High-tech road safety
Transportation accidents are a major cause of death in the U.S. Each year, car crashes claim more than 1,000 lives in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
To combat this, the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended all new cars be equipped with collision-avoidance technologies, including adaptive cruise control and automatic braking.
One of these collision-avoidance systems, electronic-stability control, which digitally detects the loss of traction and compensates automatically, reportedly saved 2,202 lives from 2008 to 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
American automobile manufacturers are responding by developing improved driver-assist technologies. In addition to adopting electronic-stability control, Ford has installed new driver-assist technologies in vehicles such as the 2013 Escape.
Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers of impending traffic while backing by using two radars to detect moving objects within a 65-foot range from both sides of the vehicle. The Blind Spot Monitoring System detects when vehicles enter the blind zone and illuminates a light on the corresponding side-view mirror to warn drivers.
Car accidents happen.
Protect yourself and your family by having the most advanced driver-assist features possible.
Does the acquisition of Alex Smith really solve the quarterback situation for the Kansas City Chiefs?
To me, it will help sell a few more season tickets, but the Chiefs will still need to draft another quarterback.
Smith was a risk that the San Francisco 49ers werent going to take, so that team let him go. The 49ers will likewise need to draft a quarterback, probably with the second-round pick acquired from the Chiefs.
Some people say Andy Reid, the new Chiefs coach, has a talent for drafting quarterbacks.
Why then trade for another backup with questionable talent to lead a poor group of receivers and who takes too much time to throw the ball and gets sacked frequently?
Even though the Chiefs are improving and will eventually be contenders for a division title, I cant believe that the answer is a clone of Matt Cassel.
Hopefully, this temporary fix for a much-needed quarterback will be backed up with a quarterback of the future through the draft.
Grant L. Nelson
Gun rights costs
At what price gun rights?
Protecting gun rights
To all of you anti-Second Amendment folks out there who keep writing saying that the Second Amendment is outdated because firearms at the time of ratification meant flintlocks and muskets, please stop that nonsense.
Are you really so simple-minded as to believe that those brilliant men who conceived such a beautiful Constitution designed to limit government did not know there would be advancements in lethal firearms?
Gun-control advocates make the silly argument that the founders couldnt have imagined the firepower of todays modern weapons. Well, at the time the First Amendment was ratified, the only forms of free speech were handbills, some newspapers and standing on a soapbox.
Does that mean the guarantee of free speech should not be extended to radio, television, cable, movies, CDs, cellphones or the Internet?
After all, the founders could never have imagined any of these methods of communication either, nor could they have known how those media could be abused.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were meant to protect all generations from a government that might try to take away our rights. We should protect those rights and never give them up.
Cheers for letter
The letter on April 3 from Leslie Stockard headlined Care for U.S. first was the most refreshing letter Ive read in a long time.
I was starting to think that I was the only one who thought that way.
Put safety over guns
Some letter writers contend that the Founding Fathers knew guns were going to change and that this is a reason not to control firearms. It is amazing because the founders were not making guns.
They also never said anything about how guns would change in the future. I did study history, and the theory about the founders looking into the future is seriously flawed.
The Second Amendment was written in the late 1700s because we needed an army and couldnt afford one. Gun advocates seem to say that somehow we can stop the government when it changes to any form we dont like.
This is not possible. We will never be able to compete with the American military.
I own four guns and think we should be able to bear arms, but not any gun. We already ban many weapons and can ban more for the safety of the American people.
Thomas S. Galbreath
Its by now pretty clear that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is to capitalism what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is to socialism: bonkers.
U.S. postal benefits
I had to laugh when I read about the post offices fumblings.
I recently wanted to send a $25 shirt back to a store in Colorado via UPS. The cheapest and slowest way cost $14.
I purchased a rug delivered by UPS for which I received the bill before the rug arrived. The free tracking said out for delivery for three days.
Once, my UPS-delivered parcel sat under my mat for a week when I was on vacation.
No private company would even attempt to deliver in all areas for the price the U.S. Postal Service does, even though the prices would go up and the wages and benefits for employees would go down.
That is usually what happens when basic services are privatized.
No Tebow for Chiefs
Response to letters and sports fans calling for Tim Tebow for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback: Come on, man!
Needless KCI remake
We have heard and read a lot about making Kansas City International Airport into one terminal and the expense involved.
But why hasnt someone recommended leaving the two open terminals, B and C, and connecting them with a tunnel with a people-mover like Detroits airport or using above-ground trams like those in the Tampa or Dallas airports?
I am not an engineer, but I think this would be a lot less expensive than tearing everything down and starting over. And you could knock down Terminal A and make it into another parking lot.
It would be a lot closer than the one now out in the back-40 pasture. There is nothing wrong with terminals B and C.
Linda L. Smith
States native wildlife
The Missouri Department of Conservation states that scientific studies show that domestic cats and trap, neuter and release programs are detrimental to wildlife.
Feral cats did not choose to live as a feral in the wild or on the streets without shelter, food, warmth or human contact.
The human species is responsible for homeless and feral animals.
I am not a cat owner. I am not associated with a spay and neuter program. I love animals and believe they have rights to be treated in a humane way.
I wish all domestic animals had caring and loving homes so there would be no need for shelters and feral cat colonies would not exist. Unfortunately, the reality is that until humans assume responsibility for owning animals, the mission of the Missouri Department of Conservation to restore, maintain and enhance native wildlife and ecosystems will continue to exist as a formal policy regardless of the spay and neuter programs.