Worried older vet
I am a disabled veteran in a wheelchair, 92 years of age, trying to reach anyone in Veterans Affairs. Calls result in auto punch buttons to no avail.
A number in St. Louis resulted in even more auto push buttons and a more than 20-minute wait. I live in an expensive south Kansas City assisted-living facility — everything is furnished — medications, food, care and more.
In addition to my active service in the Army, I served 15 years as a civilian employee of the Army.
I am very proud of my service to my country and, of course, to the Army.
But I am worried. I am trying to reach a representative of the VA to see me, relative to any possible benefits to me to relieve my concerns. My funds are going to run out in about a year.
Robert H. Wyatt
Bishop Finn must go
Bishop Robert Finn was like a father to me. I was a seminarian of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese for six years, and every day I saw examples of his kindness, his generosity and, above all, his holiness.
If you know him, you know that the only thing he loves more than the people of his diocese is Jesus Christ himself.
But none of that matters after the guilty verdict.
His culpability in the crime can be debated, but what is certain is that the national image of our diocese and the moral credibility of its bishop are compromised.
A mother should not think twice about calling the bishop when she suspects a priest is abusing her child, but now she might.
Our next bishop will not love us like Bishop Finn does. But Bishop Finn made a very bad decision, and now he must resign.
Black Friday rally
“I can’t afford not to shop at Wal-Mart,” my friend says.
I understand. She’s a low-wage worker. But she really can’t afford to shop there.
1. Wal-Mart’s business model is based on forcing domestic suppliers to offshore jobs by demanding constant cost-cutting until even the U.S. minimum wage is too much. This lowers job opportunities and compensation for everyone.
2. Wal-Mart is the world leader in labor-law violations. I can’t think of a labor law Wal-Mart hasn’t broken, including wage theft, discrimination against women and firing workers who try to organize. This undercuts good employers and local businesses who respect the laws.
Most consumers are workers, too. You may save money in the short run by shopping at Wal-Mart, but in the long run we all pay more.
Wal-Mart shifts costs onto the rest of us and our communities.
Tell Wal-Mart to respect workers’ rights and pay living wages.
Visit makingchangeatwalmart.org to learn about demonstrations all over the country. One is occurring at noon Friday at 5150 Roe Ave.
Institute for Labor Studies
University of Missouri-
Kansas City, Kan.
Election by storm?
I see where Bill O’Reilly says if the election had been held before Superstorm Sandy, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have won.
Does this mean God is a Democrat?
William K. Betteridge
Solution to conflict
The recent Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be stopped in its tracks (11-16, A3, “Signs point to possibility of ground invasion of Gaza”). All Hamas has to do is to say that it will stop shooting rockets into Israel and keep its promise, because this is the reason for Israel’s retaliatory response.
Also, Hamas could announce loud and clear that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state, and I am sure that a just peace would be attainable and welcomed by a majority on both sides.
KC suburbs left out
As a citizen of Prairie Village, I disapprove of Google’s refusal to spread its fiber network throughout the Kansas City area. During a phone call with the company, Google officials claimed they do not have immediate plans to include areas outside of the set Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., “fiberhoods.”
The metropolitan area includes 15 counties. Many citizens have shown an interest and would be willing to complete the preregistration to guarantee service for the entire Kansas City area.
The network is set to span as far south as Interstate 435 on the Missouri side. A huge benefit is that schools in “fiberhoods” are set to receive high-speed Internet for free.
If Google Fiber spread to the entire Kansas City area, every citizen would at least have free basic Internet.
I challenge Google to provide fiber service to the entire metropolitan area.
Plea for better schools
I am a male senior in a private high school in Kansas City, beginning my college search. I hope to pay at least half the price for tuition for college through academic scholarships.
As I look back on how much my parents have spent sending my two siblings and me to private schools, I don’t think I would have done the same. My education alone has set my parents back $77,000.
With my siblings included, it’s almost $250,000.
Throughout my entire schooling years, Kansas City Public Schools have faced accreditation problems.
My parents say they do not regret sending me to private schools because to them my education for the future was more important than the money.
If I were in their shoes with my own children, I would move out of the Kansas City school district so I could receive a good, accredited public education.
Kansas City, please get up to par with your neighboring school districts so our students can receive a good education within their own neighborhoods.
If I return to Kansas City when I’m older, I’d like to be able to send my own kids to an accredited public school.
Poor man’s fight
In mid-19th century America, poor Southerners became emotionally invested in the Civil War by accepting that the cause wasn’t about wealthy slave owners protecting their property, it was about states’ rights. The declarations of secession of all rebel states mention slavery multiple times, states’ rights never.
The Confederate constitution had a supremacy clause that mirrored the U.S. Constitution. An enlightened, battle-weary Confederate soldier once commented, “This is a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.”
Today, gullible poor and middle-class Americans are following a similar red herring — spare the rich from paying their fair share of taxes. They create jobs.
That’s a wealthy man’s myth and a poor man’s struggle.
The only thing trickle-down economics created is an ever-widening gulf between rich and poor, thus exacerbating our financial crisis. Proverbs 26:11 applies here: “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
Norence A. Nelson
Chiefs hope, change
I’ve finally embraced the “hope and change” philosophy. I had hoped for change with the Kansas City Chiefs with a new starting quarterback.
If only I could have gotten a new play caller at 1600 Pennsylvania.
My husband, Gene, suffered a seizure while leaving a medical facility. He managed to get to the lawn before he lost control of his arms and legs and fell to the ground.
Just at that time, two ladies appeared (whom we refer to as his angels) and called 911.
There was also a very kind gentleman planting mums around the entry way. He, too, came to my husband’s aid.
We sincerely wish we had the names of these caring, loving people who so willingly helped my husband. As we unfortunately don’t, my husband and I only hope they see this and realize it is them we both thank so much and just want to say God bless you all.
America is a great place to get rich and to stay rich. We know that because we have seen it happen over and over again for decades.
We like that about America. But America is much more than that.
America is the place where people of all faiths and backgrounds come together to do great work. Work like conquering polio, exploring space, building the interstate highway system and developing the clean power systems that we need today.
This is the great work that matters. This is what we love about America.
Some candidates focus only on the “getting rich” part of America as if that were all there was.
That leaves out most Americans and is an incomplete picture of American greatness.