Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss the Paris climate accords, a disruptive run in Kansas City streets and the proposal to close down Westport streets

We can do better

You couldn’t be a climate-change doubter if you visited the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska, when you could walk directly onto it, and later, when a boat ride was necessary to get to the glacier to walk on its surface.

I am a proponent of protecting the earth because I have seen firsthand the evidence that our planet is heating and that reducing carbon emissions is critical.

Having said that, I believe President Donald Trump’s withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is valid. According to a frequently cited Forbes article from June 16, 2016, in the previous five years, U.S. carbon emissions fell by 270 million tons, while China’s rose by 1.1 billion tons.

Unless we can get China and other non-conformists to cooperate, the efforts of those concerned about global warming are canceled by those oblivious to the damage. In essence, we end up running backward.

We need a better worldwide commitment than we had with the Paris accord.

Jim Kudlinski

Overland Park

Look elsewhere

It’s very interesting that we have great, intelligent business people backing President 45 on his decision to step from the Paris accords.

Do any of those people understand that Nicaragua didn’t join basically because the accords didn’t go far enough? And Syria, the only other nation that didn’t join, is in a civil war so it doesn’t care about anything but fighting each other.

So the U.S. stands alone in the stupidity of being the country that has the worst record on use of fossil fuels. A military-industrial complex won’t help you breathe and won’t save coastal residents from drowning in water resulting from melted oceanic ice. Of course, maybe those old white businessmen, including President Donald Trump, will be gone before that happens.

Now a certain Teutonic nation that wanted to take over the world and lost two world wars trying seems to understand a lot of things. After having all that happen, it recently broke a record by generating 85 percent of its energy from renewable sources. You guess the country.

H. Lon Swearingen

Kansas City

Big inconvenience

I do not know the purpose of the run that divided the city north and south along Brookside Boulevard and other streets Saturday morning.

But as I drove nearly an hour to find a route to the east side, I did see many people standing in streets, screaming at police officers, screeching their tires, jumping curbs, making U-turns, trapped in lines of cars, some in near panic, trying to get places.

Robert Stewart

Prairie Village

Editor’s note: The Hospital Hill Run half marathon took place Saturday.

Business interests

Where to start? Bill Nigro and all other Westport business owners are for-profit entities and have helped to create the problems that are now occurring in the district. (May 3, 1A, “Privatize Westport streets? Proposal has supporters, critics”)

Bring in the bands. Have happy hours. Do pub crawls. Use ad agencies to slyly promote diverse nightlife to appeal to all. You got what you wanted. And you have made money.

And now you ask the Kansas City Council to allow you to own public land? I think it’s a shame not only that you and your fellow business owners do not accept that what is happening is just the cost of doing business, but that you wish to pass the cost along to the majority of people in the city who do not patronize Westport.

You and yours have a choice to move your businesses elsewhere, and I wish you well. We have enough public-dollar siphons in Kansas City, and we don’t need more. There are important local matters that are not being addressed by our elected leaders, and subsidizing your concerns should not be one. Don’t ask for my street unless you are willing to give me a stake in your business.

Perry Davis

Kansas City

Keep it local

I appreciated Burns & McDonnell CEO Ray Kowalik’s guest commentary, “Answering the mayor’s call for a modern KCI.” (June 4, 15A) But I take exception to the following statement: “For us, that was a commitment to make sure the new KCI would be designed and built by the world-class talent in Kansas City.”

If Kowalik really believes this, then why does The Star’s June 3 article “Firms rush offers for KCI” (1A) state that his company has selected Dallas-based Corgan as the architect for its KCI proposal?

Kansas City has several large, outstanding architectural firms with “world-class talent” that are more than able to design the new terminal.

Jim Breneman

Prairie Village