Letters to the Editor

Readers react to foster care fears, email leak, KCI, election

Foster fix

In a recent letter to the editor (10-13, 6A, Letters), the writer spoke of concerns regarding new requirements of Kansas foster parents.

This summer, the Legislative Post Audit produced many findings. One finding pertained to the lack of verification of income of our foster families.

We know that Kansas foster families are essential to providing care. We also know that if we could take action to make the system safer, we should.

So when the LPA recommended we confirm that our foster families are serving children for the right reasons, we quickly responded with new financial verification requirements. However, our expedited efforts did not allow sufficient time to get enough feedback before acting. We have heard the concerns, and we are revising the policy.

The intent was and is always to ensure children are safe. The unintended consequence was some foster parents feeling unfairly scrutinized. Our foster families will not be required to provide detailed documentation of all expenses.

We have the utmost respect for the role foster parents play in the lives of children. If you are a foster parent and ever have concerns, please contact our foster parent ombudsman at 1-844-279-2306.

Phyllis Gilmore,

Secretary of the

Kansas Department

for Children and Families


Scorched earth

I’ve always believed that how a candidate handles adversity during the campaign is a great indicator of how he or she would govern.

Donald Trump has now announced that he is implementing “scorched earth” against Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The idea, which the Clintons denounced, is to get all of us so disgusted that we will not vote Nov. 8 — a calculation Trump thinks is a winning formula for his campaign.

Setting aside what could be dozens of disqualifying traits we see in The Donald, do we really want anyone who has “scorched earth” in his bag of tricks anywhere near our nukes or handling foreign affairs? I think not.

Marc Taylor

Kansas City

Just show up

Do not despair during periods of devilish political discourse. Our democracy is resilient enough to bear its burdens. The spirit of America for the greater good endures.

Let our freedom of choice become a continuing monument. Keep your eyes on the eagle. Help it soar.

In 2004 and 2008, only about 61 percent of eligible citizens voted. Shame on us.

Vote on Nov. 8.

Fred Farris


Inconvenient KCI

I’m writing to agree strongly with others about the need to move forward on Kansas City International Airport. I reached the conclusion based on an experience I had a few weeks ago.

I was at KCI to meet a friend in the middle of the day in the middle of the week. And there was no parking available at Terminal B except valet parking, at a minimum of $12. I had never experienced this. It is just wrong, and I wonder whether it is a ploy by the airport managers to encourage people to support a new single-terminal airport. If not, then it seems to be very poor management.

I have been in several airports over the last couple years, and I definitely agree that KCI needs either a massive renovation or a new terminal. The lack of amenities, including electrical outlets in secured areas, is unacceptable.

But airport and city officials should be able to make their case with common-sense arguments and financial facts. Having no choice but to use expensive valet parking just to meet someone in Terminal B is not convenient.

Anne McDonald

Kansas City, Kan.

Catholic reaction

As a practicing Catholic whose politics and spiritual views are progressive, I take exception to the assessment of Donald Trump’s campaign that emails between two Hillary Clinton staffers represent “breathtaking anti-Catholic bigotry” (10-14, 8A, “Hacked email about Catholics sparks outcry”).

Among other things, one of the writers commented on Catholics who take extremely conservative positions on issues: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backward gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”

I agree. Pope Francis is trying to get the hierarchy to take a more pastoral approach, but he is meeting opposition.

There is a faction in the Vatican that is oriented strictly to the rules as they are written. They have no room in their thinking for the spirit of the law. And some American bishops are following their lead.

But many Catholics like me, who are progressive, take a different view and long for the Church to adopt a political and spiritual agenda reflecting more closely the message of loving social outreach modeled by the life and teachings of Jesus.

Janelle Lazzo

Roeland Park