Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on Christmas, drug testing and Union Station

Christmas, God’s love

Our God, in whatever way we worship him, gave us the means to love and to seek love, and that love is an intellectual decision. So my hope is that we come to realize that we all need his help.

But we also need to have our hearts open to his love and to have the meekness and humility to realize it. We, his children, have made a mess of the world.

I am praying for snow this Christmas Day.

George L. Randle

Kansas City

Christmas greetings

We are getting close to the end of another blessed year.

Merry Christmas to all my family whom I have loved all my life and to my grandkids who gave us fun, joking, playing, listening to the new music, watching them in sports, carwashing, cheerleader performances, ballet performances, soccer games, volleyball games and track races plus dinners with all our family all year long.

Blessings for all of you and your own families in 2015.

It has been a wonderful life and a great journey to be blessed with a great loving, praying wife and my two sons and my daughter plus all their own families. Thank you cousin Marcos and all our cousins in both families, my brother and four sisters and their families. Love you all and have a great and blessed Christmas.

The reason for the season is Christ.

To all the nuns, priests and pastors, we have work to do fighting for justice and against hate in our world. Father Ray Davern taught me how to fight for justice in a loving and caring way.

Blessings to all of my relatives and friends who went to heaven too soon. You all are missed.

Florentino and Kathy

Camacho Jr.

Kansas City

Holiday thanks

To all the generous ushers, volunteers and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts personnel who make our experiences memorable, a heartfelt note of thanks during this busy season.

Susan Goldenberg

Kansas City

Abortion bill

Rick Brattin defended his Missouri House Bill 131 that no abortion be performed unless the woman has the permission of the father (12-20, Opinion, “A legitimately awful bill”). The defense of this bill is, “It’s a child’s life that is taken. The woman’s life is not altered.”

Obviously, this man has never been pregnant. Nor has he been a single mother attempting to raise a child and pursue a career.

If he wants the father to have a say in this situation, there should be a clause in this law that the man will fully support the child through college. He will support the woman financially through pregnancy. Should there be complications, he will be responsible financially. Should it adversely affect the woman’s career, he will make up the lifetime difference in her income.

Having a child is not a nine-month obligation. The life of the woman is altered forever.

If the woman makes the very difficult choice to have an abortion because life experiences have taken her to that place, it is a life-changing experience. It isn’t a choice that a woman makes on a whim.

Donna Sunderson

Olathe

Drug testing wrong

Drug testing shows how much people have willingly given up their most precious freedom, the privacy of their own bodies.

If you cannot tell that a person is doing something without giving that person a test, what difference does it make? If the person is not doing his job, fire him for that reason.

If drug addiction were treated as the medical problem it is, everyone would be better off.

Gangs would not be shooting each other and innocent bystanders in disputes over territory. Users could get the help they need without the additional problem of having a criminal record.

Corky Lewis

Lee’s Summit

Sewers, barbecue

I love it when I walk around Jackson County and I smell the sewers. At first, I think that must be a rancid smell coming from the Power & Light District and some leftover Saturday night funk on the side of the road.

But then I realize, nope, that is the smell of the sewers that radiate throughout our beautiful Missouri-side city.

Thank goodness we have the aroma of barbecue to offset it in some parts of the town. But for the remaining territory, we are stuck with the smell.

Joe DeMarco

Overland Park

Propaganda house

Can we all agree to change the name of the White House to the Ministry of Propaganda?

Let’s hope that Hillary Clinton, if she runs and if she’s elected president, will spend most of her time in the Oval Office and not flit around the country to give hollow speeches and hold press events.

President Barack Obama may be bright, but he can’t see that the more he talks, the less people listen.

Donald Hoffmann

Kansas City

Festive Union Station

Almost every Saturday morning for the past 32 years, we have gone to breakfast with some old friends. On a recent Saturday, we tried breakfast at the Harvey House in Union Station.

What a surprise. The station was a Christmas wonderland, tastefully and gloriously decorated.

As we sat at our table in the Great Hall, we noticed people pouring into the building — families, kids, grandparents and young couples.

Music was heard from the waiting room, and ballet dancers were performing. People were taking photos by the Christmas tree, the large Santa’s sleigh and the big clock. Kids were riding on the miniature train and going to Science City.

As we were leaving, people began filing into the east end of the Great Hall, where a grand piano was set up and theatrical seating was arranged awaiting a musical event.

The place was as busy as a beehive. What a magnificent, exciting experience.

You would think you were in New York, the place was that abuzz.

If you want to enjoy the Christmas feeling, go to our magnificent Union Station.

Larry Bilotta

Kansas City

‘The Christmas Song’

On the way home from work the other night, I caught Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” composed in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, and I couldn’t help but wonder at how quickly our world went from those times to these.

Don Cameron

Overland Park

Praising Billy Butler

A lot of people will remember the Royals’ Billy Butler for his batting average, RBIs, on-base percentage and slugging. He contributed to our community in another, even more important, way.

He and his wife, Katie, started the Hit-It-A-Ton program to benefit Bishop Sullivan Center’s two food pantries and community kitchen. These pantries provide more than 1,300 households with needed groceries each month, and the kitchen provides hot meals to about 280 people each weeknight.

Since the program started in 2008, it has provided more than 2,600 tons of food to the poorest in our community. Billy has contributed a ton of food for each home run and a half ton for each double.

He and Katie have helped with fundraising, volunteered in the pantry, served meals in the kitchen, brought teammates to events and promoted the program through the Hit-It-A-Ton Sauce at Zarda BBQ, where all the profits went to feed hungry people right here in our city.

Billy batted 1.000 in Kansas City. Bishop Sullivan Center, and all those we serve, will certainly miss his contribution to our community.

Mike Mathews

Lee’s Summit

I smell the straw

I smell the straw

From the lowly stable where

The King of Kings once laid his head

In a manger there.

In humility and lowliness;

Sent from heaven above,

Messiah came

To save the world

Wrapped in swaddling cloths and love.

The King will come

To claim his own

Who watch and wait in awe.

He’ll come quickly,

As he said!

Hallelujah!

I smell the straw.

Dee Ann Foley Doxsee

Kansas City

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