Letters to the Editor

KCI, Medicaid, guns

Updated: 2013-05-18T04:17:27Z

KCI must change

I do not understand why the people of Kansas City are against having one new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The people need to realize that as a city we need it.

Our terminal is just outdated and too expensive to operate with all the terrorism threats, which require hundreds of security agents. With a new terminal, we may need far fewer security agents, plus we will probably have many new restaurants to, plus retail shops and many more amenities for all of us to enjoy.

We may attract new airlines; some existing airlines will add more flights and more nonstop flights.

Let’s all get behind the new terminal and bring Kansas City something new, something special for all of us to enjoy, plus all the travelers who come to visit or are just passing through.

Come fly with me ...

Dwain Lovitch


Expand Medicaid

As our legislature adjourns for another year, I can’t help but feel that Missouri lawmakers have failed miserably to achieve the No. 1 priority for the state — Medicaid expansion.

Unlike divisive issues our legislature has spent countless hours on, such as destroying collective-bargaining rights for workers and promoting massive corporate tax cuts that would devastate our public infrastructure, expanding Medicaid is a priority for every major Missouri business, worker and consumer group.

The Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Hospital Association, AFL-CIO, AARP, American Cancer Society, NAACP, Missouri Rural Crisis Center and countless others agree that bringing tax dollars back home to expand Medicaid makes sense. Unfortunately, our legislature seems more committed to rigid ideological opposition to anything that can be associated with President Barack Obama than doing what is in the best interests of Missourians.

I applaud efforts by some Republicans who have attempted to do serious work this year. Hopefully, Gov. Jay Nixon demands that they reconvene for a special session this summer so they can focus on the one major piece of legislation that Missourians were counting on this year: expanding health insurance to 260,000 of our hardworking neighbors.

Juan M. Rangel Jr.


Media and president

The fourth estate and President Barack Obama: Dead ambassador? No problem.

Internal Revenue Service harassing citizen groups? No problem.

Chemicals used in Syria? No problem.

Looking at the phone records of reporters? Now he’s crossed a line.

Ed Coleman

Kansas City

Missouri voter fraud

To my fellow Republicans in Missouri, let’s be clear before this issue is blown out of proportion: The case of John Moretina’s voter fraud doesn’t give just cause to consider voter photo-identification requirements (5-14, A1, “Legislator’s uncle admits fraud”).

It is apparent Moretina lied about his address to cast a vote in his previous district. This is a case of fraud where the records hadn’t been updated quickly enough to reflect the change in residency.

What would a photo ID requirement have done to prevent the fraud? Nothing. Moretina wasn’t impersonating anyone.

His photo ID might have even listed his old address. However, an ID requirement would’ve disenfranchised nearly 80,000 voters in Kansas City who don’t have proper IDs and would have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to receive them.

By raising the cost associated with voting, the demand to vote and voter turnout will fall. How can we claim to have legitimate elections when our elected representatives consider policies that would deliberately make Missouri undemocratic?

If we cherish the integrity of our elections and democracy, we must demand common-sense solutions from our legislature to make our elections more efficient and democratic, not the other way around.

Brad DiMariano

Fulton, Mo.

Silly analogy

Enough. I just read a May 16 letter comparing the car death toll to the gun death toll and concluding that cars should be treated as guns. This is a silly analogy.

Used correctly, cars take you to work and guns kill people. Used incorrectly, cars may kill people and guns kill many people.

Stop the analogy of guns to anything else. They don’t stand the test of logic.

Thomas Galbreath


Police survey on guns

Consider this: A national survey of more than 15,000 police officers said the decline in parenting and family values is the No. 1 reason for so much gun violence. Also, 91 percent support legally concealed weapons by citizens, 91 percent want stiffer sentences for criminals who use guns in crimes, 80 percent say prohibiting private transfer of guns between individuals would not reduce crime and 80 percent thought causalities likely would have been reduced in recent mass shootings if a legally armed citizen were present.

Seventy-seven percent of officers support arming teachers or school staff if they are vetted, trained and qualify annually with their firearms. They also said the best way to stop mass shootings is more permissive concealed-carry policies for citizens.

The survey was conducted by PoliceOne.com, an online resource for law-enforcement officers with more than 450,000 members. These are the men and women whose duty it is to respond to the carnage caused by shootings after the smoke clears.

This is how they feel. Legislators, are you listening to these professionals or to those determined to disarm those who do no harm?

Jack Livella


IRS issue overblown

I just want to know why this is such an issue. The Internal Revenue Service has been targeting individuals for as long as I can remember.

I wish the world would get out of this mode of condemning people to death by driving nonsense issues into the ground.

I’ve been a daily reader of The Star, and I’ve just about had it with these extremist issues ballooning up for no earthly reason.

Mary Brown

Kansas City

Medicaid in Kansas

One of the most important things I have learned throughout my career as a pediatrician is this: In order to improve the health of kids, we must improve the health of their parents. Expanding Medicaid will accomplish this.

Healthy parents mean healthy families. When expecting mothers receive quality prenatal care, it decreases the chances that their babies will be born prematurely or will face lifelong health struggles.

When parents have the tools they need to live healthy lives, they are more able to adequately provide for their children and be more engaged in their kids’ lives.

Children are much more likely to have the medical coverage they need for healthy development if their parents have health-care coverage. By increasing access to Medicaid in Kansas, we can provide health care for more than 135,000 adults, and families will have the security they need to live healthy lives.

As Kansans, we need to come together in support of Medicaid expansion to help equip more families with the tools they need to improve the health and livelihood of Kansas children.

Kathryn Ellerbeck, M.D.


Kansas Chapter

American Academy

of Pediatrics


Hud is a dud

The Royals have substantially improved their won-lost record, and recent TV ratings have reflected this improvement. Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Physioc are major league play-by-play announcers in every sense of the word.

Alone in the radio booth, each is seamless in his calling of the game, weaving stats and strategy into his nightly narrative. Why then when they move to TV do they defer to Rex Hudler for his so-called “expert” commentary?

This guy is a self-centered minor league magpie who adds absolutely nothing to the telecast. The TV ratings are up in spite of Hudler.

Will we ever again get a capable person doing TV commentary? Not until advertisers come to the realization that many viewers have already reached — Hud is a dud.

Dan Allen

Richmond, Mo.

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