Letters to the Editor

January 3, 2014

Bowl games, traffic tickets, Jesus

When I was a youngster back in the 1950s, I remember watching the four college bowl games with my father and uncles on New Year’s Day. They were the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl.
Bowl overload

When I was a youngster back in the 1950s, I remember watching the four college bowl games with my father and uncles on New Year’s Day. They were the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl.

To get an invitation to a bowl game, a team had to be undefeated or close to it. You knew you were watching the best of the best.

Today, there are more than 30 bowl games, with teams being invited with 6-6 records. The quality of the bowl games has lost its meaning.

It’s too bad we can’t go back to the good old days.

Oh, I forgot. It’s not about the game but the money.

What a shame.

Al Swiderski

Spring Hill Traffic ticket blues

Greater Kansas City is a dangerous driving town, and the current system does not appear to make driving safer.

When I see a motorist weaving in and out of traffic on the interstate, there is never a police officer in pursuit. They are busy issuing small-infraction tickets (quantity — the greater the number, the greater revenue), rather than serious tickets (quality — fewer in number, therefore less in total revenue).

All traffic fines should go to non-governmental charities rather than into city coffers.

There should also be demographic studies by independent civilian organizations to see what kinds of tickets are issued in order to hold police officers to “quality” performance.

Until that happens, if I get a ticket because of an infraction, I will boycott (as in not spend money in) the profiting city until I’ve recouped 10 times the amount of the fine.

Bill Doty

Overland Park Have faith in Jesus

To all those who are disheartened during these difficult times, a very wise man once said, “In this world you will have tribulation. ... But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

These days it’s become nearly impossible to find justice and equality in a world gone mad. It seems our government, schools, elected officials, courts and public agencies, such as the Office for Civil Rights, have all become corrupt.

Many of them have. But the evil today still has spiritual roots, and therefore the solutions are spiritual.

Don’t have confidence because you possess money or a gun. Have confidence by possessing Jesus.

His word says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”

Stand strong for human rights. Advocate for your children.

Be fearless in his strength. Obey and follow for salvation.

He is a strong tower.

For those who battle righteousness, a day of reckoning is soon coming.

Thomas Briscoe

Lathrop Presidential stagings

A Dec. 30 letter writer complained about President Barack Obama using an audience in the background for some of his public addresses. He went on, “I simply do not recall a previous president using Hollywood-type props in an attempt to sway the opinion of the American people.”

Every president, and politician, in history has used such backgrounds. They’ve used as props factories, shipyards, national parks, monuments, etc.

The most famous use of props occurred when a president used an aircraft carrier at sea. Instead of arriving in his helicopter, he chose to become the first president to land on a carrier in a fixed-wing plane, using the tailhook and cables for a dramatic entry.

Dressed in full flight suit, he then preened for cameras and used the carrier and sailors as background for his speech.

Oh, yes. There was a huge banner, “Mission Accomplished,” even though that war in Iraq continued for 10 years.

All that was missing were coils of gold braid on his shoulders and a Gilbert and Sullivan chorus. Remember?

Talis Bergmanis

Fairway Tanks, assault rifles

In response to the many letters warning us about the government coming to take our assault rifles away, I share your concern. In fact, I agree with the central thesis that our government may at any moment turn on us and come for our guns.

But, instead of assault rifles, we need tanks. That’s right, tanks. The government won’t come after us with assault rifles. It will come after us with tanks, and we need to be ready to meet force with force.

Think of the economic effect of ordinary citizens being able to purchase tanks.

Tank dealerships would spring up all over. Jiffy Lube and similar businesses would have to hire more workers for tank maintenance.

Home builders would have to modify garages to accommodate tanks. Tank washes would be hiring, and highway workers would have to widen roads so tanks would be able to pass one another.

Pit bulls could ride on tanks, much like Dalmatians ride on fire trucks. Think about the endless economic opportunities.

I say, “Bring it on government.” Just the thought of an Abrams in my garage makes me feel safer already.

Carole A. Sapp

Independence Job market blues

It is difficult to read Vanessa Waters’ Jan. 1 column, “The problem with being a ‘Gen-Y’er today,” without acknowledging that perhaps her generation received the wrong message in thinking, “What would make you happy is what matters most.”

Few if any of my peers who graduated college in the 1970s were provided the luxury of obtaining employment in their desired career fields.

Many of our peers had returned from the Vietnam War. If they were fortunate enough to return home, they encountered a hostile reception, while also perhaps dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. I am sure they thought, “It sucks to be us.”

When we obtained our college degrees, we faced dismal economic times with high unemployment rates, which some economists say were worse than today’s. We made the best of a bad situation.

Many of us joined VISTA or the Peace Corps. We sought out jobs you would likely not consider.

These included trash collecting, janitorial work, waitressing, pizza delivery and house painting, to name a few. These same people went on to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, stockbrokers and successful business owners.

We didn’t think the world owed us. Rather we were committed to making it a better place.

Jean McCabe

Kansas City Welcoming church

A writer recently used the adage about closing the barn door after the horse was out to disparage the reaction to same-sex marriage by some religious people he apparently holds in contempt.

Raised on a farm with horses, and as a Christian, I see a barn as I see the body of Christ, as a safe haven providing shelter, nourishment and protection from many dangers.

True, some barns are uncomfortable, others contain disease, and some may crumble or even burn causing injury. And, yes, some livestock, being dumb animals and being unable to comprehend the idea of making repairs (and, of course, also lacking opposing thumbs) may seek to reject all barns.

But the good wrangler seeks to protect the safe haven and to preserve and defend his work in building the barn. He also keeps watch in case the foolish horse returns should he find the world he believed to be so enlightened does not offer the greener grass promised by those who seek to entice others to their way of life.

Should the horse return, rest assured the barn (church) door will open wide.

Wes Jones

Smithville New Year’s gift

It happened again. I had dinner at Cracker Barrel one evening, as I often do.

When I went to pay, I was told my dinner had been paid for. This has had happened before, and I have no idea who is doing it, but it is appreciated.

I am a senior citizen, and I can pay and have had to pay since my husband passed nearly five years ago. I just want to say thank you and wish you good health and happiness in the New Year.

I plan to pass this along, too. I have intended to write this letter before, so finally decided I should do it.

Happy new year.

Ann Stevens


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