Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Columnists off-base
April 7, 2014
Put Charles Krauthammer and Trudy Rubin in charge of foreign policy and they would have us neck deep in Middle East war and in the Ukraine as well — wars we could not possibly win. They also know that there is zero chance that the American public would be in favor of either.
Letter: Don’t blame ethanol
April 7, 2014
Kansas University biologist Chip Taylor has brought ethanol to the top of his list of enemies to monarch butterflies in an article published on March 31. Over the years, Taylor has blamed global warming, drought and improved weed control for declining monarch populations. Now, he claims ethanol production is forcing wild prairie into crop production, destroying butterfly habitat. That is simply not true.
Letter: State in charge?
April 6, 2014
The Journal-World is a wonderful conduit for state and local news. The April 2 edition was particularly informative.
Letter: Virtual school
April 5, 2014
On Monday, I testified at a hearing of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee. I am a mother, not a lobbyist. I had never done this before, but lawmakers are considering a cut to my daughter’s public school – even though her virtual school already spends about $7,000 per student less than other schools.
Letter: State tax surprise
April 4, 2014
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Remember Gomer Pyle’s TV show?
Letter: Medicaid rejection
April 4, 2014
Nothing better illustrates the cruel calculus of hunger economics than the remarks of State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook in explaining (Journal-World, April 2) why Kansas Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion. The federal Affordable Care Act, she said, “creates dependencies” and a “permanent underclass.”
Letter: Can’t keep up
April 4, 2014
The Koch brothers are going to bankrupt me!
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.