Here are some loose items from my “I Wonder” file.

I wonder why the Royals raised ticket prices for the farewell tour of Yankee great Derek Jeter? The result – hundreds of empty, unsold seats. The makeup game on Aug. 25 has increases across the board, including some add-ons as high as $37.00 a ticket.

Why do all the local news stations lead off with the weather, continue it in the middle and close with it?

How can Missouri politicians in good conscience deny Medicaid expansion for some 300,000 citizens?

I wonder why Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is blaming the president for revenue losses of some $508 million dollars after he and his legislature made drastic tax cuts further resulting in Moody’s downgrading the state of Kansas’ credit?

I wonder why America’s CEO’s average 300 times more pay than their employees?

I wonder if opponents of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court will garner 1 million petition signatures petitioning Congress for a constitutional amendment? They are only 65,000 shy of a million.

I wonder why “reality TV” is so successful? Do we really want to keep up with the Kardashians?

Why is Senator John “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” McCain still relevant, especially after demanding the U.S. supply air support to the Shiites again fighting the Sunnis (ongoing for hundreds of years) and nervous Iran stating that it will come to the aid of the Iraqi Shiites, thus making Iran, that axis of evil, our ally?

I wonder why Sarah Palin seems to comment about everything? And who cares?

With Texas “open carry” law, will the National Rifle Association please tell me how we distinguish between a good guy with a gun from a bad guy with a gun when they frequent public places flaunting their weapons?

Why was Chelsea Clinton paid $600,000 dollars for her pablum type reporting for NBC News?

Is there an amendment saying we must protect the coal industry against alternative fuels?

I wonder how much more dysfunctional Washington will become now that Republican House Majority leader Eric Cantor lost his position to a Tea Party challenger?

And how does former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher get the nerve to enter homes of strangers unannounced to try and sell Time Warner products?

What is “net neutrality,” and why are some people against nets?

I was just wondering.

I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.

Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at Reach him at