Regarding Kansas City International Airport, Im not fully convinced of the need for a new terminal so Im looking forward to the publicity campaign being created by Global Prairie. My only request is that it be heavy on facts and low on glitz, starting with proper terminology.
A nonstop flight gets a passenger to his or her desired destination without stopping. A direct flight makes at least one stop but either the passenger does not change planes or, if there is a plane change, the flight number remains the same.
A connecting flight is one on which passengers change aircraft at least once with a change in flight number.
An April 5 Star editorial referring to the current configuration said, Its no accident KCI offers few nonstop flights. Every flight from KCI is a nonstop flight to somewhere. A more accurate description would be Airlines serving KCI offer a low number of nonstop destinations.
Im sure the bantering and bartering will continue for quite some time. Lets keep it fact-based and not fall victim to shiny-object syndrome.
Blue Ridge cleanup
We have lived in a housing development off Blue Ridge Boulevard for six years. The street has never looked better, thanks to the men, women and children who spent their Saturday morning bagging a great deal of trash.
What a lot of work, but it is very appreciated. Thank you.
U.S. business customs
In many countries, it is a custom that clandestine payments must be made to certain entities in order to do business.
The Wal-Mart company is being investigated for possibly following this practice in Mexico. The investigation suggests a criminal act may have occurred.
In the United States, we have a similar custom.
To enact laws allowing a business to operate or to prevent laws from having an adverse effect on a business, it is common practice to hire a lobbyist. The lobbyists make appeals to lawmakers. They also contribute vast amounts of money to lawmakers election campaigns or other ventures.
This custom is considered lawful, regardless of the unreasonable cost to citizens in many instances.
Any difference in payments for favors described above is not significant.
Hire U.S. veterans
Veterans have the potential of bringing many key managerial and personal skills to the workplace. Training initiated from the start of a military persons career is focused on building resourcefulness, initiative, adaptability, resiliency and leadership, among other skills, which translate well into many workplaces.
In an era of rapid change and complexity, these are skills that make veterans an attractive hire.
It is my hope that more civilian organizations will take the opportunity to integrate veterans into their teams, where they can truly add value and continue to be valued contributing members of society.
Before that can be done, however, much investment continues to be required in programs that focus on the smooth transition of veterans into civilian life in preparation for their long-term success.
Maj. Carmen J. Iglesias
Last month, a helmet law stalled in the Missouri Senate. This law, if it had passed, would have temporarily permitted a motorcyclist to ride without a helmet in Missouri. This would have been passed into law to attract motorcycle rallies to the state.
The bill, if it had passed, would have shown the rest of the country Missourians will set aside their principles for financial gain.
Sen. Rob Schaaf a physician from St. Joseph stated that anyone injured while not wearing a helmet would not be eligible for Missouris Medicaid program.
The people of Missouri have the opportunity to show the country that we cherish the lives of our visitors from other states and have collectively decided to mandate the use of helmets, and we stand by that decision.
This will be a hot-button topic for years to come. If Missourians should decide in the future to repeal or amend the helmet laws, I hope it is done for the right reason and not done for popularity or financial gain of businesses that put profits before our own health and safety.
Jason D. Scruggs
Free speech for sale
As if the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision in favor of super political action committees having unlimited campaign spending wasnt enough to suppress the power of individual voter, another wealthy Republican donor is challenging campaign spending limits in front of the Supreme Court.
McCutcheon v. FEC argues that the current $123,000 limit over two years to candidates and traditional PACs violates First Amendment free-speech rights. This is the second step by corporate Republicans in front of a right-leaning Supreme Court to dismantle all campaign-finance restrictions.
If you believe that unlimited spending is a corrupting influence on our political system, contact your representative and let your opinion be known. We have a right to know who is buying our politicians and how much it cost them.
Guns in Congress
Many in Congress argue that restrictions on guns violate Second Amendment rights and interfere with self-protection in the event of violence.
Hmm. Why, then, does Congress require all visitors to be screened by metal detectors before entering Capitol offices? And why hasnt our own Sen. Roy Blunt, a longtime champion of National Rifle Association positions and recipient of NRA money, introduced legislation to ensure that citizens can carry assault weapons with large magazines into the Capitol in case one of those bad guys with a gun (probably purchased legally through the gun-show exemption Sen. Blunt supports) starts firing?
Clearly, even Congress slavish devotees of the gun manufacturers can find ways to institute reasonable restrictions on guns when it comes to safeguarding their own skin. Its just the rest of us who have to live in a society that allows anyone easy, unimpeded access to heavy firepower whether or not they are trained to use it, criminally motivated or mentally unbalanced.
Sen. Blunt, among others, is apparently determined to keep it that way at least for you and me at our places of work.
Laughable gun idea
During an episode of All in the Family back in the 1970s, Archie Bunker had the answer to stop plane hijacking. His plan was to hand out pistols to every passenger so no one had the upper hand.
That is the same basic idea the National Rifle Association now has to stop our gun-violence problem.
The trouble is Archies idea was considered comedy wrapped around satire. It got a huge laugh. Forty years later, the reaction to his idea should be the same.
So the Royals beat Minnesota 3-1 and then celebrate with Gatorade baths all around like they had just won the seventh game of the World Series (4-9, B1, Safe at home).
My grandfather always told me that if you were good you were supposed to win and if you did win you acted like you were supposed to win and you did it with class.
How much more bush league can you get over a win than what the Royals did Monday?
As tight as owner David Glass is, he surely will not be happy about wasting all that Gatorade.
Richard W. Dahms