Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Senior drivers
March 25, 2014
Aging drivers, 70 and over, are safer than before, according to a 2014 Insurance Institute of Highway Safety study. Yet senior drivers insurance rates are based on statistics that are false. Older drivers are scammed because of lies. Why doesn’t somebody do something about this? This is age discrimination. 
Letter: One and done
March 25, 2014
Sadly the mighty Jayhawk’s season has come to an end. The picture of Andrew Wiggins trying to hold on to the ball surrounded by his opponents says a lot, but his statements and near constant moniker of “one and done” say more. This year’s team had so much talent, and if they’d practiced being a team for the long haul, instead of focusing on one year of glory, the outcomes could have been different in nearly every loss.
Letter: Energy attack
March 22, 2014
The Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are under attack. The arguments advanced to repeal these standards, which require major utility companies to have the capacity to produce up to 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, are pitifully weak.
Letter: Life-saving data
March 22, 2014
For more than 30 years, my career has focused on understanding and improving how people work together to promote community health and development. Good data is the starting point for change.
Letter: Healthy eating
March 22, 2014
After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom.
Letter: KU fee decision
March 20, 2014
I welcome Kansas University’s Student Senate decision to end the $25-per-semester fee to help fund the athletic department.
Letter: Board needed
March 20, 2014
Thanks for Chad Lawhorn’s Town Talk and feature stories about our community. They are always enjoyable and informative. Sunday’s article about advisory boards is well timed.
Letter: Colorado contrast
March 20, 2014
I was listening to National Public Radio Tuesday morning and was surprised to hear that Colorado took $188 million in federal dollars to set up its own state health care exchange AND it is successful!
Letter: Registration opposed
March 20, 2014
Months ago, a majority of city commissioners decided that our city needed a new rental licensing program. Duplication of existing law, cost-benefit analysis and common sense fell on deaf ears. The majority of commissioners’ minds were closed to any further discussion.
Letter: Distracting issues
March 17, 2014
We’re moving toward another election. Soon I expect the biennial emergence of the “Social Issues” that excite voters and distract us from focusing on other issues that influence the health of our state and our nation. Sadly, in discussion of the social issues, we often lose sight of the most fundamental question: Is it the proper role of our government to define acceptable behavior in our private lives?
Letter: Halt death penalty
March 17, 2014
After languishing nearly 30 years on Louisiana’s death row, Glenn Ford was released from prison last Tuesday when DNA evidence proved his innocence. This is a stark reminder of the continued imprisonment and execution innocent individuals across the nation.
Letter: Parade applause
March 15, 2014
I served this year as a representative of the Camp Bromelsick Foundation Inc. on the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Each year, the committee raises funds for well-deserving charities.
Letter: Patrols needed
March 15, 2014
Crime in the Pinckney and Burcham Park areas has reached an alarming rate. The lack of patrol concerns me.
Letter: Heartless stand
March 15, 2014
Not long ago I chanced to have a conversation with a senior citizen opposed to that “horrible socialistic” program called the Affordable Care Act.  When asked how someone without health insurance could afford to get necessary medical care, she replied, “Oh, I don’t know. Let them have a bake sale.” It appears our Kansas legislators agree with her.
Letter: Exasperated Kansan
March 14, 2014
The main thing that I have learned from following the proposed freedom-to-discriminate legislation in Kansas is that equality will be tolerated by our Republican leaders only if inequality proves to be bad for business.