The Kansas City Star - - Opinion - In­de­pen­dence Lone Jack

A game to Haw­ley?

New Mis­souri Sen. Josh Haw­ley re­fused to an­swer when The Star asked about the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down and how it af­fects his con­stituents in the Kansas City area. Haw­ley’s re­sponse: “No com­ment. I’m not go­ing to play hall­way roulette with you.” (Jan. 10, 4A, “Josh Haw­ley re­fuses to com­ment on idle fed­eral work­force”)

He wants all ques­tions to go through his of­fice. Pretty ar­ro­gant for some­one in of­fice barely a week.

In­de­pen­dent news me­dia are a means by which Haw­ley can com­mu­ni­cate with vot­ers rather than hav­ing staff pre­pare san­i­tized state­ments for him.

Fed­eral work­ers in the area, Mis­souri res­i­dents in­cluded, are not re­ceiv­ing pay­checks. Jobs from busi­nesses that ser­vice agen­cies are idled. Busi­ness own­ers lose money.

Sen. Haw­ley, if I as a voter were to see you some­where and asked a ques­tion, would you re­fer me to your of­fice rather than play con­course craps, air­plane seat slots, li­brary keno or some other eva­sive casino game?

You stated you would not an­swer ques­tions on your feet in the cor­ri­dors of Con­gress — halls paid for by tax­pay­ers — while you are still re­ceiv­ing your tax­payer-funded salary.

Per­haps you would be able to an­swer those ques­tions on your feet if you could lo­cate your spine.

Michael J. Niemeyer

Down­hill slide

The Star likes to pub­lish let­ters from the left side of pol­i­tics. You are nowhere near a so­lu­tion to the di­vi­sive­ness that for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama cre­ated. Your paper is ex­tremely slanted and so­cial­is­tic, which in fact leads to com­mu­nism.

James How­ell

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