Vote against Trump
Just imagine a conceited, disgusting, know-nothing, insulting, loudmouth, blowhard, braggart occupying the White House. The United States would be the laughingstock of the world.
What a frightening prospect, right? Don’t let this happen, folks. Please do not waste your vote for the aforementioned Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.
It seems a few Republican politicians who slavishly supported Gov. Sam Brownback’s irresponsible elimination of income tax for many of the wealthiest Kansans are considering an election-year conversion, suggesting their folly should be undone.
Although rethinking one’s mistakes is as welcome as it is rare for politicians, before any voters buy into it, they should ask their legislators two questions:
▪ “What analysis and thought process did you go through four years ago that made you believe that such an intellectually and economically flawed proposal would achieve the desired goal of boosting economic development and jobs — or did you just blindly follow your Pied Piper into the abyss without any independent critical evaluation?”
▪ “Was there ever a time when you actually thought it was fair to exempt business owners from the income tax that their employees must pay (a claim even the governor hasn’t made)?”
Although it’s nice that these people have seen the error of their ways, it is not only fair but essential that you, as a voter, insist they explain why they thought this tax plan was a good and fair policy. If they cannot, they don’t deserve your vote.
David P. Troup
Ward Parkway has become the autobahn of Kansas City. It is a rare sight to see someone going the speed limit on it.
With three lanes and minimal traffic lights, people use the boulevard as an expressway through the center of the city.
After driving on Ward Parkway possibly hundreds of times, I have seen a cop on it three times. Why is that?
Kansas City police could fill any ticket quota for the month by putting radar units on Ward Parkway for a day.
End gun violence
On Thursday, we will honor all victims of gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Locally, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America encourages all of us to wear orange, honoring those who have been lost to gun violence.
To wear orange is to show our pledge to keep firearms out of dangerous hands.
Wearing orange is a commitment to responsible gun ownership.
And wearing orange signifies a commitment to protect children from gun violence.
On Thursday, people should wear orange in solidarity with those senselessly killed and with those who love them.
For more info about the wear-orange movement, go to www.wearorange.org.
Action for Gun
Sense in America
God in politics
Yael Abouhalkah says we should keep God out of politics (5-12, Opinion, “Stop using God in politics to push prejudice”) because he thinks God is misused to push agendas Yael thinks are wrong.
He says, “Want to express your religious ‘conscience’? Go to your church and do so.” He also says that “in the real world ... man-made laws prevail.”
I say we should let God out of the church a little more often. Maybe crime rates would drop and consciences would niggle more about actions that violate God’s laws, whether the actions are approved by “man-made laws” or not.
Postal Service slog
On May 9, I sent a small box via Priority Mail to Colorado Springs, Colo. It went instead to Jacksonville, Fla., arriving on May 12.
There it sat for nine days. On May 21, it was sent to Catano, Puerto Rico.
On May 23, it went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and from there to Denver. As of May 25, it was finally in Colorado Springs.
The most amusing part of this whole thing was this line in the apology from the post office: “The top priority of the Postal Service is to provide mail service in the most efficient manner possible.”
Yes, to Colorado via Florida and Puerto Rico.