Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on elections, HOA series, candidates for office

Election avoidance

I made a decision July 12 that I should have made many years ago. I asked Russell County, Kan., to remove me from its voter rolls after concluding that not voting is a far better alternative than stressing out over whom to choose when all choices are pathetic.

This country is messed up beyond repair. I am certain it is still a substantial upgrade over communist countries and Third World dictatorships, but I cannot fathom why anyone living in a First World democracy would want to move to the United States.

I am not proud to be an American. I will neverregret removing myself from the voting rolls.

What I do regret is the day in July 1995 when I first registered to vote in Louisiana and the day I registered in Kansas 10 years later. I wish I could take it all back because being a voter for 21 years has been an absolute waste.

David Steinle

Russell, Kan.

Associations’ value

Regarding the Aug. 7-8 series “HOAs from Hell,” I am disheartened by the seemingly extensive efforts by the author to dig up the worst stories possible regarding homeowner associations.

What your paper did not mention is that Americans living in HOAs again this year told independent pollsters that they are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities.

The 2016 survey conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community Association Research affirms findings from five surveys over the last 11 years. By large majorities, residents rate their overall community experience as positive or, at worst, neutral.

The findings refute the unfounded and unsubstantiated myth that the community association model is failing to serve the best interests of Americans who live in common-interest communities. For the majority of Americans, their home is their single largest investment.

Your choice to attack the community association housing model with anecdotal horror stories is a disturbing attempt to instill fear and unrest in your readers.

Community Associations Institute will continue to inspire enlightened leadership and responsible, engaged citizenship-ideals, reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home.

Thomas Skiba

Chief Executive Officer

Community Associations

Institute

Falls Church, Va.

Testing candidates

It’s almost time to vote for president. It seems candidates do not get elected because of their knowledge of the issues but because of what they spend campaigning or through a popularity contest.

So instead of putting them in office right away, let’s educate them first. Let’s put them in low-income housing and pay them minimum wage. While they are there, we can teach them about ethics, compassion, our Constitution and how to compromise.

Let’s also teach them economics with someone like Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz to prove cutting taxes for the wealthy does not help the poor or middle class.

While living on minimum wage, they will have to pay rent and their utilities and buy food. Living on minimum wage will be hard, but if they need extra cash they can always go get a payday loan.

Richard Kesler

Dunnegan, Mo.

Ronnie Murray

Fair Play, Mo.

Logic of guns

You can open carry a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol with impunity. Yet, if you carry a toy replica of that weapon without its tip painted orange, you’ll be arrested, or, as in the case of one 12-year-old boy, you can be shot dead by a policeman who felt threatened by the toy.

You can buy, own and legally shoot an 18-inch shotgun.

However, if you cut an inch off it, you will get a free ride to the police station, have the weapon confiscated and spend time in a federal penitentiary.

One can only guess how the difference of 1 inch of barrel length makes the 17-inch shotgun more lethal.

One can further wonder how a 17-inch shotgun is more lethal than an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle capable of firing a couple of hundred rounds a minute but is perfectly legal to own.

It proves that in the crazy world of inconsistent gun laws, as with gun owners, size does matter.

Other than perhaps the orange tip painted on toy guns, what about any of this makes sense?

Tom Davis

Merriam

Scopes trial

If we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys (8-7, A2, “Evolution debate still playing out in hometown of ‘monkey trial’”)?

John R.W.

Taylor, M.D.

Kansas City

Paying for college

While we ignore the almost unimaginable national debt hanging over us, Washington, D.C., politicians tell us they are going to give us a college education if we vote for the right person. What a prize they offer for our vote.

I remember working three jobs and learned that ramen noodles were considered to be the staff of life when I went to college, but somehow we made it happen because we sacrificed and were willing to work hard for it. If college is going to be free, can we possibly appreciate it?

Bob Blackman

Raymore

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