Target shoppers, protecting children, Clay Chastain’s rail plan

02/11/2014 5:41 PM

02/11/2014 6:13 PM

Target victims

I find it laughable that Target’s CEO, in his full-page letter of apology, begins with “Dear Target Guests.” Wouldn’t “Dear Target Victims” be more appropriate?

Darla Hajinian

Leawood Protecting children

I was glad to see that the farm bill passed by Congress did not undermine the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, as some lawmakers had hoped it would. Our nation’s food-safety programs must focus on reducing the millions of preventable food-borne illnesses each year, and that’s exactly what the food safety act will do.,

I visited the Capitol Hill offices of the U.S. senators from Kansas and Rep. Kevin Yoder to remind them that this law exists so that other children don’t suffer like my son Matthew did. At age 8, he had to battle for his life after eating food tainted with E. coli and developing the potentially deadly hemolytic uremic syndrome. It took him years to fully recover.

Cases like Matthew’s are still too common. I urge Congress to ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is given adequate resources in the next funding bill to be able to fully implement and enforce food safety act — for the safety of my family and for all Americans.

Leigh Ann Winnard

Overland Park Hackers’ CIA value

Hackers have breached Target credit accounts, obtaining extremely valuable personal data and information on millions of customers. For the nation’s protection, the CIA should make every effort to identify these skillful predators and immediately hire them.

Ben Nicks

Shawnee Agenda journalism

As good a season as Missouri Tiger defensive end Michael Sam had last fall, I think he is just a bit naive if he continues to think he will be judged just on what he does on the football field in the National Football League (2-10, A1, “MU star announces he’s gay”).

Rather than report on the important issues of the day, the mainstream media — this includes The Kansas City Star — concentrate on issues that should remain private and really do not mean a thing in the overall scheme of the world.

Why did the nation’s journalism schools move away from teaching the basics of reporting news and move into advocacy journalism or news reporting with an agenda?

Russ Warren

Nevada, Mo. God’s creations

At first, you want to feel sorry for the 6-year-old who is born a boy but wants to be a girl (2-9, A1, “I am a girl”) and Michael Sam, an NFL prospect who has announced he is gay.

And I do feel sorry for them, but not for who they are, but for all the crap that certain people want to put them through.

Sam is an All-American, his conference’s top defensive player. He says he’s gay, and there are those who ask, “Can he still play?” How do you answer a bizarre question like that?

The 6-year-old and her parents are shunned because the little boy resolves to be what he knows he should be — a girl. The world is not coming to an end because of what’s happening here.

She knows who she is and would like to be accepted, not be treated badly by her former “friends” and their parents. And for those who are always ready to talk about Jesus and the Bible, may I once again point out that God is perfect.

If that is true, then because he created both the 6-year-old and Sam, you folks have a choice. Either God is perfect or God is perfect subject to your approval. You can't have it both ways.

Warren Thomas

Lenexa Chastain’s rail plan

Now that the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled 7-0 that the light-rail initiative is constitutional, isn’t it time the city stop litigating, do the honorable thing and place the light-rail initiative before voters in August in a head-to-head competition with the city’s streetcar plan?

Such a gesture of good faith would begin to rebuild the people’s faith in City Hall. Then, the focus could turn to Kansas City’s future and which transit vision — the city’s streetcar expansion or the initiative’s light-rail-based multimodal transit system — would be better for the people.

If voters prefer the city’s plan over mine, I will accept it and offer any help I can to make the streetcar system successful.

If voters prefer mine, I would welcome the city’s help in making it workable. If both plans are rejected, then we should work together to try something else because the transit system we have now will never power Kansas City to a more prosperous future.

City officials fighting the people’s initiative should stop. Nationwide, people are dismayed that elected officials cannot cooperate and form a consensus to solve problems.

Kansas City could become a role model for the nation.

Clay Chastain

Bedford, Va. U.S. debt problem

People who think it’s OK to continually print new debt bonds and issue new currency based on their existence don’t understand economics at all. Monetizing of debt has led to economic collapses in other countries.

When production is down and unemployment up, pumping huge amounts of currency into the economy will eventually create hyperinflation that will destroy our economy. We need job creation, but those in the White House won’t do anything to fix a capitalist economy.

They’re busy destroying it from under us.

Byron L. Maduska

Leavenworth Steve Rose column

Steve Rose knows what he is talking about when it comes to one thing, and that was in his Feb. 9 commentary “KCI’s convenience serves people who matter most.” He lists Kansas City International Airport’s efficiency in entering and finding your gate, getting your luggage and exiting, security, parking and curbside convenience.

All this makes KCI a “uniquely convenient airport” that citizens love. Rose says “business leaders” told a task force that KCI gives a lousy impression to visitors.

Could The Star publish just who these leaders are and whether there are any building contractors in the group?

Donna Gillett

Leavenworth Senator’s residency

In a recent interview, Sen. Pat Roberts acknowledged that he does not have a home of his own in Kansas. In the interview, he acknowledged that the house on the country club golf course in Dodge City that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors — C. Duane and Phyllis Ross.

And he says he stays with them when he is in the area. He established his voting address there the day before his challenger in the August primary, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy. “I have full access to the recliner,” Sen. Roberts is quoted as saying in The New York Times article.

This address is also on his Kansas driver’s license. He has begun paying the Rosses $300 a month to allow him to stay overnight. The Rosses can’t recall when he last stayed there. According to The New York Times article, Roberts’ staff declined to provide the dates he stayed with the Rosses.

Sen. Pat Roberts has a problem, and so do we as his constituents.

How can he represent Kansas when he doesn’t even have residence here?

Martha Walker

Overland Park Ethics in Missouri

It has been a fairly longstanding embarrassment how Missouri legislators accept gifts and money. When they opened the floodgates to no limits, it became an unacceptable embarrassment to the residents of this state.

Compared with other states, our elected servants are simply whores, available to anyone who has money or ballgame tickets.

Some lawmakers express concern with this and say it should be changed. But one has to wonder, did they just not get offered the dollar amount they wanted?

I am an embarrassed Missouri resident. The practice of allowing gifts should be eliminated completely or a very low limit should be set, such as a $50 value on each item.

Jim Bishop

Holt, Mo. Kudos to The Star

Kansas City Star carrier Steve Collier never missed a beat during all the inclement weather.

Much appreciated. Thanks.

Kathleen Kennedy

Kansas City

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