Keep kids safe

On Nov. 4, voters in the Carl Junction School District have the opportunity to give our children and grandchildren a safer place to go to school. The Board of Education has put “Proposition Tornado Safety” on the ballot to build three storm shelters. These shelters will not only be safe places for all of our children and the surrounding community but will also provide peace of mind for parents, grandparents, teachers and the community for many years to come.

A 10-cent increase in the levy is well worth the investment for the safety of our children and grandchildren. I pray everyone will ask, “What can I do to help keep our children safe?”

We can all vote “yes” for on Nov. 4 for Proposition Tornado Safety.

Sally Shoemaker

Carl Junction

Vote ‘no’ on 6

Usually the League of Women Voters supports early voting. Not this time. We oppose Amendment 6 on the Nov. 4 ballot. This early voting system is a sham.

This constitutional amendment would:

• Rely on the Legislature to fund early voting every year. It could simply refuse to fund it.

• Allow early voting for six business days during normal business hours. It is not stipulated what those days are. This would be very confusing to voters.

• Prohibit voting on weekends. Increased access means the ability to vote outside of business hours.

• Allow voting only at a single location in each county, such as the county clerk’s or election board office. This could pose a transportation issue for residents who have enough difficulty getting to their usual polling place.

If approved, this system would be difficult to reverse. It would require another amendment. Amendment 6 would put in place a more restrictive system than in 29 other states, including Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas.

Although the League of Women Voters strongly supports the concept of early voting to expand voting opportunities for everyone by expanding days, hours and locations to vote before election day, this version is wrong for Missouri.

Vote “no” on Amendment 6.

Joye Norris, president

League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

Government’s job?

Congratulations to Krista Stark, Southwest Missouri Democrats executive director, on the great relationship she and her grandmother enjoy.

My grandmother came from Morgan County, Illinois, to Barton County, Missouri, in a wagon in 1882. She had a 6-week-old son and no Medicaid to pay her bills or provide for her child. She had a husband and would mother one set of twins and two other daughters without the help of government. Her husband worked, and she took in washing and ironing at their home. They had a garden in the backyard, and they harvested the crop and canned for winter. That was before electric washing machines and dryers and motorized tillers. She was born in 1860 and came to live with us in 1946. Her mind was failing, her body worn, and less than a year later, we buried this woman who, along with others of her time, struggled daily with the responsibility of her family without the help of government.

In my 80th year, I ask the question that has plagued my mind since President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Medicare legislation that ushered the second great phase of socialism in America (the first being the Social Security Act signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt). That question is: “What is the government’s job?”

I am sure the government’s job is different in different people’s eyes, but is it really government’s job to take from one group and give that money to another group? The Constitution says it is government’s job to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. What is the general welfare? A welfare state? What does “promote” mean, and what is the difference, if any, between “provide” and “promote”? Medicare provides; Medicaid provides; Social Security provides. Who pays?

And what of the poor, those without medical insurance, burial insurance, housing or food? Is it the government’s job? There are those who say it is and that it should be expanded.

David Turner

Lamar

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