The freedom we all cherish and enjoy is by no means free.
Let us not forget the valiant men and women in our armed forces this Memorial Day.
Take a moment to pause in silence and prayer for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and give a special thanks to the men and women in the armed forces.
Old Glory is a symbol of what America is all about. Fly it proudly this Memorial Day so that peace and freedom for all human beings may prevail.
God bless America.
Julius G. Novak
Kansas City, Kan. Caring for veterans
Periodically, I’ll see a Veterans Affairs advertisement on television about how VA officials are so pro-vet and how they go out of their way to help vets.
The times I have visited there, my experience is that VA personnel try to find a way to minimize or discredit a claim.
The attitude and demeanor is doubt and skepticism, and “I’ve heard that excuse before.” The long lines like those for beggars are another insult.
I propose that the best cure for the ineffective VA is for the federal government to give every veteran a health card, much like an insurance or medical card.
Then the veteran can go to any doctor, dentist or hospital of his choice and get treated right where he lives.
Such a card’s fees should be as good as Blue Cross/Blue Shield to compete. It should not be a cheap service like Medicaid (try finding health-care professionals who take Medicaid).
This type of care for our veterans would touch the stars and stripes in our hearts. I would call the card Vet Care.
When age 65 rolls around, the Vet Care card would be the secondary insurance to Medicaid.
William A. Ingram
Kansas City Stricter gun laws
It’s time for the good guys with guns to band together and make a real effort to stop the bad guys with guns.
National Rifle Association members need to unite in supporting mandatory background checks when purchases are through gun shows or online.
Background checks on all guns wouldn’t stop every bad guy from obtaining a gun, but it would definitely make it more difficult.
If stricter gun laws stop even one person (possibly the next Adam Lanza), it would be worth it.
Kansas City Alcohol-free pledge
There are age minimums for many things in this world, based mostly on the risk associated with the behavior. With alcohol, 21 is the minimum legal age for a reason.
Science tells us that the brain does not stop developing until we are in our mid-20s.
Drinking alcohol while the brain is still developing can, and often does, lead to permanent cognitive deficits that affect learning and memory, and the developing brain has been proved to be more susceptible to addiction.
Given what science tells us about the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, a permissive attitude toward underage drinking by any adult is reckless and puts young people at risk for a lifetime of problems.
Talk to your teen about underage drinking and set clear boundaries for them.
They want that, although they may not ask you for it. And if your teen is one of the 77,000 students across Missouri considering taking the Missouri Safe and Sober pledge to be alcohol-free until age 21, please encourage him or her to make that promise and keep it.
It is one of the best investments you can make in his or her future.
Missouri Safe and Sober
Springfield, Mo. Scholarship fundraiser
Semper Fi and a big thank you to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and almost 100 men and women who participated in the recent Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Spring Golf Tournament at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club in Lee’s Summit.
The foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Since its inception, it has raised $70 million, providing 30,000 scholarships to children of Marine and Navy corpsman.
In the academic year 2012-13 alone, a record 1,913 scholarships totaling $6 million were awarded, with 67 scholarships going to Kansas and Missouri students.
Fully 100 percent of all monies raised goes to providing these scholarships, with particular attention given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in combat. Special recognition goes to retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Bill Clinton, chairman of the foundation of Greater Kansas City.
His ceaseless and tireless efforts make the tournament and other local fundraising events throughout the year possible, and none of them would happen without his guidance, direction and occasional drill instructor-like tendencies.
For more information about the foundation, please go to www.mcsf.org.
Kansas City Diuguid column
Lewis Diuguid’s May 20 column, “We’ve come a long way, but there’s a long way to go,” revealed that even after the 1954 Supreme Court decision to end legal segregation between white and black Americans, in reality, racial equality was nothing but empty words.
Almost a dozen years later, in 1965, people of Kansas City mistreated a black singer in a most humiliating manner.
Marian Anderson was a featured soloist of the Kansas City Philharmonic’s 1965-66 season. Local newspapers praised her achievements and how many kings and queens or presidents and rulers around the world she had entertained in the past decades with her warm, silky voice and superb musicality.
But she had to stay in a predominantly black neighborhood in Kansas City and commute to the Music Hall by a taxicab because hotel owners downtown refused to give her a room.
When I heard of this nonsense the following year as a new cellist in the orchestra, I was infuriated. I had heard Anderson’s recital in 1957 in Seoul when I was a teenager and still think it was a spiritual experience.
How we treat one another, whether black or yellow, reflects our attitudes toward the creator himself.
Overland Park Chicago perfection
I read headlines that said that on one day this month in Chicago 20 people were shot, with three dying. Chicago had the highest number of shootings in the U.S. in January.
Chicago has tried to have the strictest gun laws in the country. How’s that working for them?
I am glad I live in Kansas where law-abiding citizens can legally carry a concealed weapon and protect themselves and others, whereas in Chicago only the bad guys get to carry guns.
Let’s make more good laws like Chicago’s.
Oh, wait, the Supreme Court did strike down the law banning private ownership of handguns.
For those who love Fox News, here’s a hint: Change the channel to MSNBC. It is even more biased in its reporting.
Olathe Riverside praise
I would like to commend the Riverside Police Department for issuing tickets at Interstate 635 and Horizons Parkway.
I travel across that bridge daily and have watched inconsiderate drivers go around the back-up, disobeying the law, and then merge into traffic, causing more delay for the rest of us.
On a recent Friday, Riverside police made my day. I watched as the police wrote three tickets before I got to the bridge.
To those arrogant people who think their time is more precious than mine, I hope your fines cost you plenty and your insurance rates rise.
Kansas City Coaching Royals
In need of more home run production, the Kansas City Royals released hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. So we hired two new hitting coaches to solve the problem.
Not only did home runs not increase, but batting averages and run production dropped off.
How’s that workin’ for ya’, Royals manager Ned Yost?
Home runs are exciting, but in my opinion they are overrated. If we had just a hit or even a sacrifice fly in critical situations, we could have won those 11 games we lost by one run.