Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Barbara Bush’s Trump-less funeral, robo-calls and mature teens

Decorous conduct

Under the category of “How can we bash President Donald Trump today?” some are besmirching the president for not attending the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. Do these people think the same about President Barack Obama for not attending the funerals of former first ladies Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan? Or President George W. Bush for not attending Lady Bird Johnson’s? Or President Bill Clinton for not attending Pat Nixon’s? Or President Ronald Reagan for not attending Bess Truman’s? Or President Jimmy Carter for not attending Mamie Eisenhower’s? These all occurred during their respective presidencies.

It has been at least recent tradition for the sitting first lady to attend the funerals of former first ladies, representing the president, as was the case with Melania Trump attending Mrs. Bush’s funeral. (April 22, 2A, “4 former presidents honor matriarch of Bush family”) All this information is easily accessible but harmful to the ongoing rampant anti-Trump narrative

Mark S. Robertson


I disagree with the contention I’ve heard that President Donald Trump should have made an appearance at former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. I have no illusions about the president. He is not my ideal of a chief executive: egotistic, narcissistic, a snake oil salesman on a massive scale.

But sending the first lady to represent the White House and the current administration at the service for a former first lady is appropriate and respectful.

Wes Durham

Kansas City

Too intrusive

Some years ago, we were placed on the no-call list, and it has proved to be a worthless exercise. The unwanted calls continue unabated.

I do understand that political calls were allowed to those on the no-call list. In the last week, we received three calls over a 24-hour period from Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach and five from Rep. Kevin Yoder over a three-hour period. Not wanting such calls, we blocked them, but the numbers still appear on my TV screen.

We are seniors and vote in every election, and I know this makes us desirable political targets. I understand and support the wish of any politician to deliver his or her message.

But if I block your political call, that’s a clear message I don’t want it. It’s bad manners at the least and contempt at worst for you to continue to call.

If these gentlemen are elected (or re-elected in Yoder’s case), they may be in positions to legislate this type of call. Given their disregard for my right to choose who does and does not contact me by phone, I shudder to think what such legislation might look like. Perhaps knocks on the door at midnight might be legal.

Hey, candidates, show some manners.

Bob Ferguson

Kansas City, Kan.

Pick it up

In 1983, I was in Madrid, and I did not see one piece of trash anywhere — on the roads, in the parks or in the city. I asked a police officer why no trash was to be found. He replied: “Civic pride.”

I did see a lot of trash barrels. But the officer said if I threw paper on the ground, anyone would ask me politely to pick it up. However, if a police offer spotted a trash thrower, it would be a hefty fine.

What is wrong with Kansas City? Trash is everywhere on our roadways, on highways, in town and in the parks. I was behind a truck the other day and saw the driver throw out a bag of trash. From that bag came cups, napkins and other items. If I were still a police officer I would have stopped him, cited him and then made him go back and pick up his trash.

Why do we not have civic pride in our city? We have homeless people who could be paid a little money to pick up trash. Juvenile offenders could be made to pick up trash as part of their community service. We could organize a citywide cleanup day and pick up trash around our own neighborhoods.

I keep a trash bag in the car, and that is where our trash goes. It is not hard. If everyone had something like that, we could surely cut down on the litter.

Our city is great, but all our trash detracts from its beauty. Come on, folks. Show a bit of civic pride and stop using our highways, roads and parks as our personal trash dump.

Alice Burton



People often complain about teenagers being “juvenile,” saying they should strive to act more mature. This critique came starkly to mind when I read the story, “Kobach tells students protesting at gun-rights rally to stay in class.” (April 21, 4A)

Not only did Kris Kobach condescendingly say this to students who were actively exercising their First Amendment rights, but we also had a 75-year-old “dancing in front of (the students) in a mocking way, waving a sign in each hand that said criminals love gun-free zones.”

Picturing this in my mind, it’s very clear who acted in the more childish manner. I’m heartened by the demonstrated maturity levels of the next generation’s decision-makers.

Jan S. Gephardt