Letters to the Editor

KCI, sexual assaults in the military, Gov. Sam Brownback

Updated: 2013-06-11T23:03:12Z

KCI dreamers

It is an insult to Kansas Citians what Mayor Sly James, the City Council and the Aviation Department are trying to sell us — the need for a new airport terminal.

Never mind that more than 40 years ago a similar bunch of city officials sold us on KCI. We approved it and love it. Even if the three terminals never achieved full potential.

They even included “international” in its name, which is a joke. At the same time, the airline industry lost all the major players that at one time were part of KCI.

They include TWA, Braniff, Pan American and Eastern. Now with consolidation, only a few big airlines are still in business.

But some KCI dreamers come up with the idea of a more efficient and sophisticated air terminal. We have fewer airlines and passengers. Supposedly a new terminal will fix all of this. Ha-ha.

Did it ever enter the minds of those money spenders to fix and improve what we have? This so-called fact-finding committee is a waste of time.

Let the people of metropolitan Kansas City decide what they want.

Zdenko J. Bergl

Kansas City

Rape in the military

The generals keep saying, “Trust us, we know how to handle sexual abuse.” Sorry, sir, I don’t trust you and neither do the women who have been raped (6-5, A1, “Generals lawmakers face off”).

Arlin Buyert

Leawood

Tornadic Brownback

Since retiring several years ago, I have watched extremist forces led by Gov. Sam Brownback take over almost every elected state office and now rule the state through an application of outside money (the Koch brothers) and sacrosanct legislation. The liberties of ordinary Kansas citizens are under attack with little apparent recourse.

Thanks to the editorial pages in The Kansas City Star, many of the outrageous laws that have been enacted by the Legislature have been exposed for the hypocrisies they are. Maybe most concerning to me is the intellectual and economic attack on our schools led by the governor.

Kansas used to pay for its schools with a common-sense approach to taxation that fairly spread funding from several sources. The governor seems to be working hard to dismantle this funding model (he has been seeking to do so since he was a state senator), which will further weaken our ability to prepare students for the challenges of their futures.

A great writer once wrote, “What’s the matter with Kansas?” Well, now we know.

It’s Gov. Sam Brownback and his lockstep, rabid followers in the Kansas Legislature.

Dr. John Hetlinger

Shawnee

Creative gun solutions

I have the perfect solution for the gun problem. It’s really easy.

The gun advocates can have all the guns they want. Just one catch: Treat the ammunition like we treat pseudoephedrine.

Limit how much you can buy at one time, keeping track of who is buying it with identification verifications. Or you could require an extremely high tax on it, as some states do for cigarettes. Or you could require people to return the spent shell casings before they could buy more ammunition.

There are endless possibilities as to how to handle this. Without ammunition, the guns are useless. This could be used for all types of weapons.

The only ones allowed to have more than the allotted amount would be the military and law-enforcement personnel. No bullets, no shootings.

The maximum you could have in your long gun when hunting is three. And most hunters need only one.

What a concept. Guns don’t kill people; the bullets fired from them do.

We have to think outside the box.

Gary Vittengl

Kansas City

Royals cleanup

Apparently, the Kansas City Royals players are spending too much time in their free barber chair, making sure their beards are neatly trimmed to satisfy their individual egos.

We should go by way of the Yankees. No facial hair or long hair. David Glass himself should go into the locker room and make this edict, like George Steinbrenner did several years ago . Maybe this would help them avoid long losing streaks.

Bob Krizman

Overland Park

Twisted U.S. growth

The Dow hovers at historic highs. However, the labor participation rate (the percent of Americans who could but don’t work) is 63.3 percent, “real” unemployment is 13.9 percent and more than 47 million people are on food stamps.

The growth rate of our economy languishes around 2 percent. By comparison, China manufactures everything and has a growth rate close to 8 percent.

How can America look so wealthy, but be so poor?

The U.S. Treasury is printing $15 billion a month and keeping the prime lending rate near zero.

The Obama bureaucracy has imposed many new major regulations costing businesses billions of dollars, thereby stifling business growth incentive.

So while money is cheap and ripe for corporate growth, regulations are stifling hiring and expansion.

Thus, members of corporate America take the cheap Fed money, and rather than do what they’re in business to do, they buy more of their own and others’ stock, driving the market up but producing no new jobs and no economic growth.

Otto Rieke

Shawnee

Add district security

Why has there not been more security set up in the Power & Light District? Why are there not metal detectors and/or pat downs or purse checks at entrances into the entertainment area?

Innocent bystanders have been shot this year in a feud between two groups that had been at parties in the Power & Light District.

The Sprint Center has entrance checks. So should the Power & Light District. Weapons are being brought into Power & Light every weekend and on heavy weeknights.

Our young people may go there and not feel safe in the nightclubs, in the parking garages and now on the streets surrounding that area.

There are police officers watching the area. But they cannot prevent all acts of violence.

It’s very sad because this place began as a fine party district that was branded as a safe place for anyone to celebrate.

It should now be set up like airports, civic centers and hospitals with metal detectors and security officers who look into your purse and your pockets.

It may not prevent all fights, but it might keep stray bullets from flying into innocent victims.

Victoria Lord

Platte City

KCK stray dogs

I live in the area of 72nd Street and Gilmore Avenue. We have dogs running through the neighborhood all the time.

Wyandotte County has a leash law that says dogs must be on a leash or fenced in a yard.

So when we call the people at animal control about these dogs running loose, we are told to catch them and call, and they will come get them.

Isn’t it their job to come out to check the situation?

Something needs to be done about the dogs running loose.

The owners don’t care if their dogs are running loose.

This area has a lot of kids. I would like to see something done.

Sharon Turner

Kansas City, Kan.

Lifesaving CPR

Together with the American Heart Association, my family is celebrating National CPR Awareness Month to educate the community on this technique that can save lives, like that of my son Paul.

Twelve years ago, I found my toddler at the bottom of the swimming pool. He was blue and unresponsive.

While my friend called 911, I performed CPR, and when the paramedics arrived he was breathing on his own.

Too often we assume these things only happen to other people, but we all need to be prepared for the day it happens to us.

It takes only 60 seconds to learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and doing so could mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.

The American Heart Association urges you to visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch a 60-second video demonstrating CPR so that you too can save a life.

Katherine Kaster

Leawood

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