Start making things in America again

Judy Wanager, Oak Grove

To the editor:

The time is at hand for the United States of America to begin building our own factories and make all clothes, shoes – everything – in our country. Be proud to read "Made in America."

There used to be a shoe factory in Odessa, Mo., a clothing factory in Higginsville and Lexington, Mo. Those are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were more.

The time is at hand for America to have our own workers build for America in America! We could also export to other countries any excess to those who might enjoy buying well-made products!

We should all have faith in our own country’s workforce.

County is posting needed virus data

Brent Schondelmeyer, Independence

To the editor:

Thanks to the Jackson County Health Department for providing timely information on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in Eastern Jackson County.

The data shows counts by ZIP Code, race, gender and age and is available online at

Opinions vary on what should be done during this pandemic, but having available local data to inform our discussions and support public decisions is invaluable.

This data reflects the availability of current testing.

Expanded free testing is essential and hopefully will be available post haste.

Amid crisis, we need better leadership

Donald Potts, M.D., Independence

To the editor:

Our accidental governor, pushing for a premature end to the only method to slow the virus, must have read astronaut Chris Hadfield's quote: "There is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse."

Some things don’t seem to add up

Jim Turner, Independence

To the editor:

I am learning how to empathize, by carefully reading the thoughts of others.

It’s ridiculous to hand out money to individuals and businesses who have tax identification numbers. They are supposed to be paying taxes, not the other way around. We might as well end payroll taxes, so we can cut spending on social entitlement programs.

We offer free coronavirus care to those who cannot afford coverage. Let’s make coverage mandatory, so it will become unconstitutional.

Citizens who can own guns should have access to a free press. Fake empathy is the art of the deal.

We need someone of Truman’s caliber

Rory J. Koopmans, Edmonton, Alberta

To the editor:

I think we can agree that if the "man from Independence," Harry S. Truman, were U.S. president in this Covid 19 situation, he wouldn't "pass the buck" like the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Will we ever go back to ‘normal’ again?

Charles Payne, Lee’s Summit

To the editor:

It is time for an Uncommon Opinion (my page on Facebook) but it is hard to come up with one. Thoughts about the coronavirus seem to be universal. Cabin fever is spreading faster than the virus. Flat-screen TV’s and computer monitors are entertaining us as we go blind watching everything from "Mayberry RFD" to "Silence of the Lambs."

Statistics are driving us all mad, and they are all sad, but we try to find hope when the curve flattens even though thousands are dying. And when will we be cut loose so we can return to normal even though normal may never be the old normal. Will we go back to the flat screen in order to avoid large gatherings?

Many times I think of primitive humans sitting around a campfire near the ocean on the east side of Africa. They have a precarious existence and it is often shortened by various beasts looking at them from beyond the campfire. They have lots of ways to die and getting eaten is only one, but we can die by going to the grocery store. We don’t have to hunt and gather for our food. We have to run the gantlet of scattered viruses along the one-way aisles of food items and various modern necessities such as toilet paper.

So we are all pretty much going through the same things, and nothing much is uncommon except the young leaders of tomorrow boozing it up on spring break. You know I would chastise them except when I was that age I know I did some pretty dumb things.