Letters to the Editor

September 27, 2013

Bedbugs, bankers, war

Dear Mayor Sly James: I have contacted your office numerous times about my bedbug problem.
Bedbug problem

Dear Mayor Sly James: I have contacted your office numerous times about my bedbug problem. I work part time for minimum wage and can’t afford the cost to exterminate the problem.

You referred me to the Kansas City Health Department. The Health Department referred me to the Action Center, which did not believe I had a bedbug infestation.

In any case, they offered no help. Now, I’m being evicted from the house in November, and I’ll have no place to live.

The local homeless shelters have banned me because of the bedbugs. How will I keep my job?

Am I going to be homeless just as winter begins? Please give me a legitimate referral — somebody who will offer concrete assistance and won't give me another runaround.

Donny C. Hampton

Kansas City Bankers’ nonsense

Politicians are defunding public education because their special interest campaign supporters want our public education tax dollars in their bank accounts. Then the U.S. has leverage-buyout artists who somehow manage loans to purchase U.S. corporations. They pile this debt upon the company being pursued.

Then the companies fail under the guise that union wages were too high when in fact the objective was to shut down the company and shift jobs to China for bigger and bigger profits. Why are bankers funding this nonsense?

This is counterproductive. Also, the private industry college loan program seems to be operating like the Bush-era home loan program.

Tons of money was loaned to students who have no way to pay it back. Why are bankers funding this nonsense?

We have citizens getting educated but no jobs are waiting for them like in the good old days. The nation has crooks and bankers recording big-time profits loaning large sums of money to people becoming educated yet the jobs are leaving the country.

Why are bankers funding this nonsense?

Richard Heckler

Lawrence War focus wrong

Does it matter if innocent men, women and children die from chemical weapons, “conventional” bombs, nuclear bombs, drones, depleted uranium tipped bullets, or shock and awe? (Rhetorical question — don't answer).

Dead is dead. I think our focus is always on the wrong bouncing ball. Or bouncing bomb.

Roger Goldblatt

Kansas City Obamacare benefits

OK, I’m confused. I always thought that Republicans were strong proponents of capitalism and competition in the marketplace.

On Tuesday, health insurance exchanges are to open in states all across the country offering competitively priced health insurance policies from private companies that provide varying levels of coverage that meet minimum standards established by the government.

How much more capitalistic and competitive could you get?

And yet the Republicans are doing everything they can to keep this from happening.

Conservatives are even going so far as to discourage young people from buying policies through the exchanges. A conservative group called Generation Opportunity, which has financial ties with the Koch brothers, is going to college campuses and running misleading television ads in an attempt to convince young people to go without health insurance.

A young person may not need health insurance until that day comes when he injures himself while playing sports or in an auto accident. Then when the medical bills arrive totaling many thousands of dollars he will be sorry he didn’t have the insurance.

The conservative disdain for the health insurance exchanges is both hypocritical and disgraceful.

William R. Lenz

Kansas City Congress’ hypocrisy

Head Start, one of the most successful programs that prepares the poorest children for school, is threatened with funding reductions by Congress. Thousands of our poorest children are being denied access to Head Start.

What has happened to our moral compass? Isn’t it our job to protect the most vulnerable?

Maybe we’ve lost our way because those we sent to Washington, D.C., have lost their way.

Here’s another example of our lost moral compass: Too many of our Washington legislators have benefited from their vote to fund farm subsidies while they defunded the food stamp program.

Congressman Sam Graves and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler voted for farm subsidies from which they both benefit. Rep. Graves has received a staggering amount in farm subsidies since 1995 as per the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Farm Subsidy Database.

Rep. Hartzler has received nearly that much during that same time. So who are the “takers?”

Where is your moral compass Rep. Graves and Rep. Hartzler? All we need to know is the answer to this question:

Did any money end up in your pocket?

Bernadine Kline

Liberty Arboretum statue

Any attacks on Phillip Cosby’s character are sophomoric (9-25, Letters). The core issue here is not nudity, it’s sexting and the power of patterning.

A statue of a gun might raise a few objections. But a statue of the same gun pressed to the temple of a child would likely raise countless objections, which would be justifiable based on the value our society puts on life.

Based on our laws, we also value purity and protect against that which could lead to the production and distribution of prurient content, as sexting so easily does. Provocative artwork belongs in galleries, not in parks.

Rob Johns

Overland Park Unfortunate display

I was surprised and shocked while watching the Kansas City Royals game recently on Fox Sports. There was someone sitting in view of television cameras wearing a shirt with large, white “MF” letters on a black shirt.

Why would the stadium officials allow that person to be visible when baseball is a family sport? I find that disgusting.

Karen Pasley

Kansas City Guidance lacking

As I read about the youths accused of robbing the 85-year-old Grandview man, I’m reminded of my late father’s advice (9-18, A9, “Another accused in robbery”).

It goes this way: “Don't hang out with the wrong crowd because ultimately we are all judged by the company we keep.”

I passed that valuable information on to my sons at an early age along with stern warnings of what they could expect from home if they got in trouble.

No disrespect to their mothers, but it appears that these young men may have been lacking a father figure whose wisdom, guidance and strong leadership role may have made them think twice before taking part in this crime.

Eddie L. Clay

Grandview Embrace Royals

I think that I can give my perception of the lukewarm view that many Kansas Royals fan have toward manager Ned Yost.

I have been a high school football coach for 46 years years so I have experienced some of what Ned has. Granted, it’s not on the scale of being a manager in Major League Baseball, but the principal is the same.

The first rule that a coach must remember is “hindsight is always 20-20.” After a decision we can all see whether it works. So critics always have the advantage.

My wife during most of the last 46 years always asks me (tongue in cheek): Why did you call that fumble play?

The thing that I always say to people who are second-guessing coaches is look at how the coach treats his players and how the players respond to him and how do they play for him. That is what is really important. It is not the result of any one decision.

To all the hindsight is 20-20 people out there, just relax and enjoy the best Royals team in the last three decades and look forward to next season as the Royals under General Manager Dayton Moore and Yost are building a powerhouse team.

Richard Tatro

Assistant Head Coach

St. James Academy

Kansas City

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