Southwest Early College Campus, child abuse, KCI

04/18/2014 5:43 PM

04/18/2014 5:43 PM

Southwest recovery

I want to speak out for the students, faculty and staff of Southwest Early College Campus (4-5, A4, “School examines failures”).

The shocking sexual-assault tragedy is behind us, the investigation is complete, the victim is being cared for and the school district has increased security staff and procedures in the four-story, 90-year-old school building in the Brookside neighborhood.

Meanwhile, life in this wonderful high school full of deserving students and dedicated teachers and staff goes on.

Let no one forget this school has come so far from the chaos of three years ago, when there were no sports teams, no mentoring programs, no field trips, no band, no honor roll pancake award breakfasts, no student-run talent shows, no cheerleader squads, no Junior ROTC cadets, no proms and no principal outside at 7 a.m. meeting the buses rain or shine.

There was no principal like Ed Richardson, who has been an amazing asset to the positive progress in this school and has always gone way above and beyond with “my students” and their learning in his mind.

Let us get back to the positives under this dedicated man.

Bring back Principal Richardson, who was placed on administrative leave.

The students and teachers need him.

Sally Tudhope

Southwest Campus

Neighborhood Volunteer

Kansas City Child sexual abuse

Throughout my 14 years of volunteer work on the board of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, I’ve come to see and understand the unfortunate wide-ranging abuses that are inflicted upon children every day, even in our own community.

One of MOCSA’s services is providing counseling for children — and their families — who have suffered one of life’s most difficult traumas.

I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of child sexual abuse.

It’s something that turned my family’s world upside down.

Throughout the nation, April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

It provides an opportunity for our community to work together to stop child abuse in all of its forms.

It’s a month to make sure people understand the signs of child abuse and how to report it and keep children safe.

The importance of awareness and education cannot be overstated.

Learn more about warning signs of child abuse at preventchildabusekc.org and mocsa.org.

If you or someone you know is struggling, I urge you to call MOCSA’s 24-hour crisis line number at 913-642-0233 in Kansas or 816-531-0233 in Missouri. It’s the responsibility of all of us to protect our community’s children.

Matt Sharples

Leawood Dark, dingy KCI

My husband and I use Kansas City International Airport several times a year, both when we travel and when we welcome visitors from other parts of the country.

Recognizing there are political, economic, financial and convenience arguments, our bottom line is this:

The airport looks and feels like an old Greyhound bus station.

It’s dark, dingy and, for those arriving, confusing.

Is this really the way we want to welcome visitors to our city?

Nancy Bone

Kansas City Compassion, support

We, the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, extend our compassion and prayerful support to the Jewish community of Greater Kansas City.

We mourn the loss of life and pray for the victims and their families, and offer our prayers of healing for the entire community wounded by violence.

Each faith community has the right to peace and safety.

We believe the best antidote to hatred and the violence it creates is living the values that uphold a democratic society: respect, peaceful conflict resolution and responsiveness to those in need.

We honor the rich religious diversity that enhances our life together, yet we speak in unison.

We speak with one voice to promote peace, respect and understanding among people of all faiths.

Interfaith Partnership includes 27 faith traditions in the St. Louis area. Our motto is: “As communities of faith, we agree to differ, promise to love and unite to serve.”

Archbishop

Robert Carlson

Chair

Rev. C. Jessel Strong

Vice Chair

The Cabinet of Interfaith

Partnership of

Greater St. Louis

St. Louis Green energy folly

Although renewable energy can be useful in select situations, the forced adoption of the energy resource is not economically prudent nor needed.

The costs of renewables are exorbitant relative to conventional resources.

To force Kansans to deploy such an economically inferior resource only places businesses and individuals at a competitive disadvantage.

The presumed reason for forcing the use of renewable energy (man-caused catastrophic global warming) is not without skeptics.

Joining the hysterical overreaction to potentially flawed climate models is not prudent.

A vastly superior method lies with conservation and better efficiency in the devices that use energy.

Such an approach inherently achieves more significant reductions in greenhouse gases (regardless of the cause ), but more importantly directly improves the economy.

Less money is spent on energy, freeing businesses and individuals to spend that money as they see fit.

That directly leads to a better economy for all.

I urge the Kansas Legislature and governor to apply common sense as opposed to imposing needless additional costs upon businesses and individuals, which is exactly where the forced use of renewable energy leads.

Michael Keller

Overland Park

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