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Letters to the editor on Kline, foreign aid, Rice, Larry Hagman

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 12 a.m.

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Opinions about Kline are majority view

Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, should be satisfied that quick action resulted in the firing of a court clerk who displayed extremely poor judgment by posting negative comments on Twitter about former Attorney General Phill Kline (“Court must assure that it isn’t biased,” Nov. 24 Letters to the Editor). But let’s get real. I doubt Staver is bothered if U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas have clerks with known ties to conservative Christian anti-abortion organizations.

Staver complained that the clerk’s opinions were apparently “common in her circles.” However, the truth is that most people in Kansas got sick and tired of Kline pretty quickly.

Putting aside everyone who is pro-choice, or even barely so, Kansas voters decided in two different elections to turn out someone they believed cared only about shutting down Planned Parenthood and George Tiller’s abortion clinic. Can it be surprising that various people who work in the court system share the view of the majority of Kansans when it comes to Kline and his crusades?

Kline needs a job where he can fight abortion all the time, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach should seek full-time employment with an anti-immigration group before he suffers the same fate at election time.



Monitor aid

A letter writer was right on when he stated: “Stop giving foreign aid in the form of dollars. Instead, give it in the form of American-made goods” (“Give U.S. goods,” Nov. 21 Letters to the Editor). But if our politicians continue to insist on borrowing money from China so that we can give it to other countries, we should have monitors stationed in those countries to assure that the largesse reaches the intended beneficiaries rather than unfriendly and corrupt rulers.

American-made goods should be shipped in enclosures – from the shipping containers on the dock to granola bar wrappers – on which the American flag is prominently affixed. We beleaguered taxpayers at least should be recognized for our generosity, which could even mean improved relations with benefiting nations for years to come.



Don’t crucify Rice

Have we forgotten that Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the United Nations and presented the case for a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, citing intelligence that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction? Or that national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was heard on the Sunday political programs uttering her famous phrase that we didn’t want the smoking gun to turn out to be a mushroom cloud?

Later, the public found out that there were no WMDs and that the information from our intelligence sources was, to put it mildly, faulty.

Where were the GOP cries for Powell’s dismissal? Why was Rice appointed secretary of state? Were they not misinforming the public with their willingness to present the information handed to them?

What has Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, done that was any different from what Powell and Condoleezza Rice did? Susan Rice reported what the intelligence community gave her.

I once had a great deal of respect for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. But I am amazed that he would crucify Rice for being the good soldier, repeating what she had been told and not going off on her own. Whether she is the best candidate to replace Hillary Clinton remains to be seen, but to deny her before the fact is beyond the pale.



Hagman is missed

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the death on Nov. 23 of actor Larry Hagman, who played in the popular TV shows “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas.”

I watched all the episodes of the original “Dallas” series, which aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991. This year I watched all of the episodes in the revised “Dallas,” which debuted on TNT.

Being a longtime fan, I made a drive down to the Cowan Center in Tyler, Texas, to attend Hagman’s one-man show “Confessions!” on Nov. 10 – less than two weeks before his death. I was even privileged to ask him a question.

Hagman’s portrayal of infamous oil baron J.R. Ewing spanned the decades and generations. His devilish grin and excessively long eyebrows made him a picturesque villain. In real life, he was polite and gracious to people.

I knew Hagman had throat cancer, but I didn’t expect his sudden death at age 81. I hope the second season of the rebooted “Dallas” series can continue, but it will be difficult without the story line involving J.R. Ewing.

Hagman and Ewing will be missed and never replaced.



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