Letters to the Editor

Readers react to women in baseball, the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision and water

Woman in baseball

I hope that when the first female pitcher in major league baseball pitches, it won’t be to someone as old as her grandfather. In the television commercial for U-verse, the woman seems to be pitching to a group from a retirement center.

She will have to learn to chew and spit to fit in with the others in the dugout. She also will have to get used to washing Gatorade out of her hair if she is on Sal Perez’s team.

I hope to be around to see this event. Where will you be?

Jack Klee

Olathe

Changing beliefs

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this summer on same-sex marriage raises some complicated questions.

How long should it take to “unbelieve” a religious tenet? How tolerant will the gay community be toward fellow Christians and others who disagree with the high court’s decision? Will diversity be truly embraced when the other side’s faith and beliefs are not in step with the gay community?

Although the celebration just beyond the steps of the court is understandable, what would have been the gay community’s and the media’s reactions had the decision gone the other way and a heterosexual crowd had celebrated with equal enthusiasm and joy?

What I hope will be remembered is that deeply held religious convictions are very personal. And expecting those beliefs to change overnight because of the Supreme Court’s decision is unrealistic.

Diane E. Ferguson

Manhattan, Kan.

Political bias

It’s always fun to see how The Kansas City Star handles Democrats in trouble (7-25, A1, “Embattled LeVota resigns”). Although The Star has an obligation to report party affiliation, the newspaper does everything it can to bury it in the story somehow.

Contrast that to how Republicans get treated in similar situations, where the GOP is usually in the headline. No, there’s no media bias at The Star.

Scott King

Prairie Village

Diuguid column

Lewis Diuguid noted in a July 22 column, “KC not included in top towns for older adults,” that Kansas City is not included in AARP’s list of top cities for older adults. Although our region may not rank high in the criteria AARP used, we are making significant progress in becoming more age friendly.

Across the country, the older adult population is rapidly increasing as baby boomers age. KC Communities for All Ages, an initiative of the Mid-America Regional Council, is helping cities and counties adapt to demographic changes.

It created resources to help area governments apply an “aging lens” to services, plans and policies. The cities of Mission, Gladstone, Grandview and Raytown recently earned recognition as Communities for All Ages, and many other cities are accelerating their efforts to become age friendly.

Clay County Senior Services has established an incentive grant for six communities to work toward Communities for All Ages recognition. Truman Heartland Community Foundation is working with a coalition of community leaders to improve transportation services for older adults and keep aging citizens engaged in the community.

Working together, our region’s elected officials and other stakeholders are creating communities that support residents of all ages — great places to grow up and grow old.

Cathy Boyer-Shesol

Project Manager

KC Communities

for All Ages

Mid-America

Regional Council

Mission

Phillip Hanson

President and CEO

Truman-Heartland

Community Foundation

Kansas City

Tina Uridge

Executive Director

Clay County

Senior Services

Shawnee

Evaporating water

Thanks for the timely publication of fresh-water issues and the need for policies to resolve them (7-23, Letters, “Precious resources” and 7-26, A1, “A drying shame”). Fundamental known realities shape issues and policies.

Water is vital for all forms of life. Water quantity and quality are inseparable. No substitutes exist. No processes exist for manufacturing water. Water flows across property and governmental boundaries.

Water is exhaustible when recharge rates are low. Water scarcities are increasingly common.

Americans have not developed and implemented adaptive and integrated national (not federal) water policies. We need more quantity conservation, quality protection, flood control and improved allocation among uses.

These outcomes require study and, if necessary, improvement or replacement of water institutions, governance, management, adaptations and technologies. This will be difficult because it is complex, competitive and conflicting.

It will require using water facts and sciences, and practicing facilitation, skilled negotiation and certified mediation in order to obtain collaboration and minimize competition and conflict.

Without national water policies, Kansans are developing a 50-year vision for water in Kansas. It is divided into 14 watershed regions.

Residents set specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented and time-bound water goals. Watch for announcement of vision and goals.

Allyn O. Lockner

Topeka

David Brooks column

David Brooks writes this week about our capitalist meritocracy (7-29, Commentary, “Gratitude helps make our meritocracy work”).

Forget for a minute that it is almost impossible to understand the point he is trying to make concerning hotel rooms. Let’s discuss the capitalist meritocracy he imagines.

Personally, I find no merit in beginning life with a $200 million head start similar to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and others.

Maybe the merit involves not losing Daddy’s fortune. In that case, both Romney and Trump have succeeded. But they hardly deserve our praise. And the system that spawned them doesn’t, either.

Do some of us succeed despite our birthrights? Yes.

But if there is reincarnation, I want my parents to be wealthy next time around. I’ll bet I could hold onto the $200 million.

John Chapman

Gladstone

Progressive politics?

What’s with all the negative reaction of Democrats and media liberals over the behavior of Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota, who announced he is resigning effective Aug. 23 (7-28, A4, “Vacancies leave voters voiceless”)?

Apparently they have experienced a momentary ethical conversion because President Bill Clinton was found guilty of much more egregious conduct with a White House intern, impeached but allowed to keep his job.

Back then, the Democrats’ specious rationale was that what Clinton did in his private life was no one else’s business and his illicit sexual activity was consensual, the result of an obsessive and aggressive female, Monica Lewinsky. Therefore, the Republicans and Ken Starr were conducting nothing more that a witch hunt.

One wonders whether Clinton’s actions today, abusing the power of position to have sexual relations with a much younger subordinate female employee, would have the same effect on Democrats who so quickly condemned LeVota. There is always hope that progressives have progressed beyond double-standard politics.

But that all depends on the meaning of “progressive.”

Crosby P. Engel

Weatherby Lake

Strengthen gun laws

As we witness yet another senseless tragedy, this time in Lafayette, La., we express our sorrow and sympathies to the victims and their families.

And, as usual, the discussion is about what we, as a nation, can do to prevent such senseless killing. And the answer, my friends, is for our legislators to have the wisdom and courage to give what some 90 percent of the American people have asked for — and that is common-sense gun legislation, such as universal background checks on all gun sales.

I hate to think we have grown so accustomed to gun violence that we accept it as part of American life.

Steve Weneck

Kansas City

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