Letters to the Editor

July 2, 2014

Readers weigh in on personal responsibility, KCI, TV weather

If only I went to school with all the other people, it would be so much better. The government spent billions busing children all over counties. Today, the test scores have dropped, and the schools still are representative of the neighborhoods.

Taking responsibility

If only I went to school with all the other people, it would be so much better. The government spent billions busing children all over counties. Today, the test scores have dropped, and the schools still are representative of the neighborhoods.

If only I had my own place, it would be so much better. The government built project housing. Today, they are all torn down.

If only the children were not hungry, their attention span would not be diverted. The government put in school lunch and breakfast programs. Today, we feed almost everyone who asks, and the test scores go down.

If only I had an Internet connection, I could keep up with everyone else. The government is pushing Internet providers for free- or reduced-price service to schools, libraries and low-income neighborhoods. Today, no new scholars are surfacing.

Individual responsibility is still the key. Each of us arrived here wet, naked and hungry. We arrived into a situation that we did not choose.

Ours is to play the hand we were dealt to the best of our individual abilities.

Richard Blaisdell

Kansas City

Waiting at KCI

Kansas City International Airport signage requests that drivers who wish to wait for arriving passengers should do so in the economy lot. Meanwhile, Terminal A is closed and would be a very convenient place to wait.

Airport police have other ideas and run drivers off. I want to know the rationale for that because the economy lot is almost two miles away.

Henry Rankin

Kansas City

Ideology in rulings

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme court are supposed to be scholarly at interpreting the Constitution and the written laws of the land and make appropriate decisions of cases presented to the court accordingly.

If this were so, one would think their decisions would generally be 9-0 or perhaps 8-1. But many of the high-court votes are 5-4, leaning to either the liberal view or to the conservative view.

That tells me the justices are voting according to their individual ideology instead of making court decisions based on the facts of the presented case as pertaining to the established law.

Ralph Hartner


Cheering high court

Hooray for the U.S. Supreme Court (7-1, A1, “Birth control rule rejected”).

The justices finally woke up.

Marian Watkins

Overland Park

Outrageous decision

I am outraged at the Supreme Court’s sickening Hobby Lobby decision. It dealt a disgusting sucker punch to women’s reproductive rights.

How much sense does it make to defund birth control for women while funding Viagra for men? Sounds like a double standard to me.

The ruling sets a terribly dangerous precedent. How long do you think it will be until other companies jump on the bandwagon? They know now that if they don’t want to pay for a health benefit for their employees, they can just claim that it’s against their religious freedom.

What a bunch of baloney, to put it politely. I have absolutely no faith in this not-so-Supreme Court , and I will not expect its future rulings to be any better than this one.

Lynne Weidmaier

Overland Park

TV weather overkill

After 40 years as a television news reporter/manager in Kansas City, I can no longer defend local TV stations against the increasing cry that they have lost their common sense in covering breaking weather news.

On June 30, threatening weather developed in northwest Missouri. By 5:15 p.m., it became a tornado watch/warning as it moved east in northern Missouri along the Iowa border.

All Kansas City news stations jumped on wall-to-wall coverage lasting 45 minutes and preempting 5:30 p.m. network news (on a day the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a historic decision). The storm was never a threat to metropolitan Kansas City, and the affected regions could have tuned to stations in St. Joseph or Des Moines.

I appreciate the wonderful weather tools available to local meteorologists, but let’s save them for occasions when our area is actually affected.

This was way over the top.

Jim Overbay


Unnecessary coverage

I have yet to understand why the press thinks it’s important to report anything about F. Glenn Miller Jr., accused of the attack at the Jewish Community Center (6-29, A1, “F. Glenn Miller Jr. is dying of lung disease”). That story was not necessary and served no purpose.

And why in pictures is he seated in a wheelchair? Make the man walk. He walked in the attack, and now he’s given the comfort of being wheeled from place to place. I don’t get it.

Why do the media think they must give Miller and others who commit heinous crimes the benefit of day-after-day coverage or TV time? Why add to their feelings of personal importance? Why give them their 15 minutes of fame? They are not the story.

I cringe every time I see this unnecessary coverage. It’s not right.

Dee Dee Lowland

Overland Park

Drive-by viewings

I recently saw two vehicles pulled over on the north side of the U.S. 169 bridge as I traveled south toward downtown for my job. A U.S. Postal Service truck had rear-ended a white SUV. The unfortunate gentleman’s bumper was completely lopsided.

Over the weekend, I was in line at the Wendy’s drive-through on Barry Road and I saw a woman in a white vehicle designated for disabled passengers ordering food. Her hand was outstretched, and she was pointing a finger, waving it dramatically at the speaker. She did it with such precision that I wondered whether it was the first time.

I live in Riverside, and I have counted no fewer than six fireworks stands down Northwest Gateway Avenue. Actually, they are tents that look like they were dropped off by a circus truck. The signs have catchy names. I’d like to meet the ringmasters of this fine show and ask them where they get such wonderful ideas.

Megan Travelstead


Register to vote

As the deadline for voter registration approaches, the League of Women Voters of Kansas is focused on the nearly 19,000 Kansans who need to provide copies of documents that prove they are U. S. citizens.

Each has been notified that failure to comply means you are not a registered voter and will not be able to vote.

Politicians believe that non-compliance is a choice. Don’t empower politicians to deny you the right to vote. Instead, complete the process and show politicians the power of your vote.

Money can buy politicians, pay for ads and disseminate misinformation, but the power of the new voter does make a difference.

Together let’s demonstrate the power of the vote.

Dolores Furtado


League of Women

Voters of Kansas

Overland Park

Celestial fireworks

This Fourth of July is not only when we celebrate Independence Day. It is also the day that the Earth reaches aphelion — its greatest distance from the sun. For the record, we are closest to the sun, perihelion, in early January.

So, despite the summer heat, humidity and a late sunset, there will be more in the skies this Fourth than just fireworks. At sunset, look toward the western horizon for three stars arranged in a short diagonal line.

No, it is not Orion’s Belt. The one on the lower left is the planet Jupiter near the Gemini Twin stars. The nearly first-quarter moon is over the southwestern horizon and is just west (right) of Mars and the bluish-white star Spica.

Look left from this pair and higher above the southern horizon for Saturn, one of four planets in our solar system with rings.

If your viewing area is under dark enough skies, away from the light-polluted metropolitan area, then look toward the eastern horizon for the glow of the Milky Way as it rises.

For more information, see bobs-spaces.net.

Bob Riddle

Lee’s Summit

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