I have been a frequent flier, and I know for sure that Kansas City International Airport is one of the most convenient airports in the country. Why not just build another story on top of the existing terminals?
The top floor could be secured and have shops, restrooms and restaurants for people waiting for flights. A light-rail system could be added on the second floor to connect people with the other terminals.
This could be done for millions of dollars rather than billions. The convenient characteristics would still be there.
Lee’s Summit Op-ed balance
The Kansas City Star op-ed pages could use more variety than the nearly duplicate, liberal, Keynesian economist duo of Tweedledee (Robert Reich) and Tweedledum (Paul Krugman).
I wish someone could explain how they are different. They have the same GOP-bashing columns attacking frugality in our federal government’s spending.
Can’t The Star add someone to balance the same broken-record columns of these two? It would be great to see someone like Larry Kudlow or Walter Williams.
Liberty Tea party stand
It is well known that the tea party stands for constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility, and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious the reason the progressives disagree so much with the tea party is the tea party demands that the government adhere to constitutional principles, which is an anathema to a progressive.
Since 1789, the way to change or create a law is to write a bill, pass it in both chambers and get the president to sign it. This procedure works well when the leadership of both chambers agree to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.
When the Senate refuses to bring House legislation to the floor for a vote, the procedure does not work. An example is the lack of a budget for the past five years even though the House has passed a budget each year.
Thanks to Rep. Kevin Yoder and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts for their stands on constitutional principles and fiscal responsibility.
Olathe Restore Black Friday
For years, Americans flocked to capitalist temples to worship the consumer gods on Black Friday. The impulse to be in the front-row seat and to imbibe in the drippings from the altar hallowed this day.
Then, the priests of commerce moved the traditional beginning of the shopping day to midnight. And this year, the heresy deepened by moving the ritual to compete with Thanksgiving Day, a move condemned as a sacrilege to family life.
This slam against the sacred Black Friday morphed into the conservative paranoia that America is attempting to degrade Thanksgiving Day. Actually, our sports culture had already corrupted the simplicity of Thanksgiving Day, so moving the day to Nov. 28 was not heretical, but it was questionable.
To remedy the effects of the sacrilege, let us in 2014 restore Black Friday to its celebration of our insatiable impulse to shop.
Kansas City Risks of alcohol
I think you could easily substitute the word alcohol for marijuana in the Dec. 4 “As We See It” column, “The risks of marijuana are many.” With alcohol, the risks are even more severe.
Where’s the fear and outrage for that toxic drug?
Kansas City Photo for proof
Mr. Fred Crosby (12-4, Letters), if you have pictures of yourself wearing your uniform, send copies to the VA. This will verify your service, rank, etc. A picture proved what a Vietnam veteran claimed, and his claim was awarded.
Lee’s Summit Postage stamp suit
The U.S. Postal Service decides to issue a Forever Stamp depicting the national symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, and chooses an image offered by an online photography service (12-4, A2, “A first-class mix-up”). The online service’s image turns out to be a photo of a nearly identical half-scale sculpture of Miss Liberty in Las Vegas.
The mimicked statue’s sculptor has now sued the Postal Service for copyright infringement. The question might be, “Who owns the image of the Statue of Liberty?”
The sculptor’s claim of significant physical nuances notwithstanding (among other things, he claims his lady is sexier), the image depicted on the stamp is one etched in the minds of most Americans and the term “in the public domain” could not be any more appropriate.
So who infringed on whom?
John D. Colle
Blue Springs Awakening U.S.
Prepare to say goodbye to Obamacare, Obamamath, Obamanomics and Obamaperiod.
Americans are finally beginning to wake up and realize how they have been manipulated into believing all of the man-made, bull-hockey problems and supposed solutions that must be supported in order to save the nation.
It’s all about money and how to redistribute it, making sure that a goodly portion remains in the hands of the manipulators. Americans who truly believe in America are starting to smell the stink of the true agendas of politicians and bankers and will be pushing back at the ballot boxes.
We need to ignore the rhetoric and concentrate on the obvious, which is being honest and open with recommendations and living within a budget. Those are two things that simply haven’t been done by our manipulating president or by either side of the political aisle for that matter.
The talking heads want you to believe that government must live by a different set of rules than those imposed on the populous. Some principles cannot be compromised, and Americans know that.
Calvin D. Day
Kansas City Shifting Republicans
The conservative Heritage Foundation decided that all Americans should be required to buy health insurance. President Bill Clinton sought to bring a bill that would require such a mandate.
His proposal, however, would have allowed for what is now called “cut rate” coverage, and the Republicans pushed back against his plan, saying that most health-care costs result from hospital and emergency room visits and that his plan did not close this gap.
Conservatives and the GOP further decided that what Clinton proposed was nothing more than a socialistic scheme to take over health care.
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.
Some liberal Democrats thought that this was going too far and that many Americans would not be able to afford insurance under such a plan. The Democratic leadership, remembering what had happened to Clinton, thought this was the only way to satisfy the Republicans, who were exempting themselves from the debate.
And so it is very easy to understand when Democrats describe the difficulty of working with Republicans, who constantly change positions in the hopes of causing partisan rancor. Obamacare is the most current proof of that.
Wichita Autograph snub
Around eight years ago, I had a new grandson. I thought it would be a real keepsake for him to have the autographs of George Brett and Arnold Palmer.
So, about this time before Christmas, I sent both letters and asked them to autograph their pictures, which I enclosed. In less than two weeks, I received the picture autographed by Arnold Palmer.
After that I received a form letter from G. Brett/Royals, stating that he was too busy to sign all the requests he receives. In my note to Brett, I had stated that I did not want to bother him in a restaurant or on the golf course and thought this was the best way.
For the last eight years, I have been too busy to purchase a Royals ticket.
Olathe Thanks, prayers
Thanks and blessings to the nice young man who escorted me across the Broadway Bridge when I was lost on a recent Sunday evening. I am keeping you in my daily prayers.