The people of Kansas City are some of the best and most patriotic people in the nation.
My wife and I recently had breakfast at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. We had a good meal and talked.
I asked the waiter for the check, and he said it was taken care of, including tip. He said the person wanted to thank me for my military service. Our benefactor had noticed my Marine Corps cap.
I tried to get the waiter to tell me who the person was, but he said he couldn’t. I want to thank this person for his kindness and generosity.
The people of Kansas City are the best, but this person is above the best.
Politicians make stump speeches about why military spending is critical or excessive but rarely look at what we could do with just a fraction of that spending.
Globally, military spending totaled nearly $1.7 trillion in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
That money would be enough to virtually eradicate global poverty, as it would be enough to fund all the goals of the United Nations for ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.
If more countries shifted a little aid to ending global poverty, the world would be vastly different than it is today.
The completely unsurprising news that Donald Trump orchestrated a fraud that preyed on the elderly and disadvantaged was the first indication to party insiders that Trump actually does fit the profile of a modern Republican leader (6-2, A7, “Unflattering portrait emerges of Trump U.)”
It is no coincidence that within 24 hours after he received that confirmation, Paul Ryan announced he would vote to help Trump continue those practices as president.
Kansas City is like your neighbor with the dilapidated house — roof leaking, paint peeling, foundation crumbling. He can’t seem to afford repairs, but he can buy a new car or the latest electronics.
And as Kansas City struggles with crumbling infrastructure and grumbles about the cost of public safety, it is happy to embrace the shiny new streetcar and plan for the billion-dollar terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
We must be thankful that Gov. Sam Brownback cannot run for office as our top Kansas official again. He has done a despicable job, and we will be so glad to see him leave office.
His disgraceful policies and attempts at leadership have failed and have left our state showing other states what not to do. Instead of leading, Brownback has followed what other Republicans have tried and also failed to do.
His leaving office cannot come soon enough. The man is a complete disgrace to Kansas.
Kansas is still having massive shortfalls of cash, and it keeps getting worse. Kansas residents are crossing state lines to purchase groceries because of our high tax rate.
It just never stops. Brownback is stealing money from the highway fund and putting our roads and bridges in jeopardy for years to come.
I hope we can survive his pitiful attempt at leadership. We must have someone out there who can be our next governor and get us out of our sad state of affairs.
Please elect a governor who can really lead.
Edward L. Keating
Fort Scott, Kan.
To the 330,000 businesses in Kansas that have enjoyed tax-exempt status since 2012, the rest of us Kansans need your help. We need a more creative way to solve our budget problems because the governor and state Legislature don’t seem to be able to come up with a viable solution.
If each of you would contribute/pledge one-half of what I paid in additional state income taxes this year (that would equal $750), we could perhaps pull Kansas back from the abyss. Of course, it goes without saying that going forward we need a fair and comprehensive tax-reform initiative.
But until that happens (not holding my breath), here’s how all 330,000 of you business owners can make a difference. Go to www.gofundme.com and create a page titled Save Kansas For Future Generations. $750 x 330,000 = $247,500,000. I believe that would go a long way in saving Kansas.
Kansas thanks you.