Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Cleaver’s good works, Muslim Girl Scouts and KU football

Millennials, money

I have a couple issues with the Sunday front-page story, “To attract millennials, companies get creative with their benefits.” It gives the impression that millennials (of which I am one) care about only money.

This can be said only because, as a whole, we are in more debt coming out of college than previous generations. This is all we think about and all we are told to think about. So it would be a major benefit if prospective employers could help us with that debt. However, it’s not the only thing we care about.

When asking if benefits matter, the reporter talked to freshmen in the UMKC cafeteria. I did not think twice about benefits, let alone know which ones were important to me. Maybe the point was that college kids are now becoming aware of student loan debt.

As someone who is looking for a change in employment, I would sacrifice some pay for a quality company culture and good benefits.

Seth Miller

Overland Park

Plenty great

To an April 28 letter writer who can’t name anything great that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has done: Open your eyes. Have you looked at Kansas City lately? When were you last east of the Plaza or Troost Avenue?

Cleaver has championed “something great” for our city — for almost 30 years. Who do you think gets the pork from Washington to pay for much of the beautification and transformation of old Kansas City? That’s right — Cleaver.

But he is also in the trenches battling for moral issues, whether they have to do with guns or race. He fights with humor, humility and dignity always.

We are lucky and should be proud to be so honorably represented.

Cree Korchak

Kansas City

Money well spent

I would hope that by the time the Jackson County senior levy is put before the voters, your editorial board will have learned what those of us working and volunteering in the senior nonprofit sector already know. (April 30, 8A, “Property tax increase for senior aid deserves careful scrutiny”)

Seniors make up a rapidly growing and mostly ignored demographic, and they benefit from services allowing them to remain independent as long as possible. From home-delivered meals and wellness visits to transportation and counseling, the needs are far greater than the available funding to give everyone the help he or she needs.

Making sure that these needs are met is the most cost-efficient use of public funding, because seniors maintained in their homes are less of a burden on the public purse. And that ultimately benefits everyone.

Dale Walker

Kansas City

Happy message

I wish to commend Jeneé Osterheldt for her April 28 commentary, “Kansas Muslim Girl Scouts make America great again.” (6A)

At a time when the media are still hot about banning entry of immigrants from seven countries, five of them Muslim majority nations, it was a breath of fresh air to read Jeneé’s insightful column about our young Muslim Girl Scouts. By publishing this column, The Star has affirmed its commitment to promote the religious diversity that is a hallmark of Kansas City.

The author has admiringly indicated that these girls, though practicing a different faith, are as much proud Americans as anyone else, upholding high moral and ethical values and ready to serve the needy.

We in Kansas City had to wait long to welcome the spring this year, but it is finally here, with crisp blue skies, budding flowers and elevated spirit. And to top it off, we are treated to a welcoming perspective about American Muslims.

Thanks to Jeneé and The Star for offering such a refreshing launch of spring.

Syed E. Hasan


Jayhawk woes

I returned from the KU spring football scrimmage this past weekend. The scrimmage was short, and for the suffering fans who still show up eternally hoping this is the year the Jayhawks turn the corner to respectability, coach David Beaty has either assembled a very athletic team or a mediocre team — because no one stood out, and no one appeared faster than anyone else.

The plays were simplistic and basic, which is understandable for spring football. What else are you going to run? Unfortunately, I’ve been in the stands watching those same plays for the last three regular seasons.

One play in particular — the 20-yard pass that parallels the line of scrimmage and at best picks up 2 yards — is apparently still a staple of the offense.

But what do you do? Do you keep firing coaches? And if you do fire Beaty, what then?

I sincerely hope that what I saw was a very athletic team running the most basic of plays that generated few highlights because of the equity of the athletes on offense and defense.

If not, good luck.

David Vanderwell