KCI traveler’s dream
I travel about 50 percent of the time in my work and see a lot of airports. Kansas City International Airport is one of the most efficient airports in the country.
To think of changing to be like other airports such as Atlanta, Detroit and Charlotte is a poorly thought-out concept and a huge waste of money. You have quick access and a great shuttle system to parking lots, compared with the nightmares of airports like those in New Jersey, Atlanta and California.
Why change something that works great only to waste so much money? This is probably being done by people who do not have to travel in their jobs.
Wake up and take a few sample trips. You will understand what I am saying.
No one terminal
My heart sank when I opened my newspaper today and saw the rendering of what Kansas City leaders (and pretty much leaders only, as far as I can tell) want to do to what I truly believe is the most flier-friendly airport in the nation (4-5, A1, “New KCI closer to takeoff”).
Having come from Chicago almost 20 years ago and having endured the nightmare of flying in and out of O’Hare, I have crowed long and loud to friends, family and anyone who would listen about what a jewel of an airport we enjoy.
I’ve traveled to many domestic and even international airports that have tried my patience and good nature and am always happy to return to KCI.
The public may not “yet” be on board? How about never?
As for the comment by consultant Mark Perryman about the supposed “poor passenger experience,” he is flat out wrong.
Close Terminal A or follow one of the other suggestions made on this page by KCI supporters to make other modifications, but don’t shove that single-terminal concept down our throats and pretend it’s all for the best.
I was so saddened to hear the news of the closing of the American Heartland Theatre (4-5, A6, “Heartland Theatre to close after 26 years at Crown Center”).
For lovers of the arts here in Kansas City, season-ticket holders, regulars, community groups and visitors, this is indeed a sad day for all of us. The Heartland joined other theater houses 26 years ago to help put Kansas City on the map in supporting the arts. This theater was home to quality actors and set designers and a tremendous theater house staff.
We should all be saddened by this news and take notice. Business decisions are made and considered progress. I’m just not certain this is progress for our cultural and arts community.
My hope is that all of the wonderful staff members at the Heartland will find future opportunities that will fulfill them as much as this theater did. The reality is nothing will replace this historic venue.
Hats off to the Heartland for 26 years of taking us to another place and time of smiles, laughter and camaraderie.
We elect our senators and representatives to be our voices in Washington, D.C. Apparently our voices are being masked by the reverberations resonating from the countless lobbying groups to which lawmakers have allegiance.
What an ill-fated time we live in when thoughts of re-election take priority over thoughts of serving the constituents.
Pretty slogans sell
Unions aren’t good at coming up with catchy slogans. Maybe that’s because union members are too busy working at their jobs and fighting for fair contracts to find the time to hire high-dollar ad firms to trick the public.
Empty slogans such as “right to work” and “paycheck protection” are clever and catchy but are no different from the ad campaigns used to cover up for other failed products, from the Ford Edsel to New Coke.
Does anyone really think these proposed laws actually give us the right to a job? Of course not, but it sure sounds good. Likewise with “paycheck protection,” which aims to have Big Brother in Jefferson City “protect” us from spending our paychecks as we see fit.
There is a reason Washington, D.C., lobbyists have to spend so much money on advertising. It’s hard to sell junk.
Our state legislators may have been swayed by yet another slick ad campaign (and plenty of campaign cash) from the same folks who brought us NAFTA. But the rest of us should warn our friends and family not to drink the Kool-Aid (or, perhaps, New Coke in this case).
Democrats fail U.S.
Add “blame” to the time-tested Democrat governing strategy of spend, tax and borrow. Democrats will never, ever cut spending or address the entitlement cancer that is bankrupting our nation.
Instead, they will only demagogue for more taxes from the productive and blame Republicans for not joining in their self-destructive war on the free-enterprise system. An obsequious, fawning, leftist mainstream media, spawned for decades from university journalism school Marxist professors, fail to report on Democratic malfeasance. Instead, they abet the blame game.
One needs only to have viewed the astoundingly pathetic performance of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing to witness the level of incompetence that permeates this Democratic administration.
Sadly, our disengaged electorate is too busy watching “Honey Boo Boo” to notice.
Michael T. Murphy
Iran’s nuclear desire
It is a fact that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has been and is a major threat to the U.S. and its allies.
Letting Iran obtain nuclear weapons is deadly and frightening. It further causes disruption and instability in the Middle East, not to mention the world.
A nuclear-armed Iran could cause a major incident across the Middle East. Other than sanctions, minimal effort has been put forward by the U.S. government to prevent Iran from obtaining these weapons.
Tests are already taking place of the weapons in Iran. Even though it is getting closer and closer to developing these weapons, there are still things the U.S. and the rest of world can do to prevent this from coming to fruition.
Israel, America’s biggest ally in that region, could be a target of an attack by Iran’s nuclear weapons. America provides Israel with funding, weapons and ammunition.
An attack on Israel would have a huge effect on the world political stage and could affect our military resources and spending.
To the gentleman (4-6, Letters) who suggested that President Obama’s brain-mapping project should start with an in-depth examination of the brains of those who voted for him — twice — may I suggest that some of our Republican lawmakers and those who voted for them should be examined to see if they have a heart.
Helping to end abuse
Do you ever hear about the mistreatment of a child and think: “What is going on? I wish something could be done.”
Most abusers love their children but lack the perspective and maturity needed to cope with the high demands of parenting. Without protections like stable family relationships, a steady job or access to physical and mental health care, the risk for families and children goes up.
You can help. One of the surest ways to keep kids safe is to offer yourself as a role model and mentor to parents and children alike.
Friends, neighbors and extended family members can offer to care for a child for just a few hours to give parents a break.
Playing a game, sharing a meal, reading a book — these are simple ways to help a friend. You can also contribute money or volunteer at a church or other organizations that offer support to families.
Offering your support is a respectful way to help a parent through a stressful time and to build a strong community.
Thank you for reaching out to a family in need.