Deliveries by drones
About the news that drones from the sky will be delivering packages to customers, I am sure with all the modern technological things today, they will figure this out.
This probably dates me, but I got married in 1954 and moved to Albany, Ga., near Atlanta. I was out in the yard one day, and the first thing I knew, something came flying out of the sky, and something went plop.
I thought I was Chicken Little and the sky was falling. I ran in the house.
Come to find out that was the way that they delivered the newspaper down there.
Here we are some 61 years later and my being 90 years old now.
Isn’t this something like history repeating itself? Drones making deliveries isn’t really anything new.
It’s just more updated.
Emma Jean Ludwig
A friend of mine told me I was too subtle in expressing my opinion, so I’m going to try harder. I think Kansas is suffering its worst governance since becoming a state.
Gov. Sam Brownback and his gang of true believers have twisted our state into something our ancestors never wanted us to be.
Early Kansans believed all people should live free, and they opposed slavery with their blood.
Our present state government seems to believe a select few should decide what is best for all Kansans.
Our governor touts his religion, yet his policies are in direct opposition to those of Pope Francis, the leader of Brownback’s adopted church.
Brownback favors the rich over the poor and the powerful over the helpless.
His years as governor should serve as a good example of why it is never a good idea to allow money to control government.
I hope I have succeeded in being unequivocal or at least less subtle.
Damage in Kansas
I am far more worried about the damage being done to Kansas by the insane policies of the likes of Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the rest of the right-wing radicals in Topeka than I am about the remote possibility of terrorist activity caused by moving the detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth (9-4, A1, “Brownback hosts town hall on Guantánamo transfer”).
Kansas City, Kan.
I am an independent voter, but I have watched with disappointment as disturbing facts have unfolded on Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Some of the biggest news concerns our national security being put at risk by our past secretary of state. Clinton illegally used only her own private server for her business and lied about the seriousness of some of her emails.
But The Star prints relatively very little.
A newspaper is supposed to report the news, not protect people from unfavorable information.
In her bid for the White House, Clinton has launched her campaign for no ceilings for women.
I am a woman, and I want some ceilings. I want ceilings against deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and horrific abortions used to sell human organs for profit.
And what of the war on women? Hundreds of thousands of potential women were killed by abortions in the last two years in the U.S.
Now tell me, Who is leading the biggest war on women?
Kansas aids Missouri
Let’s do the math.
We went to the Cosentino’s Price Chopper at 95th Street and Mission Road in Kansas.
We spent $33.84 and paid $3.33 in sales tax.
We then bought groceries at Price Chopper at 103rd Street near State Line Road in Kansas City.
The tax in Missouri on our $68.81 food bill was $3.68.
Over twice as much grocery money in Missouri cost us only 35 cents more in taxes.
The Kansas store has now lost our business.
So the Kansas sales tax is great for businesses in Missouri.
Alan A. Goldberg
I am not feeling real comfortable with the crew of Democrats and Republicans who want to be president.
One tells you if you disagree with him that you are a loser.
One may run because his son thought it would be a good idea.
One has more skeletons in her closet than a college anatomy class.
One who has a wrong last name.
Most have been feeding at the public trough for a quarter of a century or more, and on and on.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have the campaigning limited to six months? It would seem that with modern technology the candidates would be able to get their messages to the folks in that condensed period of time.
It would also be less stress on the candidates. If there were any surplus donations, that could be carried over to the next election or applied as a small token to our national debt.
Bob R. Blackman
KCI on two levels
I don’t know where city officials are in regard to planning for Kansas City International Airport, but here’s one viewpoint for consideration.
Having lived in California and traveled frequently through the Los Angeles and Orange County airports, I would like to suggest that Kansas City model its terminal after their two-story buildings.
The security entrances, airline check-in counters and baggage areas would be on the lower level, and the stores, restaurants, waiting areas, restrooms and gates for boarding planes would be on the upper level. Elevators and escalators would travel between the floors.
A two-story configuration would eliminate the need for long walkways, retain the current easy entry to and exit from the terminal, which passengers seem to favor, and allow for expansion.
Could this be an acceptable solution to the problems?
Maintain Nixon veto
With Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 722 and the potential push to have that veto overturned, I felt compelled to write in.
The state legislature cannot possibly meet all the needs people in Missouri have. Local government should be able to pick up the pieces and not be handcuffed by state legislation.
This is the reason for local government, and if we take away this power, what would that mean for our communities?
HB 722 would effectively make the perspectives and efforts of local communities worthless. State government and local government have always operated under a delicate balance of power, but never has there been an intrusion this absurd.
State government has a role to play in forging a future for Missouri. But state government without local guidance and adjustment is a government that fails in execution.
I support the right of my local municipality, whose officials are more responsive and accessible and are lobbied less by special corporate interests, to legislate as it sees fit.
My wife, Twila, has periods of Alzheimer’s disease silence, and that silence is golden. In the afternoon, when Twila is in the Alzheimer’s sleep mode and I’m by her bedside, I feel blessed with her beauty and her goodness.
That is now lost, but it is always there for me to remember. As I look deeply at her, sometimes I cry inwardly, but her conquering and sparkling eyes, her soft voice and her natural beauty permeates into my heart and soul, and I say “thank you” for such a wonderful goodness.
When the Alzheimer’s silence is broken because love is true blue, it’s a time for rejoicing. Twila takes my hand, holds it for a wonderful period of time, places it to her lips and says quietly: “You are my sweetheart. I love you.”
Does it make sense that I am so happy that I cry?
In the broken time of silence, there’s still healing goodness and beauty when we allow the lovely singing of birds and the happy sounds of all of God’s creation to fill us with happiness.
Every moment can be golden because it is thrilling and it touches feelings and we are strengthened.