Letters to the Editor

Letter: Personal interest

March 25, 2013


To the editor:

Kudos to Robert Evans Sr. for giving voice to an important message (“Party plaint,” Public Forum, March 20).  Yes, indeed, what has happened to the Grand Old Party we once paid heed to and respected? The modern day conservative heart has been frozen solid for a number of years and only thaws slightly when a close family member is affected. 

Sen. Rob Portman and Dick Cheney would surely oppose same sex marriage if their children were not involved. A Republican senator only became an advocate of mental health clinics when his son committed suicide, and those who are opponents of abortion in all cases will change their minds once a daughter is a victim of rape or a life-threatening pregnancy.

Sadly, it might take a horrific personal tragedy at a school, theater, restaurant or shopping center for a legislator to give some thought to enacting sensible gun laws. Let me assure you, however, that once that tragedy strikes close to home, you will never forgive yourself. That’s something for our Kansas delegates to think about before they cast their votes.


georgiahawk 1 year ago

jhawkinsf, that is some right purty dancin your doin! But I think Jafs wants to go somewhere and you just dance! Right purty though! Entertaining! Can you do that whirly-derby thing!


jafs 1 year ago

This started as a conversation about greed.

That's defined as excessive or reprehensible acquisitiveness. Subjective criteria, for sure, but I have no problem applying them, and deciding when something is greedy and when it's not.

The millionaire who goes into contortions trying to avoid taxes (legally) because he's just got to have that yacht? Greedy.

The working poor guy who wants to keep a little more of his salary so he can buy a little tv? Not greedy.


You're right that people spend their money, and that's what determines some of this mess. But not all of it - some is determined by structures like Boards of Directors, etc. I see no rational reason that teachers, social workers, child care folks should make so much less than actors or athletes (and it makes no difference whether or not I personally like them). Actors and athletes are essentially entertainment - it's nice, but not particularly meaningful. Golf is some folks trying to hit little balls with sticks around a course - what the heck does that do for us as a society?

Is there meaningful art? Yes, but much of today's art is simply entertainment. I have no problem making the judgement that the teacher who teaches a classroom of 20-30 kids is making more of a contribution to society than the actors on Friends (and I liked that show, and watched it quite a bit).

And yet, they make about 300x less.

Now, the next question is what, if anything should be done about it - that's a much harder question to answer. But, it's clear to me that over the last 30 years or so, we've become a more feudal society, of the very rich and the rest of us, which is a backwards move. It undoes some of the great ideas this country is known for, like social mobility and a strong middle class.

Many people like to defend and protect the rich - mostly I think because they think they may someday be rich. But, it's not true for the vast majority of the population. If we truly lived in a meritocracy, with a level playing field, so that those who were successful owed that success to their own hard work and merit, I might feel differently. But that's not the reality in which we live.

Why should successful brain surgeons continue to work rather than retire? Where will all of the jobs for younger people come from if older people keep working longer and longer? I want well trained and excellent brain surgeons, not necessarily older ones.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

The GOP is dead thanks to the ruthless corrupt practices of the Rt Wing Anti Women Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism.

33 years in the making. It's gone and the Koch family of money, Wal-Mart family of money,Exxon-Mobil family of money,AMWAY family of money,the military industrial complex family of money and the hard rt wing fundamentalist christian family of money do NOT intend to give the GOP name back to anyone.


sprucegoose 1 year ago

This was indeed a great LTE. However, if one of my sons were to inform me that he was gay, and wanted to marry his partner, I could only say, I love you son and always will, no matter what. So do what your consicenece dictates you must do. Your mother and I have been married for 50 years now in what has been historically recognized as a union between a man and woman. Somehow to use the word "marriage" in your situation does not fit my image of what marriage means. I would perfer that you use another word to express your love and commitment to your partner . Gays have spent many years trying to estabish their own identity and now seem intent on identifying themselves with what many see as a failed hetersexual institution called "marriage" ( Well maybe not so much in our case after 50 years)

Guess my thinking is why the OLD die off and let God and tne next generation figure it out for themselves. .


think_about_it 1 year ago

“If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievement is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don’t have to work for it and now you’re on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggrievement and entitlement, and you still won’t have a job.” —
Condoleezza Rice


bearded_gnome 1 year ago

one underlying assumption in some of the liberal posts above, and in Merrill's postings, is that it is appropriatethat the government determine just how much money is enough money for each person to have. and when you have more than you ought to have, then it is fine to tax the bejesus out of you, that's why the anger was directed at the golfer who stated he was considering leaving california once even more draconian taxes were imposed.


Kirk Larson 1 year ago

As my post was removed for perceived sweeping generalization, I shall rephrase. These particular people and others like them, who can only seem to identify with discriminated persons when their loved ones are direct targets of said discrimination, demonstrate a severe lack of empathy, a quality that is vital to humane civilization.


jhawkinsf 1 year ago

It is a good letter. But if a Republican suddenly becomes pro same sex marriage when a child comes out and another becomes an advocate for the mentally ill when a child has a mental illness, what's to explain all this anti tax attitude. Could it be similarly explained by their experience that their group pays an inordinate amount in taxes while other groups seemingly pay little?


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