Letters to the Editor

KCI, cellphone rudeness, nuclear madness

Updated: 2014-02-04T00:16:11Z

Don’t fly; drive

An airport is definitely essential for Kansas City travelers.

Look who wins in the redesign planned for Kansas City International Airport: vendors charging higher fees for services in a well-stocked mall; planners and construction firms building more, all the while one terminal is now closed; legal firms developing incomprehensible contracts; Wall Street issuing bonds to finance the effort; city government increasing fees for parking, renting a car and dropping off passengers; and communications companies getting into the act.

More toilets for the terminals? With some planning, one can use existing facilities right outside the check-in areas. More savings could come from using fingerprint/iris detection to cut down on personnel and to process people faster. Health clubs do it.

Prepare for changes. Get in your car for the next 500-to-600-mile trip. No need paying for parking or limos, no delayed flights and no begging neighbors for rides.

Save $400 on your next trip to Detroit. Save as I did recently by driving. If you hop in the car, wave.

I will be the one smiling.

Jack Landes

Westwood

Cellphone rudeness

Welcome to the new age of rudeness. We see it every day.

When did we become so full of ourselves that cellphones provide the excuse to be rude to others? When did that become acceptable behavior?

To the lady checking out ahead of me at the Leawood Hy-Vee on a recent Saturday afternoon, why was your phone call about “needing to get together soon” so important that you could not extend any courtesy whatsoever to the young man checking out your groceries? Really?

You did not even acknowledge his existence in the long time it took for him to ring up your groceries. But, of course, that gave you ample time to discuss those many important topics.

And just last week, I witnessed a patient at the pharmacy who was just too enthralled in her own little cellphone world to listen to the valuable health information the pharmacist was trying to convey.

I don’t know when this lack of considerate behavior became the new norm, but I for one am committed to providing my three children with proper cellphone etiquette.

Dave Hanson

Leawood

Nuclear madness

A pox on both our houses — Russia and the United States — for continued development of nuclear weapon technology (1-30, A1, “Russian testing strains accord”).

PeaceWorks-KC deplores Russian testing of new ground-launched cruise missiles. PeaceWorks-KC deplores U.S. improvements and production of nuclear weapons parts at the Kansas City plant of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Both Russia and the U.S. violate the letter, intent and spirit of landmark arms-control and reduction treaties. Both parties are complicit in global suicide policies.

It is late in the day for efforts to save the globe. Demand that both parties stop this madness and redirect their energies to solve local, national and international crises in health, education, job training and protection of the environment.

If God or ethics or morality are the light of the world, we must walk away from the darkness and destruction these weapons can inflict.

Henry M. Stoever

Board chair

PeaceWorks-KC

Overland Park

Obama U.S. bully

President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address: “America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do (1-29, A1, “Obama hopes to narrow gap between rich and poor”).”

I would say Mr. Obama is a bully in the truest sense of the word. Wouldn’t you agree?

Julie Conn

Kansas City

Democracy at risk

Is an outside group interfering in state government really democracy?

I have read recently about both conservative and liberal groups spending money in state elections to further their causes, sometimes winning. They work to get their candidates elected on the promise that they will promote a certain agenda.

This is the direct result of Citizens United, and I am wondering whether this is good for America. I ask again whether this is really the democracy we thought we had in America.

Diana Basler

Lee’s Summit

KCI restaurants

I read the article about business leaders calling Kansas City International Airport a little league airport because of our lack of restaurants and shops (1-29, A1, “Business leaders decry ‘little league’ KCI”). But I didn’t see them mention their favorite restaurants at the airports in Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago or Atlanta.

I didn’t realize that a plethora of restaurants or shops where a pack of gum costs more than $2 and that one can patronize only with an airline ticket costing several hundred dollars is what makes an airport “big league.”

I didn’t realize that airline executives would decide to increase service at an airport based on a popular restaurant being there. Thanks for clearing that up.

Joe Young

Prairie Village

Obama faulted a lot

It seems that no matter what happens, the Republican response is always, “It’s Obama’s fault.”

When asked about new regulations following the chemical spill in West Virginia that left more than 300,000 people without water, House Speaker John Boehner blamed Obama for not inspecting the facility since 1991.

I don’t suppose it could have anything to do with the cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Republicans have put into place. Getting rid of the EPA and its regulations has been a GOP priority for a very long time.

All you ever hear them say is that it is too costly for business. I wonder how the people of West Virginia feel about regulations.

Apparently, Boehner doesn’t think clean water is a necessity for those people or anyone else for that matter. According to Republicans, businesses are very capable of being responsible and regulating themselves.

Of course, if something happens, just blame the president. Apparently, the eight years that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were in the White House during which inspections weren’t done is the fault of President Barack Obama.

The chemical spill should have been a wake-up call, but I guess Republicans have to wait until rivers are on fire before they’ll do something.

Karen Lane

Overland Park

Hobby Lobby case

The Hobby Lobby lawsuit against the federal contraceptive mandate pending in the Supreme Court concerns whether businesses must pay contraceptive coverage within health-care premiums.

Employers are not paying their own dollars for health-care coverage. The employee has earned the money that pays the premium as a benefit of the person’s labor. Although the employer writes the check, it is from an account reserved for employee benefits. Therefore, it is the employee paying for contraception coverage.

Democracy is defined as rule of the majority. Surveys show that a very high percentage of women, including religious women, use birth control at some point. This practice is no doubt with the acknowledgment of spouses/companions.

Conscience is subjective. Should I receive an exemption from whatever government policy with which I disagree? Should you?

To do so would create unfair chaos. Tax laws are a perfect example.

The majority has spoken with the implementation of the health-care law by officials elected by the people.

Donna Clark

Overland Park

Adopted children

As the mom of an adopted child (now 18 years old), I cringe when people inquire about my daughter’s “real” parents, especially when she is standing right there.

I learned the best response is to smile, look the person in the eye and say, “It doesn’t get more real than this.” That makes the point and stops further unwanted questions.

Cheryl Weber

Topeka

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