Senators tough on SCOTUS candidates return to Robert Bork


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Republican candidates for the Supreme Court have had as much from the Senate Judiciary Committee as Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Republican candidates for the Supreme Court have had as much from the Senate Judiciary Committee as Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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What is happening

I only watched a small portion of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson because, with the exception of some of Jackson’s testimony, I found them as interesting as watching paint dry. Apparently, the authors of recent letters criticizing the questioning of senators have not researched previous confirmation hearings. This toxic and critical attitude started during the hearings of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

This country would be healthier if we all remembered Matthew 7:1 more often: Judge not lest you be judged.

President Joe Biden should have warned Jackson what to expect. He helped create that climate as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1980s and 1990s. The same people who objected to the way Jackson was treated had no problem mistreating Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. If one candidate’s past matters, everyone’s should too.

-Gerry Wilson, Lathrop, Missouri

Superb service

I went to the licensing office at Lee’s Summit on Southwest Blue Parkway on a Wednesday morning earlier this year to renew my driver’s license. Although it was busy, the experience was pleasant thanks to Alicia’s kindness and the organized, synchronized and sanitized office. I was in and out in less than an hour and left satisfied with my experience.

– Katherine J. Smykowski, Lee’s Summit

use your feet

Now that gas prices are sky high again, maybe some of us will consider a simple alternative that could save us a lot of money.

A large percentage of the gasoline consumed in this country comes from millions of cars queuing for drive-thrus. As the weather improves and the pandemic subsides, consider parking your car and walking inside to do business.

– Armand Road, Topeka

Stop the return

Recent articles in The Star have provided information on Kansas City organizations dedicated to helping convicts who have returned from incarceration to start their lives over. In addition to providing many services designed to help these individuals stabilize their personal lives, these organizations also perform a tremendous service to our city by significantly reducing the chances of ex-convicts returning to criminal life.

Second Chance is one such organization. He has kept meticulous statistics that clearly show that the rate of return to custody of repeat offenders is reduced from the state average of 65% to less than 5% due to the services he provides to those on probation or release. conditional.

As a result, fewer crimes are committed in our community and our governments avoid the legal costs of prosecution and incarceration.

Second Chance operates under the auspices of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission. For more information, visit

-Bill Chastain Board Member of Second Chance, Kansas City

Wrong charges

Some of those involved in the January 6, 2021, uprising have been charged with trespassing or destroying government property.

It would be like accusing John Wilkes Booth of unlawful use of a firearm.

-Jim Kilen, Kansas City

kindness matters

Several weeks ago, as I was walking through the parking lot after picking up my wife from her beauty salon, I encountered a younger man who was heading in the opposite direction. I said a few words to him and continued towards our car.

He turned around and came up behind me and said, “You are the first friendly person I spoke to today.” He then handed me a $100 bill. I was so shocked that I don’t remember what I said to him.

In my 85+ years, nothing has ever touched me so much. It made my day, which is meaningful as I take care of my lovely wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

When I thank God for the many blessings I have received, I will always remember the kindness shown by a complete stranger.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be nice to another person.

-Charlie McVey, Raytown

patriotic moment

I want to give a big thank you to KCTV-5 for airing a very good rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on its morning schedule. The woman who sings it does a wonderful job, and my wife and I love to hear it every day.

Three of my brothers served in World War II, including one in the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured during this conflict and survived until he was 70 years old.

We appreciate hearing the national anthem and hope KCTV will continue to play it every day.

-Keith Rudicel, land park

More species?

With our renowned quarterback needing such a big slice of the pie, there isn’t enough left to hold on to all of our other quality Chiefs players. Our Super Bowl-caliber team is disintegrating. Other teams in our division are getting stronger. Unfortunately, ours is the opposite.

-Joyce Page, blue springs

No deterrence

I am a black Republican. It is clear to me that increasing prison sentences will not reduce crime. From my observations over the years, I conclude that the proposal to do so is biased.

It reminds me of the fate of Kevin Strickland. Experts said there was no reason to continue his incarceration and that he should be released immediately after being wrongfully incarcerated for 43 years. Governor Mike Parson has publicly stated that he is not sure Strickland is innocent. Still, highly regarded legal experts had assessed the situation and concluded that Strickland was not guilty.

Increasing prison sentences signals to certain segments of our society that we are going to keep black people in prison for longer periods of time, and that will crack down on crime. There are proportionally many more black people in prison than there should be statistically.

As a very conservative Republican, I kindly suggest that we need more people with the intellectual depth to achieve meaningful, racially bias-free results working on crime prevention and viable solutions to punish the guilty.

-Michael H. Jones, Leavenworth

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