Ease parking limits
My wife and I recently moved to the Northland. One of the first activities we discovered was riding the streetcar from City Market to Union Station, and then to the Power & Light District for lunch.
Before riding the streetcar we familiarized ourselves with the City Market area, and we hope to return soon to buy some items plus do some more exploring on the streetcar.
We understand the reasons for the limited parking in the City Market area but think the three-hour limit recently insituted for free parking spots is too short. Our day trips usually last from midmorning to midafternoon, and such a short time would make it impossible for us to have a leisurely lunch and shop or explore any of the city.
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We think that four or five hours would allow tourists and other visitors a fair amount of time to enjoy areas and spend money.
We have talked to others who hesitate going into the city to ride the streetcars now that they will need to seek out paid-parking spots. Four or five hours would still deter residential or employee parking but would accommodate visitors to Kansas City benefiting from the streetcar and enjoying various destinations.
Richard J. Holtam
A recent letter (10-20, Letters) complains that The Star, like nearly every newspaper in America, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. The writer would prefer that newspapers present the facts but not “choose sides.”
Traditional journalism teaches that the facts should be reported as news and that the editorial board consider those facts and offer its concluding consensus, usually labeled “editorial” or “opinion.”
But who has the time to thoroughly investigate every candidate’s background, record, platform and temperament — other than perhaps professors and journalists? Without thorough analysis, we’re left with scurrilous ads or party preferences, and perhaps the best candidate isn’t the best campaigner or the best-funded.
I absolutely depend on journalists to help with difficult decisions, especially in the down-ballot choices. Unfortunately, The Star no longer has a full editorial staff, so I also look for Yael Abouhalkah’s and Lewis Diuguid’s blogs and Facebook postings.
May the best men and women win.
Moran backs vets
We as Americans owe a special debt to those citizens who have protected this great country. However, when many veterans return home, the red tape and bureaucratic hurdles many of them face from the VA is intolerable.
This situation is exacerbated for those veterans who live in rural Kansas. It is only through the leadership shown by Sen. Jerry Moran that veterans in rural Kansas now have the capability to see a doctor in their own community in a timely fashion. Our veterans deserve the best care possible, and this is a step to ensure that they do.
R. Curtis Mullen
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his supporters have proclaimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is stronger than President Barack Obama. That’s true.
Dictators can act stronger than American presidents. In World War II, Adolf Hitler acted stronger than President Franklin Roosevelt. Italy’s Benito Mussolini acted stronger than Charles de Gaulle of France. Japanese Emperor Hirohito acted stronger than British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
But who won the war?
Later, bloody Ugandan dictator Idi Amin blustered his way into power and was said to eat his opponents before being thrown out. Long after his death, that country remains in turmoil.
I would rather have a president who plans and acts to make this country stronger. That is why I support Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Camden Point, Mo.
Case for Clinton
Since I started voting, I have voted only once for a Democratic candidate. That was 1964, when it was Republican nominee Barry Goldwater versus Democratic incumbent President Lyndon Johnson.
Goldwater scared me. I voted for Johnson. I have never regretted my decision.
This year I have a similar problem. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not only scares me, but in my opinion he does not have the temperament or moral basis to be president.
Again, I plan to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
She has made mistakes. We all have. But she has great intelligence and a comprehensive knowledge of our foreign policy, and she’ll be a good president.
I hope and pray that she is elected.
Ellen A. Moore