I worked for the Salina, Kan., fire department as a dispatcher and secretary for nine years in the 1970s. Firefighters cooked their meals, and if a call came while they were cooking, they came back to possibly a cold meal.
I saw the soot-lined faces of tired men, who sometimes suffered the loss of a life. Tired but satisfied, they did the best they could.
I would go up, turn off the fires to the food, slide the pole back to the apparatus floor and wait for their return. Now firefighters eat in their trucks.
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I can’t tell you how much I learned in those days, but all of it was good. Everyone should see the things I saw. They would really appreciate what firefighters and police officers do for them.
Keeping us safe
I would like to commend Johnson County Public Works employees for their work the past few years and especially the past few months. They have continually maintained the roads and sidewalks to keep them in good condition.
Recently, the schools declared snow days out of fear for hazardous roads. County workers did a phenomenal job cleaning the streets and making sure they were in good condition to be driven on.
Some places in the Kansas city area do not have roads this good, so I’m glad I have the privilege of driving primarily on Johnson County’s.
Help for vets
It was with great enthusiasm that I read the Jan. 29 story, “Tiny houses to be home for 13 homeless veterans.” (1A) This project was backed by the Veterans Community Project, a nonprofit organization of veterans helping veterans.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, homelessness of veterans has been in steady decline since 2010. But homelessness does still exist for our veterans.
In Kansas City, with the help of the Veterans Community Project, 13 veterans will now have transitional homes.
By improving the living and social situations of Kansas City’s veterans, we are building on the success and progress of our city as a whole. By combatting homelessness, we reduce the scarcity too many veterans endure.
We should all be concerned about homelessness as it relates to the vitality and strength of our city. A tiny village is an excellent foundation to build upon for our local veterans.
I commend the Veterans Community Project in its commitment. This organization truly exemplifies the spirit of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Not my Christianity
As a Christian, I found David Brody’s column on evangelical support for President Donald Trump appalling. (March 4, 19A, “In Trump, evangelicals found their president”)
Brody claims that “evangelicals have found their man.” That same claim has been made by white supremacists — strange company for evangelicals to lock arms with.
I wonder: Have women who have been sexually harassed also “found their man” in Trump? Have the Dreamers, other immigrants or desperate refugees? Or the Central Park Five, for whom Trump demanded the death penalty and has yet to admit he was wrong in his rush to judgment?
Or are these people of no concern to Brody and his ilk?
Brody does not speak for all U.S. Christians, thank God. In fact, he reveals a highly selective form of Christianity that’s not very “Christian” at all, to me.
Love of God, love of neighbor, repentance, humility, care for the stranger and the poor — these tenets are central to the Christian faith. They seem very hard to find in the words and deeds of Trump and his administration. To fail to challenge “their man” on these tenets is to abandon any claim to prophetic witness.
With spokesmen such as Brody, it’s no wonder Americans are fleeing Christianity in droves.
What a wonderful explanation of the bankrupt reasoning of the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals by Steve Rose in his column of March 3. (11A, “Strange logic in Johnson County property taxes”)
The “hypothetical leased fee theory” and “dark store theory” are great means for the taxpayer to claw back the TIFs, subsidies, tax credits and whatever else is given to these deep-pocket corporations before developing properties — which are not “leased” or “dark” now, but viable businesses.
In fact, the theories are great arguments to do away with subsidies that give corporations benefits before development.
H. Jonathan Pratt