Letters to the Editor

August 29, 2014

Readers share thoughts on veterans, guns and police

Ferguson, Mo., and then Ottawa, Kan. I'm not writing to protest trigger-happy police departments, rather the pervasiveness of guns among our population — the extent the manufacturers and marketers of guns and ammunition and their spokespeople in the National Rifle Association have taken advantage of the Second Amendment to drown us in their products.

Mending vets’ woes

After reading the Aug. 24 article, “VFW battles declining membership,” a flash of insight occurred.

The one sure, infallible method to cure all of our veteran problems, including with the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries and death, is to eliminate future veterans.

The only way I know to do this is to stay out of war. How come no one has thought of this?

Timothy Earl Osburn


NRA’s gift of guns

Ferguson, Mo., and then Ottawa, Kan.

I’m not writing to protest trigger-happy police departments, rather the pervasiveness of guns among our population — the extent the manufacturers and marketers of guns and ammunition and their spokespeople in the National Rifle Association have taken advantage of the Second Amendment to drown us in their products.

Some grocers allow open carry in their stores. How about the corner tavern? Can I carry my Uzi in there as a token of my manhood?

I’m confronted by a policeman. I take an attitude with him. I reach for my wallet.

What is he to think? I could easily be reaching for a gun. With all the guns in circulation, that’s not an unreasonable assumption. He shoots me.

The blame really rests with neither of us. I have a right to verbally protest being stopped by a policeman, and in trying to produce an ID, I am only trying to defuse a tense situation. I’m reaching for something in a pocket.

Is the policeman supposed to wait until he’s looking down the muzzle of a pistol?

There’s a reason that our police seem trigger-happy. Even though I don’t (won’t) own a gun, how’s he to know that?

Thank you, NRA.

John Van Horn

Kansas City

Blue Springs police

Since the outrage in Ferguson, Mo., I have heard many opinions on what people of all races think of the police. My thought on this is that maybe police departments bring a lot of this on themselves.

Recently, I have heard the mayor of Blue Springs on TV making comments that occurrences like those in Ferguson would never be allowed in Blue Springs. Well, here is one for you, Mr. Mayor.

Recently, as I drove through your town, I happened to be stopped by one of your men in blue on his motorcycle on his way home. He accused me of speeding.

Never did the man introduce himself. He had no radar gun to determine how fast I was going. He never removed his helmet, and come to find his real issue was that someone had honked at him and he was upset. He thought it was me.

I have listened to local radio shows where police admit that if you happen to offend them they can find a reason to pull you over and harass you.

Tell me it’s not ego.

Bob Endicott

Kingsville, Mo.

Power of politics

I got hurt almost 31/2 years ago while working at a job in the Kansas City area.

The company where I worked and its insurance company didn’t care how badly I got hurt for more than 21/2 years until after I emailed the governor of Missouri, every single state senator and every single state representative in Missouri, and the Department of Labor got involved.

Not until then did the company where I got hurt and its insurance company start caring.

And then, finally, more then three years after getting hurt, I was sent to a back surgeon who told me that I have three ruptured disks in my lower back and a pinched nerve in my neck, which is why I’ve been living with terrible headaches, backaches and neck and shoulder pain that had kept getting worst.

And, according to the back surgeon, if I don’t have surgery, then my condition will deteriorate.

David E. Schlup


Public vote on KCI

I would like to see the Kansas City International Airport situation finally brought to a vote.

Just allow all registered voters who live within a half-mile radius of the airport to vote on the question of a building a new terminal or fixing up the current KCI.

That’s the way we do things in Kansas City. Remember, everything’s up to date here.

Richard Plackemeier

Kansas City

Seeking leadership

Given the significant situations and events in our world, nations, cities, governments, corporations, schools and religious institutions over the last decade, it’s becoming increasingly clear that only a small minority of leaders control the direction, outcome and lives of the masses of people.

Do I think some of these situations and events are frightening? Yes. But what I find more frightening is the masses of people looking and longing for a small minority of leaders to solve problems and bring peace to our lives.

Melinda Esparrago

Overland Park

Guns, open carry

I find it very ironic the Missouri Legislature doesn’t want federal intervention in anything and yet finds it totally acceptable to pass a Missouri law that would overthrow a Kansas City ban against open carry.

Mary Reinert

Nevada, Mo.

Useless streetcars

Kansas City doesn’t need streetcars. It already has an efficient, affordable and expandable mass-transit system in place: the Metro.

Cities of a comparable size and larger have bus systems that run 24 hours a day. Why not Kansas City?

The repair facility is there, the fleet is moving more toward natural gas as a fuel source and expanding operating hours and routes could be done in a matter of weeks.

But now taxpayers are on the hook for the chaos and construction of an unproven streetcar line that will do little to alleviate traffic or accommodate riders who could really use mass transit from the suburbs to the urban core to access housing, work or entertainment.

Who wins? Those who will no doubt make a lot of money on the construction and management of the limited line.

Who loses? As usual, the average taxpayer who will never have any use for the streetcars but who will bear the brunt of the cost and upkeep of this white elephant.

Too bad.

Jon Gregory

Overland Park

Shiftless Congress

We pay each congressman and senator $174,000 a year plus a few million to run his/her offices. Consequently, they do not work, do not pass legislation, do not confirm ambassadors and do not confirm federal agency administrators.

Currently, the House is suing the president for working. All congressmen and senators left for a month of vacation because they have worked so little.

I don’t get it.

Why don’t we vote these shiftless non-workers out of office?

Chris Roesel

Kansas City

Political advertising

Wouldn’t it be true justice if the candidate with the most ads by direct mail, telephone and television received the fewest votes?

We could do it.

Larry and Rowena



Star’s good writers

I’ve never written in before, but I always look forward to articles in The Star written by two people: Lisa Gutierrez and Therese Park. Each has her own way to say things.

I feel that they always put a real-world, human side to whatever they write.

Their stories may be about bad or difficult issues that have or are happening regionally or in the world. However, they both seem to end up with a meaningful spin on it.

In my opinion, they probably touch a lot more readers than just me.

I know the sensational and breaking news issues sell more papers. For my part, Ms. Gutierrez and Ms. Park are more compelling reasons for me to continue getting The Star than any of the other stuff in print.

My gut tells me that they make a difference to others by using their skills the way they do. Isn’t that what a lot of us hope to do, too, in our own way?

My hat is off to both of them. Please advise them that their efforts are appreciated. I hope they continue their good work.

Jerry Rowley

Overland Park

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