Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on the American Dream, Hillary Clinton, KCI

American Dream

Few dreams are realized in Washington, D.C. This Saturday is different.

Civil rights leader John Lewis was a Freedom Rider. He marched at Selma, Ala.

He has long dreamed of a Smithsonian museum commemorating the struggles and triumphs of African Americans.

I joined efforts with now Congressman Lewis, carrying the museum legislation during my time in the Senate. With concerns about racial equality again in the spotlight, there is no better time to open this National Museum of African American History and Culture (9-22, A7, “National museum to enshrine journey of black America”).

Our nation was founded on liberty for all and equality before the law. The horrors of slavery remind us of America’s original sin and the reality that our nation has, at times, fallen painfully short of these ideals. A civil war, born on the plains of Kansas, was fought to purge the nation of slavery. Despite significant strides, discrimination and prejudice still exist.

There is a need for reconciliation in America. We must remember wrongs committed so they may never be repeated. Through remembrance, reconciliation is the purpose of this museum.

Our founders entrusted us with the name United States of America. We must not become divided.

We must embrace unity and equality, working to make this dream a reality.

Gov. Sam Brownback

Topeka

Clinton’s email flap

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's defense in the email scandal does not make much sense.

She is a former first lady, and a former U.S. senator.

She was secretary of state under President Barack Obama when this problem occurred. Does she really think that we believe that she does not recognize “top secret” information when she sees it?

Andy Fisher

Pleasant Hill

KCI merits D grade

Convenience of Kansas City International Airport? Surely, a new terminal could be designed to be just as convenient however one describes that word.

The current airport gets a D, especially after sunset — dark and depressing, not to mention deserted.

Garry Metcalf

Overland Park

Classified email

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton got many emails, certainly many with classified information. But she has staked her positions with significant honesty: Yes, it was a mistake to use a private server, she says, but she never received emails marked “classified.”

The GOP cries “liar!” and points to FBI Director James Comey’s statement that three of the 30,000 emails had “classification marks” on them.

Clinton’s and Comey’s statements are not contradictory. And Comey and Clinton know this.

If you have handled U.S. government classified documents, as I have, you can perceive the realities. The primary interest of the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee is the information contained in emails and not the minutia of their classification.

That, she rightly says, is a clerk-level job. The classification marks on three emails were most likely asterisks by the senders suggesting classified material or recommending a certain classification — unofficially.

An official classified document has the word “classified” in bold letters on every page and a box indicating the classification on every page. This is what the secretary is referring to — official classification.

Alston Voorhees

LaCygne, Kan.

Gun violence

On the front page Sept. 15 in The Kansas City Star was the story headlined “Gun bill, voter ID overcome vetoes.” The cavalier attitude of public safety taking a back seat to a criminal’s right to carry a concealed weapon without a background check is ludicrous.

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, a Republican from Lewis County, proclaimed that the measure simply allows “law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from criminals.”

The truth is that law-abiding citizens should have no problem passing a background check.

This bill only opens the door to more gun violence.

The people most affected by this violence are not making these decisions on background checks or on anything else that has to do with guns, and they are not being listened to by the lawmakers.

The decision-makers probably have not had to bury members of their families whom they lost to senseless gun violence.

Lillie French

Kansas City

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