Letters to the Editor

Readers comment on oil pipelines, what FDR and Lincoln might think of this election

Oil contamination

If our “in-place” infrastructure is an indicator of our future state, the gradual degradation of oil pipelines is inevitable. Can we not see the total disregard these multinational corporations hold toward us and our future?

All our means for recourse are under attack or have been removed. When powerless, we, of course, will wither and die, along with our planet.

Our best interests are no longer being cared for by bought-and-paid-for representatives.

Resist the contaminating oil pipelines.

John M. Edelman

Kansas City

Fear, presidents

President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I take that to mean that we should be very afraid of what Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is peddling.

Ross Warnell

Kansas City, Kan.

Elected trouble

I had recently finished reading “A Short Life Of Abraham Lincoln: Condensed from Nicolay & Hays.” Both were there when Lincoln took his journey into greatness.

As a person who has lived under 13 presidents, I felt absolutely wonderful that our country could produce such elected officials as Lincoln and thought about how a person could have little formal education and be our most verbally gifted president (yes, greater than Thomas Jefferson).

All wonderful thoughts have to end some time. I turned the TV on, and people were crawling on the floor like insects. Then I heard and saw they were our elected officials.

What in the world are we electing to represent us as citizens?

Lincoln, call your office.

Rodger Shinn

Fredonia, Kan.

Entertaining sports

An act of Congress on March 3, 1931, during the Great Depression designated “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem to be played at solemn and patriotic affairs of state and given proper respect.

History buffs may argue about the when and the how, but professional sports co-opted the anthem, using it for their own purpose. But they have failed to preserve its true meaning.

There are many songs that professional sports used in the past and can use again in lieu of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” They should do so.

Sports should not be regarded as anything other than entertainment.

Kenneth Lee


Palin, Trump

I believed our country couldn’t possibly sink lower than Sarah Palin, who doesn’t have a cogent thought in her head. Her claim to fame was shouting snarky, outrageous and unsubstantiated claims to a constituency thirsting for confirmation of their innermost discontent. Never mind supporting anything with facts.

Cue menacing music and train spotlight on (drum roll) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

How is even remotely possible to support or vote for a person who has spewed even worse vitriolic accusations and retorts at everyone who dares to challenge him? He has denigrated huge numbers in our population — and fellow politicians — with hateful expressions and ridicule. He and his handlers then doggedly defend the “truth” of his aspersions with misdirection, innuendo and outright false rebuttals.

How is it possible that any clear-minded individual can wholeheartedly endorse his bullying, playground mentality? There is no substance behind the mask.

How is it possible to believe he has miraculously changed — erase what he has said? Everyone should reject the “Wayne’s World,” “Scooby Doo” version, never-happened scenario being perpetrated here.

Rhesa Dane

Lee’s Summit

Sickening abuse

The choice we have in the presidential campaign is the most disturbing scenario this country has faced concerning leaders.

We have a choice between a woman who sat back and watched as her husband degraded a young person under his direct authority. Then she and her husband placed the entire blame on a young — yes, quite ignorant — woman for the most disgusting behavior any man can display.

Hillary Clinton has already completely degraded the office of the presidency. She chose to live with a man who represented all the evil that day in and day out and, yes, in the darkest moments of the night, violates our young.

It is time to erase the board and campaign for people who are concerned about the integrity of the nation. It is time for people to get their heads out of the sewage that has caused so much damage to the children who are victims of the sexual abuse that is rampant and permitted by everyone.

Julie Whiting

Lee’s Summit

Electable Trump

Here are 10 reasons to elect Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:

10. He has mastered the art of inserting get-out-the-vote comments into condolence notes.

9. His new soft immigration policy deports the parents and leaves the children behind.

8. His latest political slogan: “What have you got to lose?”

7. The elegant way he dismisses his own political promises.

6. His deep and abiding affection for women and African-Americans that almost matches his affection for white working-class men.

5. He helped us find all those rapists, murderers, robbers and other bad guys within our Hispanic population.

4. His absolute faith in blind accusations and political fictions.

3. His promise to make Mexico pay for his wall. He is still promising.

2. His courageous step forward by not releasing his tax records or discussing his health or five deferments.

1. He created the perfect political battle cry: “I can fix it.”

James Tiller


Listening to people

We are in an era of heavy political exposure, and I hear a lot of political wannabes say “me, me, me.”

And the next group keeps saying what is good for the Democrats and what is good for the Republicans, and both groups are adamant about their parties’ needs.

But no one is saying what is best for America. It would seem that most of those who make our laws are concerned only about doing what benefits them and the biggest bidders for their favors.

There are millions of Americans who are really hurting, and they have no one to speak on their behalf. You would think that a democratic government might listen to the righteous cries of its people.

Richard C. Lumpkin

Prairie Village


Councilwoman Teresa Loar has been vocal in her opposition to a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. She says “no one” wants a new one-terminal airport.

I have emailed Loar three times to ask her to define the “no ones.” I asked her if the “no ones” fly often, once a month, every now and then or never.

I asked if the “no ones” have waited for a flight and been told there were not enough seats for passengers. Have the “no ones” heard an out-of-town passenger waiting for a flight say, “I can’t believe what a bad airport this is”?

I also wonder if Loar’s “no ones” have waited 30 minutes around midnight for checked luggage to arrive because airlines can’t share baggage carousels and the carousel needed repair.

Those are just a few of the questions I’ve asked Loar.

It is a simple question to answer — who are the “no ones” who don’t want a new one-terminal airport?

Nancy Headrick

Kansas City

Library vote

I call for all Mid-Continent Public Library users to support Proposition L. The library provides excellent books, e-books, children’s books and adult programs.

It has not raised its tax levy since 1983. Our metro area has grown, and a vote “yes” will enable MCPL to continue and grow.

Vote “yes.”

Ann Schultis


Vote or not?

If you are inclined not to vote in the 2016 presidential election, remember Brexit and the recent Colombian peace agreement referendum. There are always consequences. Things don’t just work themselves out.

Unfortunately, our options in this election are simply to accept anger (at the choices being offered) or to accept danger (of making a risky choice). Neither is satisfying, but we must pick. Make your choice, then vote.

Gordon Kauffman

Overland Park

Medicare thoughts

As a health care provider and consumer, as well as the daughter of someone whose health care is provided by Medicare, I found Dave Helling’s column (10-12, 2A, “The real issue of health care”) very interesting. I agree with much of what he said, including his opinion of Donald Trump’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which to me seemed utterly insane. But I disagree with him on two points.

As to his statement that Medicare provides coverage “in a simple, understandable way,” I would have to say that he must never have spent time helping an 88-year-old woman not connected to the internet navigate her way through finding a Medicare-approved diabetic supply company.

I also feel that his statement that the increasing cost of Medicare is because “health care providers have raised prices relentlessly for decades” is partially incorrect. “Health care providers” can include hospitals, suppliers, drug companies, long-term-care facilities and physicians.

But as far as physician reimbursement goes, Medicare has steadily cut this for years. Many physicians made the difficult decision to stop caring for Medicare patients.

Time will tell if the new reimbursement system enacted by Congress last year provides fair physician reimbursement for care of our nation’s elderly and disabled.

Kimberly Schlichter,


Overland Park