Kansas City has a special relationship with soccer, and I would argue that we have the most passionate soccer fan base in the nation that is indicated by our significant investments in the soccer community.
Soccer serves as a unifier that blurs national and international borders as well as cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. It is inclusive of the youngest and the oldest, richest and poorest, urban and suburban. It mirrors the spirit of the Kansas City area.
On July 31, the AT MLS All-Star Game will be at Kansas City’s Sporting Park. On Wednesday, Mayor Sly James and I will kick off Soccer Week in Kansas City by announcing a friendly canned-goods collection competition between Kansas and Missouri that will benefit Harvesters.
A 30-foot inflatable soccer jersey will be unveiled that will travel daily with Harvesters collection bins to locations on both sides of the state line. Celebrate as our region again puts its best foot forward.
To follow the Giant Jersey and for information on free family events, visit www.visitkansascityks.com/allstar.
Kansas City, Kan. New Royals manager
There is a stench of injustice that towers over Kansas City baseball. The move by Royals executives to dismiss Frank White not only ran off our native son and greatest local ballplayer in history, it ran off our classiest and most talented ambassador of baseball since Ewing Kauffman himself.
It also demoralized and alienated many loyal fans. Frank was replaced by “baseball men” with losing histories, no affiliation with our organization or young players and not even a fraction of the knowledge of the game that Frank possesses.
Yes, there are far greater injustices in America today. They include people turning away from God, the murder rate, the assault on our kids’ educations and our politicians ignoring their constituents for payoffs.
But with one swift move, the long overdue hiring of Frank White as Royals manager, at least conditions could make more sense with Kansas City baseball and its fans again.
Lathrop, Mo. KC’s many Trayvons
In light of recent events, I have been thinking about the city we live in.
Undoubtedly, it is a tragedy that a young man lost his life in Florida. However, it seems that nearly every day I wake up to hear of young men and women who have died because of a violent act right here in Kansas City. Each victim was someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, mother, father or friend, too.
Many times, those who lost their lives were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Can someone explain to me what makes those events any less important than the events of recent days?
Why are those events not as newsworthy? Why do those events not spark the same outrage from the community?
I am afraid that we are becoming immune to these tragedies, only rallying for justice when the world is watching.
Mary Alice Weimer
Kansas City GOP filibusters
I’m glad the Republicans finally came to their senses and agreed to stop their all-out obstruction of President Barack Obama’s appointments.
I was hoping to be nominated and confirmed for that open position of dog catcher but was afraid the GOP would filibuster my selection.
Eddie L. Clay
Grandview Mayor wrong on guns
So the mayor does not want pension funds invested into the firearms industry (7-19, Editorial, “KC should urge financial disinvestment in gun industry”).
Mr. Mayor, as a former Marine you know how to focus on solutions and not empty ideas. These companies sell legal products. The firearms makers could decide not to sell to Kansas City’s agencies because you think they are doing something wrong.
Target the people responsible for the crimes and quit attacking a product. Most anything can and is used for both good and bad. Prosecute the bad.
Lee’s Summit Try to do better
I, in my relatively short life, have realized that the problem with politics is there’s no trust, patience or civility. Everyone has his own agenda.
It’s like “we” and “our problems” are the only ones that matter. If everyone could learn to listen and hear what is being said, then maybe we could change the world.
I know I sound crazy, right? But what I say is true.
I’ve read the history books. I’ve read about empires that crumbled because they lacked unity, trust and patience.
Hey, who says our country isn’t next? People get frustrated over the smallest things. It’s like they are looking for an excuse to get mad at you.
I understand that politics are not all fun and games, but it seems like we as a world could do better if we tried to do better.
Raymore Big Brother, China
The merger of Sprint with Softbank was thought to create a security issue for the United States. The U.S. government was concerned about the merged company’s use of Chinese computer equipment and the possibility of the Chinese government gaining access to our secret data.
A suggested solution to this problem was to place a U.S. government representative on the merged company board to protect our secret data. Would we also place a government representative on the Shuanghui International/Smithfield board if that merger takes place to ensure U.S. pork safety?
We absolutely need to protect our interests, but placing U.S. government representatives in board rooms is not the answer.
Kansas City Art collaboration
I want to thank my colleague, Jacqueline Chanda, for her July 17 essay, “Art and science share special bond.”
The inclusion of works by some of the Kansas City Art Institute’s most talented students in the Linda Hall Library’s current exhibition, “Crayon on Stone: Science Embraces the Lithograph, 1800-1899,” demonstrates this interdisciplinary relationship.
The Linda Hall Library’s extensive collections support research and scholarship in science, engineering and technology, but these same collections also are used by students and scholars from a multitude of disciplines, including music, theater, history, literature and languages, as well as art and design, to advance knowledge and deepen its appreciation.
The library’s public programs and exhibitions frequently stress connections among science, art and the humanities while increasing awareness of the significant role science plays in contemporary life.
The library’s next exhibition, “Wheels, Pyramids and Spinning Tops: the Scientific Approach to Color,” opening in October, continues our multidisciplinary exploration.
We applaud Dr. Chanda’s goal to transform life experience through innovative thinking produced by the juxtaposition of art and science. The library joins the art institute in welcoming future interdisciplinary collaborations.
Linda Hall Library
Leawood Royals announcer
Please give us a break. Not only do we have to listen to Rex Hudler during the Royals’ broadcasts, but we have to listen to his name-dropping and see film clips of his below-average career.
Who hired this guy?
Lee’s Summit Payback overdue
Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase being given special treatment without admitting guilt makes me mad as hell. It proves that there is not a dime’s difference between a Democrat or a Republican.
They are all protecting the rich, who will never have enough. The mortgage meltdown was a conspiracy, pure and simple. We should not let them off.
We need all the money back, and the people responsible should be in jail. Obviously, the government is a big part of the problem.
How can we fix the problem by electing more Democrats and Republicans?