Letters to the Editor

KCI, sunflower solution, sagging reputation

Updated: 2013-08-24T04:55:58Z

KCI redone as art

About a year ago on Kansas City’s government Channel 2, our Aviation Department offered three proposals for the redevelopment of Kansas City International Airport.

An intermediate one allowed for our three-pod terminal configuration to be retained for passenger accessibility and screening while a canopy-like structure spanned them to accommodate large numbers of aircraft and travelers.

It was a very innovative design, to say the least, and it also preserved KCI’s architecture at a time when Kansas City was transforming itself into a world-class metropolitan area for the arts.

Imagine when our arriving patrons realize KCI’s terminals are not crop circles as the might appear when viewed from above.

They will be even more impressed when stepping onto KCI’s artistically inlaid flooring.

Visually, KCI’s architectural and art, in conjunction with Kansas City as a burgeoning cultural brand, are more important to each other than before.

John T. Hill

Kansas City

Upgrade KCI

Others say money rules the world. I say both rule.

I would love to see better management of Kansas City taxpayers’ money. Instead of a totally new airport terminal costing $1.2 billion, why not update the present one at a lower cost? Then, the city can more easily find funding to build a totally new hotel facility.

For decades, the city has felt a need for more hotels to accommodate tourism, conventions, sports events and other attractions, all of which will generate more money for the city coffers.

Joseph Medina

Kansas City

Research money

Yael T. Abouhalkah (8-22, Opinion, “Questioning a new tax to boost medical research”) talks about medical researchers as if they were giant black holes sucking up money never to be seen again.

As a statistician who has worked with many health-care professionals at Children’s Mercy, St. Luke’s and UMKC, I have a much different perspective.

The researchers I work with are actively engaged in our community trying to solve real health problems.

They are going into our homes to remove sources of mold that can exacerbate asthma.

They are working with African-American ministers in our churches to preach greater tolerance of people with AIDS and to encourage parishioners to get tested for HIV.

They are developing exercise opportunities in our neighborhoods to combat obesity in our children.

If Mr. Abouhalkah wants proof that money spent on medical research will help our community, there are plenty of examples out there.

Steve Simon

Leawood

Cost of wheels

It appears the cost comparisons for Kansas versus Missouri are misleading (8-22, A10, “Vehicle upkeep survey”).

If gas prices are much higher in Kansas and the yearly cost for repairs are almost equal, then it becomes clear that Missourians drive more miles per year than Kansans do.

To more accurately differentiate costs, the only true method would be per miles driven.

Even with Missouri’s much higher taxes/fees costs, I would project that the actual cost per mile would be much closer between the states.

Paul Zolotor

Raytown

Sunflower solution

Maybe there is something we can do as tons of carbon dioxide is spewed into the air.

We know that planting trees helps turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, but the real champions are sunflowers. They turn more carbon dioxide into oxygen than any other plant I know.

If we planted sunflowers around power plants, median strips, road shoulders and any other available land, at least in the summer we could cut way down on pollution and beautify the roadways.

Joseph T. Purcell

Kansas City

Privacy giveaways

Look on your key chain. How many store rewards cards are on it?

When you use Facebook or any other social media, how much of your very personal information do you put on it for people to see?

Do you walk down the street or sit on the bus talking on your cellphone so everyone knows your business?

Try this: Don’t fill out information for those rewards cards.

Any company that won’t give the discount without the rewards cards, you need to complain to the manager and threaten to contact the state attorney general.

The only stores that can refuse advertised discounts are stores that require memberships, such as CVS, Walgreens, and Price Chopper.

Stores that don’t require memberships have to give you the discounts, and you don’t need a rewards card. The store manager can do it.

Don’t have conversations on your cellphone in public. Frankly, none of you is that important.

Don’t give your email out if it’s not necessary. Job applications are an exception.

As an individual, you control your private information. Control it and stop whining.

Donna Cox

Independence

Sagging reputation

My first trip to Kansas City was in the early 1960s, landing at the downtown airport on a DC-3.

Little did I know that I would become a road warrior and travel for more than 20 years and make 10 to 12 flights a week.

Sadly, I must say I have seen no airport built that was better for the frequent/business flier.

Although it is true most of these new airports were necessary to accommodate the increase in air travel, it is just as true the business flier (the backbone of aviation) was not considered in their designs.

When we build the Cerner complex at Bannister, visitors will be subjected to a cab ride of close to $100. We or Cerner cannot tolerate the current transportation from the airport.

Many people fly into Kansas City to watch their teams at Kauffman Stadium, never to return because of the transportation.

I won’t offer an opinion on the single-terminal debate because this debate is premature.

Kansas City area residents can work around this location and transportation issue, but visitors to Kansas City cannot.

Kansas City’s reputation nationally is hurting. We must address this issue before moving forward.

Charles Melton

Kansas City

Outrage missing

Where is the outrage from the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the travesty of the shooting death of Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, Australia, in Duncan, Okla. (8-21, B7, “Three teens kill ‘for the fun of it’”)?

Michael Strohm

Kansas City

Global warming

Someone asked what may have caused the cooling and heating cycles on our planet before man was to blame.

Volcanic activity and impacts from asteroids and comets infused the atmosphere with particulate material that shaded the sun and led to cooling.

Recovery from that was characterized as “warming.”

Human abuse of the environment from deforestation, water diversion and CO2 pollution more recently is now scientifically proven to be the cause of the current warming cycle.

Michael Wheeler

Kansas City

Theft of scooter

Although the people who stole our son’s scooter will probably never read this, I must attempt to inform them of what they have done.

They probably thought his scooter was a luxury item. Wrong. At the age of 17, he developed a mental illness that forever changed his life — schizophrenia.

His ever-present symptoms prevent him from safely driving a car, and he used his limited resources to purchase a scooter. This enabled him to get his own groceries, attend his appointments, etc.

Despite great despair and loss we have felt over the debilitating aspects of his illness, the theft has opened my eyes somewhat. After they stole from him, I realized that I don’t have to feel the pain that some parents are forced to endure when their children steal or knowingly hurt others.

Our son is kind and gentle, and if you are ever in need, know that he will stop to help you if he can.

How odd that society deems him to be the crazy one.

What the thieves have done is show me that I have much for which to be grateful, and I wish them healing.

Michelle Christensen

Raytown

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