Workers' comp law needed, timely
On behalf of the members of the Kansas Society for Human Resource Management, I would like to congratulate the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback on their passage of comprehensive workers' compensation reform legislation this past session.
As a human resource professional in the state, I witnessed firsthand the issues that recent court decisions were raising for Kansas workers and employers. Legislative action was timely, as the courts' interpretations have cost Kansans' jobs.
The unanimous passage of House Bill 2134 reflects the bipartisan support of the overhaul and the positive impact that passage of the reform legislation will have on the people of Kansas. This is an excellent example of all parties working together for the betterment of Kansas commerce.
Kansas State Council
Society for Human Resource Management
Not paying taxes
Andrew Malcolm noted last fall on a Los Angeles Times blog that as of the end of 2009, 41 White House aides in the Obama administration owed the IRS more than $831,000 in back taxes. What's more, federal employees across the nation owed $1 billion in back taxes to the IRS.
In the U.S. House, 421 people owed a total of $6.5 million. In the Senate, 217 owed $2.8 million. And in the Treasury Department, 1,204 owed $7.7 million. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System's board of governors owed $1 million. At the Labor Department, 463 owed $7.5 million. Over at the Justice Department, 1,971 owed more than $14.3 million.
This is absolutely outrageous. How dare the House, the Senate and the administration suggest we pay more taxes to eliminate the debt when their own houses are way out of order?
A few months back I got a check for $250 from the U.S. Treasury signed by our former governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as part of the Affordable Care Act to take the sting out of "doughnut-hole" expenses from the Bush-era Medicare Part D prescription plan.
That evening I told a retired acquaintance about getting my check. He said he had been allowed to include their daughter, whose pre-existing conditions make health insurance for her unaffordable, on his family health insurance plan since last summer, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. This had reduced their insurance costs by $300 a month.
Those are just two examples of how Democrats have enacted plans for the economy that produced real, beneficial results, instead of threatening to wreck the whole American economic system as the Republican "plan" seeks to do.
Care about unborn
I am tired of hearing about abortion being merely a political issue. There have been several recent letters discussing how Gov. Sam Brownback and pro-lifers are just out there to take away women's rights and freedoms, reduce women's power in society, and serve political agendas.
Such beliefs are absolutely absurd.
The truth of the matter is very simple. Pro-lifers care about the lives of the unborn. We have a deep desire to protect the innocent children from parents who wish to destroy the life they just helped to create.
We care in our hearts and souls for the lives of the unborn. We don't want another 50 million American babies killed.
So before all you pro-choicers out there say that we are just serving political agendas and taking rights away: Consider how many women are pro-life. And take a look inside your soul and think about what abortion really does.
A better option
I agree that there can and should be more focus on changing our culture to provide a better life for families. However, to suggest that abortion, which is the killing of another person, is the means to accomplish this end is a falsehood that women and men should stand up to and choose not to pass on to future generations.
Those who promote abortion as a low-risk procedure are really recommending the destruction of a defenseless person and a set of parents, whether or not they are aware of it. Studies have shown that a woman who has an abortion increases her risk of breast cancer. This certainly creates great anxiety and can lead to early death of the woman.
Let us work to recognize the dignity of the human person by attending to those around us. We can do better than offering abortion as a viable option for a prosperous life.
Not in Bible
I would really like to believe that we can ask the dead to pray for us, but I can find no teachings in the Bible where Jesus instructed His disciples or anyone else to ask Abraham, Moses or the prophets to intercede for the living and pray for them. The examples from the Old Testament given recently in letters to The Eagle — which cited God's encouragement for intercessory prayer from Abraham, Moses, etc. —were at a time when those men were very much alive and active on Earth.
Christ built church
"Catholic bias" (July 8 Letters to the Editor) stated that "Christ didn't found any church." Read Matthew 16:16-18 and find that Christ said, "I will build my church."