Readers weigh in on President Obama’s visit, wages, airports and more

07/31/2014 4:17 PM

07/31/2014 5:49 PM

Obama’s visit to KC

Please tell me why …

We have a humanitarian crisis at our border, democracy is threatened and a regime is surging for control, and President Barack Obama comes to KC (7-30, A1, “Obama turns to ordinary folks”)?

I could understand if it was a fundraiser; that’s what he does. He dined with folks who wrote him letters and spoke at a venue with a capacity of 2,500.

He will be on vacation soon and chooses to spend 48 hours to come to KC. Those who work in responsible positions take care of business before they take vacation. Priorities are taken care of.

I could almost understand the need to take a break and play 18 holes if he had been working tirelessly on leading this nation and addressing the issues at hand.

I’m a lifelong resident of KC, and I love this town. KC is worthy of a visit from our president. I’m sure those who had the opportunity to see the president had the experience of a lifetime.

I just want to know why. More important, why now?

Is there not anything more important that the president of the United States should be doing?

Julie Hughes

Kansas City

Corporations, people

The logic of conservatives (as in the recent Supreme Court decision concerning birth control) is puzzling.

Evidence shows that widespread contraception curtails the frequency of abortion, as does sex education in schools.

Nevertheless, conservatives typically oppose all three.

Conservatives claim to defend individual rights against the government, but then argue against a woman’s right to choose.

Conservatives in the Supreme Court empowered giant corporations to donate largely and anonymously to political candidates based on the fiction that corporations are people.

Actual human beings have multiple interests, among them patriotism. Corporations are interested only in returning value to shareholders, and if this can be done better by exporting jobs overseas, then so be it.

So much for corporations and the importance of individuals.

James Obertino

Warrensburg, Mo.

Raise workers’ pay

To all of you calloused people who are so against fast-food employees getting a fair wage and telling them to get an education, remember two things.

First, not all people have the same opportunities. Have you ever heard that life is not fair?

Some have no financial means to further their education. Some, through no fault of their own, do not have the mental capacity to earn a college degree.

Second, if everyone had a college degree, who would serve you hamburgers?

CEOs of these companies should be the targets of your complaints and anger. If they all could find a way to live on just a few percent less of their multimillion-dollar salaries, then our workers could make a livable wage without the cost of food going up.

If Americans could just stick together for several weeks and not patronize these places with unfair wages, then the CEOs would feel the heat.

Has anyone ever heard the quote, “I live simply so others can simply live”?

Greed is the No. 1 problem in America.

Elaine Carpenter

Kansas City

City’s good gateway

I recently flew Southwest Airlines round-trip between Kansas City International Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. When I arrived at Reagan, I couldn’t help but notice how old, worn and cramped the terminal areas such as the bars, restaurants and restrooms were.

Reagan National Airport actually is worse than KCI is.

However, it didn’t cause me to think Washington, D.C., is a second-class city.

Instead, I noticed how short the walk was from the gates to ground transportation, how the drive to the city took only 10 minutes and how short the security lines were.

Bottom line: I loved Reagan and look forward to visiting it again.

Tom Fisher


Roberts’ residence

Sen. Pat Roberts lives in Virginia and has for several years. Maybe Sen. Roberts has been in the Beltway so long he has forgotten where he resides.

An old couch and a microwave in a rented room in Kansas is not a residence. Sen. Roberts is being dishonest with the people of Kansas.

If Sen. Roberts isn’t truthful about where he lives, how can the voters of Kansas trust him?

It’s time for a change.

The people of Kansas no longer need a senator who lives in Virginia representing them.

Billy Burke


Poisonous gases

I woke recently at 3 a.m. as usual and tuned in BBC on public radio.

The piece I heard was about a Danish ship at a dock in Syria, loading up weapons of mass destruction.

Per the United Nations agreement, containers of sarin and mustard gases were to be destroyed at sea.

Several years back on a radio talk show, the chief of staff of the Iraqi air force said that all the seats were removed from two passenger aircraft, a Boeing 707 and a Boeing 727, and a large supply of weapons of mass destruction was loaded on to them and flown to Syria.

The general was told the containers would be placed in silos built by North Korea.

U.N. inspectors could find no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but that was after the U.S. moved troops in. The poisonous gases would have been long gone, presumably when Saddam Hussein was still in charge.

So, while then-President George W. Bush was told there were weapons of mass destruction, and thousands of Iraqis were killed by Hussein, I think Bush made the right decision to try to save as many Iraqis as possible.

Albert R. St. Germain


Funding birth control

When did it become my responsibility to supply women I don’t even know with birth-control devices?

It’s not in the Constitution or the Bill Of Rights.

Maybe it’s in President Barack Obama’s copy, but not the one the Founding Fathers wrote.

Why should I have to pay for others’ pleasure when I am not involved?

People who want birth-control devices should go to any pharmacy and buy what they need with their own money.

There’s a novel idea — everybody paying for her own pleasure and not depending on health-care coverage and the public to buy it.

Peris Trow


Kansas confusion

Living in Kansas has always been a mixed bag — great schools and neighborhoods in the Kansas City area, but extreme conservatism to the point of eliminating the Democratic Party and forcing more liberal-thinking folks into a RINO (Republican in name only) position.

But this last Legislature allowing anyone to openly carry a gun has gone too far. It has tipped the balancing act way out of kilter.

It is beyond common sense, to allow people to carry a gun, especially in hand.

And as long as they don’t point it at anyone? (I’m sure then-Vice President Dick Cheney claimed he was not aiming at his fellow hunter.)

The bipolar Kansas condition really hit me the other day when I saw a news story about banning smoking in public places.

So, in Kansas we recognize that secondhand smoke is harmful to people’s health. Yet we are happy to allow anyone to go around waving a gun in public, as long as that person doesn’t point it at anyone.

In my book, that’s crazy.

What’s wrong with Kansas? It’s a bipolar state.

I’m seriously thinking of moving somewhere more sane.

Susan Shaw

Overland Park

Faith adds stability

Do we want a religion that changes with every passing fad? I don’t.

I want something steadfast that has endured for centuries and will endure for centuries to come.

History and science teach us how things came to be, how they were years ago and how they might or will change in the future.

But I believe that God is unchanging. He is.

“As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.” It gives me comfort to know that.

Imogene Goss

Kansas City

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