Letters to the Editor

Local police control, Google Fiber, KCI

Local police control

How many residents in the Kansas City area know the history of the governance of the Police Department or care for that matter?

From the beginning of the Kansas City Police Department in 1874, it was governed by the state. In 1932, Tom Pendergast persuaded the City Council to approve a home-rule ordinance, thus initiating city governance of the Police Department for the first time. Corruption flourished.

In 1939, Missouri Attorney General Roy McKeltside attacked the Pendergast Machine. Missouri Gov. Lloyd Stark had the Police Department returned to state control, a system we use today.

Once again the city wants control of the Kansas City Police Department. How will that work for us?

Does any insightful person believe there is less mismanagement of money today than there was in the 1930s?

Gloria Jones Kansas City Google disconnect

I signed up for Google Fiber the first day it was announced. I paid the initial fee to secure my installation on the same date.

Recently, my money was returned with no explanation. I am now being told that because I live/own in a condo/townhome community, our homeowners’ association will have to pay $300 per unit for Google to come into our complex. Our condo association is agreeable to Google coming in but is reluctant to pay this amount.

What I am not understanding is that I pay all my other utility bills (lights, water, cable and gas). My utility bills have nothing to do with the homeowners’ association, so why is Google requiring that the homeowners’ association pay for installation?

All homeowners’ associations pay for common elements only, and my utility bills are not a part of those common elements.

Perhaps, someone at City Hall can explain how this works because no one at Google is willing to help clear up this mess. Incidentally, our homeowners’ association has no contract with any other cable company and has never had to pay any cable company to run installation.

I thought Google Fiber was connecting our neighborhoods.

Maurice Poindexter Kansas City Fix real problems

We have serious infrastructure problems, but our leaders remain focused on an unneeded airport and hotels. It’s all about tourism, not citizens.

We have, for instance, a serious sewer problem. I don’t believe Kansas City International Airport discourages travelers from visiting Kansas City as much as the stench that regularly wafts through many of our finest restaurants and retail establishments. A reputation for excellent cuisine cannot overcome a reputation for nauseating sewer gases that may ruin one’s meal.

Another very serious problem is our natural gas lines. For more than a decade, gas apparently had been leaking into the ground, into the sewer lines and then under our home, while gas companies refused to recognize the problem. The problem is still not fixed, as work crews have been tearing up the street at regular intervals ever since.

The money that leaders want to spend on KCI doesn’t come from the same pot as sewer-line money or gas-company money, but do we need to continue wasting millions on projects that don’t need fixing when we have infrastructure crumbling all around us?

Real leaders would focus their attentions on solving real problems for the citizens who elected them.

James MowBray Kansas City KC money priorities

Why is it that Kansas City leaders can come up with the money for a new airport and a new streetcar and can’t find money for infrastructure needs? Can’t the airport be updated without completely building a new one for a lot less?

Why spend $100 million on a streetcar that benefits no one when the bus system could be improved for the same money or less and benefit all?

I think our leaders should listen to the people of Kansas City.

Margaret Kensinger Raytown U.S. gun rights

Let’s look at the history of gun control in this country.

In adopting the Second Amendment, Congress gave us the right to bear arms, primarily to protect ourselves. “Arms” consisted of single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets. As years went by, weapons benefited from technology until today we have clip-loaded, automatic rifles ready to protect me and my family.

But somehow I still don’t feel safe and would like Congress to approve belt-loaded rifles. That way, if I couldn’t stop an intruder with 30 shots I’d have an additional 100 to drop him in his tracks.

But progress marches on with new threats in the future, and I’d like to own a rocket-propelled grenade in case I see an enemy tank roaring toward me on Interstate 70. Certainly, the Second Amendment would extend “arms” to protect me in that case.

Of course, these improvements to my property-protection system would increase collateral damage to women and children, but that doesn’t seem to bother the National Rifle Association and its gaggle of congressmen.

Al Boeck Jr. Independence Senseless gun law

Let me get this straight. Kansas public buildings have to let people with weapons in unless the buildings have security to keep weapons out.

I’ll bet the Koch brothers own the security company. That makes more sense.

Richard Prewitt Kansas City Gary Lezak’s dog

Gary Lezak with KSHB-TV Channel 41 does the most professional and accurate weather report in Kansas City. His bringing Stormy, his dog, on the set adds a special personal touch to the whole newscast, just as he did with Windy all those years.

Gary does so much for animals with his telethon and other pet-related activities. If more people loved animals as much as Gary does, the world would be a much better place.

Channel 41 and Gary, keep up the good work.

Frances Prendergast Peculiar Alzheimer’s effects

The Alzheimer’s patient is in a different world with a mind that is deteriorating, and thoughts and feelings differ from the healthy person.

The person with the disease yells out with verbal expressions that were not part of her normal life.

Unintentional words that harm others are sometimes heard, and anger is sometimes expressed. Immediate happenings and personal acquaintances are lost, but remembering early life relationships are surprisingly present.

Tears can flow when sad events are mentioned.

The Alzheimer’s disease patient faces a medical condition not yet solved, and it is touching an increasing number of people.

The caregiver, spouse, family member or someone close to the Alzheimer’s patient has very sensitive and deeply felt feelings of sorrow for the patient and often tries to hide the sadness.

But when the “dear one” asks the spouse “Who are you?” or screams in defiance of actions taken or refuses needed attention, it is easy for tears to flow.

And so often there is the thought of how I wish I could help the patient.

Doug Sutherland Raymore Women, Republicans

Any woman who votes Republican for any office isn’t playing with a full deck.

The Republicans are trying to kill all women’s rights to abortion and to everything else.

Republicans act as if they are the only ones with brains.

Also, some of the worst politicians are practicing medicine without a license. They are insisting on tests that only doctors can order. They should go to jail for that.

Betty Greenwood Shawnee Invest in KC Royals

Leave Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost alone.

Many years ago, the mighty New York Yankees had won several straight World Series titles. At the time, a reporter said to manager Casey Stengel, “Casey, you did a great job.”

Stengel replied, “I couldn’t have done it without the players.”

Kansas City Royals fans must remember it takes money to make money.

Apparently, David Glass hasn’t got any to invest in the team.

Gerald Harris Independence