Letters to the editor

04/01/2014 5:22 PM

04/01/2014 5:22 PM

Mission’s noisiness

The wonderful city of Mission. Look what the city officials have done for our residents:

1. The notorious driveway tax, causing numerous businesses to become vacant on Johnson Drive and Martway.

2 Mission’s sales tax increase sticking it to the residents again.

3 Then there is the Johnson Drive ongoing repair work, which has caused gross inconvenience and a detriment in lost sales to merchants on Johnson Drive.

4 On a recent Monday night, from exactly 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., at least 30 trips were made by trucks going uphill on Beverly and turning east on 58th Street. The noise level from the trucks going uphill and then hitting their air brakes and shifting gears to turn right on 58th Street made for a sleepless night. A few examples were: 11:36 p.m., 11:59 p.m., 1:48 p.m., 2:03 a.m., 2:17 a.m., 3:20 a.m., 3:34 a.m. to give examples of the times the homeowners were awakened.

This situation was a extreme detriment to both homeowners and renters in the area. I wonder what would have happened if this occurred on the street where our wonderful mayor lives.

This again shows the contempt Mission city officials have for both business and homeowners.

William J. Hahn

Mission Teaching manners

I thought this was rather ironic. Your story in the March 26 913 section about Mrs K. teaching manners to youngsters, “The maven of manners,” included a photo of her lecturing. There is a “gentleman” in the background, most likely a father of one of the students, who has his hat on inside and is holding his cellphone.

Maybe he should enroll in the class.

Malcolm Haney

Stilwell Hijacked tea party

It seems Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is waging a battle against the Koch brothers to bring their dark money into the light. With the ruling on Citizens United, political contributions have drastically changed.

Billionaires now have the opportunity to buy elections. Americans for Prosperity is a prime example, with funding from the Koch brothers.

In the 2012 election cycles, the Koch brothers spent millions of their own money to fund races all over the country through Americans for Prosperity. The bulk of their money is made from the oil and gas industry, including interests in the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In key congressional and Senate races, Americans for Prosperity has flooded the airwaves with ads in support of candidates that favor the Keystone pipeline and, of course, against regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. In my opinion, their interests are not to make the U.S. energy independent but are in their own best interests.

When you see ads in favor of the Keystone pipeline notice who the ads are being sponsored by and you will see Americans for Prosperity. Note to the tea party, this is not a grass-roots organization.

Your cause was hijacked.

Karen Lane

Overland Park Roberts’ residence

According to The New York Times, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts does not have a residence in Kansas. In fact, Roberts and his wife have lived in the Washington, D.C., metro area for 47 years.

Roberts uses the address of two political donors in Kansas for voter registration and a place to sleep when he travels occasionally to the state. “I have full access to the recliner,” Roberts told the Dodge City newspaper.

Since Roberts does not live in Kansas and rarely visits, he has lost touch with his constituent’s needs and interests.

In November, Kansas voters have an opportunity to elect a senator who will spend more time in the state he represents. We need a Kansan, not a full-time Washington resident.

Jane Toliver

Leawood Metcalf South plans

Having spent the majority of my 56 years within a five-mile radius of 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue, I was thrilled to see news of this area being rehabbed. I remember when the Metcalf South Shopping Center was the place to shop in all of Kansas City.

Shoot, I remember when it was built and the French Market, too. It has always made me sad to see the areas to the north and south of 95th Street decline so. People thought that the opening of Home Depot on the west side of the intersection would boost traffic to Metcalf South, but obviously that didn’t happen.

My fear is that this redevelopment will turn out to be nothing more than more strip shops, and 90 percent of it will have sections with no tenants ever or small businesses that don’t last but a few months. Take a drive around the area, and it’s surrounded by half empty strip malls.

Drive anywhere around Overland Park, and if there’s a strip mall on any given corner a good portion of it is probably empty. I hope these developers really do come up with a cohesive plan for this that will actually benefit the area.

Kari Ziblut

Overland Park Reading history

Wisdom is an effective use of knowledge, thus more is required today to make a wise person. We no longer depend solely upon the teachings Aristotle and Plato concerning democracy and the republic.

Nor should we use the Founding Fathers as the answer to all problems we face today. That is a copout.

Vague, arbitrary and misunderstood ideas cannot continue to govern because a group of men held the country hostage in order to foster their ideas. Americans were given a choice: return to the Articles of Confederation or accept a constitution that was developed in secrecy. There was no alternative.

Neither your ideas nor input would have been considered. How would you like to been a citizen then?

Read your history, not the fairy tales.

John Nelles

Shawnee

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