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Letters to the editor

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What would happen to Kansas City if we could get our murder rate lower than in comparable cities? There is a way to do it.

The Star should print the murder rate on the front page every day. I hope that would get everybody’s attention.

I can see people and businesses moving to Kansas City if we could have great public schools. Why not get retired people involved in helping troubled and disruptive students get back on track with homework and whatever subjects they are having trouble with? I’ll bet if you put the word out, you would have hundreds of volunteers — maybe thousands — to help in every grade. One on one would work best.

Getting the schools and the murder rate under control would do Kansas City more good than all the streetcars, airport reconstruction and TIF projects could ever do.

Joe Purcell Kansas City Raytown charter work

Raytown voters took a leap of faith this month when they approved the formation of a charter commission for the inner-ring suburb of Kansas City that is more than 50 years old. Raytown is currently governed as a fourth-class city, a form of government usually reserved for small rural communities.

The Raytown charter election was unique. This attempt (there have been five others over the past 50 years) was a citizen-led petition effort. Previous efforts were initiated by Raytown City Hall.

The 13-member commission now has up to one year to create a new form of government for Raytown. Voters will then have an opportunity to act on the finished charter document in a general election.

Many of the candidates running noted a need for reform of the local government in their campaigns. However, local observers note that no single political faction has control of the commission.

That is viewed as a good sign for commissioners, who are eager to settle in and get to work on writing a charter for Raytown.

Greg Walters Raytown
Endurance of U.S.

Presidential executive orders have been in use since George Washington in one form or another. There are many bald-faced lies and falsehoods easily ameliorated by historically verifiable facts about our nation’s history and our government.

I personally support every individual’s right to his own political beliefs, but I will not condone willful ignorance of or misrepresentation of my country’s history nor its social and demographic evolution. To me, the most beautiful thing about the United States is that it has endured despite regional differences and diverse political views.

Earl Brigham Sugar Creek Peacemakers needed

I was raised in a family that was patriotic and believed in government to do what was best for the masses. My parents understood that mistakes would be made and that sometimes evil people would find their way into positions of power, like a Joseph McCarthy or Dick Cheney.

In the past we always knew we had people, like Sen. Everett Dirksen, Sen. Mike Mansfield and President Gerald Ford, who understood the importance of negotiation for the greater good.

Today our government officials, including those in the highest court, fear and distrust the government that they are a part of. Today we have Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Ted Cruz and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor looking after our best interests, and this scares me.

My parents, both good Democrats, have passed on, and I hope they will forgive me, but I pray for the return of the Republican peacemakers such as Gerald Ford, Everett Dirksen, Sen. Richard Lugar and Sen. Olympia Snowe.

John Koehler Raytown