Letters to the Editor

May 27, 2014

KCI, Medicaid expansion, Hobby Lobby

Greater Kansas City has many superior engineers and architects, with years of experience and awards among them. They could update the existing Kansas City International Airport in an excellent manner.

KC talent for KCI

Greater Kansas City has many superior engineers and architects, with years of experience and awards among them. They could update the existing Kansas City International Airport in an excellent manner.

It would be a sensible, wise solution to use this talent. A solution right here is in our midst.

This talent is ignored by city leaders bent on a new airport in spite of vigorous opposition.

Betty P. Eubank

Lee’s Summit

Bigger KCI dreams

It is great when a kid knows his or her true calling early in life and sticks with it, be it a firefighter, doctor, police officer or lawyer.

It is fulfilling to see people be what they want to be when they grow up.

That is why we should not stand in the way of such dreams and hold members of Kansas City’s Aviation Department to their current employment contracts. We should release them so they can do what they really want to do — manage a shopping mall.

Thomas Stroud

Overland Park

Medicaid expansion

Almost half the nation’s states have chosen not to expand Medicaid for its low-income residents. This leaves billions of federal dollars on the table and millions of poor Americans uninsured.

Republican-dominated states have made virtually inhumane political decisions by calmly tossing their poor and needy residents under the bus. Those states include Kansas and Missouri.

The Supreme Court decided that states could opt out of expanding their Medicaid rolls. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet if we get a Republican Senate in the midterm November 2014 elections.

In addition, the states that were quick to declare they would not expand will lose money in federal health benefits every year.

But it’s not the states that will lose these funds. Guess who the big losers will be?

Notwithstanding, I ask the question: How many of the health-insurance needy in these states vote Republican? In essence, those who do are voting against themselves and their own best health and financial interests.

John Graff


Hobby Lobby case

Several people have written about Hobby Lobby’s owners attempting to force their dogma on their employees. Some hope the U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing and recognize that the First Amendment should protect employees, too.

Such is not the tenor of the court of late.

Perhaps when a female chief executive decides Viagra is objectionable, we’ll see some men sit up and take notice.

Michele Elliott

Overland Park

Stricter gun controls

It’s incredible. Now, in Kansas, cities can no longer determine what gun restrictions make sense for their communities. This gift is from the same people who don’t want the federal government to intrude on their state rights.

Our legislators in Kansas and Missouri spend all of their time expanding the ability of gun people to own and tote every gun imaginable. How about if they spent a bit of time protecting the rights of all of us who don’t want to be around guns at every bar, church and school we’d like to visit?

David Evans

Kansas City

Research, then vote

In recent elections, we have cast our votes based on impressive educational credentials and heavy schedules of 30-second commercials that are often misleading with promises of what candidates will do for us.

This process has not produced good results.

It is time to cast our very valuable votes based on integrity, sound practical work experience, selflessness and wisdom. It is time to research and vote on what the candidate will do for our nation.

Jim Cox

Louisburg, Kan.

Rich guys, politics

Who is Tom Steyer? If he were a conservative, all the liberals at The Kansas City Star would put him in the same category as the Koch brothers.

He is a billionaire hedge fund guy who is an environmental activist who does anything he can to change policy to his personal advantage and philosophy. He pledged to spend as much as $100 million in the midterm elections.

Yes, the Koch brothers have given millions of dollars over the last 10 years to elect government officials (mostly Republicans).

Steyer, George Soros and others have given at least that much, with most going to Democrats and to promote their belief system. Then there are the unions, mostly the Service Employees International Union, Teamsters, AFL-CIO and others, that have given more than a billion dollars over 10 years, of which most went to Democrats.

The point is not about liberals or conservatives. It is the fact that a regular guy cannot be elected to office without selling his soul.

It a sad state of affairs in America.

Michael McEntire


More informed voters

Because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that individuals and corporations can donate unlimited amounts to candidates, then it is time to let the voting public know who and how much is being donated.

As it is now, we might not know until after the election who may be trying to buy (and own) our representatives.

If we would tell our representatives and senators that we, the voters, want those names and amounts (in excess of $3,000) published at least 30 days before an election, then we would know who is supporting each candidate.

Voters could access the information in their districts’ largest newspapers or on the Internet.

We need this information before we cast our ballots.

Don Yerkes

Overland Park

Veto state gun bill

Just when it seemed we were safe from the gun-loving legislators in the Missouri General Assembly when the nullification bill did not pass, we now know a different bill passed both chambers and is on its way to the governor.

This misguided bill would allow teachers in school buildings to be armed as designated “school protection officers” (5-22, Editorial, “Don’t arm our teachers”).

These officers would be required to carry their weapons at all times while on school property, including in the classroom, or be subject to criminal penalties and potential termination. Their identities would be kept secret from the public, and parents would have no ability to remove their children from classrooms in which the teachers are armed.

Additionally, the legislation unnecessarily and unwisely would lower the legal age for concealed carry from 21 to 19 and authorize permit holders to openly carry firearms in municipalities that otherwise prohibit open carry.

What happened to the legislators’ love for home rule and no government intervention?

This bill is dangerous and unwise and simply makes no sense except to continue putting firearms in the hands of more and more people. It needs to be vetoed.

Judy Sherry




Against Gun Violence

Kansas City

Broken radio breaks

I commute 30 minutes to and from school twice a day, spending a lot of time in the car listening to the radio.

I came to the conclusion that radio stations coordinate their commercial breaks and songs being played with each other. Every morning at the same time, Mix 93.3, 94.9, 95.7 The Vibe, 99.7 The Point and Hot 103.3 Jamz all go on commercial break.

This happens during prime rush hour, which is when there’s a maximum number of people tuning in.

If radio stations varied when they went on commercial breaks, their ratings would go up. While one station is on commercial break, the other stations would gain more listeners.

Radio stations also need to work with each other on not playing the same songs at the same time. Many times two stations will not only be playing the same song, but they are perfectly synchronized in that you can switch between the two stations without missing a beat.

Radio stations all claim to be “Kansas City’s No. 1 hit station.” By making a few adjustments, that title might just become true for one station.

Christi Backer

Blue Springs

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