Letters to the editor on casino smoking, Obama’s accomplishments

09/17/2013 12:00 AM

09/16/2013 6:25 PM

End exception on casino smoking

Let’s all give a collective “Happy third anniversary” for the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act. A recent Sunflower Foundation survey found that 78 percent of registered voters in Kansas strongly favor the law.

But where do members of the Legislature think the Kansas Star Casino gamblers place their bets? They place them in a smoke-filled room. These same elected officials are not casino employees who have to breathe the secondhand smoke each day to feed their families. I wonder how many legislators would approve of their children working in the casino.

The people of Kansas spoke loudly and clearly about the desire to have a better place to live and raise a family. Why then did the Legislature carve out a special smoking deal for the casinos? Two words – big money. The often-quoted saying “you can buy anything at a price” was never truer.

The people of Kansas should fight until those who say they represent us vote to correct the mockery placed on Kansans by allowing state-owned casinos to permit smoking. Does the Legislature have the true grit to clean up a self-created mess?



Obama impressive

“Obama’s promises” (Sept. 13 Letters to the Editor) had a laundry list of negative thoughts about President Obama and his accomplishments. Some of the complaints rang true. For example, Obama did not carry out his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, he could not get Congress or some foreign countries to agree on how to disperse the prisoners.

Most presidents fall short of their lofty goals. They seem to forget that the other two branches of government might not always agree with them.

However, Obama has accomplished a great deal. His impressive accomplishments during his first two years included health care reform, the turnaround of the auto industry, new regulations of Wall Street, new consumer protections on the credit-card industry, an expansion of national service, the largest increase in wilderness protection in 15 years, reform to student aid, the New START treaty with Russia, and ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Even when he was embroiled in budget fights with the tea party-controlled GOP House, Obama managed a few domestic victories, including a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction deal and the biggest overhaul of food-safety laws in more than 70 years. In foreign policy, he ended the war in Iraq and began withdrawing from Afghanistan.

I wonder what he could accomplish if he had a little support from the Republicans.



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