Letters to the Editor

KCI changes, NASA funding, Congress

KCI needs change

As a frequent traveler, I find Kansas City International Airport very user friendly. It’s easy to drop off, pick up and park.

Once they got rid of the coin-operated toilets and GI-issue toilet paper, all was good. However, for our traveling guests with connecting flights, it can be a nightmare.

Imagine your plane arrives late and you have to catch a flight from Terminal A to another terminal. You have 15 minutes. Depart your plane and rush to the red bus, which isn’t there.

You wait what seems like forever because there is a shortage of drivers that day. You finally get to the terminal and have to go through security. You are in a big line. You miss your flight. You curse Kansas City and its antiquated terminal system.

As I write this, my wife and I are sitting in overstuffed, comfortable seats with numerous USB receptacles and 110-volt outlets in Midway airport waiting for our plane to take us home to Kansas City.

Midway has a single security check-in, and the lines move fast. It seems very efficient. Once through security it takes only a few minutes to arrive at your gate.

Let’s move on.

Tom Fournier Lee’s Summit
Readers’ choices

If there were a vote on whether to keep Lee Judge cartoons, I would vote yes, keep them. If we were to schedule the same vote for Glenn McCoy’s work, my vote would be no, drop McCoy.

I find McCoy to be entirely tasteless and lacking in critical thinking skills. However, I hope there is no vote.

While I find Mr. McCoy offensive, I defend his right to be so, and being offended is not fatal. If you don’t like a cartoonist — or other contributor — don’t read him.

I choose to keep my friends close and my enemies closer, as much as I can stomach. We live in a democracy with a free exchange of ideas, not a dictatorship where the few get to decide what the many may read.

Kathryn Moore Manhattan, Kan. Dear Mr. President:

I am a scientist, an astronomer and a contributor to your 2008 and 2012 campaigns. I do not work for NASA. But I am dismayed over your FY2014 budget proposal to defund education and public outreach (EPO) initiatives at NASA and move them to the Department of Education and other agencies.

People at NASA have done a fantastic job inspiring future generations to consider degrees/careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). But with this ill-aimed stroke of your budgetary scalpel, you would destroy the efforts and careers of many scientists who have devoted significant energies into EPO.

It is critical that future scientists are inspired by active scientists, not by bureaucrats and administrators. Rather than giving into shortsighted pressure to tighten science and education budgets, why not take a stand and fight for expansion in those areas for the good of our country?

If you don’t, who will?

Daniel McIntosh Kansas City Clean up government

It’s time we manage our employees — the 536 we elected to run our country. The president, 100 senators and 435 members of Congress are directly, morally, legally and individually responsible for all domestic problems of this country.

If we’re in the red, it’s their doing, and only they can change it.

If tax codes are unjust, it’s their fault, and only they can change it.

These 536 employees have the power to make changes.

They have taken an oath to protect us and the Constitution, but they do not.

They protect special interests for money and favors. That’s not a big secret.

These 536 people should be held accountable by us, their bosses. Before it’s too late, we should replace them all and clean up their gigantic mess.

They have the power yet do nothing, blaming others without the power. Clean up government, re-elect nobody.

Earl Boutell Leawood Rose and Kobach

The Rose opinion (6-23, Opinion, “Kris Kobach: So smart and so very, very dumb”) about the obnoxious protest against Kris Kobach at Kobach’s home contains at least 23 very negative, demeaning, emotional, inflammatory adjectives blasting Kobach.

Some readers may find more. This column is a good example of very, very grossly biased writing.

But it’s his column.

Patrick A. Schmiedeler Overland Park Amend Constitution

Corporations are not people. A corporation can live forever and does not need clean air to breathe or safe water to drink.

It can be many places at once, can commit a crime but cannot go to prison. Because giant corporations own most big media (TV networks, radio stations, newspapers, ad infinitum) their free speech rights can wield overwhelming influence on voters, virtually dictating political choices.

And workers cannot exercise their right to free speech on corporate property.

Monsanto, Exxon and Bank of America should not have the political clout that the infamous Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision gave big money.

Our only remedy, unfortunately, is the herculean task of mounting a constitutional amendment.

So let’s get started. Join the Move to Amend.

Bob Hooper Raymore Guns, common sense

There have been many responses to the gun-availability question. Both pro and con.

I stand firmly on the right to bear arms.

Having said that, however, I also firmly believe there has to be common sense used in that application. The Second Amendment to our Constitution contains two provisions: for a “well regulated militia” and for the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Nowhere does it say unlimited or what weapons they were talking about. It’s vague, probably purposely.

That’s where our common sense comes in.

Given the completeness of nearly every other amendment, do you believe this was an accident? I don’t.

Weapons have evolved far beyond what the founders’ wildest fantasies could have imagined. And I’m sure there are more advanced weapons to come or already here that we don’t know about.

Please don’t say that limiting the type of weapons and ammunition is an abridgment to this amendment. Nowhere does it say there are no limits.

In the founders’ day, the cannon was considered very deadly. I wonder how many ordinary citizens had one?

Again, we don’t want to deny people the right to keep and bear arms, within reason.

Kenneth V. Beauchamp Platte City Local, walks, runs

Regarding some people’s complaints that races block traffic and should be held at Swope Park or Shawnee Mission Park, the cities and communities that share their streets with runners, walkers and cyclists have happier, healthier inhabitants.

Although a race course through the park is nice, street courses offer runners and walkers the chance to experience different scenery while avoiding the danger of traffic from cars, trucks and buses. Additionally, most races use the proceeds to benefit a good cause.

So before you complain about having to take a five-minute detour, remember that these people got up to run, walk or ride their bikes for the betterment of themselves and the betterment of the community.

Danielle LeRoy Kansas City KC Royals experience

Last summer, I took two of my grandsons (Tyler and Jett) to the Royals for the stadium tour.

As usual, the boys had their ball gloves and were playing catch.

Fred White was walking by and stopped to talk a little baseball with them. His demeanor was the same as it appears in the many articles that have been written about him.

He was just a great person who took a little time to smile, say hi and help make two young boys’ day. His attitude should never be forgotten and should be an example for all.

I believe a smile and a wave are simple ways to communicate with people, and no one did it better than Fred.

Phil Kindle Blue Springs