Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on the Bible, Royals broadcasts and immigration

Bible’s instructions

The huge number of children swarming our borders present huge moral and economic problems for our country. It’s too bad the Bible doesn’t offer any guidance in such a difficult problem.

Something like, “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 19:14)

If only.

Joe Cebula

Lee’s Summit

Royals broadcasts

This has been a fun season following the Kansas City Royals. I’m old enough to remember the glory days.

The television broadcasts are difficult to enjoy with Rex Hudler’s meandering commentary. Still, I would hate to see anyone lose his job.

Perhaps the Royals could move him over to the radio broadcast. And have him sign the games.

Dan Huerter

Prairie Village

Disabled parking tag

Regarding the problem of hanging handicap tags on the car mirror (9-15, Letters), I came up with a solution a few years ago.

In Kansas, we don’t have the “flimsy” tag problem. The tags are too stiff to fit around the mirror post. I solved the problem by hanging loose-fitting rubber bands off the mirror posts in both our cars, so it is quick and easy to hang the tags on the rubber band loops rather than the mirror posts.

I think it would work just as well to hang a handicap tag from any state. My “invention” isn’t patented, so feel free to try it.

Dave Hendricks

Prairie Village

Helping refugees

I recently spent six days in Artesia, N.M., helping women prepare for credible fear interviews and bond hearings, and advising them on asylum applications.

The families have been detained for weeks and refused fair hearings and access to counsel. Ultimately, they are being sent back to the danger from which they fled.

We were there to help as a free legal team. Every roadblock possible was raised to prevent adequate representation of these refugee women and children.

It shouldn’t be like this. Our U.S. government is betraying the Constitution, failing to uphold our obligations under international treaties and failing to follow our laws on process and bonds.

We need to offer these people due process and humane conditions, and address the root causes of this crisis — the poverty conditions and the human traffickers who make money off the misery of others.

I urge our congressional delegations to take action now to reverse this atrocity. Shut down these family detention facilities, protect the refugees and pass real immigration reform.

Angela Ferguson

Kansas City

Background checks

Unless things have changed considerably, a background check and a waiting period is required to purchase firearms in most places.

So far as individuals selling to one another, if I legally purchase a weapon and sell it to someone else I am accepting responsibility for the operation. So I should be sure of the purchaser. The vast majority of weapons used irresponsibly are obtained illegally.

Fred Crosby

Belton

Players’ responsibility

There is a lot of controversy in the NFL, from concussion arguments to spousal and children abuse. People look for someone to blame, and they found the NFL commissioner.

Unfortunately, there is speculation of the commissioner’s prior knowledge of pertinent information on concussions and player endangerment as well as the former Ravens running back Ray Rice abuse videotape, but he is not to be blamed for the actions of two players in the league.

These actions of domestic violence and Adrian Peterson being indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child are no different from the actions taken by ordinary men and women on their spouses or children, but they are getting more attention.

These two players’ actions should not be put on the league but on the players themselves, and the commissioner is not to blame for the actions of players in his league.

Sam Scovell

Kansas City

KC police tickets

Kansas City’s violent crime has been well documented in The Kansas City Star. For example, its murder rate of 22.6 per 100,000 residents in 2012 put it fifth worst of the 50 largest U.S. cities. Also in 2012, the violent crime rate was 1,263 incidents per 100,000 residents.

But don’t worry, the Kansas City Police Department is on it — well maybe.

Almost daily, a Kansas City Police Department officer or two can be found just outside Smithville city limits, hiding amid the pasture near U.S. 169, ready to fight crime. They diligently lie in wait until a commuter from Gower, Edgerton, Plattsburg, Trimble, Smithville or another community is traveling too quickly or maybe changes lanes without signaling, and then they strike with vigor.

In a recent KCUR-FM interview, Kansas City police Chief Darryl Forte said if you have a burglary and there’s no one there and no immediate danger, it may take a few hours before a police officer arrives. Well, that’s likely because the police employees are out generating revenue on the edges of Kansas City.

Clearly, the priority of the Kansas City Police Department is not to protect persons or property. It’s taxing the productive class through traffic enforcement while ignoring what most people would refer to as real crime is job one.

Stephen Grider

Smithville

Making KC safer

A Sept. 15 front-page article, “KC targets street harassment,” described the efforts in the City Council to pass a new ordinance. It would outlaw driver behavior that threatens “vulnerable road users” such as bicyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs and people waiting at bus stops.

Fortunately, if Kansas City really wants to get serious about “the most threatening and dangerous behavior” (Councilman John Sharp’s words), one tool is already on the books. Just start writing more tickets for people rolling through stop signs.

On my six-mile jogging route, I see about one to two dozen cars every day that do not come to complete stops. If the car is turning right, the driver rarely looks to the right before rolling through the stop sign.

Drivers are entirely focused on cars approaching from their left, and they pay absolutely no attention to pedestrians (or young kids on bikes) who might be approaching on the sidewalk from their right.

What part of “stop” don’t drivers understand?

We don’t need to wait for the passage of a new ordinance. Kansas City could become a safer place today if police would issue more tickets to drivers who fail to come to a complete stop.

Mark Peavy

Kansas City

Steve Rose column

Steve Rose is crazy wrong to call for Milton Wolf to endorse Pat Roberts in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas (9-14, Commentary, “Milton Wolf should speak up for Roberts”).

All thinking persons have sound policy reasons not to endorse Roberts. Here’s one:

The unfolding disaster in Iraq today is rooted largely in the Bush administration’s reckless invasion in 2003. In 2004, Roberts chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. His committee investigated and released a report, finding significant intelligence failures leading to war.

However, the committee failed to investigate the Bush administration itself for distortions or deceptions in the run-up to war. Roberts promised to get to that phase — after the presidential election. He did not.

This is not politics as usual. The most serious power a president holds is commander in chief. Americans had a right to know whether they were misled by their president in the rush to war in 2003, and they deserved to know what could be known before the election.

Roberts took an oath to defend the Constitution, not a president of his own party. He dishonored that oath by providing political cover for one of the worst foreign-policy fiascos in American history.

On the most important issue of his time in the Senate, Roberts played political hack, not statesman.

John Veal

Kansas City

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