Henry Fortunato was truly a remarkable and wise gentleman. (Feb. 7, 11A, “Henry Fortunato shared his magic with Kansas City”)
My husband, Dennis, and I enjoyed him at Kansas City Public Library evening programs.
The pre-funeral he arranged for himself is a great example of why this man will be missed.
In Wednesday’s paper, I learned that Henry Fortunato had died. For me, two memorable speakers he brought to the Central Library were anthropology professor David Vine and labor and social justice activist Bill Fletcher Jr.
Vine talked about the displacement of the people of Diego Garcia for a U.S. military base, one of hundreds of bases we have that dominate the globe. Fletcher, who had worked with Fortunato, lamented the lack of media reporting on unions. Both issues have weakened our democracy.
Thank you, Henry Fortunato, and thank you R. Crosby Kemper III for your tribute to him.
Make it here
I fully understand the need for foreign trade. However, we have a severe problem that I recently noticed.
On a trip to a large local outdoors retailer, I purchased several items. Upon returning home, I discovered that the RedHead fishing/hunting boots I had bought were made in China. I then checked the other items in my bags. The labels told me they were almost all made in foreign countries: China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Sultinate of Oman. There was one item made in the U.S. — of imported yarns.
My wife and I also recently stopped at a large hobby supplies store. While she was shopping, I checked the tags of 20-plus items on the shelves. Not one was made in the U.S.
The Star reported late last year that Ford Motor Co. has announced it plans a 163-acre proving ground in China to test compact and full-size passenger cars, SUVs and lightweight commercial vehicles. (Nov. 28, 2017, 6A, “Ford announces new test center in China”)
It’s hard to believe this could not have been done in the United States. It seems we have a problem with some of our foreign trade.
I don’t recall
President Donald Trump likes to talk about his love and respect for our military, and now he wants a military parade similar to one he saw on Bastille Day in France.
Trump had his opportunity to serve, but he chose to let us commoners do the heavy lifting. When he got his Vietnam-era draft deferment, he had a doctor’s letter diagnosing him with bone spurs in his heel, he told The New York Times in August 2016.
Trump, very conveniently, could not remember the name of the doctor, which precluded any verification or follow-up.
Also in the interview, Trump said he never sought an operation for the bone spurs, which again precluded any verification or follow-up.
So much for the president’s love and respect for our military.
Some role model
Does President Donald Trump want to make America great again by ordering our armed forces to emulate the French military?
I am urging my elected officials to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program separate from the budget and then solve it so the Dreamers can stay in the U.S. and have a reasonable path to citizenship.
Fund the military at present levels and add a full accounting of every dime it has already been given. Add funding for veterans care. Add money for smart border security, not some senseless wall. Fully fund social programs.
This isn’t hard if someone isn’t catering to special interests. Just do the right thing by the people, not corporations.
I am giving thanks in advance. If you vote contrary to my wishes, your opponents will get my donations and volunteer hours in the next election.
I’m a retired firefighter. People will listen to me if I start talking about your voting record.
Yep, that is a promise of resistance if you fail your oath of office. But in the same vein, I will help campaigns that do vote for righteousness.
R. Scott Anderson
Spread it around
I must comment on The Star’s recent growing focus on Kansas. This is one metro area, and I’m interested in both sides, but I’d also enjoy more coverage of Missouri issues besides our secretive governor. By my count, Tuesday’s Star carried six stories and both local opinion columns about the western side of the bistate region. Additionally, four of the five letters were from Kansas residents.
Can you look eastward a little more?