What has this nation come to? We’re now required to build elementary schools as fortifications?
Enough of the National Rifle Association, the gun lobby and a Republican Party that is out of control. Wake up.
Look at what this country has done. Shame on us.
Please do stories in The Kansas City Star on some of Kansas City’s unsolved homicides cases to encourage your readers to say something if they know something.
Stain on America
It is an absolute disgrace that the Democratic Party is being forced to pull out all the stops to counter all the disgusting aspects of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
It is demeaning to be forced to abandon the measured strategies and language of previous presidential campaigns.
Earlier contests have had coarseness and personal attacks, certainly, but nothing since the earliest years has sunk to the level of mendacity we are exposed to with Trump.
Having to resort to the strong and direct language needed to point out the cruel and blasphemous utterances from Trump lowers the entire country’s sense of propriety. His careless and ceaseless rants define him as a terrible candidate and potentially the most unqualified person ever to run for the Oval Office.
It remains to be seen whether the Republican Party will be able to corral the undisciplined huckster whom it has chosen as its standard bearer, allowing the campaign to resolutely discuss issues and the parties’ very different philosophies.
If not, the ugliness of this election will leave a permanent stain on the nation’s self-image.
This election season has me totally baffled. All major religions have a version of the Golden Rule:
▪ Christianity. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12.
▪ Islam. No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah.
▪ Judaism. What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 3id.
▪ Buddhism. Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5,1.
If treating your neighbor decently is inherent in a civilized society, what is the point of all the hateful rhetoric that is coming from all sides and in all directions?
To get respect for yourself, or your point of view, you need to have respect for others and their points of view. Or at least listen respectfully.
If you cannot respect or tolerate any point of view but your own, then you should have no expectation that your point of view should be respected or tolerated.
Kansas City, Kan.
With all the economic momentum in downtown Kansas City but with the East Side still struggling, maybe it’s time we talked about returning the Kansas City baseball stadium to the East Side. Eighty-one home games per year is exactly the kind of economic development we need there.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to watch the world champion Royals in a downtown neighborhood? It makes sense. The closer we could get to the site of the old stadium at 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue the better. That would be a boost for the 18th and Vine District and would bring Arthur Bryant’s right back into the middle of an again-thriving neighborhood.
This would be disruptive for some, but the city could make things right. (There’s at least some open space around there.) The city is already getting public support for accelerated house demolition on the East Side. A baseball park would be lots more fun for everybody.
The woods are so inviting
On a summer afternoon.
In silence, they give indications
That a storm is coming soon.
A wanderlust enthralls me
As cautious birds take flight
To hidden, unknown, places
Without a trace of light.
Beyond the hillside, overgrown
With bushes that entwine
A winding path lies waiting
For this yearning heart of mine.
Most appealing ... with such
Is inevitably, delayed
By the slightest raindrop on my arm!