Letters to the Editor

Readers react to the Iran deal, preventing shootings and Kansas City improvements

Iran deal

Regardless of how you interpret the contents of the Iran and world nuclear deal, the most harmful omission is the fate of the four U.S. citizens in Iran prisons (7-15, A1, “Deal draws praise, scorn”). Why are they not part of the agreement?

Charles A. Corcoran

Kansas City

Preventing shootings

I do not own a gun, nor do I plan to. I do, however, respect the rights of those who choose to.

I also know that most gun owners are reasonable, law-abiding citizens. And I have to believe that they are equally appalled by yet another mass shooting at the hands of someone who clearly should not have owned a gun (the South Carolina church shooting).

That being said, I am appealing to the National Rifle Association and gun owners everywhere to work with lawmakers to repeal the no-background-check/no-training policy in such states as Kansas. I can’t think of a reason they, as reasonable and law-abiding citizens, would object.

And though I don’t know even that would keep guns out of the hands of hate mongers such as Dylann Storm Roof or F. Glenn Miller Jr., if it would deter one irresponsible person, that’s a start.

Patrice Ludwig


KC improvements

Everything is up to date in Kansas City, or is it? Kansas City has been on a fast track for the last few years to restore the city to its former greatness as listed below:

1. Expanding Bartle Hall.

2. Building the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

3. Building the Sprint Center.

4. Renovating Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex.

5. Building the Power & Light District downtown.

6. Renovating historic Union Station.

7. Building a downtown streetcar system.

8. Now finally moving ahead with plans for a first-rate, 800-room convention hotel, the Hyatt.

There is one part still missing to restore Kansas City to its former place as a first-class city to hold conventions and meetings, and that is Kansas City International Airport. This must be a priority to return to being a top-tier city for conventions and meetings.

It is the first impression of our city, and if we don’t address this, all the above will struggle.

Richard Wiens


Shoplifting’s rewards

If you steal it, they will come?

Few would take issue with a police officer showing compassion for a person in need (7-12, A5, “Cop’s gift keeps on giving”).

Few would take issue with a mother taking drastic measures to care for her children.

We should all take issue with the way local media outlets heaped recognition and money on a woman for essentially committing a crime.

Life is a struggle for many. People face tough decisions every day.

Hard as it may be, most choose to obey the law and respect others and their property.

Where is the compassion, the recognition and the reward for those who face difficulties, work hard, but still manage to make the right choices?

William G. Healy


Missouri power plan

The Missouri Clean Power Plan is part of the Environmental Protection Agency effort to reduce carbon pollution by coal plants.

Missouri has high flexibility in meeting the goal of reducing carbon emissions 21 percent by 2030 over 2005 levels. Current plans for coal-plant retirement, along with compliance with the 2008 Renewable Energy Standard, will go a long way to meeting this goal.

Missouri’s Clean Power Plan will create many jobs in the renewable-energy sector. The advent of new industries should never be feared and are part of an economically creative process.

A climate crisis exists, moving the pope to release an encyclical affirming the role of humanity in our warming climate and issuing a clarion call for everyone to take action.

However, vested interests and those who lack a clear understanding of our climate crisis militate against constructive efforts.

Let there be strong voices raised in support of Missouri’s Clean Power Plan, a step on the road to stewardship. Those who oppose it are on the wrong side of history and will be consigned to its dustbin.

Dave Mitchell

Kansas City

Carson for president

Dr. Benjamin Carson as a presidential candidate speaks like a true American who believes in the Constitution, government of the people, for the people and supports our military, which is exactly opposite of what we currently have. He wants America to return as the leader of the free world and regain respect from allies and others.

He is my bet for a great leader. He has my vote.

Carl J. Werra

Overland Park

Shopping in Missouri

Income tax cuts for the ultra-rich, zero income tax for business, limited liability companies and farmers, with a sales tax increase for everyone.

Well, Gov. Sam Brownback, the sun is shining now.

For me to save money, I will now shop in Missouri.

So how’s that stimulus working out for ya, Brownie?

Greg Hall


Woman on $10 bill

I suggest that the first woman to grace the $10 bill should be Frances Perkins.

As President Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of labor for 12 years, she was the first woman to hold a Cabinet position. According to Wikipedia, she “executed many aspects of the New Deal, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration and its successor the Federal Works Agency. ... With the Social Security Act, she established unemployment benefits, pensions for the many uncovered elderly Americans and welfare for the poorest Americans. ... Through the Fair Labor Standards Act, she established the first minimum-wage and overtime laws for American workers, and defined the standard 40-hour work week.”

Given her years of devotion to working Americans, I believe she has earned a place as the first woman on U.S. currency.

Michael Boatright


Immigration reform

Congress is constantly talking of the need to change the immigration laws. I agree.

I propose that the immigration laws of the United States be revoked and the United States adopt the immigration laws of Mexico.

This should not be controversial because we would be adopting the immigration laws of the country that is providing many of our immigrants.

John Lovelace


Bending necessary

I’m curious. Are there any lawn crews employing persons who can bend or stoop?

I specifically reference the crews hired by the Land Bank of Kansas City. They are supposed to pick up and stack limbs and branches at the street’s edge before mowing.

However, the crew in my neighborhood pushed them along the side of the property on each side of the lot, camouflaging them from view of an inspector who just drives by, never stopping or getting out of the car to walk the lot.

There were three large piles of tree limbs in the lot next to mine. I called the Land Bank three times. Nothing was done.

I finally called and asked whether it would be OK for me to get the limbs to the street for pickup. I was told yes.

I got two piles to the street and called to have them picked up, and that happened the next morning. Hallelujah, I was impressed.

The hydraulic equipment did not get everything, though, and the workers did not bend to pick up the rest. It should be noted that I bent and picked up all that was there.

The one pile of limbs that was left two years ago has weeds growing in it and is a great habitat for snakes, rats and mosquitoes.

Crews need to exert to the point of bending, picking up and carrying debris to the street’s edge as they are supposed to.

I am 79 years old, and I did it.

These workers are paid with our tax dollars and should be held to a higher standard of job performance than I have witnessed.

Gloria J. Jones

Kansas City