Letters to the Editor

Guns, KC streetcars, Syria

Car confiscation

Finally, a clear, concise, reasonable explanation of why we should not register guns as we register automobiles (8-27, Letters ). To quote the writer, “You must remember that registration of guns by make and serial number may lead to confiscation later by the government.”

My goodness, I had no idea my car was in such great danger. It’s another good reason to keep it in the garage.

Grace Borgmeyer Kansas City
Trust in KC hurt

This is a prime example of why the citizens of this city and our nation no longer trust government (8-29, Editorial, “KC’s use of special tax misleads the public”).

Our elected representatives have deceived and defrauded the citizens once again, with the result that the police crime lab is coming up short of funds to complete the project as planned and promised.

The sales-tax proposal was approved by the voters based on the promise that the money would be used to build several projects for the Kansas City Police Department to improve public safety. Now it appears that the lab is going to be downsized and the voters shortchanged because the city has swiped about $8 million of the funds and used the money for other purposes.

Where did the money go and for what? Who is responsible for this deception and fraud?

Soon the voters are going to be asked to vote on more tax increases for the airport, curbs and streets, and medical research. Can we as citizens trust the elected officials to use that money for what was promised, or will we continue to be deceived and lied to?

Don’t the voters have the right to expect greater transparency and accountability from our elected representatives?

Bruce Clippinger Kansas City Death penalty

I strongly disagree with the death penalty for Nidal Hasan (8-29, A1, “Death penalty is ordered for Fort Hood killer”). A much more suitable sentence would have been a one-year incarceration, to be served with the general population of the prison.

Rex Hargis Shawnee King, vegan lifestyle

This week’s 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.

He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.

Yes, animal rights.

Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, including the Vietnam War.

And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals at America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King went to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America — African-American sanitation workers.

Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America — animals raised for food, experiments and entertainment.

Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to nonhuman animals, his wife, Coretta Scott King, and their son, Dexter Scott King, did by embracing the vegan lifestyle.

A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.

Victor Wing Kansas City Streetcar memories

There are not many people who were around Kansas City right after World War II. At that time, we had streetcars on Main Street.

There started to be more cars on the road, and the streetcars were taking up three lanes — one for streetcars going in each direction and one for the island in the middle for riders to get on the streetcars. That left one lane for traffic.

The proposed streetcar line downtown must be built somewhere on the same idea. Get people on and off the cars safely.

Now you are down to two lanes.

In the late 1940s or early 1950s they took out that streetcar idea. Now the city wants to rebuild the same thing for a lot of money.

I don’t get it.

Can’t you find something better to spend your money on? And there aren’t many places downtown to shop like when the original streetcars were put in.

Frank Thompson De Soto Go slow on Syria

Syria and Egypt bring to mind our Revolutionary War for independence from England, which would have failed or been prolonged had not France intervened supporting the American rebels. Back then there were mainly two antagonists.

In Syria and Egypt, there are three: the military, the government and the rebels backed by America’s enemies.

We have a long history of coming to the aid of friendly people in foreign countries. We should ask, What did all the American lives and injuries bring us, the taxpayers?

We lost in Korea and Vietnam, and Iraq is still questionable.

The industrial/military people will point to all the benefits that war brings in medicine, industry and the economy. The United States became involved in World War II, Korea and Vietnam when Democrats were in office.

Is President Barack Obama being pushed by the industrialists and unions to advocate intervention as a means of improving our economy?

I believe we should wait to offer aid other than for the injured civilians, and that should be through the American Red Cross.

Darrell L. Apple Kansas City Taxes, border war

Thanks a lot, Kansas City Star.

After your Aug. 28 editorial, “GOP’s odd campaign trashes Missouri, ignores tax facts,”

pointed out that Missouri is actually better off than Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican Legislature in Kansas will have no choice but to cut taxes even further to try to make Kansas even more attractive to businesses than Missouri.

Say goodbye to education and more services. Next time, don’t say anything at all.

Neal Moster Overland Park Inexcusable inaction

Is Washington, D.C., totally devoid of moral leadership and decency?

The answer regrettably is yes.

Where’s the proof?

Consider the case of Nidal Hasan (8-29, A1, “Death penalty is ordered for Fort Hood killer”). He murdered 13 innocent people and severely injured dozens more after shouting praise to Allah, witnessed by many.

After an absurd delay of almost four years, he finally stood trial and was sentenced to death, which will occur only after additional years of appeals and incarceration at taxpayers’ expense. During the pretrial period, Hasan inexplicably received about $80,000 a year in salary.

Meanwhile, the military/State Department deemed the deaths to be the result of “workplace violence,” not terrorism, thus denying the victims and their families combat-related benefits.

What kind of people in government, including our own locally elected officials and military authorities, would allow such outrageous injustices to occur without immediate remedy? Those without leadership abilities or conscience to stand up for what is right. Their silence has been deafening and their inaction inexcusable.

Crosby P. Engel Weatherby Lake KC Royals circus

I attended a Royals game this summer against Baltimore, and I was struck with three emotions.

First, joy as the Royals won in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Second, disappointment as I saw all of the advertising on the outfield fences. It looks like a minor league park. I am sure it would not be that way if Ewing Kauffman were still in charge.

Third, disgust with the promotion by a local ice cream company in which three fans were encouraged to eat as much ice cream as they could in 30 seconds. It was one of the most disgusting exhibitions I have seen in a long time, and I would like to think that Royals owner David Glass would be embarrassed that this is happening.

Bill O’Neill Overland Park