Letters to the Editor

Medicaid expansion, government waste, Ukraine

Medicaid expansion

Under the national health care reform law, Missouri could expand Medicaid to more than a quarter million people. The Missouri legislature has rejected the federal funding available to expand Medicaid.

“Under the law, the federal government will pay states all of the costs for newly eligible people for the first three years. It will pay no less than 90 percent of the costs in the future.”

Access to medical care is a right, not a privilege. Currently, one in seven Missourians are uninsured.

Under the current Medicaid criteria, a single mother of two does not qualify for basic health care if she makes too much money.

If the Missouri legislature accepts federal funding, Missouri would see more than 24,000 new jobs in the first year, according to a study by the University of Missouri. By not expanding Medicaid, the state is losing $5 million a day.

The Missouri legislature is leaving billions of dollars on the table and sacrificing the health of Missourians by not expanding Medicaid.

Nikki Goodson

Kansas City

Government waste

After active duty time in the U.S. Air Force, I served a number of years at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base with a reserve navigation squadron. Reserve pay helped cover our bills.

I was offered the opportunity to spend three weekends near the end of our budget quarter “flying around the flagpole,” using up aircraft time and budget funds so that our unit wouldn’t suffer cuts the next quarter. For that I received the equivalent of three months of captain’s pay.

I’m guessing this was not a rare situation, but it shows that government waste has been going on for many decades.

This waste can’t be blamed on President Barack Obama (this time).

Joe Neuner


Caution in Ukraine

I read that Bob Dole, the former U.S. Senate majority leader, wants the United States to send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine. He also wants to set up a missile-defense system in Poland.

I think Russian President Vladimir Putin might take these actions the wrong way and retaliate with stronger forces. I hope this whole issue in Ukraine is resolved soon.

Austin Wilson


Goofy TV weather

What is happening to our local TV weather people? The whole segment is becoming comical.

Why the antics and entertainment and phrases such as “during the overnight hours” or “daytime hours” and suggestions of what to wear and bantering back and forth with the anchorperson ad nauseam, and verbiage, and more verbiage.

It is not cute or funny and certainly not professional.

The only one who seems to know his craft, and I mean craft, is Gary Lezak. Otherwise, I’m turning it off on weekends or pressing the mute button until it’s over. It makes me thankful for ol’ Dan Henry on WDAF years ago.

If you wanted to know whether it was cold or going to rain, he told you to stick your arm out the door, or if it was going to be cloudy, “go outside and look up.” I loved that man.

And he knew his craft, too.

Mary Pat Miller

Overland Park

Gay double standard

Why is it all right to agree with the gay lifestyle but politically incorrect to disagree with it? Is that not a double standard?

Just curious.

Wayne Miller

Lone Jack

Simplicity of KCI

As a Columbia resident, I am significantly closer to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport than to Kansas City International Airport. But I usually choose to fly out of Kansas City because KCI is much easier to access.

Having more shops and services would only hamper the simplicity that is offered and appreciated.

Donna Kessell


Sebelius for Senate

I am curious why anyone wouldn’t want former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come back to Kansas. She was the best governor Kansas has ever had, and she was a great secretary of Health and Human Services.

She did many good things for Americans. I hope Sebelius not only comes back to Kansas but that she runs for the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Pat Roberts does not have a clue what Kansas needs. He has been gone so long from Kansas, he could not possibly represent us.

We need a woman senator, and the best-qualified woman is Kathleen Sebelius.

Sharon Edwards


Confederate honors

Flying the Confederate flag over the graves of Confederate soldiers is no different from flying the American flag over the 25 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. The American Battle Monuments Commission operates and maintains these sites to honor our dead.

American flags fly over our honored dead. The Sons of Confederate Veterans’ desire to honor their forefathers in the Higginsville, Mo., cemetery is no different from how we honor those buried in any Veterans Affairs national cemetery. A flag is flown over them to honor their sacrifice to their country.

The Confederate flag can be seen as representing a dark time in our past. But it symbolizes a nation that fought for its beliefs. These men should be allowed the honor of lying under the flag that they fought and died for the same as any other Americans.

To deny them the same honor simply because many believe this flag represents bigotry and hatred is a sad testimony to the politics of today. America is better than that.

Cliff Dunfee

Kansas City

Guns, self-defense

In a perfect world, situations requiring self-defense would not happen and having to make a split-second decision to shoot someone in order to protect yourself and other innocents would never have to occur. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.

Crime happens every day, and defenseless innocents die at the hands of criminals regularly.

Justification for gun ownership is easy. Millions of Americans have chosen to not be defenseless in the face of violence. They’ve chosen to accept the reality of the world they live in and make sure that they have the means to protect themselves and the lives of those around them.

Fortunately, our Founding Fathers also accepted the reality of the world that they lived in and wrote the Second Amendment into the Constitution, guaranteeing the right for Americans to be able to defend themselves.

Josiah Young


Gun ban too much

I am not opposed to reasonable laws pertaining to gun ownership. Convicted violent felons and people with histories of mental problems involving violence certainly should not be allowed to possess firearms.

But statements made by some letter writers to ban guns for all goes beyond the pale.

Violence is a problem everywhere, including the U.S.

Reasonable people can discuss ways to mitigate the problem.

Jim Banister

Kansas City

Annoyance of runs

The Hospital Hill Run and the other charity runs that block streets several times a year are great events that help the needy, but what about the needs of people who are trying to get to work? My students and I have been late to work and class at the University of Missouri-Kansas City several times because of these runs.

Last weekend, I quit trying to get to KKFI at 39th and Main streets to volunteer for our pledge drive after spending an hour circling the entire route from 31st and Broadway to downtown, and then to 39th Street and Gilham Road, and then to 65th Street, and then back up the west side.

Not one volunteer or police officer could tell me how to get to my destination. At 39th Street and Broadway, I was told to go south and find a crossing point. At 39th Terrace, I was told to go to Linwood Boulevard. At Linwood Boulevard, the cop blew me off.

If city officials can’t insist that these runs be in parks or move them to less trafficked areas of town, then they should at least have crossing points and provide all volunteers and police who block access with correct and helpful information.

Judy Ancel

Kansas City, Kan.