Kansas credit drop
I heard our state credit rating has been lowered for the second time because of the inability of our governor and Republican legislators to do what is right for Kansas (7-27, A17, “S&P drops Kansas credit rating, citing budget issues”).
Why in the world don’t the governor and the Legislature get their heads out of the sand and make some immediate changes to correct their failed policies?
We cannot afford another two years of the current policies that have destroyed our state. The governor and Legislature must change their destructive ways and get us back on the right track.
And if they can’t correct the problems they have caused, then please, all of you, resign and let us get some real leaders to fix things while we still have a state to save. I hate to think of what to expect next if the governor and Legislature don’t start now to correct their gross errors of judgment.
I am so ashamed of what our state Republican politicians have done. Get things fixed or get out of office.
Edward L. Keating
Fort Scott, Kan.
Voting the party line instead of looking at the actual candidates got us in this mess.
The party line is an ideology. It does not work in the real world. Until voters stop being stubborn and actually look at the candidates, we are going to keep getting substandard candidates.
The world doesn’t end if a voter crosses the party line. We start at the local and state levels.
There are a lot of people who don’t vote in primaries, and by doing so they allow these substandard candidates to get on the ballot.
This Tuesday, vote in the primary and filter through the garbage to get good candidates. Do not vote your emotions, and don’t let anyone tell you how to vote.
We don’t have to pay attention to political ads, either. Use your computer. The candidates state their positions pretty clearly in debates and in interviews. I always question vicious ads from people who try to hide who they are.
Nobody has to tell anyone how they voted. Keep it private.
Gouging KC fans
The Wall Street Journal recently published information on the cost of food and drink for the Fan-First Menu that will be offered by the Atlanta Falcons when their new stadium opens in 2017. These include $5 for a 12-ounce beer, $2 hot dogs, $2 bottled water, $3 nachos, $3 pizza and $2 bottomless sodas.
Given the current prices of concessions for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, one has to wonder how concerned they are about their fans, despite their claims that they are “fan-friendly.”
Or is their attitude simply to charge what the traffic will bear?
Ward Parkway has become problematic to drive on. The parkway has entrances from every side street, and some streets allow for a crossover to the north or south flow of traffic.
Motorists who enter the parkway should realize they have a stop sign and should let people in the median go before they do. Other drivers have a yield sign, not a stop.
Yielding means yield the right of way to the oncoming traffic from Ward Parkway, not to the people at the stop sign.
Drivers tend to get bent out of shape when they see a yielding driver cross or enter traffic before the stopped driver. Next time motorists enter or cross Ward Parkway, they should read the signs and stay calm. Stay classy, Kansas City.
For the first time ever, I agreed with something Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said recently. In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump declared, “Our airports are Third World.”
Oh, I immediately thought, he’s had to fly in and out of Kansas City International Airport.
I have had an overwhelming response to my July 26 letter seeking assistance. In these dark times when so much hate surrounds us, the people of Kansas City are showing their love.
This is a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have offered a piece of their heart to help a stranger. Thank you, Kansas City. There are good people in the world.