fair is fair. I would like to see this hotel because it will provide new jobs.
Iran nuclear deal
Can we learn from our history? In retrospect, we know that in 2001, the International Atomic Energy Agency was doing a thorough and accurate assessment of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program in Iraq. The IAEA had it right.
Bad information from our government that contradicted the IAEA report led the United States into one of the longest wars in U.S. history, with terrible consequences for all sides. The blowback from that war spawned the terrorist group Islamic State.
The diplomatic agreement with Iran reached by the State Department of the Obama administration and five other world powers — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — imposes an expanded and rigorous inspection through the IAEA, and it is our best hope for greater stability and peace in the Middle East.
Let’s learn from our misinformed and tragic decision to invade Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that were never there in the first place.
Let the IAEA do its job. It has a good track record.
F. Glenn Miller Jr.
I hope someone will tell F. Glen Miller Jr. that with the death penalty he will not die a martyr (9-5, A4, “Miller: ‘I want to be a martyr’”). Instead, he will be remembered as a bigoted, phobic murderer.
One of my favorite films is “Chariots of Fire.” Eric Liddell, the Olympic runner whose life inspired the film, illustrates beautifully what the true expression of religious liberty looks like.
After years of training, he realized that the pathway to his Olympic medal would require him to race on the Sabbath. Did he require others to boycott the games in order to demonstrate his faith? No, the sacrifice would be his alone.
In contrast, Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis’ behavior is more an expression of religious license than liberty — the license to run roughshod over people she sees as inferior. They must sacrifice for her beliefs.
Perhaps now that she has a bit of free time, she might give my favorite film a look.
I fail to see the value in your Sept. 6 story on trackers, “Debate rages on cellphone trackers,” but I do see potential harm.
If it were your mother who was lost, or your child who was abducted, or your husband who was in imminent danger and needed to be located as fast as possible, wouldn’t you be glad that someone knew a method to locate them?
There are technologies used by those tasked with protecting our welfare that do not need to be publicized, and I believe this to be one of them. Let our police do their jobs without anyone tying their hands by disclosing all their methods to criminals.
Checks and balances exist within departments, which deters misuse of technologies, and this article does more harm than good.
Not on U.S. soil
Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo’s Sept. 7 commentary, “Not in anyone’s backyard,” on terrorists being transferred from Guantánamo to the United States was the most informative and thought-provoking piece that I’ve ever read.
Every Star reader should read this account, which spells out the present situation as well as the dangers of having these radical jihadists in any state within our country. They are committed to the murders of Americans. If you agree with Pompeo, please contact your senators and representatives to voice your opposition to the transfer of Guantánamo prisoners to our country.
Killing local control
Recent articles in The Star continue to report on how local governments across Kansas are having to raise taxes, reduce reserves or cut spending to vital public services.
The blame for this can be placed on the Kansas Legislature and its assault on local control.
For some reason, those in Topeka think they know best how to manage local public services, including parks, transportation and libraries.
And now they threaten to assault the state’s Constitution by cutting funding to public education and the courts.
Conservative legislators continue to talk about giving local officials more say in how things are done in their home counties, cities or school districts but instead do the opposite by imposing limits on the funding needed to provide these services.
And now they even think they know best when it comes to local elections by moving them to November.
Talk about assaulting local control over citizens trying to determine their own destiny.
As a former elected official, I am concerned about the future of the Sunflower State and the democratic process that was put into place by our Founding Fathers.
Kansas citizens need to wake up and end this attack on determining our children’s future.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Ky., cited “God’s authority” in refusing to follow the law and in violating the constitutional rights of others.
I respect her belief. The Supreme Court does nothing to limit her belief. It does nothing to limit her ability to marry. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision has no effect on her rights.
Davis is a government official, sworn to uphold the Constitution. She elected to violate her oath of office, disobey a court order and violate the constitutional rights of others.
The answer is simple. She should be held in contempt of court until she is impeached or otherwise removed from office.
If she were truly a woman of principle she would have resigned her $80,000-a-year public-service job.
Kansas drug tests
If welfare and unemployment recipients in Kansas are subject to drug testing, business owners and farmers should be, too. Let’s limit purchases for their enterprises to $25 while we’re at it.
KC green housing
It is fascinating to see that a developer has taken up the idea of using concrete with integral interior insulation to create a structure of high insulation and structural integrity (9-8, A1, “Super green housing coming”).
Having just completed a new home in Olathe using a similar system of poured-in-place concrete with integral color on both sides of high-performance rigid insulation, I can attest that it creates an incredibly strong and insulated wall that is also attractive.
When the temperature outside is 5 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is howling, the concrete inside is warm because the inner and outer concrete are completely isolated from each other.
Also our 14-inch-thick wall system was designed to withstand the highest level tornado winds. Good luck to the developer team in making this type of construction work in Kansas City.
Clinton as president
If Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were to win the White House, would Bill Clinton become the first man, or gentleman, as unlikely as this seems. It’s still good for a laugh, anyway.
I think former President Bill Clinton has been booted, anyway. Sounds like “Peyton Place,” doesn’t it?
“Kim Jong Trump.”