Follow the money
The president tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in June 2017. (Jan. 26, 10A, “Trump said to have ordered Mueller fired, but counsel refused”) He already admitted on national television to NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired former FBI Director James Comey because of the pressure Comey was putting on him. He was just “fighting back,” as his defenders say.
So he has admitted twice to what clearly looks like obstructing justice. It is beyond time to impeach the president. But my words fall on a deaf Republican majority.
I know you don’t care now, Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, but I hope you do soon. This is maddening. You know full well if this president were a Democrat that you would be demanding impeachment.
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What is in this for you? Is party over country the sole reason? Or do the reports that Russia has funneled money into the Republican Party hold water? That is the only thing that makes sense at this point.
But I’m just a concerned citizen. You’re the ones with the knowledge of what is really happening to our country.
New look needed
In our society today, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been empowering female victims of sexual abuse and holding their predators accountable. But what about women who came before these movements, these shifts in awareness?
What about the women who did not have a wave of advocates, supporters or hashtags? The women who were too scared or too manipulated? The women who are still fearful and silent?
What about the woman who felt her only escape was to take justice into her own hands?
These cases need to be re-examined to determine whether justice was really served. One specific example is that of Sarah Gonzales McLinn, who was convicted in 2015 of killing her roommate and former employer, Harold Sasko. (March 24, 2015, 6A, “Jury wants 50 years for Lawrence death; Pizza shop owner was killed last year in ‘especially heinous’ way, they decide.”)
What really motivates a 52-year-old man to pursue a relationship with a teenage girl who has no familial ties and worked for him for 18 months?
An open letter to special counsel Robert Mueller III: You understand that when you interview President Donald J. Trump that you will be interviewing a known liar.
T. J. Snyder
Racing dog care
I was infuriated by the Jan. 25 letter from James Gartland of the National Greyhound Association regarding the operation of greyhound farms and the “standards” they are held to. (12A)
I have adopted and fostered numerous greyhounds over the past 20 years and have worked closely with greyhound rescue groups. I assure you Gartland’s letter is a complete work of fiction.
Greyhounds, unlike race horses, are overbred and do not receive comparable care. The slower and injured dogs are often slaughtered inhumanely or simply abandoned.
Our dedication to animal rights is not “propaganda,” as he terms it. It is human decency. Ask anyone who has seen the horrific conditions in these breeding farms, and you will be sickened.
Dog racing must end, and now.
The Star’s Jan. 22 editorial, “Where are the minorities and women in Johnson County governments?” was outrageous. To state that our elected leaders do not understand the needs of county residents just because there is not a racial quota of leaders is beyond comprehension.
The suggestion of having elected leaders meet some type of quota system ignores the competencies of good leaders, which Johnson County has. We want great leaders, and we select them based on actions, not skin color.
Would you have written the same thing if all the leaders were black, Hispanic or Asian? Condemning leaders only because they are white is pathetic.
We want great leaders of any race, color, religion or creed, and we will vote for the best. Next time, dig into the character not the color, as Martin Luther King Jr. suggested. Don’t condemn based on color. Only a racist does that.
I have a suggestion to alleviate City Market parking issues related to the downtown streetcar. (Jan. 25, 1A, “As streetcar riders fill City Market spaces, plan for paid parking unclear”) Put in electronic parking meters that use cards, then allow two or three hours of free parking for those who get their cards validated at a City Market merchant.
Moo for good
An authentic superhero, Dr. Moo Moo, has donned his costume to wander the streets of Kansas City for over three decades. His superpowers are love, kindness and , and he dispenses them liberally. With an abiding passion for those in dire need, Dr. Moo Moo hands out $100 bills, Little Debbie cakes and hugs. This inspiring generosity with a smile has transformed countless lives, helping people through difficult times and restoring hope.
Along the way, Dr. Moo Moo accumulated numerous stories — some happy, some sad — illustrating the broad range of experiences and observations life has to offer. He is now sharing these stories in a new book “Snippets from the Life of Dr. Moo Moo,” in which memorable moments are accompanied by quirky, snapshot drawings.
Come and hear a reading by Dr. Moo Moo himself and pick up a signed copy of “Snippets” on Saturday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the art studio on 3219 Troost in Kansas City.
You will laugh, and you may cry, as the snippets tug your heartstrings.
The majority of the profits from book sales will be donated to people who are financially distressed.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City