I have lived in the KU Medical Center area since the mid-1960s. The area has always been loaded with fast-food restaurants, and I have visited all of them over the years.
I have experienced the worst, most terrible service from many of them. I recently pulled into the drive-through of one. The background noise was so loud from the employees’ horseplaying that I could hardly place my order. When I picked up my order and got home I found items missing from my order.
Less than a year ago, I ordered a fish sandwich from another fast-food restaurant in the area. When I got home, I found that the fish sandwich had been reheated (I assume) in a microwave and was so hard that I had to throw it away.
I could go on with more stories, but that is enough.
If these employees want double their current salary from a minimum-wage increase, they need to shape up and work as professionals.
The management also needs to demand professionalism from them.
Kansas City, Kan. Veteran left waiting
In November 2009, I applied for disability benefits with the Veterans Affairs. In November 2010, I was informed that because of a fire, my records were destroyed so my claim couldn’t be proved.
The charter of Veterans Affairs states that if a claim cannot be proved in either direction the decision should lean toward the veteran. I protested the decision and a year later was told that VA officials still could not find my records.
I put together a list of approximate dates at the places where I was stationed and again protested the decision. A year later, I was informed once again that they could not confirm my claim.
I then asked for a hearing in January 2012. I received a letter last month saying VA officials have still denied my claim and they will put me on a list for a videoconference.
Does it sound like they are hoping for attrition?
I’m not the only one being treated like this. I guess that if they paid these claims they would be unable to pay those huge bonuses for the fantastic job they are doing.
Belton Cigarette butts
I totally agree with the Dec. 2 letter writer regarding cigarettes littering our streets and sidewalks. I wish I had a penny for all the cigarette butts I’ve cleaned up.
Here’s a suggestion: Maybe smokers should be made to eat those nasty butts.
That would put a quick end to all the littering.
Kansas City Backward Missouri
What’s the matter with Missouri? Twice in one week recently, The New York Times published articles illustrating how backward and conservative this state has become.
The more recent profiles the obstacles to the Affordable Care Act existing here. While California, Colorado and Connecticut are encouraging citizens to sign up by promoting it in the media as well as providing information about subsidies available for those who cannot afford the premiums, quite the opposite is happening here.
Not only has the state refused to set up marketplaces designed to make it easy to shop and compare plans online, but state officials also have made it virtually impossible to find information about the federal marketplaces that are available here.
The state has also failed to expand Medicaid, meaning that more than 850,000 uninsured residents will remain so, continuing the drain on hospitals that treat everyone, insured or not. The state has lost federal money because of this decision, and it costs every taxpayer as well.
It is disheartening to live in a state that hates the president and the government more than it loves its citizens.
Kansas City Denying the obvious
The news media have been focusing a lot of attention on the National Football League and its handling of concussions.
While it has been evident to many that repeated blows to the head would invariably lead to brain trauma, it is also pretty plain that discussing the topic was taboo.
The reaction of the NFL’s doctors to researchers first pushing the notion that concussions lead to brain disease and worse was delay, denial and obfuscation. That’s not surprising — disgusting perhaps, but not surprising — as they were the NFL’s hired guns.
What is disgusting is that this is the way that the global-warming deniers in the U.S. Senate and House have reacted to scientific evidence. The difference is that even though they are elected officials, they behave and vote like they are hired guns for the energy industries that have plundered and degraded the globe for such a long time that our very existence could be at risk.
However, unlike the NFL, despite investigations and revelations about the foul consequences laying in wait if corrective global-warming change is not made, the industries at fault keep on with no apparent intent to change.
Kansas City Minimum wage
People are demanding higher pay at fast-food places. But these are transitional, temporary, non-career jobs, unpromising of lifelong careers.
They are steppingstones. I myself worked my way through college.
Those who work in these fast-food places usually don’t plan to stay there but expect to leave for real career jobs, get through college, etc. This I did myself.
William A. Ingram
Kansas City Greedy, needy
There would be no needy if it weren’t for the greedy.
I don’t think it matters what name you give a government. Call it a republic, a democracy, a socialist state or whatever. There will always be selfish people who subvert the best intentions of any system to get money and power for themselves, no matter the cost to our world.
Shame on anyone in government who doesn’t believe the poorest baby orphan deserves health care equal to what well-off people people enjoy.
Topeka Anti-poverty efforts
The Kansas Department for Children and Families has been criticized for maintaining a reserve in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund. I’d like to clarify the use of TANF funding.
TANF is a federal program, and since the 1996 welfare reforms, Kansas has received a yearly federal block grant of $101.9 million for TANF.
The federal program is designed to be a welfare-to-work program. The objective is to temporarily help families in need. The department has and continues to use TANF funds to prevent future poverty. Prevention programs aren’t a quick fix, but they’re effective.
To sustain the current programs and invest in future efforts that will help prevent poverty, the department has maintained a TANF reserve fund.
The department invests TANF dollars into worthwhile programs that help prevent poverty. Current and future investment in poverty-prevention programs in no way affects the amount of cash assistance individuals receive.
The state wants families to succeed and find they can be self-sufficient. We’ll continue to do all we can to help individuals in the short-term with temporary assistance. We also want to ensure long-term success through employment and prevention.
for Children and Families
Olathe Sad Chiefs game
I’m feeling really sad about the Chiefs’ loss on Sunday, but not as sad as I am that I did nothing about the people two rows behind us who thought it was just fine to spew the F-bomb all day. The more they drank the more they thought it was just fine to rant and rave their displeasure by cursing and screaming.
I wanted to do something about it, but had I done that there’s no telling what would have happened. And then on the way out of the stadium, my 11-year-old said, “Now all those people who have been drinking are on the highway driving.”
How sad that I did nothing to stop this R-rated experience. Many will say I should have stayed home. But once again, how sad is that?