11-1 Letters to the Editor

November 1, 2013 

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the two letters printed in the Oct. 25 issue critical of Vicky Hartzler’s stand on defunding Obamacare.

According to the Constitution, all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means they not only have the right, but also the duty, to decide which programs they believe need to be funded.

The Senate and the President were the ones who had the option to keep the government open.

The House voted to cover everything except the funding of Obamacare, which they wanted to delay by one year.

As it turns out, they were right. It was not ready.

It’s too bad our President didn’t accept the delay. It would have saved him all this embarrassment.

By the way, I am tired of people who do not agree with President Obama’s policies being called prejudiced.

It’s healthy to have differing opinions; I just wish both sides would do so with civility.

Annette Barber


Dear Editor:

I’ve noticed there have been several letters in the last few weeks criticizing Rep. Vicky Hartzler for her views and votes in Congress, especially pertaining to the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown.

I would like to publically thank her for representing my point of view and voting accordingly during the budget fight.

I’m not a member of the so-called “Tea Party” and I have yet to see that party listed on the ballot, but I can relate to those who are calling for a reduction to the size of government and its intrusion on our lives.

I do see a handful of senators and representatives that were elected by voters who are tired of both parties’ inability to control spending, to control government oversteps, overreaches, fraud and deceit.

Concerning the government shutdown, there was one particular vote in the House where Rep. Hartzler, along with a majority of other representatives, voted to fund the government and avoid the shutdown if the ACA was delayed for one year.

The spineless Senate refused to act to prevent the inevitable outcome.

Well, here where are now into one month of Obamacare and how is that program working?

Very few can access the website and some have received bad information. And look who will have control of our medical records to administer the program.

In just two weeks since the shutdown ended, many Democrats are now calling for a delay in the program because of all of its inadequacies. Amazing!

With the United States having more than $17 trillion in debt, has anyone asked how all of these ACA subsidies are going to be paid for?

As for the argument “ACA is the law,” why is the President not enforceing the law? How many waivers has he granted to various groups and how could he arbitrarily delay the implementation of the program to businesses but not to individuals?

In response to one writer who claimed prejudice toward the President’s ethnic background; it’s not about heritage, but about his poor leadership, bad policies, and refusal to work with a governing body that does hold a majority in one segment of our government, which includes Rep. Hartzler.

Lowell Sims

Garden City

Dear Editor:

Does God have a sense of humor?

Proverbs 1:26-33 states so. He laughs at us.

There is an old saying, “Just take a look in the mirror and you will look at others differently.”

God loves variety, just look at us.

In different colors, shapes and sizes, He said, “This is good.”

It is our misfortune that we cannot see others as our Creator does. Flesh judges flesh by flesh, but our Creator looks on the inside for real quality and loves each of us with a pure love and wants to protect us.

A few months ago I was going to Wichita, Kan., to visit my brother. At the turn off of 71 Highway on 54 west at Nevada, there is a different speed limit in town and guess what? I got caught speeding.

This nice policeman in his nice car with nice flashing red lights stopped me. I gave the officer my paperwork and he went to check me out.

He returned shortly and stated he could not give me a ticket. I asked, “Why not?” He stated that “God told him not to, but would you please slow down.” I said, “Yes, sir,” thanked him, and were on our way.

I am grateful for those who look out for us on the roadway of life. They come in different sizes and colors.

We must pray for their protection and guidance, and for our President and local officials, may God bless and give us peace.

Vern Swearengin


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