Never before have so many been asked to give so much so that so few can have even more.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is the new sheriff of Nottingham.
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I received a parking ticket recently at Westport and Bridger roads. The fine totals $72.50.
This amount for a parking ticket is ridiculous. This, for me, is a full day’s pay.
The parking signs are strapped to the light poles. They get pushed in different directions by the wind.
There are many signs on every street. It is very easy to be confused and to make a mistake.
To take advantage of a community and charge $72.50 for a parking ticket is unethical. Many people cannot afford that type of a burden on top of the mandatory taxes we already pay.
The mayor, City Council members and Kansas City police need to stop funding their own agendas through outrageous fines to the public.
I learned on the Fourth of July that our laws mean absolutely nothing to the police.
It clearly states on signs around Case Park in Quality Hill that fireworks are illegal. But that does not matter, and everyone knows it.
I called the police numerous times, and they never showed up, not even when firearms were being shot off.
Also, the garbage dumped in this area is out of this world.
Sadly, Quality Hill is now the city dump, and no law is enforced. Anything goes.
I will be moving to a more civilized, law-abiding community.
Alcides Escobar has been my favorite ever since he came on the scene for the Kansas City Royals. He is the best, most exciting, accurate shortstop I have ever seen.
Now he is using his bat to enhance our chances for hits and runs scored.
Why doesn’t he get the credit?
He had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in two in a recent game.
He is my hero and the reason we won the game.
Way to go, Alcides.
Jodie Van Meter
Clinton for president
Former secretary of state, former New York senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton will win and be our first woman president in 2016.
She needs the working class. We need a champion to fight for women, children, senior citizens and all the people of color in God’s rainbow of colors.
Viva, Hillary Clinton. Get a video made like President Barack Obama did. Viva, Obama in 2008.
Look at all the people — real, honest, hard-working people, wanting to make better lives for their families.
Hillary Clinton needs to get to know us by meeting us as human beings and not listen to the relentless anti-Latinos attacks by Rush Limbaugh and savage radio hate commentators and their friends.
One for all, and all for one.
Florentino Camacho Jr.
Health care costs
A July 4 front page headline said, “Health insurers request hikes,” with a subheadline saying, “Companies are seeking increases of 20 to 40 percent, which they say are needed because of reform.”
On Page A6 that day, a headline on a business story said, “Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion.” The story’s first sentence said, “Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.”
What’s wrong with this picture? Does anyone else see that we taxpayers and policyholders will be the ones paying for this buyout?
At the very least, these two stories taken together should trigger an in-depth federal investigation.
Money paid for health care should be spent on health care. The only way any health plan is going to be successful in benefiting the people needing health care — without the plan being a burden on taxpayers — is when the money is invested directly with the health care providers.
The only people who benefit (profit) from health care insurance are the insurance companies, mainly their executives and the irresponsible members of Congress who receive favors from the insurance lobbyists.
Loose Park thanks
Perhaps it is time for the city of Kansas City to say thank you to Judy Penner, the Loose Park rosarian, as well as the coordinator and park director.
Loose Park is a walking, running, bike-riding park in the center of the city, with those who frequent it enjoying the park’s beauty, the fragrance of the blooming trees and the freshly mowed grass, plus being outside with nature.
Dog owners are good about keeping their pets on leashes, and it is not unusual for walkers to pick up loose trash along their way.
On a recent Sunday, with the coordination of the Rose Society, the grounds keepers and the Kansas City Ballet, it was set up for dancers to give a preview of their wonderful talent. Ice cream and lemonade were offered with the festivities of a fair, along with bundles of balloons flying aloft. It felt like the French paintings of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne, perhaps.
The Rose Garden recently underwent restructuring, including reappointing the wooden areas of the pergolas. New roses are put in when Judy finds it necessary, but the original Rose Garden plan, designed by Hare & Hare in 1931, is now complete.
Again, thank you, Judy.
So, were those cutesy little uniforms the Royals wore July 4 made in China? The American flags on their sleeves were backward.
After living in Florida the past 12 years, we returned to the Kansas City area in late July 2014. We purchased a home in Blue Springs and love living in our new neighborhood.
But we were not prepared for the Fourth of July. When we lived here previously, we lived in Kansas City, where fireworks were banned.
Even so, we did have to put up with some noise because a lot of folks ignored the ban. Here in Blue Springs, they are legal, and we received a letter from the city, citing the rules.
Ha! Most folks in our neighborhood seemed to have bought an ungodly amount of fireworks and made continuous noise all week long.
As I write this at 11 p.m., it still sounds like a war zone outside. It has been a cacophony of booms, whistles and other noise nonstop since 8 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
I have written to the mayor of Blue Springs and the two council members in our district, asking what can be done. Having this much noise doesn’t sound like a celebration. It sounds more like a war.
I’d like to thank the editors of The Kansas City Star and Tony Rizzo for his excellent July 5 front-page article, “Pain of girl’s 1965 kidnapping remains,” on the 50-year anniversary of Denise Clinton’s kidnapping.
Mr. Rizzo did an incredible amount of research into this crime and interviewed many family members, friends and those involved in the original search.
As technology has improved with Amber Alerts, Code Adam and cellphone texts on missing children, there is a huge contrast with the tools available to police and FBI in 1965. The number of hours spent by law enforcement and volunteers was truly a testament to the dedication and persistence of our greatest generation.
The incredible faith of the Clinton family was remarkable. There were no support groups for those who had experienced a similar ordeal. A Google search of “support for families of kidnapped children” now yields nearly 17 million results.
Upon Betty Clinton’s death more than 40 years after the horrible night that changed one mother’s life forever, it is no surprise she requested memorial donations to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Thank you for helping our community remember Denise Clinton.
Shere Alexander Graham