Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Congress, Kansas troubles, Shawnee Mission East

Immune Congress

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is selling snake oil to his throngs of gullible Republican voters.

He’s going to build a wall that will cost billions of dollars? Oh yeah?

The House Republicans would shut him down with or without the help of Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s Democrats. Expect the same thing with Trump’s plan to deport millions of Mexicans and raise taxes on Mexican and Chinese imports.

Trump needs to learn something about the operation of the government. The president does not have control of government expenditures.

It’s time for a reality check. Congress does not work for Trump.

In fact, 90 percent of what Trump is bellowing about would never be brought up for a vote because, again, Trump cannot fire Congress. Trump could never get his way with entrenched senators and House diehards.

They don’t work for him.

Martin Kaynan


Curious Kansas

In the Oct. 8 story, “Brownback rules out tax increases, spending cuts,” about Kansas tax collections falling short, it states that officials are puzzled by the drop in sales-tax revenues. Maybe it’s because officials raised the rate, and people are going across the state line to shop.

That is what I’m doing on my fixed income.

Business owners pay no income tax. I guess they have no children in school and don’t drive in Kansas or use police or fire protection or others services that income taxes pay for.

The Kansans who voted for Brownback got what they asked for — a race to the bottom.

Richard Parker


Best band leader

On a recent Thursday, I was on my daily walk around the track at Shawnee Mission East High School. The marching band was also there rehearsing for its Friday night football halftime show.

Suddenly, a pickup truck drove through the parking lot alongside the track proudly waving a large Confederate flag. The band teacher stopped the practice to educate the students and staff about why so many of us find this flag an offensive symbol of bigotry and racism and to look upon the driver with sadness and pity.

The truck’s driver certainly had the right to wave that flag, but it seemed foolish because he pulled up to a construction site at the school. At the very least, it made the construction company look bad (I let the company know).

I thanked the band teacher and was grateful our young people can be guided by people like this man.

Bob Clark

Prairie Village

Lobbying Congress

I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with more than 750 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to support policies that help people prevent and fight cancer.

I called on lawmakers to increase federal funding for cancer research, co-sponsor legislation to improve patient quality of life and remove cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors.

I told staff of Rep. Kevin Yoder that Congress should put partisanship aside and make defeating cancer a national priority. I let our lawmakers know that people and families touched by cancer are counting on them to support legislation that would help make cancer history.

With one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, we can’t let another year pass without taking legislative action.

I know our conversations made a difference in the halls of Congress, and I encourage others to add their voices. Visit www.acscan.org to be connected to people like me in your community.

Gay Garrett


Gusewelle’s work

I loved C.W. Gusewelle’s book, “A Buick in the Kitchen.” I’m about your age and went to Paseo High School and know when you mentioned the Brooklyn Avenue hill you were referring to the one near 49th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

I used to sled on it.

Dean Moffitt

Overland Park

Friedman column

This is a response to Thomas Friedman’s excoriating views of those who disagree with his opinion on climate change (10-9, Commentary, “Candidates must face reality of climate change”).

I am sure Mr. Friedman is a highly educated man and therefore able to understand complex problems. However, I prefer the simpler approach regarding the danger of climate change.

Climate now and always has varied, but God, who created the Earth, would certainly not create man with the ability to destroy his first creation.

Leon Cook

Kansas City