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Letters to the editor on Jewish center shooting, Medicare takeover, Sebelius, crazy weather

  • Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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We all must confront hatred

The recent shootings at the Jewish community center and retirement home in Johnson County demonstrate the continuing need to confront hatred and combat anti-Semitism.

A well-known passage in the Passover Haggadah declares: “In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally had come out from Egypt.”

When one of us is harmed, all of us are harmed. When one of us grieves, we all grieve.

The world is full of hate and haters. We must confront hatred.

All we can do to keep evil at bay is to love one another, even – particularly – in the face of intractable hate.



Not qualified

Kansans watch with growing dismay as our government careens through one debacle after another.

The much-lauded tax reform is found to increase taxes on farmers and small-business owners who post a loss. The promised growth of jobs, opportunities and new residents hasn’t materialized, as more people continue to leave the state than come here, poverty rates increase, and entrepreneurs are discouraged by those pesky tax penalties. Thousands of eligible voters find themselves disenfranchised because of the remote chance that an illegal alien, somehow and somewhere, will slip into a voting booth. Multiple lawsuits later, inequities in educational funding are about to be corrected – but only after teachers are redefined as “not-really teachers” and therefore not deserving of due process.

Does anyone think this crowd is qualified to take over Medicare?



Sebelius helped

I would like to thank Kathleen Sebelius for all her hard work in Washington, D.C. (“Sebelius resigns after turbulent stint at HHS,” April 11 Eagle). We need more public servants like her.

As secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sebelius helped all Americans finally get the good health care and patient protections that are so important to us all. So the rollout was a bit rocky. So what? It didn’t hurt anyone – just a slight inconvenience and well worth the wait. Any huge program such as this inevitably will have some glitches at first. They have been worked out, and Obamacare is successful and on a roll with more people being helped every day.

I only wish we could have Sebelius back in the Governor’s Office. When she was in office everything ran smoothly – no drama, no controversy, no lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions. She didn’t try to take over our Medicaid or Medicare, and she made sure our tax system was fair. Her policies kept our state well-funded and running smoothly. I’m thankful for her service.



Mind of its own

It hailed and rained Sunday, then snowed Monday, and the Wednesday forecast is for temperatures in the 70s. The weather here has a mind of its own.

One day it can be shorts-and-tank-top weather, and the next it is back to jeans and coats.

Generally, April is not the time for ice storms and snow. But the weather chooses what it wants to do – whether we like it or not.

In Kansas, you can experience all four seasons in one day.



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