Holocaust movie, affirmative action, private tuition

05/01/2014 4:03 PM

05/01/2014 5:42 PM

Must-see movie

We saw “Walking With the Enemy” recently, and we hope that Kansas City area movie theater companies are planning to give this movie more exposure than just a few movie houses. We both were very moved (sometimes to tears) by this story, which relates part of the Holocaust taking place in Hungary during 1944 and 1945.

It is a good movie and was inspired by the true story of many heroes and victims, both Jewish and Christian, resulting from the horrors by the Nazis and Hungarian Arrow Cross fascists.

The Internet indicated a limited showing in the Kansas City area, with not many available show times.

It is our opinion that this movie should be made more widely available to the public because what happened between 1939 and 1945 is often part of a forgotten history.

After the movie, as we watched the credits and reflected our feelings, we felt a strong desire to speak loudly, “Never again,” but refrained from doing so, as there were no more than 10 others at that 5 p.m. showing.

Herb Spiegel

Prairie Village

Marlene Kahn

Olathe Krauthammer column

Charles Krauthammer, in his April 29 column, “Finally, justices get it right,” says the Supreme Court got it right in the Schuette ruling to “let the people decide” whether to ban affirmative action.

His reasoning overlooks one crucial fact: Many of our nation’s poorest citizens still don’t have the same access to vote on such matters.

Education paves the way to having information. One doesn’t need a college degree to vote. Yet with education comes access to information.

The more we say “hands off — let the people decide,” the more we put our nation into the hands of the elite few who’ve always been in charge.

To be “colorblind” is to be blind to that history and blind to the continuing discrimination and white privilege that all too often prevail.

As Mary Sanchez aptly points out in quoting Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent, race discrimination has often been cemented into place with laws voted at the ballot box until the Supreme Court found such laws invalid.

I wouldn’t want to live in a country where the ultimate rule is “let the people decide.”

That’s why our founders put in a Constitution to limit the power of the majority and established a system of checks and balances.

Maril Crabtree

Mission Private tuition option

If we want to live in a world where a person’s future is not predetermined by his or her zip code and where people of diverse backgrounds live side by side, then we need to give families in troubled school districts better options to educate their kids.

Otherwise, the flight of thousands of young families out of our urban core will continue for decades to come.

With those goals in mind, my fellow residents in the Kansas City Public Schools should be united in favor of the private-school tuition provision that is being debated in Jefferson City.

This measure, along with the right to transfer to other public school districts and the expansion of charters, would finally encourage families with young children to stay in the urban neighborhoods they love.

And any politician, official or commentator opposed to the private-school provision who did not send his or her own children to a struggling public school should be required to publicly answer the following question: If a school is not good enough for your family, why should it be acceptable to anyone else?

Kevin Muesenfechter

Kansas City Hurting in America

A recent “60 Minutes” show left me sad and so very angry at this group of men and women running this country, who have lost all human qualities that are normally God-given but have been lost because of greed.

Look up the “Health Wagon” in southwestern Virginia. Very upsetting.

Virginia, like Missouri, has Republican leaders who have refused to accept Medicaid expansion. Their arrogant attitudes and greed have made it even harder for the poor to live with even a shred of dignity.

They are dying with no health care and starving with no food.

This is America — a Third World country. Citizens here in our own country are living like this? The GOP has sunk to its lowest point.

We have a Democratic president who has created a health-care plan that he thinks will help these people in the poorest parts of some of these United States, and their so-called party leaders turn it down.

There is no excuse for this.

Please remember the poor and hungry in 2016 when these inhumane GOP individuals need your vote.

Citizens using an old health wagon for medicine and a church to eat? Inexcusable.

Karen Zentz

Raymore Cindy Hoedel column

The April 27 commentary by Cindy Hoedel, “Why labor unions deserve their dues,” was a great and timely reminder, especially in light of legislation pending in Missouri.

Pat Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, vividly points out that we’re not a society that courts freeloaders, squatters or those not willing to pay their fair share. He shows that the American labor movement continues to play a vital role in shaping our country, our economy and our future.

Right to work simply allows those freeloaders and squatters to have free passes.

Recent polling numbers indicate that a majority of Missourians do not want right to work. Let your elected representatives in Jefferson City know that Missouri, as a whole, is better off without right-to-work legislation.

Lew Hendricks

Kansas City KC’s billboard blight

The City Council designated the huge billboard at 20th and Main streets as blighted in order to allow development (4-25, A10, “Billboard blight passes”). That designation was redundant because billboards are by their very nature “blight,” regardless of their size, shape, condition or location.

The powers that be say that Kansas City International Airport is tacky and shabby and gives a bad first impression of our fair city. What in the world do they think the proliferation of billboards do? Billboards block the views of our urban core from all directions as travelers and commuters approach downtown.

Shame on those in charge, and shame on us for allowing billboard blight to continue to degrade what is otherwise a vibrant and dynamic city.

Larry Kauffman

Kansas City Wild West Leawood

Kansas will soon look like the Wild, Wild West.

We have an open-carry gun law regulated only by the state. We have a “stand your ground” law regulated by the county.

Now we have the Leawood Police Department calling 125,000 citizens in the middle of the night telling them to be on the lookout for a suspect in a domestic violence case who escaped on foot (4-29, A4, “Police alert goes awry”).

Does anyone see this as a problem when you put them together? We can only hope that someone will be smart enough to require us to check our guns at the town line.

Vicki Bronson

Overland Park Stranger’s kindness

On April 27, a group of parents and gymnasts from Emerald City Gymnastics in Overland Park gathered for lunch at the Corner Restaurant in Riverside. The boys had just completed an AAU meet at the Edge Gymnastics facility.

It was closure for some of the gymnasts because this was their last competition. We were pleasantly greeted at our table by another guest of the restaurant.

The gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and told me to have “a blessed day.” I returned the kind gesture, and the man and his wife left the restaurant.

Our waiter came to our table and announced that our meals and tip were all paid for by a “kind gentleman.” I have to assume it was the man who tapped me on the shoulder.

Our entire group was very appreciative of that kind gesture, and we will follow through and pay it forward some time.

There are kind, humble people who really do make a difference in our world. Thank you again from our whole group.

Paul Scharnhorst

Overland Park

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