Letters to the Editor

Readers react to wealthy people, presidential rules and school counselors

Wealthy not bad

This rhetoric without facts shows how gullible Americans have become. Both conservative and liberal supporters jump to conclusions without proper research.

The super-wealthy aren’t all conservatives. Have people heard of George Soros or Bill Clinton?

Some think the super-wealthy don’t wish to spend a dime on educating children or helping the elderly, poor, wounded and sick.

I have seen many stories of the wealthy supporting many of these worthwhile causes. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, just to name two, have given billions, and many more do also.

Some think politicians sponsored by the wealthy want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, food stamps and public education. Come on, eliminate?

Absolutely not true. I pay attention to a lot of speeches, debates and news, and I hear 99.9 percent of the time that they want to get spending for these programs under control before this great country goes broke from socialist ideology.

We need the government to eliminate wasteful regulations that stifle business growth. That would create a wealthier middle class and get people out of welfare programs.

Ron Rogers

Shawnee

Enriching America

When a legalized immigrant becomes an American citizen for 35 years, he or she should be eligible to run for president, just like a natural-born American. Any other interpretation is discriminatory.

This individual will probably be older and bring his or her experience from the land of his or her birth to enrich America, thus making a valuable contribution.

Mangesh R.

Gaitonde, M.D.

Lee’s Summit

School counselors

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is celebrated in early February to focus public attention on the contributions of school counselors and how they help students achieve success.

The association recommends a counselor-to-student ratio of 1 to 250. Many counselors across the country, including those in the metro area, have caseloads that far exceed this recommendation.

Research shows that comprehensive counseling programs help increase student achievement in all grade levels. Counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents.

They focus on students’ academic needs, career awareness, personal/social development and post-secondary exploration. Counselors are important members of the education team, partnering with school personnel and parents to help remove barriers that keep students from being successful.

A counselor’s training and experience make that person an integral part of the total educational program. As students’ personal, academic, college and career needs grow, we should agree that schools cannot afford to scrimp on counselors.

Rob Lundien

Staley High School

Counseling Department

National School

Counselor of

the Year Finalist

Prairie Village

Cheers to priest

I read with great delight Donald Bradley’s Feb. 8, front-page article, “Rural Catholic school hangs on despite odds,” on Father Tom Hermes’ leadership of St. Mary School in Montrose, Mo.

I had the privilege of graduating with Father Tom from St. John’s many years ago.

This article gives well-deserved recognition to Tom for his continuing hard work for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. With so much bad press about the Catholic Church in Kansas City, it is good to see some uplifting news for a change.

I and many others will tell you that Father Tom is the epitome of what a Catholic priest should be. As most priests should do, he has gone about his daily duties committed to his parishioners and students while giving so much of himself and asking nothing in return.

If we had more priests like Father Tom, there would be a lot fewer negative sensational headlines in our newspapers.

Thanks to Mr. Bradley for his timely article, and thanks to Father Tom for his service and dedication.

To quote another one of our classmates, “You done good Tom.” And take that, Bishop Robert Finn. You could have learned a lot from Father Tom about humility and doing what’s right.

Bill Tritico

Kansas City

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