Changes to EPA affect all of us

I hope Congress and Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and Rep. Sam Graves, are all listening: Budget cuts and changes to the EPA will hurt our wildlife, our farms and our economy. We will not succeed as a nation if we start going backward in environmental conservation. It does not matter if you believe in climate change or not, the things being cut directly affect our communities.

When was the last time there was a summer that the Ozarks wasn't closed temporarily for high levels of fecal coliform bacteria? That is caused by nonpoint source pollution. Beyond that, any industry that relies on water is deeply affected. Any waterways in Missouri are affected by non-source point pollution and yet the program working on this will be cut completely in this new budget.

I urge you to vote against the proposed budget and research environmental issues before voting on decisions regarding the EPA. Liberal or conservative, these decisions affect our local communities and put families as risk.

Olivia Hunt

Blue Springs


Filling the need for needed knowledge

It is hard not to be absorbed with the Trump administration implosion and train wreck, but I recently found something interesting going on in Tucson, Arizona. There are free lectures offered at the University of Arizona, and, there are overflowing numbers of people wanting seats. Whether this is a hunger for knowledge or just aberration caused by an over-concentration of snowbirds is not clear.

The concept has great potential on a nationwide scale. Individual critical thinking seems to be fading into a fog of occult thinking. Is there an underlying desire by the populace to better understand what is going on around them? With all the information, true and untrue, are there people actively wanting some foundation of knowledge to build on?

I don’t have the influence and connections to get this going. Some of you folks do. How about pulling some strings and seeing what our various institutions might come up with? I will volunteer to report on the first lecture.

Charles Payne

Lee’s Summit