Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss a Royals game disappointment, NCAA commission and heatstroke

Teachers’ slight

With all the recent attention to teacher marches around the nation, the Royals hosted their Teacher Appreciation Night last Thursday. But they also held their Royals Charities Broadcast Auction on the same night. This was wrong.

These teachers work so hard, and not to have their fun night even mentioned at the game because of the charity auction — which could have been held any other day — was an injustice. All these teachers were at the game hoping to be noticed, and nothing was said about them.

We love the Royals and always watch them, but I hope in the future they plan this a little better. All our teachers in this town are amazing, and they do incredible work.

Betty Doyon

Kansas City

NCAA ‘crisis’ fix

As my friends can tell you, I have ranted for years about college basketball players leaving for professional teams before they graduate. I would like to offer former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her NCAA commission a simple solution. (April 26, 4B, “College hoops commission issues report targeting changes to fix ‘crisis’”)

Make each athletic scholarship last for four years, tie that scholarship to a specific player and make it non-transferable. Then if the player leaves before four years, the scholarship either sits unfilled or goes to a deserving non-athlete for the remainder of its four-year life.

I don’t think it would take long for athletic departments to change their recruiting practices when they look at their benches and see a couple of scholarship players along with a dozen walk-ons.

Jim Merrill


Heatstroke danger

One of the focuses this time of year is on preventing heatstroke deaths of children unknowingly left in hot cars or getting trapped on their own. But did you know heatstroke can also occur indoors?

Recently, I saw a toddler put in danger in an Overland Park health club. An older woman was cheerfully carrying the child, possibly her granddaughter, out of the dry sauna. The girl was alert, but her left thigh and lower leg were very pink. The woman said she had been in the sauna “only a minute.”

Small children are not aware of their rising body temperatures and can overheat in a few minutes. Older children weighing less than 100 pounds should also not “swim” in hot tubs, which reach temperatures of 104 degrees or higher.

Parents, please make your caregivers aware of locker room safety rules. Let’s keep our children safe from heatstroke.

Linda Stinnett

Overland Park

Giant enticement

A deal sweetener for the regulators: Sell the Sprint World Headquarters Campus in Overland Park to Amazon.

Jeff Greek

Kansas City

A better idea

The New Approach Missouri medical marijuana initiative, which will almost certainly be on the ballot this November, is a better proposal than any bill pending in the Missouri General Assembly.

The Star seems to assume that legislation passed by the General Assembly is automatically superior to any initiative proposed and passed by voters. That is not true.

The bill that The Star endorsed in its April 21 editorial would allow medical cannabis on a very limited basis for people who are almost dead. (10A, “Lawmakers should legalize medical marijuana in Missouri”)

Many Missouri patients would benefit from legal access to marijuana as medicine under a doctor’s supervision. Twenty-nine other states have passed such laws. No state has passed a bill like the one The Star has endorsed.

States with legal access to medical marijuana have, on average, a 25 percent reduction in deaths from opioid overdose, according to an August 2014 study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Legal access to medical marijuana allows many patients to reduce or eliminate use of opioid painkillers.

The Star should reconsider its position. The New Approach Missouri initiative emulates successful programs that already operate in many states.

Dan Viets

Board chair

New Approach Missouri


Harmful legislation

We need voters’ help to stop proposed legislation harmful to victims of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Most important, this bill would directly harm Missouri military veterans afflicted with these diseases.

Missouri HB 1645 would not only harm working men and women and their families, but it would be most harmful to Missouri military veterans.

HB 1645 would give asbestos companies who knowingly poisoned workers the ability to further delay and deny their accountability and force victims to disclose private and confidential medical information related to their diagnoses.

Missouri workers, veterans and their families deserve better.

Thank you for supporting Missouri workers.

Lanna Ultican

Blue Springs