Cause of war
Did you ever notice how frequently religion is a major factor in most wars? Sometimes the only factor. What if there were no religions. Then the the only things that would be factors in causing wars would be territory and economic issues. These kinds of wars would probably be resolved rather quickly. People on both sides would likely settle into the new reality and life would go on without deeply held religious beliefs making people bitter and waiting for a chance for revenge.
I’m waiting for the day when religious leaders (who all espouse peace in their philosophy) recognize the influence their religions play in wars and decide to work toward abolishing their own religions in a altruistic gesture to prevent future wars. But I’m not holding my breath.
Loren Martindale, Wichita, KS
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Repeal tax cuts
The League of Women Voters calls for repeal of the 2012 and 2013 tax cuts.
The Kansas Legislature should restore the tax structure so high-income earners pay their share alongside low- and middle-income earners.
Pass-through income tax cuts spurred large-scale tax avoidance with no economic benefit, per the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Pass-through exemptions and eliminating the top tax bracket favor the wealthy. Twenty percent of Kansans pay more – about $140 more than before 2012, – while 85 percent of the cuts benefit top earners; those earning over $493,000 average a +$24,000 benefit.
Kansas ranks as the ninth most regressive tax state. Our lower 20 percent pays 11.1 percent of their income in taxes, while the top 1 percent of earners pays only 3.6 percent.
Neither the nation nor Kansas is in a recession per the Bureau of Economic Analysis, but Kansas ranks low and is behind neighboring states in GDP, job growth, and wage growth. Kansas added only 12,400 private sector jobs by March, 0.3 percent, or ninth worst nationwide.
Sixty-five percent of residents say Kansas is on the wrong track, 60 percent support increasing taxes on large corporations, 58 percent support increasing taxes on top income earners, and 70 percent support closing the LLC loophole, per Ft. Hays State University Docking Institute 2017 “Kansas Speaks.”
LWVK agrees. Repeal the 2012 and 2013 tax cuts, and invest in our schools, roads, health, and safety.
Teresa Briggs and Cille King, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Kansas
Hearing aids cost
When concerns over hearing loss emerged, I went to a doctor and had my hearing evaluated professionally. After undergoing tests, I waited a short time and received hearing aids fully customized to my needs. Everyone who experiences hearing problems should do the same. It’s important to have medical advice about health issues. Unfortunately, a bill proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren will put many people who relay on prescription hearing aids at risk.
This bill wants to impose FDA regulations on over-the-counter hearing aids. These regulations will lead to prescription hearing aids no longer being considered medical devices. Many insurers will end up dropping their coverage once that happens. That’s fine for the people who will buy the over-the-counter hearing aids, but what about the people like me who want to go through their doctor and receive an actual diagnosis? We may have to pay for that service completely out of our pockets, and customized hearing aids may become too expensive for many of us.
Senator Warren’s bill suggests that hearing aids will become cheaper, but this only applies to the one-size-fits-all drugstore products. This bill will cause more harm than good. Let’s encourage our Senator Pat Roberts to oppose it.
Herman Scharping, Wichita
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