Letters to the Editor

Kansas City police, sales tax proposal, minimum wage

Updated: 2013-10-04T22:49:00Z

No on city control

This letter is for everyone who supports Kansas City regaining control of its police department. Do not let that happen.

The city cannot agree on the proper way to govern the Kansas City International Airport Police Department, which is a full-fledged, state-certified and federally recognized law-enforcement agency. The airport police department has roughly 125 personnel, including officers and civilian employees.

Most airport police, including myself, are fine officers. The officers move on to other departments around the metro area, including the Kansas City Police Department because they get tired of the constant meddling of the City Hall personnel and City Council.

So I recommend to all who support city control of the Kansas City Police Department to speak with a KCI airport police officer or parking-control officer and ask his opinion on the matter. I’ll wager that you would get a resounding no on city control.

David T. Morris

Kansas City

No on sales tax

Enough already. I believe I’m already forking over 10 cents on the dollar for various projects deemed good for the community.

But why would I want to up the ante with an additional half-cent tax increase this year (who knows what will be proposed next year?) to essentially fund a high-risk gambit of betting on the development of successful “translational” drugs, which, when taken to market, would repay our investment many times over?

Isn’t that what major pharmaceutical companies, which have much greater experience, do every day, and isn’t the success ratio incredibly low? And taking years to do so?

It seems to me this risky enterprise is more appropriately funded by the private sector and not government. Once again, government appears to be going down the path of making risky investments with public-sector money.

Does anyone remember Solyndra? Leave high risk to the private sector and forget the sales-tax increase.

Paul Cox

Kansas City

Minimum wage

It seems the left wing (including The Kansas City Star editorial board) views a rise in the minimum wage as the panacea for all that ails America. These same experts see no unintended consequences affecting jobs from such an action.

Here’s a suggestion. If raising the minimum wage is such a great idea, let’s make the new figure $100 an hour with immediate effect. Once the new wage is implemented, we will all be rich.

Perhaps then the left can stop beating the class-warfare drum.

Eddie Barker

Kansas City

Shutdown wars

Shut down the war machine. Then, we have a balanced budget and health care for all.

Henry Stoever

Chair

PeaceWorks, KC

Overland Park

Vets’ ignoble return

I was on the Heartland Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. (10-3, A1, “Veterans win another fight”). All the many volunteers did a magnificent job putting it together.

There was much camaraderie and laughter. We visited just about all the memorials honoring soldiers. The World War II Memorial was by far the most impressive.

Our representatives closed it, but they also opened it for us. I consider myself a youthful vet now that I have seen the others, all of them very close to 90.

When we arrived back in Kansas City, about 2,000 people greeted us. Then we were forced to wait in line more than one hour to pay to leave Terminal A parking. What an ignoble end to such a great day.

Those elderly gentlemen who had been up for about 21 hours were forced by the incompetence of airport managers to wait. Why? There exist four pay stations to exit the garage. Only two were in use.

The airport managers saw fit to avoid paying two cashiers rather than helping our elderly vets exit in a timely fashion. One gentleman is 97 years old. The beautiful people of this area who greeted us and the vets deserve better treatment.

Jack Folse

Overland Park

Yoder must go

My congressman, Rep. Kevin Yoder, likes to paint himself as a moderate Republican from the 3rd District. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As I have tracked his votes over the last few years, he votes with the tea party caucus the vast majority of the time. He continually votes against funding Obamacare and voted to shut down the U.S. government while holding aspects of Obamacare hostage, as well as his 3rd District constituents.

Rep. Yoder’s votes speak louder than his empty words. He has poor judgment in both his personal (skinny dipping in holy waters) and public life and needs to be voted out of office.

Barb Thompson

Overland Park

Disgraceful Congress

We are living in an era of national shame and disgrace.

Congress is to guide and provide for the common good. Instead, legislators have bored a hole in the bottom of America’s boat. We have become a laughingstock as Congress founders from self-made crisis to crisis.

First, members of Congress shouldn’t say, “The American people want/don’t want.” Lawmakers don’t have a clue.

The people collectively elected President Barack Obama. Republican members of Congress should accept that and move on.

Also, the Affordable Care Act is the law. Accept that. If, after full enactment, it founders, then let the people decide. Congress would rather cripple the country than act like grown-ups.

Federal employees are out of work with no salaries. Congress should be as well. We’d all be better off, if engineering the shutdown is an example of its work.

Finally, we should have term limits for Congress. It could be our saving grace.

Our founders envisioned elected officials as servants of the people, willing to sacrifice their time, serve and return to their farms and businesses to make an honest living.

Those founders must be either laughing or crying as are we.

Suzie Smith

Liberty

Nonessential workers

If there are 800,000 nonessential federal workers, why are they all on the taxpayers’ payroll (10-2, A1, “Going dark, day 1”)? “Nonessential,” according to the dictionary, means “not necessary.”

Amy Brown

Leawood

Photo ID a snap

The life of total independence for my wife came to an end recently. She turned in her Missouri driver’s license for a photo ID from the state license bureau.

Why? She has macular degeneration. Before going to the license bureau, I thought about these past few months.

We have been bombarded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the National Education Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, preaching to us about photo-identification requirements for voting being a barrier to the elderly. So because of this brouhaha, I timed our trip from our home to the license bureau and back.

Would you believe it took only 23 minutes? This 81-year-old and my wife at age 76 did not find 23 minutes to obtain a photo ID from the state to be a burden or barrier.

We value our legal vote. Being from the Show-Me State, look east to St. Louis and read about that city’s voter fraud. Yes, voter fraud does occur.

Leo Sebelski

Blue Springs

Kudos to Royals

I am going to go completely out of character and write this letter of thanks to our Kansas City Royals. I’m a 61-year-old grump with a fairly cynical outlook and normally get my pleasure from castigating losers such as the U.S. Congress.

I was surprised and excited at how the Royals’ September run had everyone talking baseball. The Royals were the talk of the cafeteria, break rooms and just about everywhere people had the opportunity to revel in the excitement.

So, thanks to general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and the boys of summer who had ’em all talking in the early fall. Do it again, please?

Only next year, go all the way to the classic. We believe you can and you will.

Bill Crowdes

Blue Springs

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