Letters to the Editor

September 21, 2013

Arboretum statue, ending prejudice, guns

Art is not the issue; not the beauty of the human body nor bare breasts are the issue relative to the Overland Park Arboretum sexting sculpture and children. The issue is the sexting act portrayed in a children’s destination.
Arboretum statue

Art is not the issue; not the beauty of the human body nor bare breasts are the issue relative to the Overland Park Arboretum sexting sculpture and children (9-17, A4, “New law brings new push for grand jury inquiry”). The issue is the sexting act portrayed in a children’s destination.

The artist describes his work as a broken, fractured woman, stripped of identity, showing herself to the world. That’s too much for a 7-year-old.

Put the sculpture in an adult venue, perhaps the Overland Park council chambers.

Why is a city agency putting in front of children an act that, if they mimicked it, would be the illegal manufacture of child porn by children?

This kind of sexualized imagery is harmful to minors. Overland Park spending $35,000, for what? More waste and bluster.

Here’s what is new in the second citizens’ grand jury effort: Following the action from the Kansas Legislature to the district attorney, and the legislative rewrite of the citizens’ grand jury process, the Johnson County district attorney will be scrutinized for the first grand jury effort.

Phillip Cosby

State Director, American

Family Association

of Kansas Missouri

Overland Park Plain, simple Obama

Some letter writers are only two-thirds correct in their assertion that Republicans detest this president because he is black, plain and simple.

It is, in part, because he is plain and simple, but not because he is black.

John Kusek

Leawood American bigotry

Here are a few thoughts in the aftermath of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and related events:

In June, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, stating that “things have changed dramatically” in the South in the nearly 50 years since the act was signed in 1965.

In many minority districts such as Miami, voters had to wait eight or more hours to cast their ballots last November. There were no such problems in West Palm Beach, a winter haven for the wealthy.

Recently, a Klan-type rally at the Missouri State Fair drew shouts and applause from the crowd as the rodeo clown wore a mask resembling President Barack Obama. When the rodeo clown was subsequently fired, a group in Texas contacted him to say, “Come on down, have we got a job for you.”

If anyone believes “things have changed dramatically in the country in the last 50 years,” they weren’t reading the comments section from average citizens in the online papers.

The ones I saw were running 50 percent pro-clown.

If someone mentions racism concerning the manner in which this president is treated, the far right-wingers scream like wounded cats.

I’m just an old white guy from Kansas, but I know bigotry when I see it.

Richard Bono

Lenexa Ending prejudice

Imagine it was last Sunday, Sept. 15. Imagine you were in church. Imagine seeing four well-dressed women, all in their mid-60s.

They could have been singing in the choir. After services, they could have shown you pictures of their lovely grandchildren. Seeing them in church, you knew you were in the right place.

This dream could not have taken place. Fifty years ago, these four women were young girls attending the 16th Street Baptist Church when an explosion of dynamite ended their lives.

As headlines nationally and around the world detail the horrors of hatred, I wonder what we could do other then sigh and shake our heads in resignation.

Maybe we can’t fix the world’s ills, but maybe we can focus on weeding our anger, ignorance, self-righteousness and fossilized thinking that give roots to hatred.

Maybe we can focus on actions of caring and kindness.

Maybe we can embrace common agreements.

Maybe we can smile a little broader, hug a little longer and love a little deeper.

Maybe we can make a difference.

Rest in peace Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.

Jim Siress

Olathe Guns, not Google

I have lived in Overland Park most my life. I am truly embarrassed to say that after the Overland Park City Council has found a loophole that has prevented Google Fiber from starting its installation process in town (9-18, A9, “Mixed outcomes on Google Fiber”).

This would have had a major positive economic impact on Overland Park, and there are cities nationwide that would jump on this opportunity. Yet again, Overland Park is making national news for all of the wrong reasons.

I have to remind myself that this is the same council that voted in favor of open-carry gun laws but voted against the most advanced cable company in the world.

This goes to show how backward the council really is.

Joe DeMarco

Overland Park GOP obstructions

From the day President Barack Obama was elected, the right-wing Republicans have made his life a misery. They can’t get over having a black president.

President Obama is a real gentleman who has taken nothing but grief from this horrible Congress. He has done a lot of good for us, and many Republican lawmakers can’t stand it.

They have tried to stop everything that is good for America with their lies and pandering to the religious right, the National Rifle Association and the huge corporations, taking away everything this country was founded on.

Again they are taking away voting rights from minorities. Also, college students cannot use their college enrollment cards and therefore some cannot vote.

Right-wing Republicans don’t want Obama’s health-care plan, which will be very good for the country. Insurance companies no longer can cancel or deny coverage for a previous illness. Premiums will come down because of competition.

Vote the Republicans out of Congress.

They favor only the rich over the middle class and people who are poverty-stricken.

Donna Stone

Prairie Village

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