Examiners readers sound off on fireworks and history

Staff Writer
The Examiner

Fireworks? Time’s up. Politicians? You’re next.

Kathryn Vaughan, Independence

To the editor:

In response to Connie Guthrie’s letter to the editor, “Independence has to do better on fireworks,” The Examiner, July 11.

I agree with Ms. Guthrie 100 percent that this has to stop. I have no idea on how many years fireworks have been in existence in Independence, but its time has come and gone. The population nowadays in almost every neighborhood is elbow to elbow and the days when people had half an acre to an acre are now gone. This problem began with the previous mayor and his bunch. At that time he hardly ever spent a Fourth of July in town but spent his time at the lake (where these type of things belong).

As far as calling your council person, they are happy to take advantage of your hospitality. They will come to your home, sit on your porch, look you straight in the eye and lie to you. Haven’t you watched the news lately?

I think your idea of a survey is a good one for everyone. Maybe that would be cheaper than our usual one-issue elections that cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Get America off the liberal road to ruin

Ron Thompson, Blue Springs

To the editor:

What goes around comes around, so it has been said.

The Roman Empire controlled a big part of the world many centuries ago. But in less than 200 years the power of Rome fell from within by the hands of its own people.

We are on the same road, except we are not an empire. We have had democracy for 244 years, longer than any other nation or country. Now our beautiful country is jeopardized by lawlessness, disrespect and anarchy in the name of liberalism and socialism.

Liberalism and socialism never win. Those on the left causing mayhem will eventually be brought to justice. Not enough can be said about all law enforcement agencies working to protect this great country. What a great job they are doing to protect us all.

Liberal politicians of both parties need to start working for the betterment of this beautiful country and realize as a nation we are on the brink of our own destruction. Does this sound familiar?

Wake up, America, before it is too late. God’s mercy is coming to a close!

Jackson does not stand for who we are

Tom Goddard, mayor of Lake Tapawingo

To the editor:

I am responding to a letter to the editor by Annette Davis (The Examiner, July 18, “Statues of Andrew Jackson need to remain in place”). Ms. Davis extolled the virtues of Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, and wants his statues to remain in front of the two Jackson County Courthouses.

Everything she says about the seventh president is correct, and her statements represent what we learned in high school and college American History classes. The reason the statues should be removed is what they did not teach us in those classes.

Ms. Davis’ version is the sanitized version of Andrew Jackson’s history. He is the documented owner of at least 161 slaves and may have owned as many as 300. While slave ownership was legal at that time, he is known to have been unusually cruel to them. He profited greatly from slave ownership and was highly involved in the slave trade. He was known to beat his slaves and chain them in the hot sun for the smallest infraction. He beat one woman for “putting on airs.”

He also had a great dislike for Native Americans. As president, he signed legislation that attempted to move all Native Americans in the east to reservations west of the Mississippi River. He did this so white farmers could take over their land.

The worst and most famous is the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that triggered “The Trail of Tears” that resulted in the deaths of an estimated 4,000 Cherokees, about one quarter of the entire Cherokee Nation. This is one of the darkest chapters in our country’s history.

When a citizen goes to our courthouse seeking justice, they should not have to pass a statue of a person who persecuted their ancestors. This is not about erasing history. This is being on the right side of history.