In its lead editorial Sunday, The Star properly called attention to the failures imbedded among the actions taken by the city’s leaders during the pursuit of a new airport passenger terminal. (20A,“There are lessons to be learned from the KCI terminal process”)
Bringing scrutiny to Kansas City’s procurement procedures for this substantial undertaking is clearly a proper role for our main newspaper.
Yet, is not an apology more in order? The Star has been a key cheerleader for a new terminal, overlooking alarms sounded by knowledgeable individuals about procurement missteps and irregularities.
At this point, the city is undoubtedly on the hook for tens — perhaps hundreds — of millions of dollars of excess costs versus what “could have been” if more conventional bidding procedures applicable to large public projects had been followed.
As I have listened and read people’s comments, I have a thought: Being neither Republican nor Democrat, but, yes, an independent, I wonder why our representatives in the U.S. House and Senate vote only their party line — at least those from Missouri. I can’t speak for those of you in Kansas.
I bet you wonder, too, what happened to “of the people for the people.”
There is a poem all in Washington should read — “The Guy in the Glass” by Dale Wimbrow. I refer to the last few lines:
“You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
“And get pats on the back as you pass,
“But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
“If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.”
Sometimes I think we should look into the mirror and maybe judge ourselves first.
They won’t wait
I have been commuting from the Northland to downtown on I-29, I-35 and I-70 for years. This has been another week of watching 75 percent of my fellow commuters tailgate and aggressively swerve in and out of traffic to gain a few extra yards and drive 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit.
I find it hard to believe in a future where any of them would have the patience to ride in a driverless car keeping a safe interval from other cars and at a safe speed.
Ronald K. Pillers
Question of law
I heard Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on the radio Monday morning saying that Syed Ahmed Jamal was jailed for the crime of “being a model citizen.”
No, Congressman, you are wrong.
Jamal was jailed because he broke the laws of this country. He overstayed his visa and, despite having opportunities to correct the situation, chose not to do so.
He is not a “model citizen.” He is not a citizen, period.
We are supposed to be a nation of laws. You, and every other representative and senator, took an oath to uphold the laws of this country. If you and your fellow congressmen would do a better job of this, we might not have as many lawbreakers.
You are not doing these people a favor when you act like this. You only encourage them to break our laws because they think they will get a pass if caught.
If you want to change things, you are in a position to do so as an elected representative. Work to craft a better immigration program but not one that rewards lawbreakers.
Riding bulls is a lifestyle choice? (Feb. 12, 1B, “A brutal lifestyle, but one they chose; The bucks and pains and hope of riding bulls for a living”) Who chose it?
This was a disgusting column by Sam Mellinger on the abuse of animals by humans for the entertainment of humans. How sick.
How would Mellinger like his ribs punched with a sharp, steel spur?
The Star should apologize for this breach of decency and never publish anything similar again.
Not in a vacuum
In The Kansas City Star, on TV and on the radio, I have read and heard multiple complaints of “outrage” over the use of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in a truck commercial during the Super Bowl and demands for an apology.
Spare me. Do any of these offended people think this was done without the approval of the King family? And do they really believe the Kings weren’t paid for it?
Some folks just seem to look for things to be offended by. Should I take a knee?