Letters to the Editor

Geese overload, Arrowhead Stadium, marijuana

Goose overload

Loose Park should be renamed Goose Park because the Canada geese have taken over the pond area and have made it a mess.

There is poop everywhere. They are mean. They are extremely noisy. They eat all the grass and seed and in general are a total pain.

In Shawnee Mission Park, when the deer become a menace officials allow people to hunt them, thinning the herd. I say this should be done with the Canada geese, and they can be fed to homeless people. Hey, holidays do not have to be celebrated with a turkey.

These disgusting birds have turned a tranquil park just south of the Country Club Plaza into a total embarrassment to Kansas City, and they must be eliminated so the park again is a place where people can walk without stepping in poo, hear others talk and just enjoy it and nature — not put up with gross animals.

Bob Magnus Kansas City Arrowhead safety

Instead of setting records for maximum amplitude of fan noise in Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs officials should be more interested in the safety of fans and the supervision of possibly drunken tailgaters.

It is incumbent on the Chiefs to mark the parking lot, with individual parking spaces numbered.

Larry Arnett Lone Jack ALEC on prowl

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, is at it again. ALEC billionaires are leading the charge to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Why? For profiteering purposes by way of privatizing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. If they succeed, millions of senior citizens, working families, disabled veterans and children will suffer. Profit and golden parachutes will come first.

Today, the middle class is disappearing. Unemployment is high. Poverty is increasing, and working families throughout the country are struggling to keep their heads above water economically.

Meanwhile, the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider, and the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well.

We must not balance the budget on the backs of working families, the elderly, the children, our veterans, the sick and the poor. There can be no grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. No way.

Despite right-wing rhetoric, Social Security is not going broke. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a surplus today and will be able to pay every benefit owed to every eligible person for the next 20 years.

Richard Heckler Lawrence American pluralism

Our pluralist form of government has allowed for two major things to occur: the creation of access points into government and the formation of interest groups.

Pluralism allows everyday citizens like you and me to have a chance for our voices to be heard in government.

Because our government follows the federalist model, it creates two levels of government that we can approach — national and state. Along with access points, our government also allows for the formation of interest groups that make it possible for ordinary citizens with similar beliefs to come together and fight for their ideals.

Why is all of this so important? Because pluralism allows for minorities to have their voices heard against the majority.

So, in more simple terms, pluralism protects minority rights. It ensures that the minorities are not discriminated against.

It is to every citizen’s advantage that we exercise these rights.

Michael Coday Liberty Missed opportunity

Health care needed reforming. There is no doubt about that.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if both sides would have come together in 2009 and hashed out an agreement that incorporated the best ideas from the liberal and conservative points of view? With both sides giving and taking and both sides winning and losing.

Then, instead of endless bickering, grandstanding, name-calling and blaming, we could’ve had President Barack Obama signing the bill into law with the entire Congress standing behind him. We could’ve had all members of Congress and the president signing up themselves, showing the American people that this new system they all agreed to wasn’t anything to be frightened of and would create a better America for all.

I imagine this is how the signers of the Declaration of Independence might’ve handled it. But politicians today are not that brave.

It’s a shame and a missed opportunity that it now appears we will never get back.

Sean Claycamp Overland Park Outlaw abortions

I am against abortions. I don’t think that the government should pay for abortions.

It’s not fair to the women who are not able to have children. I do think it should be up to the woman to decide whether she wants to keep the baby or not.

No government funded health care should pay for abortions. By the government not paying and people having to pay out of pocket for the full amount, maybe fewer abortions will happen.

Kierra Miller Overland Park Seeking U.S. Mandela

While the whole world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death and celebrates his life, I’m left wondering. If the South Africans are living together peacefully, black with white, after the end of apartheid, why is America still covertly divided after the end of segregation?

Nelson Mandela was not perfect. But he was a great man who brought about positive change.

Ginny Johnson Kansas City Holiday greeting

A hearty thank you to whoever is responsible for the wonderfully festive lighted tree on the northeast corner of Interstate 470 and View High Drive. Your painstaking work is a beautiful beacon that travelers will enjoy. Bountiful blessings to you and yours.

Bill Sherriff Leawood Light rail to KCI

It was great news on more workers being added to downtown (12-10, A1, “900 jobs heading to new KC home”).

Instead of a new trolley line, why not just increase the use of the MAX buses and concentrate resources for a light rail from the downtown airport to Kansas City International Airport?

Nancy Hatch Kansas City Gerson column

I would like to say that I completely agree with Michael Gerson’s Dec. 6 column, “Fighting cancer boosts awareness of life’s gifts.” This article initially caught my eye because of my family’s long battle with cancer.

Watching each person fight their battle I knew they were not going to win was extremely hard. Yet, there was an inherent beauty in each of their lives that came into focus during their final days.

I think that those near death have the most to teach us. In my grandmother’s final days, she kept repeating “I am so lucky.”

I was always puzzled when she said this because even though she still had her family, she was still fighting a losing battle with cancer. After some time had passed after her death, I finally understood what she meant.

She had lived a full life surrounded by her friends and family, and there isn’t much more you could ask for. Somehow, those near death have a better understanding of life than those of us who have our health.

I think that it is important for us to take time to reflect on all the blessings we have, and share what we can with others.

Kristin Teahan Leawood