Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss MAX bus changes, climate science and the Royals’ season

MAX route

I am so very disappointed that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has decided to reroute the Main MAX bus line from Wyandotte Street to Grand Boulevard in the downtown area.

As I mentioned to KCATA’s management, this reroute will preclude people who use wheelchairs and have health problems from getting to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the convention center and many hotels. The extremely steep hills from Grand to Wyandotte are just too much for us to push our wheelchairs up, and they diminish battery power on our power wheelchairs.

I understand the streetcar can periodically detain the MAX from Union Station to 16th Street. Better solutions would be to adjust schedules to accommodate these slow times or move the route to Baltimore.

A terrific solution would be to add a route from the Country Club Plaza down Broadway to Sixth Street. I also think the hotels and cultural centers along Wyandotte would advocate for continued bus access for their visitors without personal cars.

I encourage the KCATA’s Richard Jarrold and Robbie Makinen to rethink this decision and do what is best for all our riders.

Susie Haake

Kansas City

EPA’s vital work

The science is overwhelming. We can no longer ignore the impacts of climate disruption or the carbon and methane pollution from power plants.

Unfortunately, some in Washington are more worried about the health of polluters’ profits than the health of my children’s lungs. Children are among the most vulnerable to the effects of greenhouse gas pollution.

Climate deniers in Congress are working to block efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the health and safety of our communities. This has to end.

I hope my children will see a future free of the public health dangers of carbon pollution and impacts such as more frequent and severe extreme weather. For their sake, I ask our leaders in Washington to fully fund and defend the EPA’s lifesaving work to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and keep our air and our drinking water clean.

Kay Mills

Missouri Field Organizer

Moms Clean Air Force

Springfield. Mo.

Forever Royal

Any hopes for the Royals making the playoffs effectively ended with a dismal August, but in reality in January on a winding road in the Dominican Republic. With that ends the greatest sustained run of truly amazing players, and, more important, great people who revitalized baseball for a lost generation of Royals fans.

Yes, the last two seasons have been disappointing. But beginning in 2011, we have been blessed to be around this amazing core of talent for seven seasons. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are effectively playing out their final games in Royals uniforms. There are many reasons for this — the economics of a small-market club being chief among them.

With that said, there is sadness: the loss of two ALCS MVPs, the team’s season home run leader and the best all-around player and Gold Glover on the team.

Instead of sulking, though, let’s celebrate their final weeks with us. Esky, LoCain, Moose and Hoz, you will always be Royals greats. Several thousand fans and I will cheer when you return to the K. Thanks for everything.

Jeff Frost

Gilbertville, Iowa

Literary king

I enjoyed The Star’s recent feature about Stephen King, arguably the greatest storyteller of this or any age, and his magnanimity concerning Hollywood’s treatment of his works. (Sept. 8, 10A, “Stephen King scares himself, too”) We lovers of great stories and great films are the beneficiaries.

It reminds me of James M. Cain, who when asked how he felt about his novels “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Double Indemnity” and “Mildred Pierce” being commercialized by Hollywood, is said to have pointed to the shelf and said, “They’re still there.”

Larry Heffel


Showing respect

I wonder how many of the people complaining about football players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem consider it perfectly fine to conclude its singing with “… and the home of the Chiefs.”

Jim Mathison


The big buy-in

It seems the Republicans have figured out that the Kansas economic plan has been so successful that the president and the party back the plan. I’m just wondering if they’re all delusional.

H. Lon Swearingen

Kansas City