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October 1, 2013

913 Letters

President Barack Obama still hasn’t learned how to get along with people. Once again, he thinks that by calling Republicans names he can force them to do what he wants.
Unteachable Obama

President Barack Obama still hasn’t learned how to get along with people. Once again, he thinks that by calling Republicans names he can force them to do what he wants.

Don’t abuse people and then ask for their support. He hasn’t learned one of the first lessons we teach our children when they start to interact with the world: If you want a friend you need to be a friend.

All children learn this early in life. President Obama seems to have forgotten.

His approach didn’t work with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It isn’t working with Russian President Vladimir Putin and it has never worked with the Republicans.

When will he ever learn?

William Gray

Overland Park Song’s message

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” called a nation to question its actions in the 1960s. They still speak to us as gunmen wreak havoc in our schools, in our streets, in the Washington Navy Yard.

They question those who refuse to look at or to hear the anguish caused by gun violence today. I say to our elected officials:

“…how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry?

Yes, an' how many deaths will it take until he knows

That too many people have died?”

Why can’t they hear?

Why won’t they see?

When will they do their duty by enacting legislation to curb the violence and to provide treatment for those who are driven to kill because they have not received the mental health evaluation and services that a decent community would provide?

Judy Hellman

Overland Park Gun control, NRA

With each mass killing and individual homicide in which a gun is used, the National Rifle Association cheers increases in security checks, metal detectors, armed guards in locked schools; decries a system that allows the mentally unstable to slip through the cracks; and continues to threaten elected politicians or laws that seem to threaten their gun rights. None of which demands any responsibility on their part.

They either do not understand or do not care that the results of these measures to protect deny the rest of the country our rights. They do not seem to understand that with a freedom comes a responsibility.

It’s a responsibility to realize that their unfettered demands allow for the crimes committed through their selfishness.

John Nelles

Shawnee Cycling safety

A Sept. 18, 913 letter writer complained that bikes on Mission Road make it unsafe. I suggest that the letter writer’s ignorance of the law makes it unsafe.

The letter writer talks of his problems in “avoiding traffic.” (He means cars.) Bikes are traffic, too, and cyclists have a right to the road.

The letter writer also self-indicts by saying that he passes bikes too closely when trying to avoid oncoming vehicles. (If a cyclist can knock on his window, he’s way too close.)

Kansas law requires that a motorist allow at least three feet between his car and the cyclist. Otherwise the motorist must not pass.

Yes, Mission Road and others are narrow. If motorists and cyclists would respect each other’s right to be on the road and obey the law, the road would be safer for everyone.

Scott Gregory

Roeland Park Better bicycling

In response to the Bicycling Hazard letter to the editor ( 913, Sept. 18), I want to share that the city of Leawood is working on an Active Transportation Master Plan. To gain citizen input, Leawood recently held a series of three bicycle and pedestrian planning workshops.

Attendees had an opportunity to share favorite routes, meet the project team and be a part of making the city more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians. More information is available at, and the site includes a “give your input” link, as well as a survey.

Please spread the word to help make bicycling and walking safer in Leawood.

Debra Filla


City of Leawood

Sustainability Advisory Board Faulty judgment

Each day of one’s life is spent processing all sorts of information, and conscientiously or sub-conscientiously we make judgments accordingly, such as, yes, no, up, down, left, right, wrong, good and bad. This is a normal daily process and a necessary function for survival.

The problem is when faulty information is processed, faulty outcomes and undesired results are experienced. For example, if someone puts salt in the sugar bowl and one puts a teaspoon of it in the cereal, well, you get it.

Well some well-intentioned and some not so well-intentioned things continue to occur in our society. The Affordable Care Act, which is under constant attack from some is not ideal, but it is a far cry from what we currently have, and with some tweaking and fine-tuning it will be a boon for the majority of Americans.

We also hear how regulation is crippling industry. Well consider, impure drinking water, untested drugs, no regulation on canning of foods, no airline or transportation industry guidelines and almost everything is “buyer beware.”

It’s scary when you think about it. Lastly, we have listened to many opinions regarding firearms. My question is what were guns manufactured to do?

Val Pfannenstiel


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