White House replica
It seems totally incredulous that an idea could surface through the ranks of the Secret Service all the way to Congress for a request of $8 million to build a replica of the White House for training purposes.
Why isn’t there someone smart enough in the Secret Service to suggest using the actual White House? It should be available to them whenever the tenants are away, and I think the Secret Service agents would be aware of that schedule.
This shows us what federal agencies think about using our tax dollars. It makes me wonder how we’ve managed to get by for 215 years without this replica.
Dennis G. Smith
I am appalled by the use of social media and the extensive use of smartphones. As a senior citizen, I have avoided Facebook and the multitude of other social media venues.
I ask myself, why put yourself out there for all to see? Is it a matter of self-gratification, narcissism or a selfie — to see oneself in print.
As for the smartphone, I see people everywhere with their faces glued to a phone — in cars, on the street, in the movie theaters and other places. They are constantly texting.
What could anyone have that much to say — and of any importance? I need to see a person’s face and to hear the intonation of the individual’s voice to decide the importance and the truth in what’s being said.
My idea of a vacation today is to distance myself from social media and smartphones.
Unseen U.S. flag
That big picture taken on the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, Ala., showed President Barack Obama leading thousands of Americans in the middle of a street. It was quite impressive.
I wonder why I did not see one American flag in the picture? I wonder what this implies?
An ominous future for the good ole United States of America?
I saw my Catholic Church at its best and worst on March 17 at the City Planning Commission meeting (3-18, A4, “Housing proposal suffers setback”). Bishop Robert Finn is trying to push through a plan for a faith-based dorm on the site of St. Francis Xavier School, 53rd Street and Troost Avenue. The school is closed.
The dorm is being presented as a place between two universities at which Catholic students could gather and grow in faith. If that is the goal, the effort is missing its mark totally. The principal victim would be St. Francis Xavier Parish, a vibrant spiritual home to my family 40 years ago, and still a beacon of hope for many area Catholics who have not found in their own parishes the follow-through on the objectives of the Second Vatican Council for which they had hoped.
At the very least, the parish, already deprived of its parish hall, would have to share meeting facilities as well as the coveted parking with dorm residents and staff, and lose much of its green space. There is no doubt that students of all faiths benefit from having a place to relax in each other’s company, pray, discuss, and formulate plans to put their faith into action.
But this dorm would not be it. The fact that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has not consulted with the universities to ascertain real need, and misled the community of St,. Francis Xavier throughout the planning process bodes further ill for the project. But the bishop, sensing the possibility of “vocal opposition,” had advised his priests by letter (ncronline.org) that it would be “appropriate” to come to the meeting in Roman collar, and while only a few of the priests appeared, there was a healthy number of obedient religious women, all clad in the habits of their conservative communities.
The application to the Planning Commission for a change in zoning to bring this about did not succeed. But I am sure this is not the end of it.
How sad and how not what Jesus would do.
In regards to a recent letter writer’s “talk about police,” I found in interesting that he said: “I am white and I was given a talk about how to act around police. My instructions were pretty simple. Don’t engage in illegal activities.” He then said, “If people of color start taking responsibility for their actions instead of focusing on the unfairness....”
I assume he means activities and actions such as shopping, driving, walking in public areas?
My guess is that seldom if ever has the writer been stopped by police just to ask why he is in a particular neighborhood or been pulled over just for the police to inquire what his plans are for the evening? Most black men I know have had this happen multiple times, and no, they were not involved in illegal activities.
There are many unfair things in the world. But because there are many, none of us should be excused from addressing them and trying to create a more fair and just world.
And you know what? This is something we can actually correct. But it’s going to take all of us.
After all, it’s all of our problem.
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