I live in Columbia and try to always fly out of Kansas City International Airport rather than the airport in St. Louis. The reason I do this is because of the much greater ease of flying out of KCI because of the airport’s three-pod system of terminals. It’s so much easier to check in for a flight and go through security than Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is with its single terminal.
It’s also much easier to retrieve luggage at the end of a flight. Please don’t change KCI just for the sake of change, or Kansas City will lose passengers who fly out of KCI because of the convenience it offers.
Columbia KC sports pride
The KCTV-5 newscasters on the station’s delayed 5 p.m. newscast after a recent Royals game gave the Royals and the Chiefs great praise for being so good and great for Kansas City.
But they shouldn’t leave out our soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, because it too is on top in its sport. We are proud for all our teams.
Kansas City Clashing rights
It’s interesting that, at least in Kansas, the U.S. constitutional right to bear arms is more important than the constitutional right to freedom of speech and the ability to voice your opinions (9-21, A4, “Professor is placed on leave after tweet”).
Bonner Springs Slaying of deer
I still can’t believe the story about Ella the deer’s murderer.
You just don’t shoot any animal in the city. If a person is hungry, he can go to a food bank. Ella probably went right up to the gunman like she did everyone who went to see her.
I read Donald Bradley's Sept. 26 story, “They won't let go of this town,” and found it interesting and exciting. I am interested because I was the pastor of the Rich Hill Circuit of The United Methodist Church in 1980, which included this area.
Several of the people mentioned in Bradley's story were members of my churches. In fact, several people mentioned in the story, including Jerry Stangel, Marcelle Marquardt, Peggy Buhr and Mary Giffin were members of two of my churches — Mound Zion (Happy Hill) and Rich Hill. I have also been to Papinville. I thought the article offered a personal view of the town and its inhabitants. All in all, it was a well-written story worth reading.
I plan to visit Papinville and visit the museum when I go back to the Rich Hill United Methodist Church on Nov. 3, where I will preach and talk to high school students following lunch about Central Methodist University, where I have worked for eight years. Thank you for this outstanding piece of Americana.
It brought back a lot of memories.
Michael D. Pope
Fayette, Mo. Global warming
This is a response to all of the ridiculous responses from people about global warming.
The planet is roughly 4 billion years old.
On that scale, if you put us on a 24-hour clock, we have been here but a second and we will not make it through another second, and just look at the devastation man has caused in the first second.
Only a fool would believe that belching tons of carbon into the atmosphere would not have detrimental effects.
Kansas City Rewrite Obamacare
It seems a number of people are convinced that Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is great.
If this legislation were so great, why was it written in secrecy?
Other than the writers, no one was able to see this bill until it was submitted for a vote in the House. If this legislation were so great, why was it rushed through Congress before anyone had time to read it?
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass this bill to find out what is in it. If this legislation were so great, why is President Barack Obama constantly making exceptions to it?
It would seem obvious that there are numerous flaws in this bill. Unfortunately, we won’t know about most of them until it becomes effective.
What really needs to happen is to cancel Obamacare and write a new law that would be fair to all concerned and truly affordable.
Kansas City Old debates surface
In the current uproar concerning the Affordable Care Act, I recall debates from our collective past that seem all too familiar.
These include extreme, rigid views; uncompromising positions; threats; misinformation; predictions of calamity; attacking and misrepresenting those who do not agree with one side or the other; and unusual political moves to please a loyal voting bloc.
For me, the mirror is racial equality and the slow, painful process toward justice that has progressed but is not complete.
I wonder whether some of our political leaders are taking their strategies from that painful time, consciously or unconsciously.
Lawrence G. Ehren
Overland Park Keystone pipeline
I do not mind the Keystone XL Pipeline being built, but I am apprehensive about leaking oil sludge.
The oil companies should be held to the standard of explosives, “strict liability.”
They should pay our attorney fees so we can break even and pay punitive damages if they try to defraud us.
We only have to look at the state of Alaska or the Gulf Coast to realize that if oil gets loose, the people as victims or taxpayers will suffer.
Ask the residents of oil-soaked Mayflower, Ark., if they would allow the Keystone XL Pipeline under their city without these legal protections.
The more liability big oil has, the safer the pipeline will be.
Leawood Race in U.S., Obama
I did not vote for President Barack Obama the first time, but I thought that maybe he really could do all the things he said he could do, or at least part of them. Not.
I am really sick of hearing about the first black president.
He is black. He is biracial. He just chooses to ignore the white part of him because he is racist.
Why isn’t he commenting about all the murders that occur?
There are way too many murders that involve blacks, whites, Hispanics and all other races that never get any attention other than by the police. What about all the black-on-black crime they keep talking about in Chicago?
I just feel like the president should concentrate on the national problems we face instead of fueling racial problems.
Kansas City, Kan. Cable TV modem
The last two months Time Warner has added about $4 to our cable bill for a rental fee on our Road Runner modem. The modem was part of a “free” offer in 2008.
We called and a company person told us that the offer that was extended to us had run out and that we owed rental on the modem. We produced an agreement from 2008 that verified that the modem was ours.
I am writing about this because how many other millions of people are going to be charged for the rental of modems that actually belong to them?
This should be investigated because it appears that Time Warner will raise millions of dollars through this rental claim.
Marla J. Selvidge
Village of Loch Lloyd Fast-food wages
I visited the KFC on Missouri 291 and Langsford Road in Lee’s Summit recently. There was a gentleman in front of me who had already been waited on.
A couple of young ladies were working the front counter. Neither made an attempt to wait on me.
They were busy talking about who was going home at what time. Then a young man joined them, and they continued to talk about the same subject, completely ignoring the customers.
One of the young ladies finally took my to-go order and after a few minutes handed me my order. The gentleman who was ahead of me finally received his order as well.
As we walked out, we looked at each other and said, “And they want $15 an hour?”
I think you get paid what you are worth.