Letters to the Editor

KCI, Obamacare, guns

Updated: 2013-09-25T22:03:19Z

KCI needs upgrade

Has any other frequent flier noticed how difficult it is to fly to anywhere without going through Denver, Dallas, Chicago or Atlanta? Maybe this is because Kansas City International Airport (an anachronism in itself) is in fact outdated and considered too small to warrant direct flights.

Yes, it is convenient to be dropped off near your gate, but I think we’re paying a price for this luxury.

Located smack dab in the middle of the country should make KCI a national hub. Maybe the airlines are getting pressured by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration to bring us into the 21st century with a more efficient facility.

Patrick McGarry

Overland Park

Kinder is wrong

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is now urging eligible Missouri citizens to not sign up for health insurance on the new Obamacare insurance exchanges. He certainly is not forgoing his taxpayer-subsidized health insurance.

Kinder misguidedly has worked to keep Missouri from establishing an exchange under state control as well as to prevent Obamacare navigators from assisting Missourians in understanding and signing up for health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is the law of the land and requires those without health insurance to purchase insurance via the new exchanges.

Isn’t our lieutenant governor advising citizens to break the law? He has a right to his own opinions, but as a public servant, shouldn’t he be required to uphold the law?

Because he is an elected official, he should be impeached and removed from office.

Jeffrey Levine

Reed Fletcher

Kansas City

Obama falls short

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: I have a dream.

President Barack Obama: I have a scheme.

President John Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

Obama: Ask not what you can do for the country, demand what the country must do for you.

President Franklin Roosevelt: We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Obama: I have nothing to give but fear itself.

Winston Churchill: We shall fight on the beaches ... we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we will never surrender.

Obama: It’s all America’s fault. We deserve to be destroyed. I’m going on vacation, again.

God: This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.

Obama: I am the one the world has been waiting for.

You get what you voted for.

Len Stephens

Maryville, Mo.

Improving KCI

Rebuild Kansas City International Airport? No, as far as I am concerned, and I think that the great majority of metropolitan residents would agree with me.

I do agree there could be some incremental improvements, such as:

• Linking the three pods with an underground, moving pedestrian walkway.

•  Using the space saved for a fourth pod for additional parking.

• Building the fourth pod and using it purely for security screenings for the other pods.

There are many creative solutions that would improve and enhance KCI.

I love our quirky and unique airport’s design. Let’s not replace it with a $1.2 billion single-terminal solution.

David Roland

Shawnee

Eliminating litter

After hearing about the solution to fighting graffiti, I was left wondering where Kansas City's priorities are with the mayor and City Council (9-25, A1, “A colorful solution to graffiti in Kansas City”). Although graffiti enhances the blighted look in some areas, Kansas City needs to concentrate on high traffic areas that are traveled by tourists with an eye to the possible relocation of businesses.

The roadside trash in Kansas City is horrible, and the City Council turns a blind eye to the situation. This mayor and council act as if trash is commonplace among big cities, and it should not be.

Also you have weeds and small trees creeping up between curbs and streets. The city plants new trees, doesn’t water them enough and residents watch them die.

When city crews cut grass, they scalp the grass and leave the clippings to pile up on the streets and sidewalks. They mow over litter, making multiple pieces of trash out of one. It’s sloppy at best.

Can we somehow institute a program to cure the litter and weed problems? Is it too much to ask to have Kansas City look like Johnson County?

We need to educate and get involved as citizens to help keep our city beautiful. The adopt-a-street program is a good beginning.

We also need to teach our citizens not to litter.

Gary Kiefer

Kansas City

Defunding bad idea

It was stunning to see Congressman Sam Graves leading the cause to defund the Affordable Care Act. In my correspondence with him, he has presented no concrete solutions other than his support of the “free-market” approach.

That system clearly hasn’t worked because we have millions uninsured, runaway medical costs and shamefully high mortality rates and illness compared with other industrialized countries.

Graves did acknowledge support for several aspects of the law. This is confusing because he wants to defund the law.

Any new law will have challenges and need adjustments. Responsible leaders work to make the system better. Instead, Rep. Graves’ leadership is to defund the act by playing politics with a government shutdown and depriving people access to health care.

According to the Census Bureau and Department of Health and Human Services, thousands of people are without health insurance in Missouri’s 6th District. Does Graves even acknowledge the needs of these individuals?

This legislator has no solutions, no ability to compromise, no understanding of the negative effects of a government shutdown on our economy and no ability to serve the needs of his constituents over the ideological agenda of his party.

Is this leadership?

Michael Jeffers

Kansas City

Ballot box power

Many people believe that the Constitution and its amendments are cast in stone. That is far from the truth.

The 18th Amendment established Prohibition, and the 21st Amendment revoked Prohibition. I get concerned when I read comments such as “the greatest check to an overreaching government are the firearms in the hands of millions of Americans.”

The most effective “weapon” is the one fewer than 50 percent of citizens use. It’s the ballot box.

Don’t vote on a partisan basis. Vote the issues.

Push for term limits. It would require a constitutional amendment.

Become involved in the political process. Vote for what you believe is best for this great country of ours.

In this country, no person should go without medical care or go hungry while we export food. When we blame government or politicians for the state of this country, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

We are the government. We voted in those who make policy.

Patrick O’Malley

Overland Park

Gun comparisons

Rev. James Atwood, in his recent presentation of his book, “America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose,” emphasizes our extraordinarily high tolerance for gun violence.

His message was inspiring and well-documented. But do not be fooled that the message is diminished because he is a hunter.

How many instruments in our society are legal and lethal? Firearms, vehicles, prescription medication, alcoholic beverages and more.

Do not seek reasons to dismiss the gun-violence message. Do not compare illegal possession of marijuana with legal and responsible gun ownership.

Rev. Atwood compared the 4,400 U.S. troops who died in Iraq (2003-2009) with 30,000-plus annual deaths from gun violence in this country. More than five times the eight-year total lost in the Iraq war die each year from gun violence.

Those are the facts; that is the logic.

Debbie Doud

Prairie Village

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