Letters to the Editor

Coming out, salute to veterans, Sen. Blunt

Updated: 2013-05-09T23:13:29Z

Brave coming out

Bravo, bravo, bravo to Jason Collins for his decision (4-30, A1, “Sports can help society change”). As an African-American lesbian who has been out for more than 40 years, I am dumbstruck.

Who knew that something this momentous would happen in my lifetime?

When I came out in an article in Essence magazine in 1980, my main purpose was to put a positive representation of a black person out there so that black youths would know they were not alone.

For years I thought I was the only one. This decision changed my life for the better, and I have never regretted it.

Stay strong and stand tall out there. You are not alone.

It isn’t as hard as one might think. It just takes courage.

Lea Hopkins


Salute to veterans

In January 2012, several patriotic citizens from St. Louis were dismayed that our armed forces were returning from Iraq without any fanfare. In less than 30 days, they successfully held a Welcome Home Parade with thousands of participants and 100,000 viewers.

Like those in other cities, I followed suit. In less than 45 days, our group of unpaid volunteers put on a May Armed Forces Day parade, including a daylong event in midtown Kansas City. The parade and financial support were a success except for parade attendance.

This year, despite the sequestration preventing any military participation at civic events, our two-day program (May 17-18) is even more ambitious It includes a reading of the fallen, free admission for veterans to the World War I Liberty Memorial, a parade, an exposition and a patriotic concert.

All at no charge if we can find more financial sponsors and other donors.

We are optimistic that we will meet our financial needs for we know Kansas City cares and will join with us as we salute our military heroes and veterans with a parade and fanfare on Armed Forces Day.

For more information go to www.saluteourheroes-kc.org.

David Page


Missing McClanahan

E. Thomas McClanahan will be sorely missed as a conservative voice on The Kansas City Star’s editorial board and as a columnist, just as Jerry Heaster has been missed in the business section of the newspaper.

One can only hope there will be a conservative replacement.

James Laufenberg


Sen. Blunt must go

My new mantra is ABB — Anyone But Blunt. I am disgusted with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s disdain for the wishes of 90 percent of Americans with his no vote on background checks and find his misleading information about the Affordable Care Act reprehensible.

In his March newsletter , he says “the president’s flawed plan continues to deliver more broken promises and more bad news for the American people.” In reality, the Affordable Care Act has already benefited the American people by providing free mammograms and flu shots, eliminating lifetime coverage caps and covering pre-existing conditions, to name just a few.

It also will reduce health-care costs by providing incentives to hospitals that improve care coordination and by cutting waste.

I believe Sen. Blunt has to go and will work hard to see that he is not re-elected.

Judy Sherry

Kansas City

Pining for yesteryear

I enjoyed reading the Star Magazine article by Monroe Dodd about the antagonism between Roy Roberts and Harry Truman (5-5, Star Magazine, “Publisher’s relationship with the ‘other’ president was not so warm”).

It has been said that if Harry Truman came back to life, he would not recognize the Democratic Party. Also, he would not particularly care for the swing to the left by the party.

Roy Roberts certainly would not recognize the editorial section of The Star. I doubt if Lee Judge or Steve Kraske would be employed very long if Roy Roberts were around.

If only we could get Roy Roberts back.

Tom Horton

Kansas City

Overzealous sheriff

I have followed the coverage in The Star concerning the sheriff’s raid of the Leawood couple’s house and the two citizens’ attempts to get answers on why they were suspects of criminal activity (5-4, A1, “Evidence for search called flimsy”).

From what The Star has written, it appears the Hartes have been law-abiding taxpayers and worked hard to set good examples for their children.

Because of poor judgment on the part of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, this family, in my opinion, deserves a public apology.

The department also needs to review its protocols on this type of activity. It appears the field test for marijuana is very unreliable, and the purchase of hydroponics items set off a nightmare for this family.

All that said, who should take the blame? My answer is the judge who issued the search warrant on questionable evidence.

Before trashing people’s lives and reputations, it is his/her job to ask questions and be sure the evidence is correct before issuing a warrant as part of the checks and balances of our legal system.

I sometimes start plants indoors in the spring and shudder to think that I could be raided in the middle of the night because I purchased a grow light and drink tea.

Myron Schmitt


Enjoy KC water

We often take for granted life’s most precious asset and the lifeblood of our community — safe and reliable drinking water.

National Drinking Water Week ends Saturday, and Kansas City Water Services is celebrating the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives.

Although we often overlook the 2,800 miles of pipeline that delivers safe and reliable drinking water right to our taps, this is an intricate system that Water Services has operated for more than 125 years. We proudly serve more than 460,000 Kansas City area residents and 33 regional wholesale customers.

Last year, we treated an average of 112 million gallons of drinking water per day and tested more than 1,700 water samples each month. Your drinking water is tested for more than 280 contaminants, more than three times the number required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To learn more about National Drinking Water Week and the superb product that’s delivered to your tap, please visit us at www.kcwaterservices.org or follow us on Twitter @KCMOWater.

We’re committed to providing Kansas City with the best drinking water in the nation, now, and for generations to come.

Terry Leeds

Director, Kansas City

Water Services

Kansas City

KC racing needed

Well, here we are again, another month when the Kentucky Derby was held without horse racing in Kansas City.

Many will remember the days when we had both major league horse and dog tracks. As a matter of fact, I hear that the Woodlands complex sits padlocked and rotting from a lack of use. Why in the world doesn’t a progressive business group buy this facility and reopen it as a destination tourist attraction?

Add a casino, card room and sports book, restart racing and see this facility become a showcase. One need only look at the once-closed Prairie Meadows racetrack, casino and hotel complex north of Des Moines to see a success story.

Come on, Kansas City. Wake up to the possibilities sitting in your own backyard.

Ron Adams


Diplomacy’s value

Diplomacy has myriad options.

Diplomacy is to be based on shared values or trade that is to our benefit. This is to buttress our national security, a nebulous term that has been perverted to mean anything.

It is actually the internal security or the bedrock of America that is the basis of our philosophy.

That includes the Constitution and the accompanying Bill of Rights. Detention without charges or without a lawyer, rendition and torture are all perversions and are illegal.

America was to be a shining beacon of liberty. Pundits who think otherwise are ignorant.

Grant Stauffer

Kansas City

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