Kudos to Star
Thanks for clearing up the mystery of the bites on my neck and both arms causing much itching (9-28, A1, “Itchy mites make a return”). I thought chiggers, mosquitoes, spiders or fleas on my dog were causing them.
I had never heard of oak leaf itch mites, yet I have four large pin oaks in my yard. Until the first freeze, I’ll follow your suggestions to wear long sleeves, shower and scrub.
Never miss a local story.
To all the people in this country who are unhappy with the United States, why not go someplace else? There is a great big world out there.
Keep KCI as is
I am opposed to building a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. I believe that my fellow opponents have allowed those in favor to frame the issue in a way that has permitted us to be hornswoggled.
The options are said to be a new airport terminal or major renovation to the existing terminals. Their term “major renovation” means making changes that would be equivalent to a new terminal — a billion-dollar proposal.
Because a new terminal is cheaper, we therefore supposedly need a new terminal. This is false.
We do not need a new terminal, and we don’t need a “major renovation.” If there are repairs to be made, then make them.
I have been hearing and reading about all the parking problems at Arrowhead Stadium. At the game Sunday with the Jets, my friends said the problem still exists.
I have a solution. Because the Kansas City Chiefs like to raise prices, why not raise the parking price from $40 to $80? The Chiefs would get more revenue, and I figure about 25 percent fewer cars would enter because of the higher price.
My grandfather voted for William Jennings Bryan three times. I know populism, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is no populist.
Neither he nor his children had to worry about the loss of a job, funding medical care or securing funds for college. His tax policies benefit the wealthiest Americans, not the working class.
His plans to eliminate the inheritance tax perpetuate a society of inherited wealth, not opportunity. Even the 19th-century robber barons thought the inheritance tax was the fairest tax.
Trump promises to bring jobs back to America, yet his ties and shirts are made in other countries. His talk of cutting wages for American labor has no benefit for the working class.
Trump has used campaign funds to pay rent at his own properties and to purchase his own ghost-written book. He will undoubtedly issue Trump presidential products if elected, enhancing his own wealth.
Trump is the P.T. Barnum of the 21st century, not the William Jennings Bryan of his era.
Our next president must be strong. That is, possessing fortitude, courage, stamina, competence, conviction and confidence.
Some will choose a candidate who demonstrates strength with respect for other points of view, compassion for people regardless of his or her opinion, dignified comportment and civility in creating an orderly tomorrow out of a chaotic today. This is respectful leadership.
Some will choose a candidate who demonstrates strength by denigrating others’ points of view, insensitivity for people whose opinions differ, bombastic comportment and discourtesy in creating an orderly tomorrow out of a chaotic today. This is coercive leadership.
Depending upon the choice, the United States will offer very different examples to world citizens of how a people can govern affairs:
The respectful leader sows the seeds of desire for a better way of life. This is power for a greater good. Respectful leadership will be catalyst for widespread liberty.
The coercive leader sows the seeds of fear of a worse way of life. This is power over an inferior way. Coercive leadership will be catalyst for widespread concern for personal safety.
Both presidential candidates are strong. Policy differences pale in importance next to the choice between leadership styles. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s respectful leadership is better.
Kansas City, Kan.