Less name-calling, more getting along

Jim Turner

Independence

To the editor:

I voted for Donald Trump and Eric Greitens. I thought they would bring back law and order.

Last week, I shared an article about Independence, written by The Guardian, a London newspaper with a large Internet presence, perhaps a million readers.

I was called a “liberal --- ” and “a moron.” The article was about people here who are fearful of the political climate. The reporter also wrote about how nice Independence is and how patriotic we are.

Let’s take it easy on each other, or do away with labeling. It’s your vote that counts.

 

Prop A will lower pay for working Missourians

John B. Boyd

Independence

To the editor:

On Aug. 7, Missourians have the ability to say no to Proposition A, and it is important that they do so. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently described how blue-collar workers' wages are down compared to January 2017, which comes as no shock to most of your readers. It is startling though that the average chief executive pay of a Fortune 500 company is 347 times greater than the average worker pay.

The same day, the Washington Post wrote about income inequality between corporate barons and blue collar workers: “the United States' unemployed and at-risk workers are getting very little support from the government, and their employed peers are set back by a particularly weak collective-bargaining system. Those factors have contributed to the United States having a higher level of income inequality and a larger share of low-income residents than almost any other advanced nation.”

Proposition A reduces earnings as it lowers wages in every state that has similar laws. It denies our friends and families a voice. It is much more than about unions. It is about impeding our ability to provide as we aspire to do. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the data that support this fact. Proposition A lowers the revenue our cities receive from taxes which provide us with police and fire protection, maintain our streets, and provide basic services. We all lose, unless we are one of those who want their pay to be be even greater than the 347 times ratio mentioned.

Make no mistake about it: Monied interests have pushed an agenda to make it more difficult for our families to prosper. Vote no on Proposition A on Aug. 7.

 

Trump leads GOP astray

Charles Payne

Lee’s Summit

To the editor:

Yet another area President Trump has improved the employment situation is a marked increase in the need for people to handle cases of severe depression. Some of my friends can no longer stand to watch the constantly awful news about what is happening to the United States at home and internationally. They are resolved to vote Democratic even though a lot of fault lies with that party.

The Republicans have lost all touch with reality and are possibly presiding over the demise of the great American experiment. They have branded themselves as liars, hypocrites, xenophobic, fascists, sexists and irrational puppets of the all powerful American oligarchy.

I feel the overwhelming depression too. I recently watched “Front Line” and was shocked to see that the EPA is being run by criminal stooges of the energy sector. Their actions already qualify as crimes against humanity. I cannot believe Americans want coal ash, lead, mercury, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and all sorts of industrial poisons in their water supplies and in the air they breath.

The worst part is the president has not been legitimated by ongoing investigations. Essentially we have an invalidated person in the White House actively destroying all we hold dear.

 

Liberals are wrong, always

Steve Patrick

Buckner

To the editor:

Remember “No Child Left Behind?” You liberals screamed bloody murder.

“Oh, it’s too hard for inner city kids” you said. You even called it “racist.” Remember?

Now look at what you’ve caused. You people are ridiculous!