Letters to the Editor

North Kansas City Schools, 24-hour TV news, medical marijuana

Vote yes for schools

The North Kansas City Schools bond and levy ballot questions are for basic needs to keep classrooms in our growing district safe, sound and not crowded.

It has been seven years since the Board of Education asked voters for financial help. We are proud that the school board and chief financial officer both won state-level awards for budget oversight and financial management.

At this point, however, there is nothing left to do — unless classrooms become crowded or outstanding academic programs are eliminated.

As taxpayers, we have an investment in our schools. They shape the quality of life in our community and affect the value of the homes in our neighborhoods. Passing the bond and the levy will protect that investment and preserve quality learning.

Many organizations support passing the bond and levy, including: Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, NKC PTA Council and The Kansas City Star.

We encourage voters to keep North Kansas City schools safe, facilities sound, classroom sizes in check and quality programs in place.

Please vote “yes plus yes” Tuesday on the bond and the levy.

Paula Pattillo
Kathy Warman Co-chairs Citizens Committee for NKC Schools
Kansas City TV redundancies

CNN, with its 24/7 broadcasting of the missing Malaysian Flight 370, is nothing short of pandering to its viewing public.

I’ve heard reports that CNN’s viewing audience has been greatly diminished. When I am forced to watch TV in public places, for example the health club, I am sickened and bored by CNN parading “experts,” one after another, before the TV camera.

I shudder to think this is the direction television is taking.

“Breaking news” is an overused term by the television industry. Absent the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series and the Olympics, we have only the “boob tube” to watch. You would have more than a minor uproar if lengthy weather reports interrupted the viewing of the aforementioned major sports events.

Steve Katz Leawood Medical marijuana

I found the March 30 article “Prescription for a change?” about the couple in Adrian, Mo., being raided for marijuana to be interesting. I also am outraged that this has happened.

There will be people who give me the tired old line that it is against the law, but circumstances lead me to believe this is a bit over the top by law enforcement. These people are struggling to just get by, and now the wife has no job and the husband cannot work and has been denied the one thing that gives him some pain relief.

My mother and grandmother both were blinded by this horrible disease, and had I known that marijuana would have afforded them some relief, you can bet I would have taken the risk with law enforcement. Shame on the police and prosecuting attorney in that county.

George Sharp Independence KC over Denver

The short list for the GOP convention in 2016 includes both Kansas City and Denver, where the sale of marijuana for recreational use is legal (4-3, A4, “KC survives initial cut”). Maybe the party should come here where the Republicans can overindulge in barbecue rather than go to Denver where, if they overindulge, they might wind up nominating Sarah Palin for president of the United States.

Charles Barnes Kansas City Cheering on Royals

I like Rex Hudler, and no we are not related. I have never met the man.

I just like his colorful commentary (I think it’s supposed to be colorful), and I hope he remains a part of the Royals broadcast team for a very long time.

Go Royals, and go Rex.

Jerry Ameling Lee’s Summit Sell Westport High

The Kansas City school board should be ashamed (4-1, A1, “KC board balks at Westport High sale”).

After three years of neighborhood meetings and a developer spending $150,000 for plans and proposals that do not require city tax abatements and meet all the district’s finicky desires (including neighborhood support), the board decides against working with Steve Foutch.

Why would any other credible party risk entering into negotiations with the district after behavior like this? Is there no integrity within the school board?

The district wants to sell Westport High School but not to the people who jump though all the district hoops to meet its requirements.

Make up your minds. Sell it. Pay off the bonds. Otherwise stop wasting our time and tax dollars and take care of the property.

Westport High School has become a blight to my neighborhood. If you can’t uphold your own process for a sale, take responsibility for the maintenance of the building and surrounding property.

Elizabeth Grieber Kansas City Unjust court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again sided with the wealthy over ordinary Americans (4-3, A1, “Supreme Court expands leeway in political gifts”). In McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission, the court in a 5-4 decision threw out the total limits on how much a person can donate to candidates and political parties in federal elections.

The limit on donations from one (affluent) person to a few candidates in a federal election remains $2,600. But now a (very wealthy) person can donate $2,600 to every candidate for federal office running in every state.

Soon, a handful of billionaires, in effect, could select who serves in Congress and the White House. Like the Citizens United ruling in 2010 by the Supreme Court, McCutcheon is based on the wrong-headed notion that political money is free speech.

But the more the court rules to benefit the wealthy, the more absurd the justices’ biases appear — and the more obvious the need to amend the Constitution to establish that political money is not free speech and corporations are not people.

Mary Lindsay Kansas City affiliate MoveToAmend.org Kansas City Help provides hope

We now have a whole new subset of people experiencing unbelievable poverty, namely the chronically unemployed. Although it’s great to spotlight someone who was helped by generous giving, little bits of giving can help someone, too.

A gas card means the difference between being able to get to potential interviews or not. A phone card means persons looking for work have a way for employers to reach them. A gift card to Wal-Mart can mean everyday necessities like toiletries can be met.

If you know someone who is unemployed, chances are he or she has been affected by the lack of extended benefits. Try to think of ways, big and small, that you can help.

Even the smallest act of compassion gives hope and helps lift the burden of chronic unemployment.

Deb Carmichael Grain Valley Korean veterans

In the spring of 2004, the Korean War Veterans Association in Overland Park hosted its first Pancake Breakfast to raise money to build a memorial in Overland Park for 415 fallen heroes from Kansas. This was after the association received a $50,000 Leadership Award from the Ewing Kauffman Foundation.

That June, a group of Korean-Americans invited the public to a fundraising luncheon, and there I had the privilege of meeting late anchorman Wendall Anschutz and hearing his insightful speech: “No one makes a greater contribution to our society than those who place their lives on the front line.”

With a Bush administration grant and warm responses from local organizations, the Veterans Memorial at 119th Street and Lowell Avenue was dedicated on Sept. 30, 2006.

On Saturday, the veterans will host their 10th annual Pancake Breakfast at the VFW building in Lenexa, this time to raise funds to support U.S. troop-related causes.

It will be another occasion for me to thank those who placed their lives on the front line in their youth.

Therese Park Overland Park