Letters to the Editor

KCI, fitness center, bad legislation

Lies about KCI

When will those who want a new terminal built at Kansas City International Airport stop their incessant lies and fabrications?

First, it was the public that wanted a new terminal, which was a lie.

Next, it was the airlines that wanted a new terminal, which also was a lie.

Then it was a loss of conventions and revenue, which also was a lie.

Next it was a security factor making it more secure in a one-terminal airport, which also turned out to be a lie.

Last but not least, it was outside people calling our terminal mediocre and isolated, which also turned out to be a lie.

I wonder how far the supporters for a new terminal will go to have their way, no matter what the cost or inconvenience will be to all Missouri and Kansas citizens.

Common sense should prevail, resulting in spending the necessary money to update and renovate our two terminals, and if needed, leasing out the other empty one for now.

You be the judge.

DeWayne Steele Kansas City Fitness center closing

I’ve been attending the cardiac rehab facility at 4200 Wornall Road (5-7, A9, “St. Luke’s fitness center, revenue lagging, will close”) since 2008.

Closure is truly a sad notice for employees and the many people who routinely use the facility. The pool was recently upgraded, numerous improvements have just been completed and the warm and friendly staff have become an extended family to many of us.

On the surface, the issues driving the closure are strictly financial. Yet a better definition is a failure of the upper management, which chose show (Corinthian marble) over what is good for the community.

These judgments have resulted in the standard solution for corporate strategy — cutting staff. In this case, the staff is low paid with a low level of voice, and yet they had benefits.

The many groups who use the gym, such as firefighters and people at the Bishop Spencer retirement community, will all need to find another location to continue their healthy choice of exercise.

George Baggett Kansas City Destructive legislation

What is largest threat to ordinary Missourians’ ability to provide for themselves and their families?

The influx of campaign money from national and international companies and the well-financed political action committees, all of which share an organized national agenda not needed in Missouri, to eliminate the voice of working people.

Catchy phrases such as “right to work” or “paycheck freedom” sound great but are deceptive and wrong. They take away the collective voice of workers and make it harder for them to obtain safety equipment, better working conditions and adequate staffing levels.

I am a first-generation college graduate in my family. Upon Dad’s return from World War II, he began a career in an industry that provided a decent wage for his hard day of work.

His union made it a safer place to work. Dad told me that he was working hard so that I would have it better than he did.

That ethic is one we share and represents what each of us seeks to pass on.

We’ll lose that if our legislature advances the right to work and paycheck-deception bills instead of creating jobs, expanding Medicaid and strengthening our education system.

John B. Boyd Lee’s Summit Historical inaccuracy

With all the talk about the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it’s interesting to note that there was no Civil War.

By definition, a civil war is a conflict between opposing groups over control of a government.

In the case of the 19th century United States, the Confederacy did not want to control the government. The seceding states wanted complete and sovereign separation from the U.S.

For this reason, the proper name for this bloodiest warring period of U.S. history is either the War of Secession or the War Between the States. Both terms have been used, and War of Secession would be more accurate.

So, how did we wind up with “Civil War”?

No one knows for sure, but it seems that the media of the time thought that “War of Secession” and “War Between the States” were too long to write and “Civil War” was shorter and more print-worthy, so that’s what we got.

And ever since, historians, and the media in general, have perpetuated this error.

In this highly celebrated sesquicentennial of the United States’ War of Secession, don’t you think it’s about time we corrected this historical inaccuracy?

Rodney Rom Butler, Mo. Backsliding workers

During the 1950s and 1960s, about a third of American workers belonged to unions, which were responsible for families being able to achieve the American dream.

Families were able to own their own homes, buy automobiles, save money for their children’s college expenses, take vacations and save for retirement.

From 1980 to 1992 under the Republican administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush, our country’s economy was on a downhill slide.

Reagan’s era was the big cause of unions losing their clout and wages for middle-class, working-class and working poor people grinding to a standstill.

Meanwhile, management of corporations manipulated and controlled the wages of the middle and working classes.

Bill Clinton, the Democratic president who followed, took our country out of a deficit caused by the Reagan and Bush administrations and created a surplus.

But fewer workers were members of unions.

Then along came President George W. Bush with his resurrection of Reagan’s trickle-down theory, which spent our surplus and put our country back into the red by trillions of dollars.

Way to go, Republicans.

Terrance R. Hawbaker Atchison, Kan. Barking dog problem

Don’t get me wrong. I grew up on a farm and love animals.

But there are at least six dogs in a one-block area around my home. Once one starts barking, they all start barking — day and night.

I even had two dogs myself once. They were greyhounds retired from the racetrack.

They weighed about 70 pounds apiece and never barked. In fact, they would hide under the bed whenever a stranger came.

But because of their size, when they were out in the yard they helped ward off would-be intruders.

Tell all your neighbors to consider adopting a retired greyhound, or better yet, get a cat.

They purr on your lap, don’t bark, stay out all night, keep raccoons out of the trash can, catch mice, seldom drink from the toilet and you don’t have to take them for a walk.

The only problem is, they won’t do a thing they don’t want to do.

I’ve been trying to teach my cat to shake hands for more than 10 years now to no effect.

She just rolls her eyes at me as if to say, “This again?”

Thomas E. Dodson Kansas City Climate change

There are a lot of “may” or “could” or “possibly” qualifiers in the predictions on climate change issued by the government (5-7, A1, “Study: Climate change is here”).

Here are some unqualified observations of the unprecedented warming of the planet:

• The South Pole for the third year in a row is at record ice coverage.

• Crop production continues to rise along with improved yields, so much so that we now grow grain for fuel.

• People are living longer, there are more of us, and we continue to raise our standards of living. This is especially true in the largest countries with the largest carbon footprints, India and China.

There are indeed climate refugees, even in the U.S. People continue to move away from (or wish they could) the cold climates in the North to states projected to have major climate issues such as Florida, California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona.

And despite the fact that oceans are rising, even people such as Al Gore pay a premium to reside on the beaches of the world.

I still subscribe to the adage that if you don’t like the weather in (fill in your location), just wait a few minutes.

Steven Fetter Overland Park