Parents of those students injured or killed in school attacks should send their medical and funeral bills to their congressional representatives. Maybe some of the money these lawmakers have received from the National Rifle Association could help parents and families of the victims deal with their now-lifelong sorrow.
What’s in a name
Why rename The Paseo to honor Martin Luther King Jr. when naming a new airport, school, park or community center would be less costly in the long run?
Kansas City is building a new airport terminal (in the near future, we hope). This new facility should be named in his honor. The freeway signs to it would be the only ones that would need change. The streets at and around the airport could keep their names.
The downtown airport New Richards Field was renamed twice — first as Kansas City Municipal Airport and then as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. There was no real confusion, just a few traffic signs updated to direct us to it. Haven’t other airports been renamed?
Renaming The Paseo would involve changes of post office addresses, signage, business cards and so on. Its name is part of Kansas City history and should be left as is.
By the way, I was a resident of Kansas City from 1978 through July 2001. I could have suggested renaming a sports stadium, but that was not what King was about.
Carol L. Neill
Kansas is messed up legislatively. (And so is Missouri, where I live.) It’s horrifying that we may have even more drunken drivers from sunrise to well past sundown with Kansas’ new alcohol law. (May 15, 3A, “In Kansas, 6 a.m. drinking can begin within days”)
I can see how helping the bottom lines of businesses all over Kansas by allowing bars to serve alcohol starting at 6 a.m., instead of 9 a.m., may have made this legislation attractive. Because why wait until 9 a.m. to start drinking? Better yet, the beer will be self-serve. I say bars should put out full cereal bowls so customers can douse those with beer.
It seems as if legislators are supporting booze businesses instead of the safety of their constituents.
Gov. Jeff Colyer and others who voted for this imbecilic legislation will be to blame for the first early-morning runner, biker, innocent child walking to school, loaded school bus or dog walker mowed down by a drunken driver after enjoying some predawn cocktails.
If people want to drink in the early-morning hours, they can do it in their own homes.
Some days I find it hard not to drink at 6 a.m. when faced with all the bad news in the morning newspaper.
A letter writer Wednesday claimed that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable and was started by a Congress bullied by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. (10A)
I agree a win against the Taliban and al-Qaida would be unwinnable today, but in the 1980s it was achievable by the Soviet power. The only reason it never happened was that the Mujahideen received covert training and more technologically advanced weaponry from the United States and other nations.
Afghanistan was left as a vacuum for terrorism afterward. This resulted in the events of 9/11, along with other terrorist attacks worldwide. And 9/11 prompted Congress to act upon the problem.
How can anyone say members of a Congress wanting to catch or eliminate a terrorist leader and eliminate terrorist training facilities “folded” to a president and vice president who had no real power over them? Like many others in the nation, I called it one of the most patriotic actions in congressional history.
Will we be there until the end of jihad? I think that battle is better fought in Afghanistan than in the U.S.
During his first post-election news conference, the president reinforced a long-standing campaign theme of his, decrying the exorbitantly high prices senior citizens pay for their medications. With these prices the highest in the world, he declared he supported the concept of allowing Medicare to negotiate prices to help seniors.
To quote him: “The other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder. … We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world … and we’re going to start bidding.”
However, during his announcement of his drug policy proposal earlier this month, the president made no mention regarding this continual campaign pledge or allowing the importation of medications for seniors.
These omissions lead to two possible conclusions: Either the president’s stated concerns for senior citizens were fully hypocritical word salad, or he is experiencing profound memory impairment.
With the majority of his supporters failing to objectively criticize him, his words or his actions, each of us seniors must weigh these factors as we process our feelings and opinions in preparation for our vote in November.