Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss a fighting mind-set, political correctness and health care

In it together

As I watched the election coverage Nov. 6, the concept of a “battle between two Americas” kept arising as a metaphor to describe the division in this country.

I completely disagree with this rhetoric. It is this mind-set that has made America as divided as it is, creating a battlefield that pits Americans against Americans. We draw lines between Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative — lines that we believe are made of electric barbed-wire fences.

But in reality, it’s just a line drawn in sand, easily stepped over to create harmony. At the end of the day, we are all Americans. No matter our background: race, gender, party and whatever else that makes us unique. We are all the same. We are all still humans.

Let’s take the time to work together instead of fighting over every single thing. Let’s take a step back and start doing good for the whole country, not just half of America. But let’s fight for everyone to blur the lines and unite a divided country.

Daniel Vazquez


Giving back

I want to personally thank all the merchants in the area who gave discounts to us veterans on Veterans Day this year. Your generosity was much appreciated.

I would like to single out the generosity of restaurants and stores my wife and I visited: Gordon Biersch, McCormick & Schmick’s, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Toner Jewelers.

My older brother and I are Vietnam veterans, and we did not have a great welcome when we returned. But since Operation Desert Storm, I have noticed an appreciable change in the attitudes in this country toward all military veterans. This positive development is very much appreciated by all of us who have served this great country.

Harry Wyre Jr.

Overland Park

Stop? Start!

A letter writer Friday said that the term “politically correct” gives us “an excuse to stop thinking.” (10A) I believe it gives a reason to start thinking.

Faith Williams

Excelsior Springs

Flock untended

As a practicing Catholic, I am sad to see Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas caught up in the gloom of the sex-abuse scandal. He joins the ranks of ineffective leadership in his failure to tackle the core issue.

He won’t meet with concerned laity, and he speaks only through lawyers and appointed specialists. This dehumanizes the victims further.

It’s as if a once-good shepherd has been replaced by an alien voice of a cold, evil bureaucracy. As all the bishops met in Baltimore last week, Naumann was again silent.

We learned through the secular media alone that as many as two dozen priests in his archdiocese have been credibly accused of sex abuse. We do not know who, where or when.

Naumann’s failure to address the obvious has allowed the best corners of our community to become darkened by gloom. He remained silent even when former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the notorious accused sex abuser, was domiciled only a few paces from an elementary school in Victoria, Kan.

This crisis requires heroic leadership. The foot-dragging and prescripted communication tactics reveal how this scandal may be too difficult even for a reputably good archbishop to handle as a good and human shepherd of souls.

Scott Weinberg


Our needs now

I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner and mother of three. I’m disheartened by the lack of medical coverage for children with disabilities in this country.

My daughter is 3. She started walking at 30 months and has yet to say her first word or call me mommy. She has a rare disorder that affects only 100 people worldwide.

Her disorder causes developmental delays. Delays that can be improved with therapy. Delays that private insurance won’t recognize for coverage of medically necessary therapies. Delays not “significant” enough for gap coverage from Medicaid or from Social Security Supplemental Security Income to cover the burden of expensive uncovered therapies.

I’m forced as a parent to pay for all therapy out of pocket. This leaves me deciding between bankrupting my family and maximizing the quality of my child’s life.

Medicaid is frequently at risk of budget cuts. This threat has increased with the current administration’s recommendations for the Affordable Care Act. I have to worry about paying for essential care for my daughter today and whether she will have medical coverage as an adult.

We should be looking to improve coverage for our medically fragile populations today and ensure that pre-existing conditions don’t exclude them from coverage as adults.

Darcie Al-Hassan

Overland Park