The Sunday editorial “All police departments need body cameras” (20A) recommends that Kansas City-area police move to body-camera technology as soon as possible, saying that body cameras provide essential information that protects the police and the public.
One could conclude from this statement that body cameras cause everyone to behave in a less aggressive manner. However, a recent study conducted by the government of Washington, D.C., with 2,000-plus officers showed there was no correlation between use of body cameras and acts of aggression or citizen complaints.
Its authors theorized that most officers were already well-mannered and that people who committed acts of violence forgot, or don’t care, about the body cameras. A smaller experiment by the police department in Rialto, Calif., suggested the complete opposite.
Each trial has the potential to be an outlier, but there simply haven’t been enough studies to conclude that body cameras are beneficial. Until that day comes, the Kansas City police are in the right to refrain from placing body-camera technology in their budget.
Let’s all be direct
I think it’s about time that all employers offer direct deposit of paychecks.
It wastes paper and time to distribute physical checks, though they could still be an option for those who prefer them. Pay stubs could even be emailed instead of attached to the checks.
It is really frustrating when jobs do not even try to offer the service. It also makes time management difficult when a lot of jobs’ hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and so are banks’.
So when are people supposed to find time to deposit or cash their checks?
Direct deposit is much easier, helpful to the environment and a more modern approach to paying employees.
It’s 2018, and businesses should start to accept the fact that most things are technologically advanced now.
The letters to the editor in The Kansas City Star happen to be one of my favorite reads. I am thankful that we live in a country where we have the freedom to share our own opinions. There are a lot of countries that don’t have that freedom.
As I read a letter Monday about Billy Graham, I realized my opinion is different from the writer’s. Thank you for the opportunity to share my view.
In The Star, Billy Graham’s column actually runs not on the comics page, but on the page with the brain-challenging puzzles, horoscopes and the TV schedule, all of which have something to do with the mind.
What better place is there for Billy Graham’s column to be?
After finishing reading all the letters, I looked at the bottom of the page and saw where the founder of The Star, William Rockwell Nelson, had a very fitting quote: “A Paper for the People.”
That was good in 1880, and is still good today.
Curling — an Olympic sport?
What next? Thumb wrestling? Rock, paper, scissors? Knitting?
The prominent headline in Saturday’s paper regarding the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony was certainly eye-catching. It said, “Olympics open with flare, but eyes are on NKorea.”
Having watched the ceremony, I was perplexed.
Who had a flare, and when, where and how did that work into what was otherwise a visually stunning production? I read the entire article without any of those questions being answered.
So apparently I did not miss anything in that spectacular ceremony, full of flair.
But somewhere, University of Kansas journalism professor John Bremner, who always taught with flair, is sending up a flare from his grave because his grammar and editing teaching skills are sorely needed.
Terri Z. Austenfeld
We’ve waded through much discussion on this rocky road to a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Have we forgotten the No. 1 element in our selection process? In my mind it would be the visual and functional design.
The result is what we must happily live with for the next 50-plus years.
Edgemoor might be the perfect fit, but I’m hoping Kansas City architects and engineers are involved in the decision-making.