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How many former Republican officials still need to show up for the attorney general to act?

How many former Republican officials still need to show up for the attorney general to act?

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Garland must act

A quick note to Attorney General Merrrick Garland: How come Donald Trump isn’t already in jail?

Republican witnesses on the House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, said he not only violated his oath of office by his dereliction of duty, but that he wanted his own vice president killed by a mob.

Isn’t treason a crime?

– Shawn Richard Considine Independence

Election workers

I recently sent this letter to Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden:

Having recently read your speeches to some radical groups and what local newspapers are reporting, I have a question for you: have you ever worked on an election to learn the process first hand? If not, I suggest you do.

It’s a 14-hour day that starts early in the morning and can be quite exhausting due to boredom when there are lulls among voters. I know this from experience as a worker from 2001 to 2021. At 85, I resigned, believing that I had done my civic duty.

Volunteer election workers are people over the age of 65 with some exceptions. Your rhetoric about fraud and investigations does nothing to make election workers feel safe or valued. I believe this makes the job of recruiting workers very difficult. Why would anyone want to do the job?

I’m a Republican because it’s the majority party in Kansas, and I feel like I have to weed out some crazy people running for office.

-Doris Duke, land park

See you soon, Whit

It looks like Whit Merrifield, one of my favorite (until recently) Kansas City Royals, is itching to get traded. (July 21, 1B, “Why it’s time for the Royals to trade Merrifield”)

One can only hope the best offer comes from the Oakland A’s, who have an even worse record than the Royals.

-Jim Dunn, Parcville

Coach’s rights

The coach gives the signal for the hit-and-run. The runner runs. The batter exercises his personal right and refuses to swing. Runner in second. The coach exercises his right to bench the batter and replace him with a team player.

-David DeFrain, Warrensburg

They don’t bother us

Extermination companies and their employees need a crash course or two in etomology and arachnology. Our homes are not under siege so they need a chemical defense perimeter. In fact, I doubt such a barrier can actually be created when creatures entering our homes don’t just come to the sides of our homes and attack.

Remember that “organic” does not mean “safe”. Death is dead, and the chemical does not discriminate.

Lawns do not necessarily need grub treatments, but they are part of many standard treatment regimens.

Wasps are not necessarily a problem and they have natural control over spiders.

The western yellow jacket wasp will be a problem by next month, but you must be unlucky enough to disturb a burrow or nest cavity to invoke their wrath against you. Lawn mowers really triggered them. An established nest can be treated, but the whole yard cannot be treated to prevent them from starting a new hive.

A little self-education will save money and our Earth home.

Local agricultural extension offices offer a lot of good information. All they need is a phone call or an email.

– Calvin T. McBride, Merriam

Rosita is innocent

Viral social media videos viewed out of context, without the proper background information, can and do cause misjudged protagonists to be “cancelled”.

In one instance now in the spotlight, the protagonist was the costumed character Rosita at the Sesame Place amusement park outside of Philadelphia. (July 21, 5A, “Mom Who Says Rosita’s Snubbed Daughters of Sesame Place Speaks Out”)

In a video posted to Instagram, Rosita waves her finger in a “no” gesture to two young black girls reaching out to her. Now the mother-of-two insists her children have been snubbed.

The theme park responded by explaining that the finger gesture was directed at unrelated parents asking Rosita to take children for a photo – a violation of Sesame Place policy.

Context is everything, and if you watch the video understanding what really happened, you can see where the confusion happened.

I hope Rosita isn’t canceled for what was clearly a misunderstanding.

-Marci Braybrooks, Lenexa

flavor hazard

Aug. 2 is the Food and Drug Administration’s deadline for comments on proposals to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. I encourage Kansas City area residents to comment in support of these rules.

Tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Kansas and Missouri, killing 4,390 Kansans and 10,970 Missourians each year. It is estimated that nationally one third of all smokers use menthol cigarettes.

Menthol cigarettes make it easier to start smoking at a young age and harder to quit. This is why flavorings, including menthol, are one of the main reasons children and adolescents start using tobacco products. Nearly half of all young people who start smoking start with menthol cigarettes and 40% continue to use them.

We have a tremendous opportunity to save lives and reduce the health effects of tobacco for residents on both sides of the border.

Join the American Lung Association to share your voice at Lung.org/ActonMenthol

-Sara Prem, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Overland Park

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