In August, The Star published my guest commentary on why, as a Burger King worker paid $9.10 an hour, I was on strike for $15 an hour and union rights.
Because of low pay and a lack of benefits, I didn’t visit a dentist for years. Over time a tooth infection festered, turning my mouth into a big open wound. I was so ashamed that I never smiled.
Gene McGill, a local dentist, read my story and found the kindness in his heart to offer dental work free of charge. A week ago, I left his office with a new smile that, for once in my life, I was proud of. And for the first time in 18 yearsm I can smile for my wife.
It’s impossible to describe how grateful I am to Dr. McGill, but I’m the exception. Millions of workers like me work for big companies that pay less than $15 an hour and deny us union rights and basic benefits. And there’s no Dr. McGill to help them.
In the end, what will help working people most is the freedom to join and form unions that can level the playing field and win the pay and basic benefits we need. That’s why I’m going to keep on striking and speaking out — this time with a smile on my face.
In 1993, my brother Danny O’Neill started his coffee company in Brookside, and with much gusto. I joined him in his basement using an iron — yes, a real laundry iron — to seal coffee bags.
It is only with local support from businesses and all the coffee lovers of Kansas City that The Roasterie has become a success.
Of all cities, Kansas City has the true supporters of local businesses, and you should be proud of yourselves. Kudos to all of you.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Use your voice
It is revolting that our fearless leader wants more killing machines (including smaller nuclear weapons) and more money for warfare and wants a Berlin Wall on our southern border, relief of estate taxes and tax brackets for the super wealthy — while our national debt rises, the nation’s health care is ignored, the poor and underemployed are treated with contempt, the Dreamers are held at bay and we become isolationists.
If we are caring, concerned people, each one of us must come to terms with our integrity and discern how we must stop this dangerous folly.
We must speak out and take a stance for true American values.
Say no, not in my name.
Henry M. Stoever
The Bible says …
Vice President Mike Pence has again teed off on gays, this time energizing his politicized evangelical Christian base with his public spat over whether he would meet with Olympic skater Adam Rippon. (Feb. 8, KansasCity.com, “U.S. skater Rippon wants Pence spat to take backseat to games”)
I thought it would be interesting to see everything Jesus of Nazareth had to say about gays.
Here’s a complete list of all the times in the Bible that Jesus condemns anyone for his or her gender identity or sexual orientation:
I hope this has been helpful.
Thanks to The Kansas City Star for a comprehensive article on marijuana. (Feb. 6, 1A, “Listen up, parents, don’t leave your kids in the dark about weed”)
I hope people will keep this article and refer to it from time to time. I was surprised to read that you can buy it (where it is legal) at age 18, but you must be 21 to buy alcohol.
I believe America is dangerously divided. Some people love and others despise our president. I do not agree with everything he has done. However, there are some people who constantly and publicly bash him in social media. How is that helping?
The answer is that it is not. Instead, those people are creating an even greater divide in this great country.
I believe that for this divide to go away, it should not start with our president, but with each individual American. We all should do what we can to spread love and not hate.
Let’s decide to make a change in something we can control. We need to come together as a country.
Then someday we will be able to look back on a time when a divided America made the decision to unite for the good of the nation.