Terminal, not airport
I wish The Kansas City Star would quit using the term new airport when referring to the possibility of building a new terminal (4-5, A1, New KCI closer to takeoff). Airports include runways, taxiways, control towers and all sorts of other infrastructure.
Nobody is proposing that Kansas City build a new airport. It is proposing a new terminal.
So please use the correct terminology, either new terminal or new airport terminal.
I have been a resident of Kansas City my whole 63 years. That means I have been paying taxes for about 47 years.
I have watched my taxes be spent foolishly. Years ago, Kansas City decided it wanted to be the City of Fountains.
For the past 30 years, I have read how the city needs millions of our dollars to repair the fountains. This happens about every 10 years.
Then its our sewer and water system. Streets constantly need repair from broken water leaks. They get repaired instead of being replaced.
Then there is Sprint Center, which we did not need. Built with the promise that Kemper Arena (which the city still owes millions on) would be fixed up. Once Sprint was done, the city said of Kemper: Oh, its going to cost too much to fix it. Lets tear it down.
Now city officials want to take money from the bus system and spend it on streetcars that will benefit a small part of the community.
I could go on, but enough is enough. Mr. Mayor and city officials, spend my money fixing whats broken, please, not on things we dont need.
Social Security raise
Editor's note: This letter was submitted before the April 10 release of President Barack Obama's budget, which includes changes to how the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security benefits is computed.
Some people are lambasting President Barack Obama for giving only a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, to Social Security beneficiaries.
The president has absolutely no control of the Social Security COLA. Those increases are the result of legislation signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972 and are based on changes to the Consumer Price Index, or CPI.
In fact, during the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama staved off a Republican proposal to base the Social Security COLA on a chained CPI.
That Republican idea would have brought about even lower increases than the current method.
Missourians and animal lovers: Puppy mills are about to make a comeback in the Missouri legislature.
HJR 11, or the ridiculously and inappropriately mislabeled Right to Farm Bill, has already passed in the Missouri House and is in the Senate.
Dont let the name fool you. Its a backdoor repeal of the Missouri Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, or CCPA, which requires inspections of dog-breeding operations to ensure that these operations are licensed and the dogs have adequate space to live in, access to the outdoors and appropriate veterinary care.
HJR 11 also takes away the individual rights of a Missourian to establish a ballot initiative (such as Proposition B) for future animal-cruelty prevention laws. Quick history lesson: The passage of Proposition B by you, Missouri voters, led to the CCPA, which has led to the closure of many Missouri puppy mills.
Contact your state senator today. Ask him or her to actually read the bill (many have not). Ask him or her to filibuster it or vote against it. Dont let the Missouri legislature take away your voice when it comes to preventing animal neglect and cruelty.
Susan Hakes Kaufmann
Hurting area children
I am the manager of St. Pauls Neighborhood Food Pantry in Kansas City, Kan. I am appalled to see Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has introduced SB458, the so-called Improve Nutrition Program Integrity and Deficit Reduction Act, which would cut nearly $36 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.
This act will take food from the mouths of my neighbors children and will do next to nothing to curb the debt or the deficit.
We all know how Sen. Roberts voted to wage two unfunded wars. And now he expects hungry people to bear the cost. My question is: Sen. Roberts, have you no shame?
To all those complaining about the Second Amendment, your next step is clear, simple and outlined in Article V of the Constitution. There are two proscribed processes for amending the Constitution.
The most commonly used requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures. The second requires a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures, followed by ratification of the proposed amendment by three-fourths of the state legislatures.
It can be accomplished without federal government involvement. There exists a precedent; the 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment.
The process can occur rapidly, particularly given how fast Congress moves currently. The 18th Amendment required 18 months from congressional approval to ratification and the 21st Amendment only 11 months.
The constitutional amendment ball is in your court.
Control mental illness
This is a scary world. People hurt other people using a number of means, a firearm being only one. It is the intent of the individual, not the object he uses, that matters.
We have a severe problem with the mentally ill and access to care. They can be overmedicated, undermedicated, off medication entirely or self-medicated with alcohol or street drugs.
Certain groups would like to demonize out of fear while the real common denominator is mental illness. We need crazy control, not more gun laws and rights infringement while acting on emotion for a false sense of security.
I hear a lot of complaining about the now-stalled plan to stop the Saturday delivery of mail. But that plan is only a Band-Aid on a financial artery gusher.
It would provide little help. Heres what we need to do.
For half of every city, the U.S. Postal Service should deliver mail on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For the other half, the mail should go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This would enable the post office to reduce its work force by almost half and stop the financial bleeding.
The post office is a business and must live within its means. Its time to suck it up, tighten our belts and just do it.
Hello, Congress. What are your plans for our national debt?
Big Brother Obama
Has anyone noticed that our lawmakers and the money group have sold us out? They have screwed up our whole world.
Our children must go to a school where God is forbidden. Its hard to live in a world where we cant correct our children without possibly getting into trouble with the law.
Our law-enforcement officers also can take our children who show aggression. Then they have them evaluated by doctors who may put them on pharmaceuticals.
Every time a shooting happens, many people want to blame it on guns.
We all know things shouldnt be like they are. Can President Barack Obama fix them?
William Leroy Elwood
In a letter to the editor of April 8, the writer says he is outraged and feels illegal immigrants should not be allowed to walk our streets.
I have a question for him: How do you think the Native Americans felt when they faced the illegal immigrants pouring into their country? Our ancestors came to America for freedom; dont you think most of the illegal immigrants are doing the same?
Lets help the immigrants go to school, learn our language, earn a decent living and contribute to this great country and become legal citizens.