Letters to the Editor

KCI, Christmas shopping, torture

Petition on KCI

Regarding the petition being circulated to allow Kansas City residents to vote on the number of terminals at Kansas City International Airport, the average voter has no idea how many terminals might be best (12-18, A4, “KCI petition lacks signatures”).

Voters can pass bond issues to finance such things, but in no way can they draw up plans for what is best for an airport.

Frank Berry Kansas City
Small-shop appeal

For those of you who have driven through Mission lately, you know Johnson Drive is inundated with orange cones, steel plates and road closures. With much progress there is sometimes pain.

We support the improved infrastructure and a new, more pedestrian friendly Johnson Drive in the fall of 2014.

Many of the businesses on Johnson Drive are small, locally owned stores that need a strong holiday sales season. We own Mission Fresh Fashion, a small boutique on Johnson Drive in Mission, and on behalf of all businesses we ask you to look beyond those cones and around the corners of the road closures and help support small businesses this holiday season.

If not in Mission, in your local community.

Ray and Becky Hanf Mission Combating torture

The Rev. Kendyl Gibbons’ Dec. 16 “As I See It” essay headlined, “Shine a light on torture to stop it,” was timely and to the point.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt, has been celebrated annually on Dec. 10 around the globe, since 1948.

During this time of the year, with celebration of holidays, many send and receive greeting cards with the words “Peace on Earth.” Rev. Gibbons, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, reminded us that our words and actions are contradictory.

The United States’ government engaged in illegal torture and as a nation has failed its responsibility to abide by the International Convention Against Torture to which our nation is a signatory and ratified 1994.

Let us salute and support the Rev. Gibbons and the diverse faith-based groups across Kansas and Missouri that are working together against torture around the globe.

Manny Pedram Kansas City Tea party support

On Dec. 16, 1773, disguised as Indians, demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the British-owned East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax.

The only material differences between the Boston tea partiers of 1773 and the present-day tea party is that today’s demonstrators have disguised themselves as Americans and have declared themselves as loyalists to our country.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Today’s tea partiers are bent on the destruction of today’s American government (and the American way) as we had come to know it for more than 220 years. The core of the tea party is now composed of a small number of front men radicals who have gained their strength and influence through the monetary support of international industrialists.

Many are based in the U.S. One of the first moves the new tea party made was to assure that any person running for political office as a right-wing candidate would be refused funds for his or her campaign unless he or she vowed to follow the tea party philosophy.

And, if the candidate were discovered to be a proponent of any issue contrary to the tea party philosophy, he or she would be blackballed.

John Graff Olathe Rejuvenating KC

Most of the metropolitan area has become a dystopia of sorts.

It’s as if Biff Tannen from “Back to the Future Part II” has a grip on this area with all the rampant deterioration of our infrastructure and vacant strip malls, unsupervised kids running amok in the late-night hours and even strippers hanging out at the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.

I grew up in what could have been considered an affluent suburb back in the day that now is in a state of decline with abandoned shopping malls having weeds sprouting out of parking-lot cracks, tattoo parlors advertising their businesses on shady conversion vans and questionable characters walking down the main drag.

So this should be expected as the norm given that many areas are still suffering from the Great Recession era?

Is Kansas City becoming the next Detroit?

Meanwhile, our politicos are too occupied with a multimillion-dollar train or a billion-dollar single-terminal project for Kansas City International Airport.

Those alone should indicate where our civic leaders’ priorities are: enterprise ventures over constituents. The remedies to prevent Greater Kansas City from being on the verge of becoming a gigantic slum are for more people to become more of a voice in civic affairs and remove all self-serving politicians from office.

Brandon Dumsky Blue Springs Caregivers count

My heart and prayers go out to Denise, the woman whose story has been in The Kansas City Star this week, “Denise’s decision.”

I can relate to the emotional and physical demands that go with caring for someone. My father and I were the primary caregivers, and there were no resources available like today. I had to quit college and be home 24/7 for several years. It is not an easy task.

Often people tend to care more about the person ill than the caregiver. I lost my whole being, and along the way even friends forgot me, too. I had great neighbors and a few relatives who did help when they could.

I know the decisions that Denise will have to make are not going to be easy, and she should not feel guilty.

The caregiver suffers the most in some instances. So I am glad that Denise has the support she needs to get through this, and I know that whatever happens it will be good for Randy and Denise.

Dolores A. Hadsall Clinton, Mo. Reopen Woodlands

Why not reopen the Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kan., in early 2014? There are a lot of people on both sides of the state line who really enjoyed going to the Woodlands.

And I would bet that a lot of those people don’t even go to the casinos. Let’s make it happen.

Shayne Bronson Kansas City Hobby Lobby case

You have to admire individuals or corporations that stand up for their beliefs. After all, that’s what has made this country great.

Colonists stood up for what they believed was unfair taxation. Minorities have stood up for equal rights, and workers have stood up for fair pay.

But then comes the case of Hobby Lobby. Here’s a corporation that protests the inclusion of birth-control measures in the Affordable Care Act ostensibly for religious reasons.

It appears the company is concerned about the sanctity of life. Hobby Lobby also is closed on Sunday to honor its Christian principles. Really?

In fact, much of what Hobby Lobby sells in its stores comes from China. And China is where some forced abortions occur.

But, you see, the Hobby Lobby corporation believes in its Christian principles only when no money is at stake. You see, corporate greed trumps principles.

Hobby Lobby is another example of Christian hypocrisy.

Jim Lullie Holt, Mo. Christmas savior

While in Kansas City on a weekend leading up to the holidays, my daughter-in-law and I went to the Country Club Plaza to shop and enjoy the beautiful day. When we were at the Mill Creek Park walking trail across from the Courtyard by Marriott, I left my purse on the park bench.

By the time I noticed it was missing, an hour had passed. We called the police, and they asked us to come to the police station to make a report.

While we were trying to find the police station, the police called. A wonderful woman had turned in my purse.

She did not leave her name. But if she sees this, I want to wish her a very Merry Christmas.

She saved mine. Thank you, kind lady.

Jackie Dunning Springfield