Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Iraq War mistakes, social workers and protection for Hondurans

Learn from history

In 2003, The Star, along with most of the U.S. media, allowed itself to be fooled into backing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq. (March 18, 2003, B6, “To prevent war, Hussein must go”) It was an invasion based on false claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Judging from Saturday’s “Off the Easel” editorial cartoon by Dana Summers (11A), depicting stereotyped turbaned figures identified as “Iran” carrying nuclear missiles while climbing over a wall labeled “nuclear deal,” The Star didn’t learn its lesson from the Iraq tragedy.

International arms-control experts agree that Iran has observed the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Yet some voices — domestic and foreign, and notably that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — appear to want the U.S. to get into a military conflict with Iran by making false claims about Iranian behavior.

This time, will The Star allow itself to be fooled?

Ian Munro


For the kids

A social worker once asked me to divulge my deepest secrets. I was anxious and scared, but she made it less overwhelming. As time went on, she provided guidance and support.

Social workers were there when I took my first steps into the Kansas foster care system and there when I aged out, offering options and a voice. Social workers helped me find my purpose.

Now, I am honored to work for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

I watch our social workers carry their caseloads with determination, seeking first to keep children safe, while working to keep families together whenever possible. They face dangerous circumstances and shed tears over families.

I hear them advocate and agonize over tough decisions. I watch them dedicate long days to their communities, sacrificing time with their own families. Social workers know it isn’t glamorous work, but they do it because it is who they are, not what they do.

Social workers: I know you do not expect to be called superheroes, but there is no better descriptor. I know you do it because it is your purpose. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you.

Serena Hanson


Show of caring

I would like to share a story about an act of kindness by two of our finest police officers.

I had recently pulled out my lawnmower when a patrol car stopped in front of my driveway. I walked over to the police car and asked if everything was OK. One of the officers smiled and said he had stopped to see if I needed help starting the mower.

I was stunned and thrilled at the same time. Talk about protecting and serving.

I thanked the officer for stopping to help a senior citizen. The other officer in the car smiled at me. Clearly, she was on board with trying to help.

Later, I called the police station to get their names. I was advised that the policeman was Officer Khakh and the policewoman was Officer Humphrey. A sincere thank-you to both of these fine officers.

Knowing that you’re willing to serve above and beyond the duty makes me feel great about the police in our beloved city. Thank you for making Kansas City a great place to live. Your kindness is appreciated more than you know. We are blessed to have you looking out for us.

Steve Lewis

Kansas City

Insult, injury

It looks as if Hondurans are meeting themselves coming and going. Homeland Security has announced it’s ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, protection for 57,000 Hondurans whom we welcomed after Hurricane Mitch. (May 5, 6A, “57,000 Hondurans losing protected status in US”) Many will face deportation.

Meanwhile, thousands flee a dictator so unpopular that he shoots protesters or locks them up. Then he invites foreign corporations and corrupt officials to pillage the nation’s wealth.

The U.S. congratulated him upon his fraudulent election, sent him bullets and tear gas, and trains his armies on efficient repression. We built him maximum-security prisons for dissidents. Now President Donald Trump wants to send thousands back into this catastrophe?

Hondurans with TPS put down roots. Many have children who are U.S. citizens. They staff our low-wage economy, contributing more than $1 billion to the United States’ GDP each year. It’s despicable that RJ Hauman, government relations director at the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform, says they “have abused our generosity.”

No, they were often abused by greedy employers. Now opportunist politicians lie and use them as pawns to win elections.

When will we elect leaders who understand that immigrants fortify our economy and culture, bringing new energy and creativity? When will we elect leaders who understand that so often our foreign policy uproots and displaces people so that they have no alternative but to migrate?

Judy Ancel

Kansas City