Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on dog racing, U.S. currency, U.S. government

No on dog racing

In 2008, Kansas said “no more” to greyhound racing, which is illegal in 39 states. However, Kansas legislators are now considering a bill that would reintroduce the cruel sport (4-13, A17, “Woodlands plan takes a tiny step”).

HB 2537 would incentivize gambling establishments to open tracks by offering subsidized slot machine equipment in exchange. However, this tactic has proved to be unsuccessful. Racing leads to extreme animal suffering solely for profit.

The industry also promotes puppy mills. Kansas ranks second in the U.S. in puppy mills, and the last thing it needs are more puppy mills.

The Wyandotte County Planning Commission recently recommended prohibiting dog racing in a permit to reopen the Woodlands racetrack, and we are urging state legislators to follow suit and strike down HB 2537.

Midge Grinstead

Kansas State Director

Humane Society

of the United States

Lawrence

Money matters

The April 19 article, “Hamilton may keep his spot on $10 bill,” is much to the chagrin of us women. However, what we women would really like is to be paid the same as men for the same job.

We now make 79 cents for each man’s dollar. We would like to be equally represented in elected offices and on corporate boards and commissions.

Most of all, women want to be in the Constitution. We want an Equal Rights Amendment now.

Alice Kitchen

Kansas City

U.S. government

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said in February about a possible Supreme Court nominee after the death of Antonin Scalia, “I hope the president chooses a true progressive who will stand up for the values and interests of the people of this country.”

Therein lies the problem of having an activist, liberal judge nominated to the Supreme Court by a liberal ideologue. One role of the Supreme Court is to tell the president whether his actions are allowed by the Constitution and to tell Congress whether a law violates the Constitution.

Do we honestly believe that the Christian founders and authors of the Constitution would allow abortion, gay marriage or a government mandate that requires all citizens to buy a product?

In this modern era, activist judges have extrapolated from the basic tenets of the Founding Fathers that these issues are a constitutional right. Really?

I agree with Clinton that the values and interests of “we, the people,” should dictate the law of the land. Unfortunately, I am seeing a trend where our constitutional republic is being co-opted by one man in the executive branch and a majority of five out of nine in the judicial branch.

John D. Barto III

Belton

Beware potty cops

If you are traveling to, or through, North Carolina and believe you may have to use a public toilet, be advised you should carry “your papers” (birth certificate) because you may have to prove your gender to the North Carolina Potty Police (4-16, A7, “Students fight transgender restroom bill”).

Allen Maty

Smithville

Protecting patients

As a physician, I make decisions in partnership with patients, taking each person’s medical history and needs into account. But insurance companies often use other tactics to override my recommendations, putting patients in jeopardy.

Step therapy is when patients are required to try — and fail — on alternative prescription drugs chosen by insurers before coverage is granted for the drug originally prescribed. Used in an effort to control costs, it has shown to have a negative effect on patients and delays access to optimal treatments, often causing unnecessary suffering for the patient.

Step therapy legislation is currently at play on both sides of the border — HB 2029 in Missouri (which passed unanimously out of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee recently) deals with private insurance and adds protections against step therapy. SB 341 in Kansas deals with Medicaid and removes protections from step therapy.

Doctors, not insurers, know patients’ medical histories, which medications have worked and which haven’t and drugs that a patient might be sensitive to.

We need step therapy protections in place.

I urge people to contact their legislators and say no to step therapy. Physicians, along with their patients, should determine the best course of treatment.

Kevin P.

Hubbard, D.O.

Chief, Division of

Specialty Medicine

Kansas City University

of Medicine

and Biosciences

Kansas City

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