Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss The Paseo’s name, Kansas City’s environment and religious adoption agencies

King instead

To all you people who want to change the name of The Paseo, I have a recommendation for a different street to rename in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: I propose changing Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and leaving The Paseo as it is.

Can anyone tell me something great that Cleaver has done?

Take down his name and replace it with King’s. I think that would satisfy almost everyone. It certainly would me.

Don Harvey


Good air, bad news

Last week, the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association found that Kansas City improved ozone pollution to its best ranking ever.

Still, nearly 134 million Americans are exposed to unhealthy air. Thankfully, Kansas City has reduced its unhealthy days to improve its ozone quality to the best it has been since the first State of the Air was issued 19 years ago.

Although this is good news, climate change and extreme weather have made cleaning up our air even more challenging. This means that clean-air protections will continue to be crucial for all Americans.

Unfortunately, clean-air safeguards are under attack in Washington, D.C. We cannot afford to roll back these protections and must ensure that we build on the progress our nation has made.

President Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Congress — including Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Rep. Kevin Yoder — must fully fund, implement and enforce the Clean Air Act for all pollutants, especially those that drive climate change.

Families in Kansas City depend on it.

Linda Crider

Executive director

American Lung

Association in Kansas and

Greater Kansas City

Overland Park

Letter of the law

It is truly amazing that some Catholic and evangelical Christian churches believe they should have a right to receive money from Kansas taxpayers for performing discriminatory adoption services. (April 25, 16A, “Lawmakers brace for ‘firestorm’ over faith-based adoption bill”)

Many state officials argue that because these churches are exercising their “sincerely held religious beliefs,” they can contract with the state to provide adoption services, even though those beliefs hold some people unfit to be parents.

The religious doctrines of some Catholic and evangelical churches hold that same-sex marriages and single women who have children are sinful and that all families should be headed by a heterosexual male.

Why are we taxpayers who don’t share those benighted views expected to bow to these religious organizations?

Isn’t it enough that they are able to amass money without paying a cent in taxes? Isn’t it enough that priests and pastors continue to flout the rule of law by endorsing some legislators and defaming others, while insisting their parishioners vote as the churches demand? That is illegal, and the IRS is required by existing law to remove these churches’ tax-exempt status.

Of course, that law is not enforced because too many of our state and national political leaders use these religious organizations to secure power.

L. Yvonne Bruner

Overland Park

Homes for kids

The Adoption Protection Act now under consideration in Kansas is the most un-Christian law I have seen in my lifetime.

I know good LGBT Christian couples who have taken in foster children and provided them with love and wonderful childhoods. And there have been examples of “Christian” couples who treated their foster children poorly.

The Kansas foster care system now has children sleeping in hallways and offices because there are not enough places where they can receive foster care. Children just want a place that provides love and a place to sleep in their own beds.

For me, it is a crime to prevent these children from having a loving home only because those families might not live up to some Christians’ beliefs. To me that is not the Christian way.

Maria Baldwin

Kansas City

Too broad a brush

The bullying and harassment that Michael Hill, a gay teacher, received at Nemaha Central High School in Seneca, Kan., is despicable. (April 21, 7A, “Gay Kansas teacher quits and moves to California because of threatening letters”)

However, I strongly resent The Kansas City Star trying to guilt an entire community for the acts of a disturbed and disgruntled few. Lighten up.

Jim Eschrich