Uplift is a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides hot meals and basic necessities to homeless people who aren’t in downtown Kansas City shelters. Three vans loaded with hot food, medical supplies, clothing, candles and canned goods go out three nights each week and serve about 200 people each time.
I was fortunate enough to go out on one of the vans recently. I had expected two or three stops. Instead, we drove nearly 20 miles in and out of Kansas City to gas stations, wooded areas, fields and junkyards.
At each stop we were met by one to 10 persons, all waiting patiently for our van. Our driver, one of the key persons behind Uplift, Jim Schmidt, knew the names and needs of every person we delivered to.
Over the past decade, Jim has helped map out camps where people are living. Every person we served said “thank you,” and many said “God bless you.”
There have been complaints that the homeless should go to Kansas City shelters. For many reasons, some refuse.
Thank God for Uplift and for people like Jim Schmidt, an angel in our midst.
Overland Park Uninformed citizens
It has become almost a disaster how many Americans are not educated on the topics they are voting for.
Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed people on their views of the Affordable Care Act vs. Obamacare. Most of these people did not know that these two are the same thing.
Most people want an increased voter turnout, but if Americans are not educated on voting topics, would an increase in voter turnout be a good thing?
Ultimately, I do not think it would be. The worst thing is people who want to vote but know nothing about the issues on the ballot.
Liberty Contraception case
What does contraception have to do with health or by extension health insurance (11-27, A1, “Religion freedom at crux of case”)?
By definition, health is physical and mental well-being, freedom from disease, pain or defect. Contraception is the intentional prevention of fertilization of the human ovum and says absolutely nothing about health.
Why should one person have to pay under false rationalization for another person’s selection of a way of life that has nothing to do with health?
Using the same false reasoning, I’m going to claim toothpaste under health insurance because I use it to keep my teeth bright and shiny.
Shawnee Guided by faith
Atheists have their rights. Christians have their rights.
We all have our rights. God gave us this as a gift.
We cannot say, “I did not become a follower of Christ,” because we have a clear picture of what true Christians look like — good or bad. Jesus Christ was prophesied 2,000 years before he was born. Read the Old Testament.
With this I follow him. It is not about being treated fairly or not.
Jesus warned us that we will be persecuted. Jesus said that by bread alone man shall not live but through his word. The pastor of the Independence Boulevard Christian Church should tell this to the atheists (11-16, Editorial, “Redemption for atheists”).
I am with a chuch that once served 100 children. A lady from the government visited to offer a health program for the kids. But to obtain the benefits, we The could not preach Christ.
I told her that I prefer to send these kids into heaven sick than they go healthy into hell.
Repent and follow Christ.
Nicolas L. Medrano
Kansas City, Kan. Obamacare issues
Obamacare was signed into law in 2010. The goal? To provide all Americans with affordable health insurance.
Before, Americans with illnesses/disabilities, women and those who simply made mistakes on their applications could be dropped from health-care coverage or treatment. These people then had no way to fight back against their insurance companies.
Obamacare is supposed to alleviate these problems. Obamacare opponents think providing everyone with health insurance will spike costs to the country.
Another problem is people who are forced to change their health-insurance policies because they do not meet minimum requirements even though they are perfectly fine with their policies. It is not right to force people to change something of theirs that they do not see fit to change.
With a plan like this, you will always have pros and cons. But like with everything, you have to give and take.
Liberty Obama’s leadership
President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius couldn’t plan and execute a one-car parade. If they tried, they would tax all citizens except for backroom deals to exempt Congress, unions and other political contributors.
Raytown Reopen Woodlands
One of my passions is horse racing. Since the closing of The Woodlands, I have had to drive to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to wager on horse racing.
A number of people from the Kansas City area go to Iowa to wager on horse and dog racing on weekends. The businesses in Iowa are laughing all the way to the bank just because we don’t have pari-mutuel betting.
So, what will it take to get The Woodlands reopened?
I believe with live dog racing, simulcast horse betting and the addition of slots (with a fair taxation) that The Woodlands could thrive in Kansas City, Kan.
Putting in a bus shuttle system connecting The Woodlands, the Hollywood casino, the speedway, the water park and the shopping mall could work. There is sufficient ground around the Woodlands for a resort hotel.
The facility could also serve as an ideal site for the Wyandotte County Fair. I drive by this property almost daily, and it makes me sick to see it going to waste.
Surely there is some happy medium that can be reached among the state, county and owners to get this business reopened.
Think of the economic impact such as 200 jobs.
City leaders, open your eyes. Form a committee. Let’s get something started.
Kansas City, Kan. Sharing biking joy
I was teaching a fifth-grader, and it hit me.
She was practicing her heart out, trying to learn a bike-safety drill, and with five minutes left for the class, she got it. She looked at me with a huge, toothy grin and said, “Miss Maggie, you’re the best bike teacher I’ve ever had!”
My job at BikeWalkKC allows me to teach kids about bike safety and empower them to live healthy lives. And it’s making a difference, a huge difference.
Earlier this fall, 38 schools celebrated International Walk and Bike to School Day, a 21 percent increase from last year. This is great news considering that today’s youth are part of the first generation in American history that could have a shorter life expectancy than its parents’ generation.
Since the start of BikeWalkKC’s program, Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training, we have quadrupled the number of participating schools, teaching more than 2,000 kids, and we have more than 20 schools on a waiting list.
More than 2,000 kids, and we’re just getting started.
I am “Miss Maggie, the bike teacher,” and I love it.
Kansas City Thankful for life
In 1944, I was a member of a B-17 bomber crew flying bombing missions over Germany and occupied Europe. On June 21, we were hit by flak and shot down over Berlin.
I was captured by a military group, beaten, spat upon and was told I was going to be shot. I was turned over to a German soldier who marched me down a deserted street waving his gun and cursing me. I was sure my life was over at that point.
By some act of providence, we were met by a Luftwaffe officer who chewed out the German soldier and took me into custody. I considered my life a bonus from that moment on.
After spending the rest of the war in a German prisoner of war camp, I returned home to a civilian life. I have lived more than 60 years since then.
I have a wonderful wife, three great kids and nine brag-worthy grandchildren. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of all this and thank God every day.
John A. Thurmon