Feeding kids, mass shootings, police ticketing

05/30/2014 3:16 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

Feeding KC kids

Thank you for the May 25 article “Heat is on to fight childhood hunger,” highlighting the plight of Missouri’s hungry children.

The article said “about 365,000 children received free or reduced-price lunches each day during the school year. But during the summer, an average of just 27,000 children were fed each day at 570 locations, USDA numbers show.”

The 27,000 include only the children being fed at federally funded locations, where children must find transportation and stay there to eat their meals. This works for some, and I am grateful for the efforts of our government to feed our children.

Yet, a potentially more effective effort is under way in our communities.

At Raytown’s Summer Lunch Ministry, volunteers from 33 churches and organizations will feed an average of 600 children a day in 21 locations this summer for the seventh year. Think of it as Meals on Wheels for kids.

Other communities are following this model. Because children can’t drive and aren’t responsible for their own needs, we bring nutrition to them.

So make that count at least 27,600 children who will be fed in Missouri this summer at 591 locations. It takes all of us to make sure every child is fed.

Dawn Weaks


Official state fossils

Before the Kansas Legislature adjourned, it passed a bill naming official state fossils and Gov. Sam Brownback signed it. But they missed the most well-known — the Doleasaurus.

Tom Overfelt


TV, mass shootings

Sometimes at baseball games a fan runs onto the field, presumably for attention. The policy of the Kansas City Royals network is to not show the fan, denying him his desire for attention and not encouraging this kind of behavior in the future.

Contrast this with the television news coverage of the killer in the Santa Barbara, Calif., massacre (5-25, A2, “Three stabbed and three shot before killer dies”). We have been given an extensive portrait of the killer and his manifesto.

Sadly, he has received all the attention he desired.

Jim Walsh

Overland Park

Bridge column

Almost every newspaper in other cities carries a bridge column. Is there some reason a newspaper that serves such a large city as Kansas City does not include this?

There are other word games but no bridge column. What a disservice to your readers and our metropolitan area.

Mary Ann Moore


KC police ticketing

In regard to the May 27 article, “KC police step up ticketing,” I for one would like to applaud the Kansas City Police Department for adding a traffic-enforcement squad.

I’m totally in support of more officers being assigned to work our dangerous streets.

Thank you, Kansas City police, for helping to raise revenue for your mismanaged city ... errrrr, ahhhh ... I mean for keeping the streets safe.

Sterling Hammett

Overland Park

Wrong wrongdoers

It is intimidating to drive around the bend of a road and have three cops aiming radar guns at you.

With the increased ticketing, I see that not only will the Kansas City Police Department revenue increase but so will the revenue of insurance companies and lawyers.

I would more heartily support sending those police officers to target crime such as gang activity, which is so prevalent in Kansas City.

Jean Kaiser


Iconic wrongly used

Star writer Valerie Velikaya and her editors, not to mention most radio and TV reporters, might know that an object is not “iconic” merely because it is familiar (5-29, A5, “Bridge gets new lease on life”).

It seems as if a few years ago, journalists discovered a new word, the journalistic cliche of the decade. Famous people also have become iconic. Landmarks are iconic.

I think it’s iconic, if not ironic, how often journalists misuse this word.

Robert Stewart

Prairie Village

Help end hunger

We are Girl Scout Troop 1179. We are fourth-graders at St Therese North School. We have been learning about hunger in the Kansas City area, and we recently volunteered at Harvesters: The Community Food Network.

We learned that Missouri is fifth in the nation for unstable food supplies in the home. About 100,000 kids in the Kansas City area do not have enough food to eat. The main reason households do not have enough food is because household income is too low.

There are many ways people can help reduce hunger. Harvesters distributes 10,000 BackSnacks to kids each week, but it is estimated that 30,000 kids need them.

Money contributed to Harvesters goes a long way toward purchasing food because Harvesters buys in bulk at greatly reduced prices.

Hundreds of people line up at soup kitchens each day. Volunteers are always needed at soup kitchens around the city.

We encourage everyone to get involved — volunteer your time and money to reduce hunger in Kansas City. Please help however you can. You can really make a difference in our community.

Lorraine Kimball


Traffic fines

The idea that the increase in traffic tickets is for safety and not revenue is like saying McDonald’s is out to feed the hungry, not make a profit (5-27, A1, “KC police step up ticketing”). If it is not about the revenue, then the city should donate the fine money to charity.

Let’s see how far that goes. Sorry, it is always about the money.

The traffic patrols stopping cars on busy highways for seat-belt violations, or some other simple issue, are far more dangerous than the violations themselves.

There is no money in solving real crimes like theft, abuse or robbery. So they concentrate on the money-makers. Question: What will be the next reason to stop a car, putting the driver, the officer and the public at risk?

As people comply, they will tighten the laws to keep the revenue coming in. Motorists are easy targets because they will pay the fines and go on.

Real criminals don’t care about the laws and require a great deal more work and generate little revenue. It is an easy buck, those pesky traffic violators.

Bill Murphy

Atchison, Kan.

Auto inspection blues

I took my new vehicle purchased in Missouri to be inspected recently so that I could have it registered and tagged in Kansas. I paid, got my inspection certificate and headed out to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Mission.

After waiting in line for 30 minutes at the DMV, I was told that the vehicle identification number was not accurately recorded and therefore I had to go back to get a new inspection certificate.

When I went back to the inspection office to report the mistake, the clerk nonchalantly told me that I should not be upset and that all humans make mistakes. That was not what I was hoping to hear after all of the inconvenience I went through. I totally understand that people make mistakes, but brushing it off was totally unnecessary.

After this experience, I suggest that you make sure you check your inspection certificate so the same thing will not happen to you.

I also think the Kansas vehicle inspection office should train its staff to handle complaints in a more sympathetic and professional way and make sure workers do their jobs accordingly.

Cecilia Madhavan


Gentleman’s kindness

Last month, four of my good friends and I had lunch at Nick and Jake’s at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

The five of us were classmates many years ago at Mark Twain Elementary School, which was at 60th Street and Swope Parkway. The school has been gone for a very long time, but we classmates get together several times a year.

After lunch, we were told a gentleman had paid for our lunch.

What a wonderful surprise. To the man who was so kind, thank you and we promise we will each be paying it forward to others in the near future.

Judi Korneman



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