The idea behind a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport is evidently “If you build it, they will come.” But several midsized cities have built new airports, and traffic hasn’t improved.
City planners should start by asking themselves the question “Who will come?”
Does anyone think we are going to start having direct flights to Europe out of a new KCI? Americans will be flying overseas from New Jersey, Atlanta or Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.
I like Kansas City, but we shouldn’t be spending a gazillion dollars trying to make it what it’s not. This shouldn’t be an ego exercise.
Kansas City is a midsized city in the Midwest surrounded by places no one other than business travelers needs to visit. We are surrounded by farms in Kansas and Missouri for as far as the eye can see. No place you would want to go on vacation is closer than an eight-hour drive.
This is a very nice bedroom community. That’s why they built Johnson County — for the bedrooms.
We don’t need to spend a billion dollars for a new KCI terminal that won’t cost the folks in Lenexa or Leawood one dime.
For travelers at Kansas City International Airport who are dropped off and picked up at the terminal, the design is ideal. However, for the rest of us, it can be frustrating.
First, you shouldn’t be at a disadvantage for parking based on which airline you are using. On any given Monday through Wednesday, the Terminal B garage is full while A and C have more than 1,000 empty spaces. Ditto for the respective circle lots.
Second, imagine a group of nationwide travelers from a company arriving at about the same time, on various airlines. Finish this statement by the meeting organizer the day prior: “When we get there, everybody meet at ...”
Third, imagine parking at the Terminal B garage for a departure and returning on a different airline at Terminal C at about midnight. Anyone familiar with that bus can sympathize. Now add extreme weather.
These aren’t the only reasons we should at least be open to a redesigned KCI, just ones related to my experiences. Businesses that would benefit from increased KCI traffic probably have some reasons as well.
And like us, those opposed are also just thinking of themselves.
Overland Park Congress shenanigans
I believe that when one is elected to Congress it becomes all about him or her, as evidenced by recent shenanigans.
First, in order not to let the sequester prevent members of Congress from flying home at taxpayers’ expense as usual, lawmakers somehow found funds to staff the air-traffic control towers just in time for the weekend.
Second, lawmakers tweaked the Stock Act passed in 2012. It was designed to prevent members of Congress, their staff members and high-level executive branch employees from profiting from insider trading based on information received during closed committee meetings, but lawmakers dropped the financial-disclosure requirement to post online in searchable databases their stock trades and other investments.
This assault on transparency in government is only exceeded by other recent news that our government has been delivering millions of our tax dollars monthly to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan for his “discretionary use.”
What those bag men and the insiders above do would imprison you and me.
With the above actions and the thinking behind them that they are OK, you and I do not have a chance against the bureaucracy and political classes.
H. Jonathan Pratt
Kansas City Welcoming Muslims
A commentary circulating in cyberspace asks whether good Muslims can be good American or Canadian citizens. Because of their religious beliefs, the commentator concludes they cannot and therefore we should be suspicious and watchful of them.
We have always had people of every religion in our country, and with rare exceptions having little or nothing to do with religion, they have been good Americans.
I think we can safely accept their presence, one and all, regardless of their religious beliefs or places of birth. To do otherwise is contrary to the intent of our Founding Fathers.
The commentary is devised to stir a pot, so to speak, that really doesn’t need to be stirred. I am confident we are able to deal with any criminal act that a misguided person or group of persons might perpetrate or seek to perpetrate.
Manhattan, Kan. Reasonable gun laws
I cannot believe that the majority of Americans want reasonable gun laws passed but the National Rifle Association says no.
I always thought the majority ruled. Our freedom is being taken away from the American people with the threat from the NRA to our House and Senate.
And now the newspapers are putting all these killings in print. It looks as if this is going to become a normal thing to us Americans.
Just remember, we let the NRA have its way because that organization does not seem to care how many Americans are killed. If you think I am wrong, let the NRA prove it to the American people.
Blue Springs Military assaults
There were 26,000 military sexual assaults reported in 2012. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama voiced outrage and said cultural change was needed to end sexual assaults.
Then, recently at an Army PX, I counted 38 magazines categorized as sexually explicit. Does it make sense to have a policy promoting sexually explicit materials in military outlets and then puzzle over the increase of sexual assaults?
This is classic garbage in and garbage out. Congress directed the military to examine its position on sexually explicit materials with the Military Honor and Decency Act.
In 2006, the military reviewed its pornographic materials and continued a boys-will-be-boys policy. A just-say-no policy toward sexual assaults won’t work.
Kansas enacted a law requiring the reporting of sexually explicit materials during investigations of sexual crimes. Kansas is connecting the dots. Pay attention, Secretary Hagel.
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Overland Park Productive worker
Last year, I lost my life — not once but twice — and was brought back. I had a stroke and heart attack and lost kidney function.
After 10 months of regrouping, I decided I still had a lot to offer to my employer and my customers, whom I dearly loved.
We have registers that make you use your left arm to lift, and I am right-handed. To solve the problem to accommodate me was simple.
But no. I had to fill out Americans with Disabilities Act papers, and I still don’t know whether I will have a job. I may be on dialysis three days a week, but I am still alive and just want to work.
So how important are you to your company? That is one question we all should ask ourselves while we are healthy.
Just because some people have impairments doesn’t mean they can’t still offer good customer service.
Kansas City Royals announcer
If you want to muffle Rex Hudler, here’s a suggestion: Turn on the television, click the mute button, turn on your favorite music and watch the game.
Royals fans don’t need broadcasters. What’s interesting is that before 2012 I never remember seeing a letter to the editor about baseball commentators.
Kansas City Act of kindness
During the recent Royals-Yankees series, my 10-year-old son came back to our seats after visiting the children’s area beyond the outfield and could not find his wallet.
We went looking for it, and it was turned in at guest services. He was so relieved.
Thank you to the honest person who did that. A Yankees fan sitting behind us said, “Good thing you were not in New York.”
There are so many good people in this world.