Not our issue
Eric Greitens’ affair has nothing to do with him being Missouri’s governor. (April 12, 1A, “‘I felt like he was trying to claim me’”)
This is his personal life. His wife forgave him. Hopefully God forgave him, and it’s no one else’s business. Let sleeping dogs lie.
In graphic detail
I almost spilled my coffee as I read Thursday’s Star — the story about Gov. Eric Greitens’ alleged encounter with his accuser was a literal bodice ripper.
Can’t wait for the next installment. May I suggest a parental advisory, however?
Pat Bates Jernigan
Not these feet
I think the student walkouts are a politically charged guilt trip organized by the left to exploit children for political power.
I don’t think students should be banned from walking out or speaking out against gun violence. I think it is a good thing that students are voicing their opinions, but the guilt trip is simply immoral.
The idea that if you are not participating in the walkout then you have no sympathy for innocent children being killed in cold blood is a fallacy, plain and simple.
Regardless of whether you are pro-gun or not, no one is supporting school shootings. As a conservative, I am not participating in the walkouts, which are liberal events, because I don’t agree with the gun control they support.
I shouldn’t be labeled as some alt-right Nazi for being pro-Second Amendment. I should also be taught that marching and yelling about what you want does very little to effect political change and underline the importance of voting.
2016 was not long ago, and Congress is controlled by conservatives. If gun control is a big an issue to you then vote, don’t cry “change.”
Curtis Braxdale Jr.
Surely there is a more suitable way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy than obliterating the name of a Kansas City landmark. Perhaps some worthwhile future project such as a school, library, highway, bridge — or better yet, a fountain, especially appropriate in our City of Fountains — should bear his name.
The Paseo brings to mind the beautifully landscaped walkway of old where Sunday promenaders and strollers enjoyed its beauty. To this day, the boulevard speaks to our rich Kansas City history, with many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places with Paseo addresses, including the old Paseo YMCA building and the original location of the Black Archives of Mid-America.
The Paseo is Kansas City.
Would spending tax dollars on the labor needed to remove the signs, manufacture new ones and install them truly be something King would want?
Let’s consider some other way to honor his great legacy.
Me, me, me
I’m not a very tech-savvy guy, but I believe I possess a modicum of common sense. Having skinned that squirrel, I’m at a loss to understand the gullibility of the American electorate if ads and unsubstantiated posts on social media made people vote against their best interests in the last presidential election.
Apparently that happened.
Instead of grilling Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps we should legislate IQ tests as a prerequisite for voter registration. Not a literacy test, which harkens back to Jim Crow, but one that would determine whether we are allowing zombiefied iPhone addicts to be a part of choosing our leaders, and thus determining policy.
Or maybe it’s time to just surrender to the Facebook-obsessed, cat-video-posting geniuses who robbed the last election of legitimacy, and expand voter participation to kindergarteners as well.
And how can people who seed the internet with selfies, pet and food pictures and their most private activities expect any privacy when they are obviously starved for attention? They don’t seem to desire that privacy.
The wrong lesson
I love learning. Since I was little, I have loved flash cards, reading books and crash courses in history.
But the other day in school, I learned something I did not want to learn but knew that I needed to.
I learned how to react to a school shooting in every classroom throughout my day. I learned what objects I could use to protect myself, what I could utilize to fight back against an attacker and how to react to first responders.
This should give people perspective on why something needs to change.
These are not lessons high schoolers need to learn beyond the subjects they are interested in. Students should learn how to do taxes, to effectively interview for a job and about the government and economy. Instead, surviving shootings has become much more relevant in our lives than the future and adulthood.
Let’s change this now. Let’s learn for curiosity and no longer learn for fear.