Letters to the Editor

February 4, 2014

Leawood trash, KCI, snow removal

I feel the need to point out that valet parking in Los Angeles is nothing compared with the haughtiness of trash pickup service in Leawood. The requirements to have your trash removed read like a manifesto.
Trash in Leawood

I recently moved to Leawood from Santa Monica, Calif. After a long-distance relationship for 10 years, my boyfriend stated he would never move to Los Angeles because of the need to valet park.

Half kidding, half not. Everything costs in Los Angeles.

I feel the need to point out that valet parking is nothing compared with the haughtiness of the Town and Country trash pickup service. The requirements to have your trash removed read like a manifesto.

Really Leawood? What’s with this trash service?

You have to have special tags, special bags and special containers, and heaven forbid you have flattened moving boxes. Don’t even think about placing those boxes next to anything other than the certified container.

At least with valet parking, you have the convenience. You know the price. You know the tip.

Chances are 99 percent you’ll get your car back in one piece, and the rules are limited to the few words printed on your valet stub.

Leawood’s Town and Country trash pickup service needs a reality check.

It’s just trash, people.

Barbara Rose

Leawood Satisfying travelers

The business leaders quoted in Lynn Horsley’s Jan. 29 front-page article, “Business leaders decry ‘little league’ KCI,” make some commonly heard points, such as the desirability of a decent restaurant or two at Kansas City International Airport and adequate power for electronic devices.

But the tone of many of the complaints tells me the leaders are also eager for additional niceties — and I have the solution. How about an Airport Laborer Corps?

Teams of people clad in uniforms would speed the high and mighty, comfortably ensconced on decorative sedan chairs, to their destination in another terminal or a hotel. Others would gather the Great Ones’ luggage and undertake any other duties assigned.

KCI already has close-in parking, but no need to walk to one’s limo when one can be whisked past the hoi polloi by one’s team of KCI uniformed laborers.

This modest proposal would surely put Kansas City on the busy and affluent business traveler’s map, while providing unique jobs in our ever-expanding service sector.

The Airport Laborer Corps’ pay couldn’t be very high, and there could be no hint of a union to affront the corporate travelers’ sensibility. But surely the tips would be generous.

Alan F. Perry

Kansas City KC mishandled

As I recently drove down State Line Road from Minor Drive to the Martin City Wal-Mart, I saw that the Leawood side of the street was clear and dry but the Kansas City side had sections of packed ice with just tire tracks that were clear and dry.

Also obvious was that all the residential streets around the Hy-Vee store were clear and dry, but all the residential streets on the east side of State line Road were not treated and were ice-packed.

I’ve always wondered how Leawood could have so many police cars on 119th Street making sure the Missouri drivers observe the speed limit, yet you seldom see a Kansas City police officer this far south. Logic would tell you that Kansas City, with the millions of tax dollars it collects on income, sales and property, would do a better job than Leawood does with a small fraction of the money Kansas City has.

The difference has to be how the money is managed.

Bob Koke

Kansas City Cruz’s Canada roots

All those who want Sen. Ted Cruz to run for president should read the Constitution.

It says, “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to that office of president.”

Cruz was born in Canada.

Richard Powell

Independence Obamacare maze

If the government wants young people to sign up for health care through the marketplace, it needs to rethink its method of verifying an applicant’s identity.

Currently, the site uses information obtained in a credit-bureau file for identity verification.

My 21-year-old, healthy son has tried repeatedly to sign up for health care through the marketplace, but, being young and just starting out, he has no credit history. The healthcare.gov website would not allow him to choose an insurance plan because his identity could not be established using the credit agency.

After spending 30 minutes on the phone to both the company and the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to straighten this out, he was told to mail in a copy of his driver’s license to Health and Human Services. He mailed it and waited.

Three weeks later, he again attempted to sign into healthcare.gov and was again denied because of no credit history. This time he was given the option to scan and upload a copy of his driver’s license, which he did.

Two weeks later, he received a letter from Health and Human Services, which he assumed would be confirmation of his identity. Instead, it was a form letter requesting a copy of his driver’s license.

He finally purchased insurance on his own, outside the marketplace.

If government officials want young, healthy people to sign up, they need to make it easier for that to happen.

Allison Weaver

Trimble, Mo. Obamacare truths

To the Jan. 29 letter writer on “Obamacare magic,” your statement of a “higher tax burden ... kids and grandkids being saddled with the overwhelming and immoral debt burden” reveals a complete misunderstanding of the law.

Kaiser Family Foundation (healthreform.kff.org) and Consumer Reports (consumersunion.org/health) provide accurate information. The Affordable Care Act is based on prevention and wellness, which results in health and financial gains.

Unfortunately, Missouri’s opting out of Medicaid expansion will have adverse health and financial consequences.

My passion for Obamacare is greatly influenced by having worked decades in the nursing profession.

Bertha Payne

Retired RN

Gladstone Violence quagmire

After reading about a recent middle school shooting in New Mexico, I started scrolling through lists of school shootings since 2000.

Not a year has gone by without some kind of school shooting. Scrolling further back, I see decades more, and I wonder what lies in store for America in 2014.

So far, it’s not really starting on good footing.

I guess this will become my problem when I have children and send them off to school. Each morning, I’ll pray that they don’t get shot and that they will come home safe.

Or the current administration can do something about this now.

Lists of shootings like the one I was looking at are nothing to be proud of in this country.

I’ll be checking in for updates on this latest shooting and pray I don’t feel as anesthetized as I do now.

After a while, these stories start to blend together until they just roll into a violent, senseless quagmire, and America is stuck in it.

Megan Travelstead

Riverside Koster and eggs

So let’s get this straight: Egg producers in Missouri are not seeking a legal challenge to a California law that says all eggs sold in the state must come from hens able to “to lie down, stand up, turn around and freely extend their limbs (2-2, A1, “Missouri enlists in the egg wars”).”

In spite of that, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is challenging California’s law.

It begs the question, who is Koster serving? The Kansas City Star’s Mike McGraw makes it plain that Koster is serving beef producers who simply don’t like the Humane Society of the United States.

Koster can try to dress up his case in legalese. But it’s apparent that he is trying to curry favor with big agriculture, perhaps in anticipation of a 2016 run for governor.

We should demand more from our public officials than their using their offices for such transparent political purposes. And to subvert animal welfare and food safety in pursuit of political goals compounds the misjudgment.

Christina Tenti

St. Louis

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