Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Data revisited
April 4, 2014
Yes, the report issued by the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors comparing the Kansas economy to that of several peer states was not positive. That should be cause for concern. This is surprising given that no matter how you cut the data, states with lower taxes tend to have stronger economies.
Letter: Medicaid support
April 1, 2014
The advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society recently released the results of a poll of 500 randomly selected registered Kansas voters, resulting in 72 percent favoring expanding Medicaid, including 59 percent of Republicans, 92 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents. Reagan Cussimanio, government relations director in Kansas for the society’s Cancer Action Network reports that “neither the governor’s office nor legislative leaders have an expressed interest in debating this issue during this year’s legislative session.”
Letter: Tax reform
April 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has repeatedly argued that our nation’s tax code is too complex and costly, burdens small businesses and makes all U.S. companies less competitive against their foreign counterparts. Rep. Jenkins advocates for comprehensive reform of the code.
Letter: Vegetarian theme
April 1, 2014
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
Letter: One and done
March 29, 2014
March madness is with us, and with that phenomenon, comes the notice that some of the member of the teams are “one and done.” The media are filled with great praise for these wunderkind who bounce basketballs. Rivals, an organization that purports to rank these highly touted kids has suggested that some team is courting a middle school boy who has great promise as a future NBA athlete.
Letter: Obamacare benefits
March 29, 2014
I have to say I am amazed! I talked to a friend about Obamacare and he said, “Last month, I was paying  $760 a month for a (catastrophic) policy. Thanks to ACA, I pay less than $10 a month for a silver policy with a $10 co-pay. And I save $9,000 a year.”
Letter: Hitler, Putin
March 28, 2014
In 1938, Hitler as a pretext for Germany’s right to acquire land where German-speaking people lived, invaded and enveloped neighboring Austria and Czechoslovakia which rapidly became World War II.
Letter: Really ‘shameful’
March 28, 2014
Just where has the editor of this fine paper been for two years? His March 24 editorial uses the deceptive Toyota statements to drag out the GOP’s favorite “dead horses:” Benghazi, the IRS and Fast and Furious, and then implies that the White House responses to those government actions were also deceptive. This is an old brainwashing technique recently perfected by Sen. Ted “Kool-Aid” Cruz; that is, making unfounded accusations long after endless hearings and investigations have found no malfeasance.
Letter: Oread issues
March 28, 2014
The recent editorial regarding possible liquor license violations at the Oread Hotel make people suspicious about the community benefit of this project that was supported by the KU provost’s office and the KU Alumni Association. Are these institutions still supporting the way the hotel is operated?
Letter: Taxing hate
March 28, 2014
So Uncle Fred is dead. Just kidding; he wasn’t my uncle, thank God, literally.
Letter: Tax misuse
March 27, 2014
I was shocked to read of the The Cave bar located in the Oread Hotel building, its blatant promotion of irresponsible alcohol abuse and its possible liquor license violations.  
Letter: No heart
March 27, 2014
What is wrong with us? When my mother was in her 90s, we respected her decision to stay in her home with her memories. She knew where everything was, and took care of her home very well. We knew that if she were forced to move she would become disoriented. The move would shorten her life and her quality of life.
Letter: Lies and deceit
March 27, 2014
I’m tired of all the GOP lies and deceit. For example, the Republicans say there is too much government, but guess who added Homeland Security and Medicare Part D? How about security? Who was on watch when the biggest failure in national security — 9/11 — occurred?
Letter: Suppressed vote
March 26, 2014
Federal District Judge Eric Melgren’s ruling supports Secretary Kobach’s determination to suppress the vote! We have now opened a war on voters who are inclined to vote for Democratic candidates by giving states the right to institute modern “Jim Crow” laws denying thousands, if not millions, of voters the right to vote. 
Letter: ‘The bad times’
March 25, 2014
Construction on the South Lawrence Trafficway has begun. Recently, a 90-year-old acquaintance of mine passed on. She was taken away from her parents to three different Indian boarding schools, including Haskell, as a child in the 1930s.