Animal shelter isn’t the right place to cut spending

Mary Bopp, Independence

To the editor:

I am absolutely outraged to read that money is to be taken from our animal shelter funds to be used for the shortages in our city budget.

I notice that the money was not taken from the special funds voted on for the extra police protection. Is this because they have a voice and would have fought if their funds had been tampered with?

My concern is if this behavior is allowed to continue then this occurrence could be repeated. What will the council attempt next, start cutting back on the number of animals taken in? These animals do not have a voice, but the people who voted for these funds to be set aside for use of our local animal shelter do, and must let their local representative know this is not OK if the council is to be prevented from using our shelter's funds as a slush fund they can use when they run short.



Too many weasels, too little straight talk

Doug Jones, Independence

To the editor:

I liked Jeff Fox’s column, “Nothing new under the sun" (Nov. 21). It was well written and clever. Your commentary on the expression "weasel words" perfectly describes the exploitation of our language by those those trying to escape responsibly for their actions; by those attempting to "sanitize" or "weasel out" of an otherwise incriminating position. Just the word "weasel" conjures up visions of impropriety. We have all been exposed to weasel words used by lawyers, politicians, some journalists and all those trying to escape responsibility for their actions.

Watch the Democrats’ impeachment circus to see examples of weaseling. Just listen to the "witnesses," congressmen and lawyers crawdad, spin, posture, weasel along.

The hearings are almost entertaining. A plethora of innuendos, insinuations, half-truths,

outright fabrications, hearsay, character assassinations. An American soap opera.

None would be allowed in a real court trial. All tools of the trade of the American political system.

Yes, inanimate objects never did anything on their own. People keep trying to propel them to mortal status. "My car hit a post." Nope, you hit the post with your car! It's a human dilemma.

What happened to the good old days when most people spoke plainly? Back then speaking plainly was perceived as a desirable character trait. But today, just watch any "judge" show on TV. Or sit through any real police court. Listen to most politicians. Ponder the moral implications of the lawyer who advertises, "can I win even if I was at fault?" They are a reflection of our society's indifference to the truth and honesty.

And lastly I loath the meaningless popular whine "it is what it is"! Your description of "it" however makes it more meaningful (if it's possible).




Legislating questionable behavior never works

Charlie Williard, Sugar Creek

To the editor:

Blue Springs limits payday loans and tobacco shops: And how many hours did this august body spend on these very serious issues? And to no avail. Adults are going to smoke in spite of the health issues. Kids are going to smoke likewise.

So what are we doing? Other than spending tax dollars talking about it. I started smoking at 6, oak leaves, grape vine, whatever I could slip around and do. When the folks said “smoke if you want to,” I quit. Took all the fun out of slipping around. Didn’t work for my brothers. We are not achieving anything with our regulations except paying some bureaucrat to play with paperwork.

And payday loans and interest rate caps – when I can borrow a hundred dollars at high interest, buy an old car and make two hundred on it, what does high interest mean? The credit card interest is worse. And people’s spending habits, what can we do about that – nothing. And the casinos?

I say throw both of these things wide open and save some tax dollars.