I wish that Kansas City would build a public transportation system like Portland’s. However, instead of making grand plans with high costs, why don’t we start small?
Our current bus system certainly isn’t great, but it’s not terrible either. I take the bus to work at least once a week.
From my experience, the bus is timely, comfortable and affordable. But it would be more convenient if the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority extended service hours and added stops.
It should reach out to current riders and increase ridership by adding buses to existing lines and expanding routes.
Kansas City should solidify its bus system and win over riders before jumping into the unknowns of light rail.
Leawood Costly KCI change
Look at the rendering of the proposed Kansas City International Airport terminal and you’ll see combined security and long wings. Is this rendering accurate?
If it is, I see longer waiting lines for security than now and much longer walking distances. The proposed $1.2 billion is a lot of money for less convenience.
We have local architects and engineers who can plan and make adjustments to the existing terminals for a lot less.
Kansas City Simple economics
One of the definitions of poor has to be that you do not have enough money to buy the things that you need, while a definition of rich has to be that you have more than enough money to buy the things that are needed.
Yet money is continuously taken from the poorest and given to the richest. We are told that most corporations are sitting on millions of dollars, if not billions, and waiting only on an increased demand for their services or products.
Over the 30 years since President Ronald Reagan, we have found out that trickle-down economics does not work in any way whatsoever. We need to try a trickle-up program.
Put the money in the hands of people who will spend every last bit of the money they have.
Demand will go up. Big companies will need to hire more people. Everyone will go back to work.
The spending ratio to the gross national product would then go way down, and the depressed economy would be over. Remember that the government makes back in taxes many times what it spends.
Could it all really be just that simple?
Richard C. Lumpkin
Prairie Village LP, child neglect
It seems the state has yet again failed LP (8-4, A1, “Starved girl had to have new heart”).
LP was placed in the care of well-meaning foster parents, but apparently these parents were not adequately trained in her special needs.
The sample diet described in the newspaper certainly should not have been allowed for someone with specific nutritional needs, nor is this sample a nutritious diet for any child.
How often was LP medically evaluated? How much follow-up by the state was done for this child with so many special needs?
Lake Waukomis ‘Libertarian Island’
I’m not clear how I would survive in a Libertarian world (8-5, A1, “Libertarian movement is a rising tide”).
Could someone please sponsor a new reality TV show titled “Libertarian Island,” where several couples and some individuals are placed with minimal supplies on some remote isle to create their own republic (Is that an acceptable model in libertarianism?) with six to eight episodes.
After three to four generations, we could come back to see who is left and how they are doing.
Linda Mary Neal
Prairie Village Unworkable walls
Imagine a world where every country decided to build a fence around itself. Sounds like the Romans when they built walls around their cities or the effort in Berlin to build a wall in the middle of the city or the experiment with the Great Wall of China.
Like all the walls built in the past, this new wall on the U.S. border is destined to eventually fail.
In the short term, it might create some delay in people coming into the country. Then, slowly, we will decide we want to have some people, but not all, come to do some special work. Or we may decide that we want to go there and find that the fence works both to keep people out and to keep us in.
The walls built in the past and these fences being built now are not sustainable. Just as a fence built by a farmer requires continual effort to keep it functional, so will this new fence. It will need to be made stronger, taller, etc., to ensure the efforts of those who want to not be fenced in have no means to escape.
Leawood Obama’s opposition
The reason Republicans do not like the Affordable Care Act is that President Barack Obama put it forward. It is the same bill that was put forward by Republicans a few years ago.
If President Obama discovered the cure for cancer, Republicans would find a way to stop it from going forward. They detest this president because he is black, plain and simple.
Olathe Slaughtering horses
I have had horses for more than half a century. Currently, we work our farm with four draft horses.
They are not only work animals but also friends and companions. I was lucky in all those years that only three horses had to be put down — all on the farm where they had lived.
Two of them were back in Bavaria, Germany, where the nearest horse-slaughter facility was only 10 minutes away. And so the horses were spared a last transport.
Here in the United States, within the last 20 years I buried three horses on farm ground.
There are millions of horse owners who do not have such fortunate circumstances. What are they supposed to do when a horse becomes too old or unusable or they can no longer afford to keep it, as happened in the last recession?
Instead of fighting horse-slaughter facilities, the people interested in humane treatment of animals should see to it that there are enough slaughter facilities to make long transports unnecessary.
Horses, like all other animals, will eventually die, and we should make their deaths easy for them.
Platte City Gun registration
I find it odd that Republicans can push for voter-identification laws and voter registration yet are dead set against gun registration. Maybe their right hand does not really know what their left hand is doing.
It must be sad to live in fear all the time.
Prairie Village Cruelty to Ella
Rest in peace, Ella. I cannot wrap my mind around how a human being could be so mean (8-6, A1, “City mourns loss of Elmwood Cemetery deer”). Too sad for words.
Kansas City Thanks for kindness
While starting home early one morning after an extended camping weekend, my wife and I began the serpentine trek through the narrow streets of a shopping area near Metropolitan Community College-Longview when the tongue of the tent camper we were hauling with our SUV inexplicably disengaged from our trailer hitch and began unceremoniously dragging along Longview Road.
As we began to assess our options, a gentleman in business attire approached and offered his assistance. Without hesitation, he removed the camper’s battery from the trailer tongue to lighten the load and summoned two other starch-shirted colleagues, and the four of us then lifted the camper back onto the hitch and secured it.
We’ve since learned that the first on the scene was Hawthorn Bank regionalpresident Keith Asel, and his two cohorts were Craig Sciara and Josh Houst, also of Hawthorn.
In today’s world, which so often reflects an it’s-all-about-me attitude, isn’t it refreshing to know that selfless, caring individuals still roam among us, apparently wanting little more than the satisfaction derived from coming to the aid of another?