I was one of Gov. Eric Greitens’ earliest and likely strongest supporters, but no longer — not because he had an affair, but because he lied to us and misled us.
He should have been honest from the beginning about his affair. Instead, he made us believe he was a man of honor.
I will not judge him for having an affair. We are all human, we all make mistakes and we all commit sin. God does not see one sin as greater than another. The affair is between him, his wife and God, because it does not affect Missourians.
However, the governor’s choice to not inform us he had the affair, and what he did after it, does affect all Missourians, because those choices bring disgrace to our state.
I believe the prosecution to be primarily political and based on malice. However, the governor is in the position he is in because of the choices he made.
We have a sitting governor under a felony indictment, and that is an embarrassment to our state. For the honor of our state, Greitens should resign.
Powell Gardens is Kansas City’s botanical garden and an oasis of beauty and tranquility.
It is 30 miles east of the city and features multiple major garden areas for enjoyment and education. It has festivals year round, such as the Festival of Butterflies and Booms and Blooms. It also contains three structures by renowned American architect E. Fay Jones.
Unfortunately, the air quality and groundwater of the garden are now under threat from a planned confined animal-feeding operation. Valley Oaks Steak Co. plans to house up to 6,999 cattle just three miles from the gardens. It is also three miles from Lone Jack. (Feb. 27, 8A, “Powell Gardens fears being downwind of cattle feedlot”)
This would be a Class 1B facility and not subject to stronger guidelines considering odor emissions. Under Missouri rules, only feedlots with 7,000 or more head of cattle must submit an odor plan.
Please contact Powell Gardens to see how you can help or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to request a public hearing. Public comments will be considered until Friday. This jewel of the Kansas City area must be preserved.
Kansas City, Kan.
In Florida, the teenagers are setting an example for the nation. Pulling themselves out of despair, they’ve turned to their representatives in government — who are all adults — seeking a solution to the problems. Despite all this, there are no solutions to be found.
Government is known to be slow and inefficient, but with so many voices crying out, shouldn’t it be moving faster? It seems there is no way for teenagers’ voices to be heard. After all, we don’t have a vote. There is no reason for any government official to listen to us.
If the people in government won’t listen, the only solution is for teenagers to become the people in government. This is happening in Kansas, with many teenagers running for governor. Instead of support, however, what has happened is opposition in the form of a bill that would stop this situation from happening again.
Instead of standing in our way, let us have a say. Adults and teenagers working together to solve problems relevant to young people will create solutions that are much closer to what we need.
I am appalled that in the wake of recent school shootings The Star chose to run a simplistic, blame-the-victim cartoon Feb. 26, assigning responsibility for the Parkland, Fla., massacre to the schools because they kicked God out of the classroom. (7A, “Off the easel”)
To begin with, the idea that God was removed from the schools is absurd. What was banned was the Inquisition-like practice of forcing or coercing students to say prayers that in many cases were contrary to the religious values they were being taught at home.
The view expressed in this cartoon is equivalent to the opinions expressed about 9/11, blaming it on our acceptance of same-sex relationships. In any event, this cartoon trivializes a national tragedy to make a political point, and it insults the survivors, their friends and families.
The Feb. 26 cartoon by Joel Pett suggests that the shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school happened because “God was kicked out of school.”
Was God also kicked out of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before the mass shooting there in November?
Betty Jane Willits