Letters on kid refugees, SAVE Act, Arnold-Burger
08/17/2014 7:06 PM
08/18/2014 12:24 AM
Kids are refugees seeking help
I am totally disgusted with the way some people are acting about the refugee children. They keep calling them illegal immigrants or immigrants, which they are not. They are refugees seeking help.
The United States for years has encouraged other countries to take in refugees when the refugees’ countries of origin are in turmoil. This is exactly what these children are – refugees who are fleeing in order not to be killed. Only in the United States do we call them illegal immigrants and not refugees.
Our country has even sent help and aid to those countries where refugees flee. But here those speaking against those children have no sympathy for refugees, nor do they really care why they are making a dangerous trek to our country.
Those who are radically opposed to helping the children are using excuses, such as false claims of diseases, false claims that President Obama is inviting them, and false claims that the majority of them will disappear and not appear at a court hearing regarding their status. Some have even advocated pointing guns at them at the border and telling them to turn around and go back or be shot.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s theatrical solution is to send 1,000 National Guard troops. It’s a ploy by Perry to gain support for a presidential run in 2016 and an irresponsible waste of taxpayer money. Although the Border Patrol says it does not need help, there are groups of supposedly “patriotic” militia at the border to turn these children away. This is a disaster in the making.
Kansans who care about spurring local job growth, or reducing their monthly utility bills, or helping the environment – in other words, all of us – should be indebted to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., for his recently announced co-sponsorship of the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act. The bipartisan SAVE Act will incentivize Americans to invest in greater levels of home insulation and other forms of energy efficiency without putting a dent in the federal treasury.
As Moran knows, insulation is a homegrown Kansas product. Some 600 Kansans are directly employed by insulation manufacturers and suppliers. The livelihoods of several hundred other Kansas builders, contractors and retrofitters also depend on a dynamic insulation industry.
For the first time, the SAVE Act will bring into the federal home-appraisal and mortgage-underwriting process the full value of improving a home’s energy efficiency. In other words, when a builder or a homeowner decides to make a home less expensive to own by making it more energy-efficient, that investment increases the value of the home and that increase will essentially be recognized when the homeowner decides to sell the home. All of which will spark a positive chain reaction: Homeowners will install greater levels of insulation (and save money and increase comfort on a monthly basis); workers will be hired to make, transport and install that insulation; energy will be saved; and fewer harmful pollutants will be released into the environment by power plants.
Gov. Sam Brownback has been forwarded the names of three candidates who interviewed for the nomination to the Kansas Supreme Court. The governor should select Judge Karen Arnold-Burger for the appointment.
There has been much discussion of late regarding the lack of diversity within our courts. With the loss of Justice Nancy Moritz, Kansas may become the state with the fewest women on the bench – fewer than Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
Moreover, Arnold-Burger has the best credentials for the position. Not only has she held a position in the judiciary for more than 20 years, including her work at the Kansas Court of Appeals, but she is also a prolific writer and has a deep understanding of the law. She is more than competent; she is also wise.
The women in Kansas are watching, and this matters to us.
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