State jail problems
The jail story in the May 28 Kansas City Star should be a wake-up call. (1A, “KC needs new jail, but no one’s talking about it”)
I was managing editor for the American Jail Association from 1986 to 2009. I visited 828 jails in 49 states over 16 years. In addition, I completed 66 five-day jail audits in 21 states, funded by a grant from the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Both Missouri and Kansas have failed to mandate jail-officer training required by state government. Neither has the mandatory state jail inspection required on a yearly basis. The solution is available if the governors and state legislatures can be motivated.
This is disappointing because Kansas City has done better in the past. One of the best jails I visited was its now-shuttered Municipal Correctional Institution, then led by Nancy Leazer. She was the first to do crisis-intervention team training at the jail.
Sickle cell cure
As the mother of an adult son with sickle cell anemia and a daughter who passed from complications associated with it, I was heartened and hopeful after reading Donna McGuire’s article on sickle cell disease. (May 30, 1A, “Sickle cell cure is real, and this Kansan says she’s living proof”)
I understood all that Desiree Ramirez and her mother have endured while living with sickle cell disease. It is an extremely painful, insidious disease that robs people of their joy.
Excruciating crises can occur unexpectedly; jobs can be lost because of hospital stays; relationships can be strained; children can be bullied because of their illness. The list goes on.
It gives me hope that there is a cure that will save others from the suffering that Ramirez and others have endured. Although sickle cell disease primarily affects persons of African descent, it also affects Hispanics and people of Mediterranean origin. Everyone should consider being a bone marrow donor.
June 19 will be World Sickle Cell Day, and as a volunteer with the Uriel E. Owens Sickle Cell Disease Association of the Midwest, I am hopeful for those with SCA and I am thankful for Ramirez’s transplant.
This cure brings hope and joy to many people.
I’d like to thank each and every Kansas City area blood donor for helping save my niece’s life a few weeks ago. Complications after giving birth to healthy twins caused her to need life-saving surgery, eight pints of blood and four transfusions of platelets.
Your life-giving blood donations, the skillful surgeon and the excellent hospital staff are the reasons she’s here today. Because of you, she’ll be able to be there for her babies and get to be the incredible mom I know she is destined to be.
A heartfelt thank you from me and my entire family for your generosity and special life-saving gift.
East Lyme, Conn.
Although finding incredible actions by the Kansas Legislature is like a never-ending story, here are a couple more.
While trying to balance the Kansas budget — the self-inflicted wound by our governor — Senate President Susan Wagle has decided she just can’t commit to saving the state from bankruptcy because she is going to run for U.S. Congress in the next election.
Save the state or improve my political stature? Tough decision for a politician.
And while trying to save Kansas education, the Legislature still had enough time to pass a bill for the governor to sign that makes a difficult decision even more painful for women who seek an abortion. (The font has to be correct and the doctor has to provide his or her own medical history and any legal claims against him or her.) (May 31, 5A, “Kansas Legislature passes another abortion restriction”)
I would support this bill if it included all doctors, not just the ones who care for women. It’s discriminatory and ... wait for it. It will be ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
Can we focus for an entire session, please? Kansas first, then your own future employment. Kansas first, then you can trample on women’s rights.
We should give our new president — the one who can give America the best chance for survival — a chance.
He is not surrendering to the Russians, as some people may think. He is awake and doing a good job.
Let’s all put our trust in this president and judge him in four years.
I did not vote for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, but I accepted them as my presidents.
Kansas City, Kan.