Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on Christmas, guns and schools

Christ in Christmas

Thanks for printing Carol Dark Ayres’ “Christ is a vital part of Christmas” (12-20, A21).

As a KC Star subscriber for many years, I can recall your newspaper never printing such a positive story about Jesus Christ at Christmas. It was refreshing to read an article that reflects Christianity in a good way rather than the many stories printed that are so negative.

These days, it feels as if every faith but Christianity is given respect by the media, and that just isn’t right. Sure, we Christians aren’t perfect, but neither are those of other faiths. We’re all just doing the best we can in difficult times.

It’d be nice if the KC Star would lead the way for media outlets across the U.S. by starting 2015 with a rededication to fair and balanced news reporting. Please let readers make up their own minds about subjects instead of trying to do it for us, and remember — Christians are people, too.

Merry Christmas to all.

Carl Jordan

Buckner

Guns and Ebola

Does anybody else see irony in the conservatives’ demand for quarantine of health workers who have been anywhere near people with Ebola? They rationalize that we must be safe instead of sorry, no matter what the experts say. Constitutional rights be damned.

But at the same time, they reject any funds allocated to the study of the effect of guns on our nation’s health, to background checks on purchasers at gun shows and to using technology to make guns harder to use without the proper safety devices installed.

Apparently, when it comes to unstable people carrying hidden handguns or toting assault-type weapons, being safe instead of sorry is support of government tyranny.

Don Porter

Overland Park

Gun violence

To the Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, I’m guessing that most people agree with you and are against gun violence. However, if we must fire a gun for our or someone else’s protection, we are trained not to shoot to maim.

If we must use a weapon, we are obliged to shoot to do the most damage. Otherwise, we put ourselves and others in more danger.

I dare say that our police officers already have as much training as is available.

Carrol Mills

Topeka

Taxpayers as voters

High school U.S. history courses teach us that the cry for independence began with “No taxation without representation.” In the United States today, almost no one buys anything without being taxed.

Many other taxes are automatically collected. Yet our representatives do things that result in only 80 percent of eligible voters being registered, and even fewer voted in last month’s election.

Is it traitorous for our government to inhibit taxpayers from registering and exercising their voting rights won by the Revolutionary War? I think so. Hopefully, this apparently treasonous behavior occurs through incompetence and not intention.

Because we collect taxes from all Kansans, why not send non-voters registration forms?

Since we have all of Kansas taxpayers’ addresses, why not send ballots for each election?

Chris Roesel

Roeland Park

Slippage in schools

It occurred to me after I had already mailed a letter to my granddaughter, who is 8 years old and in the third grade, that she would not be able to read my letter without her mother’s help. She attends a public school in Pratt, Kan.

This incident reminded me of when her mother, my daughter, was in grade school in the 1990s. At that time, outcome-based education was being used.

No more emphasis on grammar and usage, and spelling was a non-issue. How did that work out for those of you who call yourselves teachers?

As far as I’m concerned, NEA stands for No Education Anymore. Recently tenure has been a topic.

If you are a good teacher and want your students to be prepared for the real world, such as making sure they can conjugate a sentence as well as spell all the words in that sentence, then I think you are deserving of tenure. Competency tests should be given to the teachers before they are hired.

If you want to be a teacher, the above-mentioned skills should be mandatory. What kind of teacher are you?

Mary Cantino

Olathe

Ballot box action

Americans will have to address problems such as inflation, unemployment, racial unrest and the weak economy in the coming years. We must also effectively manage our relations with Russia and China while protecting ourselves and our allies from terrorist activities.

However, the most serious problem in America lies within our own political arena — the progressive ideology. The dominant political philosophy in Washington, D.C., for the past six years (two to go) has been the progressive movement.

Many progressives think the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are outdated, no longer pertinent documents, declaring that their usefulness expired shortly after the country gained its independence. Some progressives also think the masses should be governed (controlled) by the few chosen intellectuals who are capable of deciding what is best for the masses.

Because the masses are not capable of making intelligent decisions, the government will take care of them. That’s Obamacare.

If we, the people, do not rise up and vote the progressives out of the political arena, America as we know it is doomed.

Carroll L. Story

Lee’s Summit

Not Santa in the sky

In this Christmas season of love and joy, it is rather fitting that a comet named Lovejoy will grace our skies over the next two months as it passes by the Earth inbound toward the sun.

This comet, the fifth discovered by Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy, officially is known as C/2014 Q2. Currently, the comet is barely visible with binoculars in dark enough skies when the part of the sky with the comet rises around midnight over the southern horizon.

Comet Lovejoy is still somewhat low above the horizon, near the constellation of Lepus the Rabbit, at the feet of Orion the Hunter. However, it will be higher in the sky, visible all night, and possibly more easily seen later this month as it follows a path that takes it west of Orion and Taurus the Bull.

Closest to the Earth and to the sun are both during January, suggesting a bright comet, and away from city lights the comet may brighten enough to reach naked-eye visibility.

However, as with any comet prediction, there is always this caveat: Comets are like cats. Both have tails, and both do what they want.

For more information go to bobs-spaces.net.

Bob Riddle

Lee’s Summit

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