Before retirement, I spent a lot of time at Kansas City International Airport and a lot more at just about every large and small airport in the country.
There are things about the proposed terminal for KCI that make sense and many more that do not. What I have not seen discussed are aviation director Mark VanLoh’s claims regarding the issue.
He says a new facility would attract more airlines. KCI already has more carriers than other comparably sized cities.
VanLoh also mentions the possibility of KCI becoming a hub operation. Remember how well that worked out for Braniff and Eastern? With consolidations, airline hubs will be closed not established.
These claims must be addressed before a very workable and convenient air terminal is demolished.
I live west of State Line Road so I stand as an observer not a participant, other than being an infrequent flier. It is a puzzle to me why Kansas City seems so willing to spend millions on questionable projects while basic needs go without adequate funding. Bar-hopping trolley cars anyone?
Olathe TV’s faux heroes
TNT is offering a new competition series called “The Hero.” The premise is that America is short on genuine heroes, thus TNT and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson must find the next American hero by having “ordinary” people compete by performing various acts dreamed up by some writer/producer.
But wait, there’s more. We (America) get to vote “American Idol” style on who the ultimate hero will be. Pretty awesome, huh?
OK. So is there a problem with this? Well, you betcha.
It’s a problem because TNT won’t find any real heroes. What TNT should have done is look to history and current events to find an ample supply of folks who actually are heroes.
Just start with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider recent events that have produced a plethora of heroes. Start with Joplin and Moore, Okla., Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston Marathon. These people did not sign up for a competition.
In place of authentic heroes, TNT wants to give us papier-mache heroes.
What Hollywood fails to understand is that America doesn’t need a competition to find heros. We know where they are.
They live next door.
Benjamin L. Doswell
Kansas City Cut lawmakers’ pay
Kansas is raising the age limit from 64 to 74 for free fishing licenses because of depleted revenue in the state. Why pick on seniors?
Get to the root of this problem. It’s the state lawmakers who are the ones getting a free ride. Cut their salaries by 50 percent and increase their income tax by 25 percent.
That would solve the problem.
Overland Park Charging RINO
First, let me admit that I may be a Kansas RINO, a Republican in name only. I am embarrassed by our governor, our U.S. senators and many other Republican legislators.
They seem to serve something or someone other than Kansans. They obstruct progress supported by other Republican legislators.
They call for a 60 percent vote on bills they oppose. Their persistence is so strong and out of line that they may have been radicalized.
It is hard to imagine that they were self-radicalized. They do not seem to be acting on their own.
They have shown that they are not concerned about born children, the elderly or people with disabilities in Kansas or in other countries, immigrants, judicial competence or the opinions and safety of their constituents.
If these words sound like those of a Democratic voter, let me be perfectly clear: I may be a RINO, but I am able to vote in Republican primary elections.
Olathe Ted Nugent, guns
I have attended and enjoyed REO Speedwagon every time the band has come to Kansas City since about 1972. Unfortunately, if it has Ted Nugent in tow again as it did last month at Starlight, I won’t be buying a ticket.
Nugent is entitled to his opinion on gun control and the president of the United States. But being an American citizen does not give you the right to scream obscenities at a rock ’n’ roll show and use it as a forum to push the National Rifle Association agenda.
People paid to hear music, not his warped ideas on guns and worse, his screaming/swearing/name-calling of the president.
Shame on him.
It’s no wonder he’s at the bottom of the rock ’n’ roll heap. That’s exactly where he belongs, with all the other uninformed and out-of-touch people.
Kansas City Sagging KC Royals
I just saw on the news that Major League Baseball is going to fine and suspend more players for using performance-enhancing drugs. The way the Royals had been playing, I think they should be fined for not taking the drugs.
Independence Security shakedown
Transportation Security Administration officials have managed to exhibit some common sense in their airport security regulations, such as not requiring a disabled veteran with a prosthesis to remove it for inspection.
But after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, everyone who uses the airlines knows of the security checks now in force. Having had a couple of total knee replacements, I have plenty of metal in my body to set off alarms.
In my first-ever frisk, the security person donned rubber gloves, which was enough for me to question his next move. But he explained what and how he was going to pat me down.
With some relief, I casually said: “OK, but be gentle. It’s my first time.” My feeble attempt at humor did not sit well because he was not too gentle. At times, I felt as if I should turn my head and cough.
I am calm with airport security checks now. But I wonder about some now moot TSA moves, such as the plan to allow some pocket knives to be carried aboard that was dropped. Was that a group decision?
They say if you are age 65 and over, you don’t have to remove your shoes. With me they are not sure. I have to remove them.
Maynard J. Mitchell
Independence Reset KC priorities
Maybe parents could spend more time with their children if both did not have to work two or three jobs. There is little time left to do things with the family.
Why must they work so hard? Here are a few reasons.
Utilities tack on an amount each month under the guise of service charges and whatever else they call the fees or taxes to cover their expenses.
The increasing sales tax on groceries hurts families.
Millions of dollars are spent overseas to stimulate the economies of other countries.
Tax money is spent on trolley cars.
Why not try taking a few excess charges off low-income consumers’ bills?
Years ago, we voted on putting a roof over Arrowhead Stadium. It never happened, and now all our state high school football playoffs are in St. Louis. We will never have a Super Bowl here.
Kansas City used to be a wonderful city with good schools and safe neighborhoods. Now we give tax breaks to companies whose employees live and spend their money in Kansas. Wherever you drive you see empty homes.
The city throws all of its effort into one area. Other neighborhoods die of neglect.
Priscilla Joy Mulcahy
Kansas City Rights under siege
To the often-asked question, “What now on gun control?” I respond, Why penalize law-abiding citizens for the crimes of the guilty?
Emotions make for bad law. In using emotions, we could lose all our freedoms and rights — not only freedom to bear arms but freedom of religion, assembly, speech and, yes, freedom of the press.
Once we use emotions to chip away at one right, the rest could crumble as well.
Kansas City Special U.S. request
I want to buy stuff made in the United States of America. People need to know that some department stores will show you women’s clothes made in the United States if you ask to see them.