Letters to the Editor

Skewed priorities, U.S. Senate, KCI

Updated: 2013-04-24T23:39:49Z

Skewed priorities

The fact that the rogue nations of Iran and North Korea are threatening nuclear devastation while the U.S. Supreme Court is defining homosexual legal rights seems somewhat oxymoronic.

William H. Finnegan


Shame on Senate

Shame on the U.S. Senate for turning a deaf ear to the cries of innocent shooting victims and the pleas of their grieving families (4-18, A1, “Senate rejects series of firearms reforms”). Shame on the U.S. Senate for bowing to the National Rifle Association lobby.

Shame on the U.S. Senate for not doing the right thing. Our forefathers, who built this nation, would not have turned their backs on the innocent victims.

The U.S. Senate is absolutely an embarrassment to the American people. We are not the example that the rest of the world would want to follow.

Teresa Mastro


State Safe Haven

Safe Haven laws across the country provide a legal option to birth parents who are unable or unwilling to raise a child and feel their only option is to abandon the baby.

Relinquishing a newborn at a Safe Haven location ensures that the baby is left in a safe place with those who can provide the immediate care needed for his or her safety and well-being.

Missouri Sen. Ryan Silvey’s bill seeks to expand the time limit in the current law from five to 45 days for a newborn to be legally relinquished at a Safe Haven location.

It’s hard to imagine a more heart-wrenching decision than that of a mother deciding to give up a new baby. But it’s also hard to imagine a more tragic situation than a mother who harms or unsafely abandons her new baby because she is overwhelmed by the situation or feels unable to care for the child.

Senate Bill 256 is an important step to ensure that more lives of vulnerable newborns will be saved. Finding a baby in a dumpster is a tragedy. Our state legislature should make this bill a priority before the 2013 legislative session ends.

Debby Howland

Jefferson City

Impeach Obama

The destroyer of our republic, President Barack Obama, must be impeached. He has not met his duty in more than four years of making a budget as required by our Constitution.

Since our sequester, the Obama administration has announced millions of dollars in new aid to radical governments overseas. A lot of it is going to the Palestinian Authority and to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government.

Betty Lusby

Loch Lloyd

Keep KCI convenient

After a trip through several U.S. airports, returning to Kansas City International was wonderful. No moving sidewalks. No feedlot-type cattle chutes, jamming hundreds through single security checks. No escalators, elevators, mile treks to ground transportation or baggage.

Off the jet, 100 steps later with my bag on the blue bus to parking. A majority share this favorable opinion, which our aviation department must realize.

But the agenda is to spend millions on a single terminal, replacing one of the most user-friendly airports in the country .

If it’s not broke, break it.

Isn’t change good? Is that why Terminal B is overcrowded while the other two terminals have excess capacity?

During the week, B parking is full while A and C have thousands of spaces. The planned closing of Terminal A will make the airport seem more crowded and less convenient, reinforcing the case for a replacement terminal.

After all, a single terminal is more convenient for security and businesses. Then we can have a shopping mall/restaurant venue. The airport mission to provide user-friendly, convenient air travel to people of the region is a secondary consideration, right?

Mike Pignotti

Lee’s Summit

Connected U.S. fate

For more than a week, we have been listening to analysts on TV talk about Boston and what could be learned from this bombing. They are already working on the next generation of security measures.

One thing can certainly be learned, and that is our connectedness.

We educate ourselves and our children. We get good-paying jobs. We live in nice homes in good neighborhoods. Some of them are gated. Some of us have our own security if we are wealthy.

But every time we board a plane we are reminded of that connectedness. When we take off our shoes and belts that go through the scanners, we are reminded.

In the end, we are connected to every poor and poorly educated child in the world. We are connected to the angry and the bitter.

We are connected to the mentally ill. We are connected to those with extreme religious points of view.

We look at the pictures of the perpetrators of vicious acts and ask, “How could they do this?”

And millions of kids growing up in terrible conditions where violence can take root probably ask, “How can you watch what’s happening to me and do nothing?”

We are all connected, like it or not.

John Chapman


Hypocrisy of killings

Morality questions: If a man inconveniences me and I kill him, then I will be charged with murder. Good.

What if the guy is hurting my wife, so I ask my doctor’s permission to eliminate this stress in my life. Doc says go ahead. So I kill the guy, but I still go to jail.

Then it hits me. If I can somehow put this guy into a womb, out of sight, then it is perfectly fine to kill him. It has mainstream public support to boot.

But how is this moral? How is this different from young men entering schools with guns to make deeply personal, complex decisions with regards to the lives of very, very young people?

Our generation can spot hypocrisy, even one couched as a health-care decision.

We also truly comprehend that people all over America have completely understandable reasons for needing or wanting to kill someone else. But that type of killing should have consequences. Right?

Neal Godsey

Manhattan, Kan.

Guns, guts, leadership

Guns, guns and more guns is what the Kansas Legislature wants on the streets of Kansas. Lawmakers break out in a cold sweat if you talk about limiting any type of gun.

Just like Israel, everyone needs to be armed and ready.

To my knowledge, no one is talking about taking away shotguns, hunting rifles or six-shooters. They are talking about limiting large-clip weapons, AR-15’s and bazookas.

Before we put this Wyatt Earp Project into Kansas society, I think Kansas legislators should show real leadership. The first place to go totally gun friendly should be the state Capitol.

I was shocked when I found out that the legislators want guns in libraries, schools, restaurants and everywhere else but where they work. Come on, you brave men and women of the Kansas Legislature.

Lead by example, if you have the guts.

Joe Hodnik


Sequestration pain

The consequences of sequestration are dire. These cuts will touch every household in the country, particularly the poor, including those in Kansas City.

There is a poverty epidemic in this country that goes unnoticed by most. While the consensus is that the best way out of poverty is through education, these cuts will affect education at its heart and will further the already widening gap between rich and poor.

In Missouri alone, these cuts will affect Head Start and Early Head Start programs for about 1,200 children, putting those in need at an even greater risk by reducing their access to critical early education. That’s 1,200 children in Missouri who will be less likely to graduate from high school and college, more likely to need special-education services and more likely to repeat grades.

Essentially, sequestration is taking away the one thing that these 1,200 children need to help them reach their human potential. Congress must find a more balanced approach to solve the budget problem rather than gutting effective programs and placing the burden solely on the backs of the poor and middle class.

Matthew Davis

Kansas City

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