Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on polling, guns, KCI

High-tech polling

Let’s take the guesswork out of voting for the best candidate in the presidential election. This would make it possible for third- or fourth-party candidates to actually win in November.

Let’s harness the power of the internet. Every U.S. voter could cast his or her vote at a website, which would show the current results online. Each voter would have unique access to his or her vote and could change it at any time before Election Day.

If this voters’ poll shows we have enough votes to put our first choice for U.S. president over the top, then we could confidently cast our votes on Election Day without fear of throwing the election to the worst possible candidate.

We have the technology to make this live, online, all-inclusive poll/voting possible now. Making this happen calls for support, funding and technical expertise. Please feel free to give us your feedback to develop this idea further.

Mollie Freebairn

Executive Director

Show Me Solar

Jefferson City

Guns, lawmakers

The Second Amendment to the Constitution should be addressed in an upcoming election. It reads, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Why are so many people seemingly ignorant of the first four words? The entire sentence, every word, comma and period, must be included to understand the Second Amendment.

I understand that lily-livered politicians are desperate to retain their prestigious positions by catering to what they think is their base. But reality seems to indicate the vast majority of people want realistic restrictions put upon firearms that will make Americans safer.

Just for the record, I will not be voting for any politician who opposes much tighter firearms laws or accepts money from the National Rifle Association.

Val Pfannenstiel


KCI OK for 1970s

I’ve flown out of Kansas City’s airport several thousand times over the last 40 years. Those flights have taken me to most of the major U.S. airports and to 65 other countries.

For many of those years at Kansas City International, once past security customers couldn’t go to the bathroom or buy a meal, a magazine or a cup of coffee without going back through security.

It is a favorite airport of locals who fly once or twice a year. They’re in a holiday mood, not changing planes, not hungry, and they’re not spending the night in a nearby hotel because of bad weather.

Compared with other cities our size, KCI is woefully out of date. It’s the only large-city airport I know where arriving and departing flights compete for the same curb space.

It’s even out of date compared with when it opened — it originally had barbershops, hair salons, bookstores, shoeshine stands, and you could simply walk in the door and go straight to the gate. Those days are gone forever, and we’re left with the perfect airport for the 1970s.

Michael Pandzik


First responders

This past year, our parents have both needed assistance from the police and fire departments in Sugar Creek. Each time they called the non-emergency number, they got an immediate response.

The officers who answered the calls were professional, competent and very kind to our parents. Their good work needs to be acknowledged. Our family is very appreciative.

Jean (Novak) Kaiser

Sugar Creek

Arnold Palmer

Many years ago, as I left Tom Watson’s Children’s Mercy Hospital fundraising event at Blue Hills Country Club, I came across a gathering in the club’s parking lot.

More than 20 people — men, women and children of all ages — had gathered around Arnold Palmer and his driver as they were leaving the course after a long, hot day of press interviews, golf clinics, 18 holes of competitive golf and the sponsors cocktail party at the swimming pool.

I joined the crowd to see what was up. On getting close enough to see and hear, I saw that the crowd was intent on getting Mr. Palmer to sign programs, napkins, hats — anything with a flat surface large enough to hold his autograph.

He seemed quite content to chat with each person and sign the articles thrust at him.

After a few minutes, I heard his driver say, “Mr. Palmer, we really need to leave now to stay on schedule.”

Without missing a pen stroke, Arnold calmly replied. “Joe, we’ll be here until everyone gets what they came for.”

I guess that’s why they called him “The King.”

Richard F. Thomas Jr.

Kansas City