Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Missouri and Kansas counties, LGBT adoptions and impeachable offenses

State the state

I have come to notice that many stories in The Kansas City Star that mention a county fail to specify the name of the state.

Evidently, The Star is not aware there are counties with the same names in Missouri and Kansas. For example, there is a Johnson County, Mo., and a Jackson County, Kan.

Please make note of this and make changes so we can know which state you are talking about.

Robin Collens

Kingsville, Mo.

Whose faith?

I just finished reading the April 26 guest commentary by Elizabeth Kirk explaining that a bill now before the Kansas Legislature would protect faith-based adoption agencies to practice their “sincerely held religious beliefs” by declining to work with some families, such as those who are LGBT. (13A, “Adoption bill would not codify discrimination”)

Kirk also notes states such as Massachusetts, Illinois and California, where adoptions by faith-based agencies ceased because the child welfare services thought they couldn’t practice their beliefs.

It seems to me that this is just an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people and others in the adoption process. It should not be allowed.

I also wonder what “faith-based organizations” means. Would we allow these exemptions for all religions, or just the Christian faith?

I honestly don’t believe this would pass the First Amendment test.

Thomas Galbreath


On kids’ behalf

Although the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Kids Count Data Book — the nationwide assessment of child well-being — ranks Kansas 15th among the 50 states, there is still much work to be done.

As a 35-year veteran in child welfare, I am pleased to see the recent attention to this subject.

Even one missing child — whether from home, foster care or truant from school — is one more unsupervised and at risk of harm. Increased need for foster care has made finding placements for these children significantly more difficult. And when all approved or licensed options are unavailable, sleeping in an office may be the only alternative.

Unfortunately, these issues aren’t unique to Kansas. They are historic, national concerns.

They cause many of us sleepless nights — not because of increased pressure from the Kansas Legislature or Department for Children and Families, but because people who enter this field care deeply about children and families.

Community organizations have provided services for decades, well before the awarding of state contracts, routinely implementing improvements. But the greatest improvements can come from increased understanding, awareness and community support.

Do you know a child in care — a relative, your child’s classmate, a church member? You can become approved for placement through a safe, streamlined process. You can become part of the solution.

Anne M. Roberts

Retired chief of staff

KVC Health Systems

Kansas City

Don’t indict

The indictment of a sitting president is not legal, as determined by the U.S. Department of Justice. This was determined in a 1973 legal briefing.

Another briefing in 2000 confirmed the 1973 finding. That full document is posted on justice.gov for review.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation cannot result in an indictment of President Donald Trump, no matter what Mueller finds.

Tell the truth. Mueller is digging up information for the House of Representatives to use in impeachment.

Richard Blaisdell

Kansas City

Don’t impeach yet

I did not support impeachment of President Bill Clinton because his indecencies in the Oval Office did not rise to “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” And he did not pay anyone to keep silent. But his presidency will forever have an asterisk behind his name for his stupidity.

But President Donald Trump, Russia’s “useful idiot,” appears to have been aiding Russians by laundering money for them for decades. Remember, Donald Trump Jr. said in 2008 that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” So there is little doubt the Robert Mueller investigation already has a damning case for Trump’s involvement with Russian oligarchs and the Russian mob.

That said, talk of impeaching Trump is premature. Trump knows his high crimes and misdemeanors are traceable through his attorney’s records now in investigators’ hands. It’s not only about Stormy Daniels.

Mueller needs to make a case for legally impeachable offenses. That’s when the rule of law and our free press will have won the day against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Bernadine Kline