Letters to the Editor

Readers react to the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton and Belton schools

Court nominees

It might surprise people to learn that the Constitution sets out no specific qualifications for a U.S. Supreme Court justice. The candidates do not have to satisfy age, education or profession requirements.

They don’t have to be lawyers or show proof of native-born citizenship. This could free President Barack Obama to nominate almost anyone, even a retired English professor like me.

Just think of how grammatically correct my written opinions would be.

Robert Willson

Overland Park

No Clinton fan

I don’t remember who said it, but it’s worth repeating: The worst thing isn’t having a completely dishonest Democratic candidate. The worst thing is so many people support her.

Do you really think these people believe Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony? I don’t.

They don’t care because they want what she promises — free stuff. I do agree she is the most transparent politician, excluding Obama. You can see right through her.

An example being she attempted to cry during the hearing when discussing Ambassador Chris Stevens. I have talked with people who support her, and it is a really strange phenomenon, as it is with anyone who supports the left.

They can’t give you a rational reason. The reasons they give don’t exist in the real world.

We, as a country, are doomed after eight years of President Barack Obama. We need someone who can put it back together after Obama has failed on every front and possibly on purpose.

Steve Prosser

Overland Park

Transparency

It is sad and shameful to see the students of the Belton School District getting shortchanged to the tune of $469,000 last year because of a tax-increment financing district miscalculation. Sad, shameful and entirely predictable.

Tax-increment financing schemes are complicated endeavors that often span 20-plus years and affect all sorts of tax calculations related to school finance and other city and county services. Too often, citizens are kept in the dark.

We at the Show-Me Institute have argued for years that Missouri cities should clearly identify in their financial statements the projects the city subsidizes. Each city should also be required to publish every tax incentive liability it has incurred.

Making these data more accessible to citizens might have led to this mistake being caught years ago. Hopefully, this embarrassing incident will be a wake-up call for greater transparency.

Michael Q. McShane

Director

Education Policy

Show-Me Institute

St. Louis

Make U.S. great

We live in the greatest nation the world has ever known, and we actually let politicians try to convince us we are on the verge of failure unless we elect them. Some folks even seem to believe them.

This nation is still great and stands on the verge of even higher achievements if we can just agree to disagree on some things and move on. Have you heard about all the compromise that went into forging our Constitution?

And now we have special-interest groups that believe their beliefs are worth shutting down the government. Does that sound right?

Let’s elect the right people in the 2016 elections and begin to discuss the issues we have been dancing around for years. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap. But it can be done.

So, let’s pay attention and get something done.

I am 78 years old, and I would like to witness more of that greatness and movement forward of this great nation before I go.

Oh, yes, anyone catch the visit of Pope Francis? Nice guy.

Ronald Finney

Raytown

Brownback, Rubio

I don’t know what chance Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio had, but he now has the kiss of death with an endorsement from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (2-16, A12, “Brownback endorses Rubio”).

Bill Grossnickle

Kansas City

Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Feb. 13, believed in interpreting the Constitution according to its original intent. He felt, as many do, that if changes are needed in the way the Constitution is interpreted, people should pass an amendment to the Constitution. It has happened before.

Jim Eschrich

Lenexa

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