Joco Opinion

Letters to the editor: Brownback and lowering taxes, death penalty, Joco Gateway project

Living standards

This month I saw children demonstrating and standing up for a beloved teacher who had been laid off because of budget cuts. There are numerous schools in Kansas that have had to close early for summer vacation because they ran out of money, also because of budget cuts.

I have never had any children attend school in Kansas, but for more than 31 years, I have paid state taxes to educate everyone else’s children. I did not begrudge these taxes, because they helped contribute to Johnson County’s standard of living.

It is this standard of living, not lower taxes, that attracts businesses to Johnson County. That standard of living includes good schools, law enforcement, fire departments, parks, street repair, snow removal and libraries, to name a few.

So, I say to all those parents with children in Kansas schools, “as you sow, so shall ye reap.” You voted in Gov. Sam Brownback and now you are stuck with him.

Oh, yes, and is your standard of living really enhanced by sitting next to an untrained man with no permit, openly carrying a loaded weapon in McDonald’s in case he has to defend himself against an attack by a vicious French fry?

Carol Kelly

Overland Park

Capital punishment

I commend the jury for their decision for the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (5-16, A1, “Bomber will be put to death”). These jurors acted with integrity.

Let’s be clear, there is no question that he did this, and there is little reason to appeal. And that includes all who believe that the death penalty is immoral and inhumane and life imprisonment is worse.

Humans can adapt to their environment. Remember this man placed his device behind that 8-year-old child. There are therefore only two questions to be addressed, and that being when and how.

Let’s not drag this out for years for there is no reason, despite those who believe in “due process.” Do not waste taxpayers’ money and do not let him become a pawn for some idiotic trade like the five Gitmo terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl.

Remember, he placed a pressure cooker behind that family and called his brother to consult when to detonate the other device.

Kevin M. Kuebler


Highway lanes

Regarding the Gateway project in Johnson County, I recently returned from a trip to the Milwaukee area. There is a similar highway construction project, known locally as the Zoo Interchange project, underway on the west side of Milwaukee where Interstate 94 and Interstate 894 intersect. I drove through this intersection multiple times while in town and came away very impressed with the “temporary” lane markings that are in use there.

In Milwaukee, the traffic lanes are marked with reflective orange solid lines on the outside and reflective orange dashed lines to divide the lanes. It is readily apparent where the lanes of traffic should flow. There are multiple results available when Google-searching this subject.

The Gateway project in Johnson County is like the Bizarro World version of the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project. White tape/paint is missing in many spots, and what is still there is extremely difficult to see driving toward the east in the early morning and especially after dark or when it rains.

The Kansas Department of Transportation should incorporate the use of this reflective orange lane paint, and if it takes a change to the law in the state of Kansas to use it, one of our local Johnson County legislators should lead the charge toward this improvement.

Martin Nash


Garage door graffitti

I’m writing about the May 6 913 article, “Artwork opens the door to controversy in Olathe,” about Bianca McCollough’s garage door. Let’s see if I have this straight.

The city of Olathe defines graffiti as “any drawing blah blah blah, which is commonly known and referred to as ‘graffiti.’ ”

So they’re trying to use the word to define itself. They’re saying that “graffiti” is “graffiti” because it is.

I’m pretty sure that’s not the way the law (nor logic, for that matter) works. But then again, no one has ever accused a bureaucracy of working.

Lane Sekavec

De Soto

Monsignor resigns

Before the final blessing at 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cure of Ars Catholic Church in Leawood on a recent Sunday, Monsignor Charles McGlinn limped to the podium, using his cane, and announced that he’ll retire from his pastoral duties effective July 1, ending his 28 years of priestly services.

“I’ve had some serious health problems recently,” he said, and talked about the pacemaker that was installed in him a year earlier and the kidney dialysis he has had since January. “Most recently,” he said, “I developed an ulcer on the bottom of my foot, resulting in foot surgery two months ago. As soon as I get well, the valve of my heart will be repaired for recurring blockages. And then, I’ll have to go through a kidney transplant when a suitable donor become available. Considering all this, my decision is inevitable.”

There were audible sighs and whispers in the congregation.

“Well, it’s a time for a younger and healthier pastor to lead you to fulfill what you and I have planned over the years,” the monsignor said. “It’s time now.... You know all my jokes and homilies by heart.…”

His voice cracking as he broke into tears.

The congregation wept with him.

I’ve heard many farewell speeches from departing pastors in my more than 70 years, but I’ve never seen a large congregation of more than 700 people grieving for losing their beloved pastor. At the time we only hear about corrupt clergies who broke the laws, it was refreshing to witness true love and trust between the father and his flock.

Therese Park

Overland Park

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