Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Donald Trump, blaming guns, Schlitterbahn

Cowboy Trump

A gentleman is a gentle man. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is neither but rather a counterfeit cowboy. But even then he is “all hat and no cattle.”

Jim Swim Sr.

Marysville, Kan.

Don’t blame guns

People wonder why the National Rifle Association says guns don’t kill people, people do. I can think of three reasons:

1. Not every murder is committed with a firearm. As the saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

2. Nobody is forced to commit murder.

3. Each murder, regardless of how it is committed, has a motive behind it.

Stop blaming violence on guns, and remember what Jesus said in Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, theft, false witness, blasphemies.”

Although they did not have guns when Jesus walked the Earth, there was still violence.

Timothy Johnson

Kansas City


I am sickened by the disrespect and greed that Schlitterbahn officials have shown the Schwab family (8-11, A4, “Schlitterbahn reopens, minus biggest water slide”).

After the tragic death of Caleb at their park Sunday, they felt the need to reopen to the public Wednesday when other parks in the area were closing due to school schedules. The Schwabs had not even buried their son before the decision was made to reopen.

Greed has been at the center of Schlitterbahn’s decisions.

By reopening the park at the natural end of the season, officials must be hoping to make enough money to cover the many lawsuits coming in the near future.

Dana Boggs


Military spending

Words we’ve commonly heard from the political conservatives in the current election cycle include:

“Our military is in bad shape. ... We need to rebuild our military.” Gosh, I guess I was remiss in not being aware that our military is somehow deficient.

Tell that to the pilot who flies out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and flies sorties to the Middle East without setting wheels on terra firma between.

I’m not afraid we might not have a strong enough military. I’m more afraid we’re going to go broke supporting a military-industrial complex that will deplete resources that might be better spent elsewhere.

Wes Hill

Blue Springs

Iran nuclear deal

It has been a little more than a year since the Iran deal was signed. Now there is constant monitoring of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

This has made the world a safer place.

Without the deal, we might have seen a military conflict, which was the course the U.S. followed upon suspicion of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It has been 13 years since the invasion of Iraq, and the result has been thousands of American service member and contractor casualties.

With constant monitoring and continued diplomatic engagement, there will likely not be an armed conflict with Iran.

Preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and casualties should be the prevailing light in every controversy. This one-year anniversary of the signing of the agreement should be supported by the American people because it exemplifies the success of diplomatic engagement.

I’m grateful Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver have supported the agreement, and I hope they will continue to protect the deal.

Jacob Chappell


Destroying Earth

Is there anyone who can stop all the senseless killing and destruction of people and God’s Earth? I see beautiful young people running from their own way of life into a hell where no one should go.

Who is responsible? Why can’t the world’s leaders get to the bottom of this?

Who are the violent, uncontrollable, stupid people? What kind of evil, sinful thing is going on here?

How could any group get so low that it would want to destroy God’s people and the Earth? What are we doing?

Aren’t we honest, truthful, trustworthy about all we have been given here on Earth? Should I believe that our world leaders have no means to cope with this problem?

When it comes to our God-given world, there is no room for greed, wealth or power. All this destruction must be greed.

It must stop now.

William Leroy Elwood

Osceola, Mo.