Good voter laws
I want to thank Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi, consul general of Mexico in Kansas City, for educating readers on the voting laws of Mexico. (May 9, 17A, “KC’s Mexican citizens part of electoral picture”)
According to Navarro-Bernachie, 98.5 percent of all Mexicans 18 or older have been registered, photographed and fingerprinted under the Electoral Registry to obtain their voter IDs. Mexicans living in other countries can vote if they obtain their voter IDs through a Mexican consulate or embassy. An indelible ink is used to mark voters’ thumbs, and special permanent markers are used for ballots.
Apparently, Mexican citizens view their country’s very rigorous election fraud-prevention system in a favorable light.
The Kansas voter ID law pales in comparison.
The ACLU may wish to redirect its attention to Mexico in looking for burdensome impediments used to disenfranchise voters.
Michael J. Kalny
Let’s be honest: The United States did not withdraw from the multinational Iran agreement. This country is violating the terms of the deal based on the whims of a leader who has not shown the ability to form a consistent and coherent policy.
His reason could be one or all of the following: He could be upset that Iran was not as nice to him as Saudi Arabia. He may be taking attention away from his payment to Stormy Daniels, or Russian interference in our elections. Or, it could just be his jealousy of former President Barack Obama.
Whatever the reason, he has furthered his damage to this country’s integrity and made the world more dangerous by increasing the likelihood that Iran will have nuclear weapons.
Thursday morning’s news announced three options the Kansas City mayor’s commission provided to honor Martin Luther King Jr. (May 9, KansasCity.com, “The Paseo or new KCI are early favorites for MLK renaming, advisory group says”) The idea of adding King’s name to Kansas City’s new airport’s name is grand.
What better location than a hub in the middle of the United States, reaching north, south, east and west (even internationally)? What better place to create a focal point to tell this country’s vast story?
Consider the country’s history and all the Americans who have passed through the Kansas City area in the quest for equality. Consider the Civil War battles and the history of Missouri and Kansas. Consider the trek of the persecuted Mormons. Consider all the wars Americans battled for human freedom.
The new terminal is ideal for honoring King’s leadership role in peaceful demonstrations seeking equality for all.
The terminal could house a cultural center for all Americans, sharing the stories of people who faced discrimination yet persisted. Kiosks could be placed throughout the airport to share the stories and artifacts of the Americans who fought and worked for the freedoms outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
Welcome to the new Kansas City Martin Luther King Jr. Airport, where travelers celebrate Americans’ history, honor human diversity and share the stories.
It’s a royal idea, commissioners.
Susan Annette Smith
As the mother of three children thriving safely in Overland Park, I have a heart that aches for mothers in other parts of the world who are forced to watch their own babies suffer from lack of resources to fight preventable disease, poverty and hunger.
The United States has been a global leader in helping to avert the deaths of mothers and children from preventable causes and providing critical development and humanitarian assistance.
Since 1990, American foreign aid has helped reduce poverty, respond to crises and reduce deaths of children worldwide by half. This is fantastic progress, but our work cannot stop, because more than 15,000 children still die every day from treatable illnesses such as diarrhea and malnutrition.
As conflicts and war spread around the world, women and children are suffering as they flee the violence. According to Save the Children, one in six children worldwide are now living in conflict-affected regions, and they lack access to school and health facilities. The United Nations expects global humanitarian needs to increase even more this year.
This Mother’s Day, I urge Rep. Kevin Yoder to preserve America’s legacy of helping mothers and children by rejecting any cuts to international aid funding. Investing in families today helps create a better tomorrow.