Obesity, response to Russia, troublesome traffic lights

03/20/2014 4:29 PM

03/20/2014 4:29 PM

Proud to not walk

The population of Kansas City is among the nation’s most obese. The walk at Kansas City International Airport from curb to gate is less than 200 feet.

Is there a connection here?

Charles Richard Barnes

Kansas City Response to Russia

Regarding The Star’s article “Russians face sanctions,” (3-18, A1), I’m glad John McCain is not our president right now.

Calling President Barack Obama’s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression “wholly inadequate” and urging the United States to get involved militarily in the Crimean crisis sends the unmistakable message that McCain, true to his war-mongering history, would have us at the brink of nuclear war with the Russians if he were in charge.

“Don’t make me come in there!” seems to be McCain’s typical response to all threats, real or perceived, around the world.

It’s a good thing we have a leader in office who calmly thinks things through and reacts accordingly instead of making brash threats and military provocations that would only serve to exacerbate the situation.

Eddie L. Clay

Grandview Corporate rights

So our (corporate-owned) Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are individuals and have the right of free speech (money =speech), and now some of these corporations are demanding the right to hold religious beliefs.

If these corporations choose to demand treatment as individuals, doesn’t this imply that they have at least a moral obligation to pay income taxes at the same rates as individuals?

However, to avoid the specter of double taxation, couldn’t we permit them to deduct any amounts paid annually to shareholders as dividends, but with the understanding that those shareholders are also required to treat those payments as income?

Also, so we can avoid appearing anti-business, couldn’t we allow these corporations/individuals some sort of tax deduction for each full-time, 12-month or more employee who lives in the United States and earns, oh, say three times the minimum wage?

Henry Daubresse

Kansas City Goldberg columns

Jonah Goldberg columns are so predictably consistent. Each starts by accusing the president of ... and ends with “and nobody cares.”

Is this the best the “thoughtful voice” of conservatism has to offer? All the columns are “President Barack Obama ... bad, blah, blah, blah ...”

Where’s the considered alternative offered by a conservative movement that acquiesces to the rage of the tea partiers?

Goldberg can rant all he wishes. But no one will listen as long as the only alternative presented is “shut down the evildoer and bring down the world economy unless we get what we demand.”

Scott Peper

Gladstone Troublesome lights

Within many urban parts of Kansas City stand traffic lights that behave differently at different parts of the day.

During the day, they act like any other traffic light. However, at night from around 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., many traffic-light intersections switch to stoplight intersections. The busier street will flash yellow indicating yield, and the other street will flash red, which indicates stop.

This tactic should be used in rural areas of Kansas City for multiple reasons.

First, it would avoid the hassle of idling at an intersection where yours is the only car. Cars would not have to wait for lights to go through their cycles in order to continue.

In addition, a flashing light might attract more attention from a tired (or drunken) driver late at night, avoiding potential accidents.

Granted, this tactic may not be possible at many intersections, but many side streets and less busy roads could find the altering of lights to be beneficial.

Jules Nazzaro

Leawood Cutting-room floor

I have always watched KMBC-TV, Channel 9 newscasts.

The way the station treated its news and weather employees reflected a sense of integrity and respect for their work. This resulted in a trusting relationship between viewers and the television station.

That has been lost with the recent disrespectful treatment of Joel Nichols.

Twenty-five years of consistent weather reporting and mini-excursions into area historic sites were unappreciated.

Obviously, the new standard is toss out the longtime employees and bring in new faces.

The TV station’s ad, “We want to be a part of your family,” rings hollow. Reporters take note; this is no longer considered a profession, just a temporary job.

A lack of integrity at the corporate level shows a disrespect for the customers as well as the employees.

Martha Hamm

Independence Internet abstinence

If a person is being bullied on the Internet, why doesn’t that individual just stay off of it? Sounds simple to me.

Don Merker

Raytown Kill redo for KCI

I am entirely against the new plan for Kansas City International Airport.

I find it to be very costly and unnecessary.

I think there are cheaper and more practical alternatives.

I think $1.2 billion is way too much to spend on this new KCI.

Why change if people are happy with KCI?

I find that KCI is a dependable airport that is pretty convenient.

I think the fact it is a smaller airport makes it nice because you don’t have the long lines that exist at many larger airports.

I think that KCI could use a few renovations.

However, a new KCI is unnecessary.

Andrew Krieger

Lenexa End gun violence

With the nation’s ongoing gun violence, I think that people who want to stem the senseless killing should take a page from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and start placing small crosses where people are killed by guns, stating information such as the type of weapon used.

Imagine if some group, let’s call it Mothers Against Senseless Shootings (MASS), could start and put up these crosses all over the country.

At around 30 people a day shot and killed, there would be more than 200 in a week, more than 800 in a month and more than 10,000 of these crosses in a year.

No political party could stand up to that type of pressure.

It worked for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and it could work for individuals who want laws that would stem senseless killings, too.

Is there a church or group that would take up the task? I hope so.

John Fox

Independence Growing U.S. divide

People can lobby for raising the minimum wage all they want.

Raise it 15 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents or $5 an hour.

It won’t matter. That is still not a livable wage.

Our government and this country’s large corporations don’t get it.

Greed has fundamentally ruined this country.

Today it’s all about the chief operating officers, chief executive officers and other executives getting their seven-, eight- and nine-digit salaries and compensation packages.

It’s about shareholder dividends and record profits every month.

Guess what and whom they’re hurting in their undying quest for these.

The American worker and the American economy.

Eliminate as many good-paying jobs as humanly possible to bolster profits.

Keep the lowest-paid workers and as few of them as you can get by with.

Cut their hours, give them no benefits.

All to meet the numbers so the executives meet their goals and get paid.

The gap grows between the haves and have-nots.

Soon enough, there will be no more middle class.

This will be a nation of rich and poor.

The rich will have it all, and the poor will depend on the rich to support them.

Then what?

Brian Acker

Kansas City Pitching for gold

Because we have curling in the winter Olympic Games, there should be horseshoes in the Summer Games.

Ken Hedden



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