Letters to the Editor

August 28, 2014

Readers share thoughts on streetcars, politics and lawsuits

I am looking for a job in which I can lie, cheat and misrepresent the facts and truth about my fellow employees, be able to do insider trading on Wall Street, get free money from corporations — oops, I mean people — get the best health care on the planet and not have to show up for work until I’m done sucking up to my boss for my next promotion.

Flawed priorities

I live in Mission, but I work and pay the earnings tax to Kansas City, so I have a right to say the following.

According to G. Joseph McLiney’s Aug. 23 column, “Voters tied to streetcar tracks,” Kansas City voters rejected the streetcar expansion by a 20-point margin. However, City Hall won’t take no for an answer. On May 22, more than two months before the vote, the city had awarded two contracts for streetcar expansion design work at a cost of $8,146,630.

City Hall says there is not enough money to demolish all the dangerous buildings that are a blight on Kansas City neighborhoods. I have driven through East Side neighborhoods and have seen well-maintained houses that hard-working poor folks have kept looking good, and they are next to burned-out, falling-down houses that should be bulldozed.

This is not right.

Mary Hodges


Seeking ideal job

I am looking for a job in which I can lie, cheat and misrepresent the facts and truth about my fellow employees, be able to do insider trading on Wall Street, get free money from corporations — oops, I mean people — get the best health care on the planet and not have to show up for work until I’m done sucking up to my boss for my next promotion.

Oh, yeah, that would be a congressman. Go figure.

Charles Doster


Frivolous lawsuits

Republicans support tort reform because of the high cost of legal fees in frivolous lawsuits. Despite their opposition to litigation, House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP members voted recently to sue President Barack Obama for simply doing his job.

It’s ironic that these neo-cons oppose frivolous lawsuits but voted to sue President Obama. What hypocrites.

Of course, the U.S. taxpayers would pay the possible millions of dollars in wasteful legal fees. Maybe President Obama should sue the do-nothing congressmen for failing to do their jobs.

Jane Toliver


Universal health care

I have a dream that one day this country will have universal health care.

We would not need Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, Medicare, Medicaid, preferred provider organizations, health-maintenance organizations or employer-provided health insurance.

Companies such as Hobby Lobby would not be able to tell their employees what can or cannot be covered.

There are still too many Americans without health insurance.

Universal health care could be done by one nonprofit administration. It would save money, and the nation would have a healthier population.

All advanced nations can do it. Why not the United States?

Maria Baldwin

Kansas City

Sheltered workshops

Thanks to The Star for presenting a complex issue in an objective manner (8-26, A1, “New rules could close sheltered workshops”).

JobOne enthusiastically supports and works for increased wages and community inclusion. Employees we serve have a wide scope of abilities.

Our board and leadership staff recognized this years ago. JobOne offers choices in employment, and the sheltered workshop is just one such choice.

Employees who desire other options receive the training and support they need to thrive in community employment positions.

We encourage readers to see these choices at our website, www.job1one.com. We recognize there is no one size fits all relative to employment services for people with the most significant disabilities.

Our track record is strong because of the high satisfaction rates shown in employee and stakeholder annual surveys.

The sheltered workshop does fulfill a need regarding workplace safety, social skill development, training for advancement, being part of a group and having success. Taking away any choice that is still viable and desired by a segment of the population should be heavily scrutinized.

Mark Simcosky

Board Chair

JobOne Inc.


Mellinger’s column

Sam Mellinger’s column on Ned Yost’s comments regarding the low number of fans Tuesday night was just wrong (8-27, B1, “In the wake of thrilling win, Yost goes tone deaf”).

Mellinger is an excellent writer — the best sportswriter on The Star’s staff. Normally, Sam’s observations are right on the money, but he badly misjudged this foul.

Yeah, maybe Yost could have been a little more diplomatic, but he was right, and it’s hard to fault him for being disappointed in the fan support.

Yost is (proudly) a plainspoken manager, and he supports and defends his guys.

The team has been bustin’ it for a month, and when 13,000 fans show up the night after the Derek Jeter show, he has a right to complain on the team’s behalf.

Plus, he made a genuine effort to invite the fans to come out and enjoy some good, exciting baseball.

Yost is doing his job. He’s supporting his team, and he and the whole team deserve better fan support than they got Tuesday night.

You’re an excellent sportswriter, Sam, but in this instance, the inappropriate rant was yours.

Gale Krieg

Prairie Village

Diversity overrated

I want to thank the editors of The Star for their shortsighted and easy-fix idea when they opined that police departments “should mirror the racial and ethnic diversity in the populations they serve (8-26, Editorial, ‘Police diversity deficit’).” This affirmative-action route would undoubtedly guide this country back to the mid-20th century.

Employers, especially civil servants who protect and minister to the needs of their community, should not be shackled to the ideology that the public is best served by a wide range of cultures as opposed to the best qualified and most capable.

Only then will justice be fully attained.

Tim Fiala


Help for Ferguson

Some businesses in Ferguson, Mo., were heavily damaged, and a few stores were burned. The people of Ferguson complained on television news about having to drive so far to go to the store.

My understanding from the news was that a woman with a food pantry on the East Coast sent loads of free food for residents of Ferguson. The news showed one guy loading his car trunk so full I don’t see how he got it closed.

Then from TV news, officials in the federal government were talking about helping rebuild the damaged businesses in Ferguson.

That makes sense to me.

Steve Belk

Kansas City, Kan.

Fatal gun accident

OK, I am not sure I care anymore if we tighten the licenses to have and bear arms. I just read a story about a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed her instructor when learning to fire an Uzi (8-28, A2, “Accident sparks debate”).

Could it be we are trying to address the wrong problem? Perhaps we should look at a license to parent.

What could have been going through the minds (assumption) of the parents in having a 9-year-old taught to fire a submachine gun? That poor little girl (a 9-year old could be a fourth-grader) should be playing with children her age, outside if at all possible.

She will carry that memory for life. It’s absolutely the stupidest thing I have ever heard of.

Lee Biard


Supporting Nixon

I share the support of Gov. Jay Nixon for the Springfield, Mo., school administrators to keep Rex Sinquefield from dominating the decisions about funding public education.

Mr. Sinquefield is the co-founder of the Show-Me Institute, along with the chairman, Crosby Kemper III. One of the agendas of the institute is to defund public education, resulting in the elimination of the middle class.

Why, you might ask.

Without the middle class, the bedrock of this country, Social Security and Medicare cannot be funded.

And yet, both Sinquefield and Kemper are considered philanthropists.

Don’t be fooled. The public must be aware of the agenda of the Show-Me Institute and not be confused by its smoke screen.

Everett Murphy, M.D.

Kansas City

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