Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Kavanaugh’s clear bias, Whit Merrifield and West Point honor

Merrifield’s due

Why wasn’t Whit Merrifield’s achievement Sunday becoming the major league leader in both hits and stolen bases on The Star’s front page Monday? (4B, “Merrifield becomes hits and stolen base leader as KC falls”)

When was the last time a major leaguer won both those titles while playing for a last-place, 104-loss team?

You missed the boat on important Monday sports news.

Irene Skeehan



Judge Brett Kavanaugh is unwittingly owed a debt of gratitude by the American people. He has illustrated in Technicolor one of the greatest flaws in our government: There are too many old white men in the U.S. Senate.

For the record, I’m an older white man.

Steve Shaft

Prairie Village

Clearly unqualified

Leaving prurient allegations aside, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would be anathema to the rule of law. Yes, it is a big whopping deal.

Judges are subject to ethical rules governing their personal and professional conduct that are not optional. Judges must be fair and impartial. They must never create even an appearance of impropriety.

Today’s partisan politics are roundly lamented. Imagine adding even the perception of politics to the judicial branch.

We are fortunate to have an excellent judiciary in Jackson County. Missouri’s nonpartisan court plan works. Please don’t take it for granted.

Ask yourself: If my life, liberty or pursuit of happiness were on the line, would I trust a Justice Kavanaugh to give me a fair shake?

As a lawyer, I swore an oath to the rule of law, and I am subject to ethical rules in my professional and private life. I take them seriously. I could not support Kavanaugh even if I agreed with his philosophy. He does not respect or play by the rules. That is disqualifying.

Gretchen Eikermann

Kansas City

Not a criminal trial

I very much appreciate Sen. Jeff Flake’s courage in calling for an FBI investigation into claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school. (Sept. 30, 1A, “FBI inquiry turns to 2nd accuser”)

I thank Sen. Claire McCaskill and members of any party who have used their conscience and their intellect to evaluate the entire picture of this nominee. If they have said they will be a “no” vote, I applaud them.

I do not know what evidence this FBI investigation will turn up. I also do not know how much continued obfuscation will come from the White House and the GOP leadership. What I do know is that this is not a criminal trial, and therefore there is no presumption of innocence. This is a job interview, for a lifetime appointment to an important position.

Kavanaugh’s demeanor showed me that he is not emotionally suited to the bench. And Congress has an obligation to consider that significant issue.

He should not be confirmed, regardless of the outcome of the current investigation, and it should not be based on partisan lines. It should be based on a recognition of the suitability of this candidate for this job in this time frame.

Kathryn Moore


No more Yoder

Dear Steve Rose:

Take heart. You are not alone. (Sept. 29, 9A, “I’m a Republican, but I can’t vote for Kevin Yoder in November”)

Months ago I, too, made the painful decision not to vote for Rep. Kevin Yoder. His pandering to the Trump wing of the GOP was simply too egregious.

But since I hate to cast a vote for such negative reasons, I looked more closely at Sharice Davids. I liked what I saw — a person who has demonstrated the courage to try something new (MMA fighting anyone?), risked failure in that arena, learned from that experience and then went on.

She communicates on a personal level, listens and then tries to bring consensus to the conversation. My vote for her is not simply a vote against Yoder and President Donald Trump. It is a vote for reason, communication and thoughtful governance.

Thank you for your courageous choice, Mr. Rose. I know it wasn’t easy.

Fran Abram

Overland Park

Follow the code

The honor code that must be followed by all cadets at West Point states, “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.”

Though I am not a West Point graduate, many of my best friends and colleagues during my more than two decades of Army service were. They often talked of the importance of the code, and we agreed that we should all live by it.

After reading the editorial in Monday’s Star, I believe Kansas 2nd Congressional District candidate Steve Watkins must have forgotten the code by which he had to live at that fine institution. (7A, “After Steve Watkins embellished his experience, can voters trust him?”)

Bill Yarrow