Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss the Benton home, Dr. Douglas Girod and the Alexandria shootings

Benton delight

For years, my husband and I have driven past the sign at Valentine Road and Southwest Trafficway that points to the Thomas Hart Benton Home. For my husband’s birthday recently, we decided to take the very reasonably priced, $5-per-person tour.

It was absolutely fabulous.

Our knowledgeable guide Steve answered all our questions and more. It was so much more than we expected and, once again, we discovered an incredible Kansas City treasure.

If you have never been to the Benton home and artwork room, take time to learn and appreciate more about one of Kansas City’s most renowned artists. You won’t regret it.

Cathy Svacina

Kansas City

Great choice

As a throat cancer survivor, I could not have been more blessed than to have incoming KU chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod accept me as a patient. When my wife and I met him, we knew he was a special person and physician.

Although he’s extremely busy, Girod continues to see me every year to be sure I am doing well after having radiation and chemo to remove my tumor.

KU and Kansas can be very proud to have him lead the university.

Jeff Van Oeveren

Overland Park

Voting solution

It’s sad but not surprising that a disgruntled American has attempted to assassinate lawmakers he blames for our current predicament. Violence and anarchy can never be the answer.

But it’s easy to understand how people come to their breaking point. It’s called the Trump Effect, which combines the worst elements of people and politics.

A bullying, unethical, know-nothing president; Congress and a cabinet dominated by rich white people hell-bent on eliminating health care, social services and financial and environmental protections that the majority want and need; bias against people of color and the LGBTQIA community; the relentless march toward centralizing power and wealth with the top 1 percent of Americans; a general lack of concern for foreign intervention in our politics — the list goes on.

President Donald Trump aspires to be our dictator, and many seem content to enable him in order to further their own agendas.

Put down your guns and pick up your ballots, and invite your friends and family to do the same. Let’s stop the madness by means of our American democracy.

Scott Roby


Sign of the times

Anger — it’s all the rage today.

Dave DiPasquale

Overland Park

Find out why

It’s amazing that the FBI is working so hard and spending so much time and money trying to find out why the Alexandria shooter did this. He did it because he felt helpless and afraid, and that made him angry.

Maybe he had a medical condition that was going to bankrupt him. Maybe he thought that the government was looking out for the rich and that this was the only way to make elected officials listen. Maybe he had mental illness or a drug problem that the government associates with the lower class. Maybe he was tired of politicians looking out for their own interests and not those of the people.

Here’s a thought: Maybe instead of trying to figure out why he did this horrible thing, government officials can work together to figure out why they are trying to do these things to people who cannot fight back. Who have no voice. Who believe violence is the only way to make the government listen. Who think death is better than living with a government that does not care about them.

Then and only then will you be able to stop worrying about things like this happening.

Dan Stiles


Left logic

I try to understand liberal ideology, but each time I try, it never makes any common sense to me. A couple examples:

▪  If I work, I must pay taxes to the federal government. That makes sense. But the liberals say that if you don’t work, the federal government will pay you. So why would I want to work?

▪  Liberals don’t want to pay a one-time cost for a border wall, which some estimates say could be $10 billion. That’s a lot of taxpayer money. But the annual cost of illegal immigration is estimated at up to $55 billion by the conservative Heritage Foundation. I can’t see any common sense in not building a wall.

There are so many more examples of this crazy liberal ideology that it boggles my mind how anyone with any common sense can understand and endorse it. It makes no common sense.

Thomas Hay

Lake Waukomis