Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on U.S. Senate, political bullying, veterans benefits

Senate impostors

Is there a law against impersonating a U.S. senator? Because there are plenty of suspicious people in Washington, D.C., pretending to be just that.

By one definition, a senator is someone who works for the government.

Definition of the word work: “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.”

Definition of the word obstructionist: a person who delays or obstructs the business before a legislative body by parliamentary contrivances or legalistic maneuvers.

Quick, call the police.

Peggy Smith


Political bullying

What a sad state of affairs.

Our schools have no-tolerance policies for bullying, and parents teach children to be kind to one another and not be bullies. Now we have a person running for president of the United States who is the quintessential bully and sets the example that it is fine to disrespect our current president and other candidates, and he even tells the pope to stay out of our business.

Our children are watching. Where is your no-tolerance policy?

Susan Tozier


Veterans benefits

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly basic allowance for housing provided to children who will have a parent’s earned post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them.

Now, similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S.425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.

I am standing with my fellow Non-Commissioned Officers Association members in opposition to these cuts to the GI Bill, and I ask others to stand with us.

Please pledge to preserve the benefits promised to all new veterans and their families and oppose all attempts to use the post-9/11 GI Bill as a piggy bank to fund other government programs.

Nearly 1 million post-9/11 veterans have benefited from the post-9/11 GI Bill, making it one of the most successful veterans programs in American history.

Please email advocates@ncoausa.org and pledge to fight any attempts to cut education benefits for military members, veterans and our families.

Jeffrey Bousman

Kansas City

Medical testing

More than 70 percent of medical-treatment decisions are based on laboratory test results. These include blood tests, cultures, biopsies and complex ones that uncover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cancer.

If you or a loved one has ever had a blood test, you owe its accuracy to a medical laboratory professional.

About 300,000 such individuals work around the clock, solving patient cases, one test at a time.

Their dedicated efforts are often unrecognized. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week this week helps promote understanding and appreciation of laboratory personnel.

Working in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician offices and commercial labs, they safely collect your blood, perform tests, confirm the accuracy of results and report findings to your health-care provider in a timely manner.

We are fortunate to work with some of the best lab professionals in the Kansas City area and beyond. Their dedication to quality and safety is an inspiration. Let’s celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in their honor.

If you are a talented graduate looking to make a difference, call your nearest lab and ask for job opportunities.

Chakshu Gupta, M.D.

St. Joseph

Kelsi Walton, MLS


Trump voters

I am no political novice, having cast my first ballot in 1968 while deployed in the “Riviera of the South China Sea,” Vung Tau, South Vietnam.

Over my nearly 50 years of watching politics, I have never seen the likes of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After the first Republican debate in August, I texted a friend: “They just don’t get it. Trump is not a serious candidate. He has no intention to go to work. This is simply more self-promotion. All that the polls prove is that more than 20 percent of Republicans are stupid and might buy a bridge from this con man.”

I was wrong to call 20 percent of Republicans stupid. It’s more than 30 percent now, and they’re not stupid.

They’re ignorant or low-information voters.

Other than that, I stand by my August text.

John Meyer

Blue Springs