Bridging Troost divide
As president of the Marlborough Community Coalition, I am painfully aware of the issues that divide our neighborhoods from those on the other side of Troost Avenue. They include food deserts, blighted and foreclosed housing and hundreds of Land Trust lots.
The digital divide is another. For this 80 percent rental community, the inability to turn our fiberhoods green lies exclusively with our landlords.
Tenants can’t be expected to give permission to install Google Fiber in property they don’t own or can’t take with them when they leave. This is a property investment for the owner.
Although we also have a fair number of absentee landlords, those who live here and are aware of the Google Fiber initiative need to step up and do the right thing. Unlike the rest of us, landlords can recover their low-risk investment from their tenants.
However, without that kind of commitment, potential fiberhoods such as ours will again be on the short end of the stick. Just because people live east of Troost Avenue doesn’t mean they do not need or deserve access to basic needs such as healthy food, medical care and Internet service.
High taxicab fares
As a retired military man who spent 20 years in the Air Force, I can get very cheap seats to a game. But since I can’t drive because of my wounded knees, I take a cab to and from the stadium.
I live in Independence, and it costs me less than $15 to go to a game.
So why does it cost me $30 to come home?
Yes, it costs me almost $17 just to leave the stadium and get on Interstate 70. Why can’t the cabs turn the meter on when they leave the area or leave from the same north ramp right by I-70 they come in on?
Money for the cab companies?
On a recent Friday, there were more than two dozen cabs waiting for people. How much did we all pay to leave the complex that went into the cab company’s coffers for no reason? And did the county or Kansas City get anything from it?
Am I the only one who wants to know? I hope not.
John M. Fox
I am a “yellow dog” Republican and never thought I would say this, but I wish Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2008.
At least she is an American with our ideals, even though she is a G.E. (government expansionist).
I think it was terrible how disrespectful Clint Eastwood was to the empty chair at the Republican National Convention last week. I do not care what your political view is; what he said was horrible.
He sure lost my respect.
Common sense required
“Stand up for what you believe” is a common phrase for those of us raised in Christian beliefs as well as in the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other faiths. Also a common logical phrase has been “Do no harm.”
There is wisdom in each of these phrases, but they do not necessarily work together.
I believe one of our tasks as good and faithful citizens is to find the paths that lead to common threads with our neighbors and move in that direction. Many of these paths do no harm.
Republicans and Democrats seem to be moving in opposite directions, which polarizes and divides us. Sadly, some people “de-friend” a person because of political beliefs. We know we all have many differences, not just political.
“Love one another” is a phrase that is true both ideologically and logically.
Most people are doing the best they can, but sometimes we need to ease out of the lockstep of our ideologies and use some common sense.
U.S. age of ignorance
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2 best describes where we are in today’s serious political discussion.
You see, if we are to solve serious problems we must have serious discussion. But we do not, leading to another quote: “One cannot save a fool from his own folly.”
We have entered an age of ignorance, the likes of which I have not seen in my 67 years. We move blindly forward, like political zombies, repeating the mindless opinions of others, accepting a world where perception is the new reality, where “truth” does not have to be based on fact.
I fear it is too late to change, too late to reverse sinking the American ideal. We face a political fervor, the product of an American church intent on the establishment of its moral stamp of approval.
The founders understood this danger, making it the first element in the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights. Is anyone amazed that Congress is unable to compromise or get anything done?
Answer: You can compromise with man but not with God.
Folly trolley for KC
In 1963, the first major observation I made after my move to Kansas City was that the focus of Kansas Citians is entrenched in appearances.
It doesn’t matter that the school system has had 20 superintendents over the last 40 years or that several times accreditation was threatened and worse.
Never mind the sprint to erect more fountains. Never mind the “Flush Creek” beautifications.
The most outrageous idea yet is the trolley. Water and sewer systems are archaic and breaking all over the place, and local government can think of nothing but a $100 million project to build a two-mile trolley?
The trolley, the trolley, the trolley. By all means beyond our means, the trolley is far more important than providing a good education for our children, and far more important than the management of government’s first responsibility — the city’s infrastructure.
Trolley worship is insanity, and, still, it got on the ballot. This doesn’t say much about the state of higher intelligence in this city.
Charlotte R. Shapiro
Worthless KC trolley
If we cannot build a line to run from the City Market to the Country Club Plaza, then forget it. Paying $100 million to go two miles?
You can walk that in less than a hour. To quote David Stickelber, “Do it big or stay in bed.”
KC’s streetcar past
Streetcars are in no way a new fad. The history of the streetcar in Kansas City goes back to 1869, and by 1890, there were 35 miles of cable-car track, putting Kansas City behind only San Francisco and Chicago. At its peak, the system had more than 300 miles of track.
Streetcars would have just as much historical significance in Kansas City as they do in San Francisco. I do agree with those who say now is not the time to pay for a streetcar in Kansas City. They never should have been taken out in the first place.
I welcome “Romney Hood and Obamalony” in our political discourse as seminal and the sole contribution to our election lexicon. Hail to the chiefs’ banditry.
Global warming effects
During the record heat wave, I didn’t see a single letter contending that global warming is a hoax from the global-warming deniers who always claim it is a hoax whenever a record low temperature is recorded. The logic these people use is flawed and exposes the fact they don’t understand what scientists are saying.
These same people claim that warming and cooling trends are cyclical, which is true, but name the cycle in which 7 billion people were mining coal and drilling up oil and burning them into the atmosphere.
The sky’s natural color is blue, but if one looks from any vantage point toward any population center you will see smog. The air looks brown or yellow, not blue.
This smog is man-made. To say smog has no health or meteorological effect (or is not man-made) is patently absurd and egregiously irresponsible.
Global warming/climate change is real, and we, as a world population, need to alter our behavior and lower our population. Those who disagree are self-centered, self-serving and reckless and need to use their brains to think, not for their selfish desires.
Royals owe fans a lot
After watching 25 years of mismanagement, mis-ownership and mis-general management, I think the Kansas City Royals owe their fans a free game with free parking for anyone who still has the guts to show up.