Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss gun silencers, Congress’ seating patterns and a new KCI

Words obfuscate

Language is important, so it’s the height of government doublespeak to call proposed federal legislation making it easier and cheaper to buy gun silencers the “Hearing Protection Act.” (June 19, 1A, “NRA, lawmakers taking aim at rules squelching sales of gun silencers”)

How ludicrous. Here’s a suggestion for a better, more accurate name: the “Make Law Enforcement Even Harder When No One Can Hear Where Gunfire is Coming From Act.”

Judie Becker

Grandparents Against

Gun Violence


Cartoon offends

What blatant, antiquated sexism in Jeff Danziger’s June 19 cartoon. (11A) Is this 2017 or 1817?

Do the League of Women Voters and many other voting women’s organizations and individuals not exist? Danziger should not have penned the cartoon and The Star should not have published it. Both more men and women need to “start voting and stuff.”

Phyllis Westover

Kansas City

When our representatives in Washington, D.C., misbehave and pit one party against the other, why not change their seating arrangement?

Instead of seating the Democrats on one side and the Republicans on the other, why not sit a Democrat next to a Republican, then a Democrat then a Republican? Perhaps this would promote more individual thinking, and all would depend less on what the party wants.

Leader-assigned seating works with elementary, junior and senior high schools, so why not with our congressional leaders?

Bob Blackman


KCI standards

In her June 7 guest commentary, “Why the rush to build a new single terminal?” (15A), Councilwoman Teresa Loar asked five important questions. Here are some answers.

Convenience has been a hallmark of Kansas City International Airport, but evolving security requirements have diminished ease of use, and other factors — particularly the increase in length, width and capacity of aircraft — demand new solutions. We need larger hold areas and more space for aircraft parking and movement.

The aviation department, the Airport Terminal Advisory Group, consultants and the airlines analyzed 60 concepts and produced four designs: two renovations and two new terminals. They all agreed that a new terminal would cost less than renovation.

As a very frequent flier and having worked for several airlines that fly to and from Kansas City, I find it well maintained and professionally managed. All interested parties agree that a facility with 35 to 42 gates would suffice for the next 40 years. We should build it now.

Randall K. Smith

Kansas City

Unneeded names

I’m disappointed to learn of the recent Supreme Court decision. (June 20, 5A, “Justices strike down law against offensive trademark names”)

Some years ago, as a naive African-American football fan, I did not understand the significance of such decisions, until my friend, a full-blooded American Indian, made it plain.

When I asked him why he did not like the Washington NFL team’s name, he looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Would you like a team called the N-words?”

Enough said.

Eddie L. Clay


Praise for service

I share Scott Canon’s lament for the personal touch that can be lost with the advent of tech and digital convenience. (June 19, 8A, “Living in a more efficient but less personal world”)

My teeth grate at, “Please press one…,” which puts the “Your call is very important to us” deeply in question.

However, Home Depot is still personal.

At my Home Depot store in Leavenworth, familiar customers are greeted by name and all customers are welcomed with a smile. I have watched a beautiful circle of women at the service desk listen to the stories of an elderly customer who lives alone, sharing tears and laughter, then send her on her way with reassuring hugs.

David in electrical asked great questions of my wife in her quest for the best lighting for her barn. He taught her about lumens and the performance of different lighting in extreme temperatures so she could check over her horses carefully in cold winters.

My Home Depot has not sacrificed the teaching and the friendly faces. It is still a great place to find an experienced and knowledgeable ally. It proves it doesn’t have to be either/or with tech and personal service. The best, most powerful practice is and/both.

Paula Zimmerschied