KC readers discuss Earth Day behavior, Kansas unemployment turmoil, and court packing


Real action

Another Earth Day is here, and I think many of us are relieved to return to the Paris Agreement on Climate. But is it doing the job we wanted?

According to a recent United Nations analysis, current promises are “well below what is needed.” To achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement. We need to do more to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The carbon tax paid by fossil fuel companies and returned to American families aims to reduce emissions to the extent necessary. For most families, dividends will well offset the increased cost of carbon-based products.

By incentivizing people and businesses, we can reduce CO2 emissions by 30% over the next five years and become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Carbon prices have the potential to financially impact other countries to adopt carbon rates and reduce emissions with trading partners around the world.

This type of carbon pricing, embodied in energy innovation and the carbon dividend law, has recently been reintroduced into the house. If you want to hear your voice, send a message asking Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, as well as your district representative and President Joe Biden to support the bill.

-Jennifer Brown, Prairie Village

No help from Kansas

I really don’t know what’s going on at the Kansas Labor Department. I was dismissed over a month ago and have been trying to get unemployment benefits since the day I lost my job. I haven’t talked to one of the departments yet.

I call many times throughout the day, but only with the recording “All agents are busy and the hold queue is full”. I have never even been put on hold queue. I applied online but locked my account until my proof of identity. I sent all the documents to prove my identity over a month ago, but I haven’t received an email reply confirming that I received the documents.

I keep reading about how the system is updated and new agents are hired, but all you have to do is read online to make sure nothing has changed in the department only.

As each day goes by, one gets deeper in debt. I just want to be able to apply for benefits. I’m a much older person and I have no chance of getting a job. help me.

-Lawrence Escamilla, Kansas City, Kansas

Already packed

Michael Ryan’s Sunday column, “Supreme Court packing can destroy America” (17A) is full of opinions, but does not provide one compelling argument against increasing the Supreme Court to 13 judges. Fear of change and catastrophe is a very weak argument, and in reality there is no argument at all.

When Mitch McConnell, then leader of the Senate majority, refused to vote for hearings and Merrick Garland’s nomination, it effectively led to a squeeze in court by the Conservatives. Why didn’t they object to it?

Today, every effort to bring the Supreme Court back into ideological balance faces the cry of catastrophe. Maybe those who are crying need to be more worried about the current Supreme Court ideological imbalance that does not reflect people’s opinions.

-Michael Hansen, Olathe

Encourage Senators

Last summer, Missouri voters approved the expansion of Medicaid. This means that as many as 275,000 low-income children, women and men have access to the quality medical insurance they need.

Governor Mike Parson included funding for this in his budget, but Missouri Republicans have taken it to invalidate the public vote and strip it. As a proud Republican, I’m shaking my head in dissatisfaction, disappointment, and despair with the actions of these elected civil servants.

The expansion of Medicaid creates more than 16,000 new jobs annually. 90% of the cost is paid by the federal government, and under the newly enacted American Rescue Plan, the Federal Reserve will market an additional 5% for the new extended state.

The Missouri Senate is considering this measure. Encourage your State Senator to support it. This is good for Missouri.

-Gina Bowman, Kansas City