Blocking Finland, Sweden from NATO was Josh Hawley’s ‘Russia, if you listen’ moment

hey kremlin

David Von Drehle wrote in his August 8 op-ed “Hawley’s Lonely Manly Stand on NATO”: Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri argued that “NATO expansion only meant less resistance to Chinese hegemony. in the eastern Pacific. Although von Drere rightly disagrees with that claim, he does not come to the most obvious conclusion as to why Hawley was the only senator to oppose joining Finland and Sweden in NATO.

Think about it, everyone. Which dictatorships are most threatened by NATO expansion? Which countries directly interfered in US presidential elections to ensure that authoritarian candidates won? Which Senator from Missouri is aiming for?

No vote for NATO expansion is a clear signal for the Kremlin that Holly wants to be its next puppet.

– Barbara Domke Kansas City

Kudos to RideKC

RideKC has been named 2022 Outstanding System of the Year for Midsize Systems by the American Public Transportation Association. The award is nationally recognized and coveted in the public transportation industry.

According to APTA, RideKC’s nomination has risen to the top based on its approach to equitable mobility in its various service areas, its regional rebranding efforts, and its promotion of fair fare policies.

While very impressive, KCATA’s accolades aren’t limited to APTA. The institution is recognized as an industry leader for its track record of innovative programs such as Zero Fare, Micro Transit and Freedom On-Demand. These programs offer more flexible access to jobs, education, health care and affordable housing. These programs work in Kansas City and help meet hyperlocal needs based on available financial resources.

KCATA also helps the Missouri Public Transportation Association pioneer statewide programs with colleges and universities to develop and deliver a continuous pipeline of qualified candidates for operators and mechanics.

Public transportation builds thriving communities, creates jobs, reduces traffic congestion and promotes a cleaner environment. Kudos to RideKC for their leadership. Keep an eye out for agencies that continue to do great things.

– Kimberly Serra Executive Director, Missouri Public Transportation Association, St. Louis

minority rule

Nearly two-thirds of Kansas voters voted to protect individual choice regarding abortion, but a minority will not accept the results. Kansas comes under attack for being a destination and haven for women’s compassion from other states. This minority will be wrapped in the cloak of sanctuary that lacks love and compassion for women in crisis.

If we continue to send representatives to Topeka who are committed to fighting individual rights, the damage will continue.

– John E. Bishop, Acheson

college expenses

The Star Editorial Board is dead wrong in saying that President Joe Biden should forgive some federal university loan debt. (Aug. 8, 5A, “Biden Must Keep His Promise on Federal Student Loan Debt Relief.”) It costs a lot to give even a little.

The suggested amount is gigantic And then there will be inflation. It will not help you change your life. It will be paid for by those who cannot afford college and those who have paid for college. A gift from someone you don’t want to give.

No one wants to hear about the elephant in the room: college fees. What determines tuition fees? I got her husband a minimum wage job at Kansas State University in her 1950s. Tuition was $110 per semester. All his teachers were full professors with salaries and benefits. We lived in a matrimonial house that was $24 a month with utilities included.

Inflation has little to do with rising costs of higher education, with every college in every state experiencing inflation. Undergraduates are taught by graduate students who are paid only a nominal fee.

No one questions the increase. does anyone know the answer?

– Elizabeth Cook Shawnee

Wit at the end

When I heard the news that Whit Merrifield had gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, my first thoughts were: (August 6, 8A, “Merrifield says he joined Toronto and was vaccinated.”)

– Rosalina Shubrook Prairie Village