Letters to the Editor

Readers weigh in on police shooting coverage, the National World War I Museum and Kauffman Stadium

National anthem

Earlier in the season, hockey fans in Toronto were kind enough to finish the U.S. national anthem when the singer’s microphone failed. I wish we could bring some of those good people to Kansas City so they could teach the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to Kansas City Chiefs fans.

Jesse Laird

Kansas City, Kan.

Cowardly killings

I am appalled that The Kansas City Star buried on Page 12 of its Sunday edition the story of the brutal murder of two New York City police officers.

They were shot by a cop-hater seeking revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This incident of hate is directly related to the protests against police officers across this country. It was fueled by the daily media drumbeat that police are targeting black men.

These cowardly murders deserved front-page attention for the consequences of media-fanned public unrest, especially that targeting police. The Star instead featured another article on the front page headlined “A year of discontent, race and law enforcement.”

It’s time to stop the reckless incitement of hatred on both sides of the skin-color spectrum.

Ron Stone


Liberty Memorial

Congratulations go to the National World War I Museum for receiving the overdue designation from Congress as the country’s national museum and memorial (12-14, A12, “Memorial close to designation”).

When the renovation and expansion of the museum was proposed, opposition came from those who believed it would glorify war or destroy the integrity of the Liberty Memorial. Time has dispelled both thoughts.

Indeed, the museum’s exhibits and programming have revitalized the memorial. Instead of glorifying war, the museum teaches the lessons of what happens when peace fails.

With a nod to the famous poem, one can say that the museum has caught the torch from the failing hands of Flanders fields and carried it exceptionally well.

Blair D. Tarr


Red missing on TV

We are not huge Kansas City Chiefs fans, but we do watch their games and always wish them the best. It was irritating to watch KCTV, Channel 5 sports announcers recently standing on the Chiefs football field one hour before kickoff.

One person on camera was dressed in navy blue, and the other one was dressed in brown. Have they been dumbstruck?

Get your colors on, people. Try a second-hand store if you can’t at least afford a new red shirt or a hat or maybe a jacket.

Shame on you, and shame on Channel 5 for allowing you to work with blatant lack of respect for your hometown team.

Betty Sue Simonson

Marshall, Mo

Liberal infection

Liberalism is a mental disease. A mind infected with liberalism is a terrible wasted thing. In God we trust.

John Stolte

Kansas City

All postal, no service

Let’s just call it the U.S. Postal Company. The word “service” does not apply to a business that closes its doors in the middle of the day for a one-hour lunch.

Ginzy Schaefer

Kansas City

Congress’ example

House Speaker John Boehner commented earlier this year on his perception that laziness is the reason for America’s current level of unemployment. He opined that unemployed people think they don’t have to work. They would “rather just sit around.”

Do you suppose they are following an example set by Congress?

Ruth Fine

Paola, Kan.

Kauffman Stadium

Going to a Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium is a joy. There is ample, well-lighted, safe, patrolled parking with room for tailgating.

Travel to and from the ballpark is easy, with great access to the major roads. The Royals’ organization does it right.

The stadium experience is family-oriented, clean, organized and cordial. The baseball experience is truly major league.

Trying to build a new baseball stadium in the downtown loop in my opinion would be a mistake. Baseball in Kansas City and its stadium are not broken.

Neither is a problem that needs fixing. Addressing Kansas City’s larger problems of revitalizing the core can be better accomplished without moving the ballpark.

Phil Crowley


Gift from Isaiah

Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the Kansas City Fire Department made a wish come true for a boy named Isaiah who has brain cancer. The Fire Department made Isaiah a firefighter for the day.

It really tugged at my heart. For days, I was praying for Isaiah (probably more than I ever have), thinking how unfair life is for him. I printed a picture of him and put it in my desk for when I’m having what I think are issues, to look at and think, if he can go through this, I can be strong and be a good Christian.

I began thinking maybe Isaiah was put on the earth for this moment. Maybe his story would affect others.

Then I realized maybe his little life and his problems aren’t in vain and hopefully will make me a better Christian. It then hit home: Who else was placed on this earth and gave his life for me?

When I realized this I stated, “Oh, my God,” out loud. Yes, God.

So in this holiday season, I want to thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Kansas City Fire Department, little Isaiah and his mom, and most of all thank God.

Marty DuPree


Abusive treatment

Abuse is mistreatment for mistreatment’s sake and has no place in society. Sadly, abuse is common.

No abuse has ever yielded positive results, and all abuse is wrong.

Abusers often had been abused in their early lives, so abuse is a vicious cycle that can devastate whole generations. It tears at the very moral fabric of America. Recovering from abuse is difficult and can take years.

Because domestic, child and elder abuse are so horrible, abusers should be punished with the whole weight of the law. One way abuse could be curbed is to create a national abuser registry, treating abuse like a sex crime and giving abusers a harsher punishment.

The national abuser registry would take time and money but could be an effective way of dealing with abuse. Once someone is convicted of abuse, life should become more difficult for that abuser.

Abusers could also find better treatment with the abuser registry, and people would be less likely to commit such heinous crimes.

Abuse is toxic to society, and the government has a duty to repair the damage abuse does and to prevent future abuse. A national abuser registry could accomplish both goals.

Gus Woolsey


Keeping programs

We the citizens of the greatest country in the world truly enjoy our freedoms, including freedom of the open road to go anywhere we want when we want on the best highway system in the world.

We did not build that road system with a smaller government. We did not put men on the moon with a smaller government.

We did not build the most sophisticated and lethal weapon systems known to man with a smaller government.

When the conservatives and the Republicans talk about a smaller government, they focus on three major budget items — Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. It is a fact that if they control the House, Senate and White House, Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, would be history.

Then they, the conservatives, would focus their attention on Social Security and Medicare. If they do not eliminate them, they would seriously underfund them.

Joe Shank


Open-carry concern

I recently saw in a Johnson County department store a man exercising his open-carry right while holding a large German shepherd on a short leash. The questions that came to mind were, Is he clinically paranoid, is he just a macho blowhard or is he blind?

All of which are disturbing.

John Nelles