Of course, Stalder, protesters are not really making a sacrifice, especially when compared to the sacrifices made by the soldiers. But it is the duty of the citizens, the patriots -- anyone who cares about those troops -- to make sure they are not once again sent off to a needless war based on Gulf of Tonkin lies. When the Bush administration is told from the CIA that they could find no links between Iraq and Al Qaeda and then sells a war saying there is, and when the inspectors say they will be able to certify that Iraq does not have a nuclear program but Bush fabricates evidence to say they do, democracy and the troops are being betrayed, and it is the duty of the citizen to rise up in protest.
This is a war based on lies. Despite how terrible Saddam may be, he has already been disarmed to the point now of having one of the smallest armies in the region. He is not a threat to anyone, and our troops will hardly bring democracy to the people of Iraq.
I, for one, stand with Sam Stepp and all the youth who refuse to sit back and watch yet another generation of American soldiers die in a needless war halfway across the globe.
Kansas City, Missouri
Final draft: I have a couple of questions for Bryan Stalder of Gladstone, who is all for going to Iraq and kicking Hussein's butt.
Bryan, are you enlisting in the service to do this task yourself, or do you expect someone else to go do it for you? Are you sending your sons and daughters there to do the job, or do you want them exempted?
I get a little frosted by right-wing Republican types chanting war when they and their offspring are not the ones with their personal butts on the line. Remember that W. and Cheney both ducked the war in Vietnam, but their party called Clinton a draft dodger for doing the same thing. Personally, I am glad that my draft lottery number was high enough that I was not called up. Two guys that I knew in high school came home in boxes, and now their names are engraved on the wall.
You are all for war, but you want the rest of us to go fight it for you.
Kansas City, Missouri
Stan with a plan: While I think C.J. Janovy's "The Stan Show" was balanced (March 6), I'd like to share some of my reasons for supporting Stan Glazer.
In 1999, Kay Barnes convinced voters she would do wonders for Kansas City. Immediately after taking office, she said that unless voters changed the City Charter, she couldn't do her job. We didn't, and she hasn't.
Stan Glazer has addressed the need for affordable housing for young people downtown. He favors relaxing codes and allowing abandoned buildings to be converted into entry-level lofts, which would bring these white elephants back onto the tax rolls. The mayor's idea of affordable downtown housing is affordable RENTAL housing. (Memo to Kay Barnes: An affordable apartment is an expensive condo waiting to happen.)
Stan Glazer may have had his business problems in the past. That makes him more likely to understand the problems many voters are encountering in this difficult economy. During her first term in office, the mayor moved from one million-dollar home to (presumably) another.
Stan Glazer lets us know where he stands. Her Honor has made a habit of waiting until the smoke clears to take a position, causing people to ask, indeed, "Where's Waldo?" (As in Kay Waldo Barnes -- remember the Park Lane Apartments?)
Her Honor may suddenly become assertive, decisive and on the side of the average Joe during a second term. But why chance it when we have the opportunity to elect someone who is already assertive, decisive, and on our side?
Kansas City, Missouri
Rider in the sky: This is regarding a section in T.R. Witcher's article that had to do with my husband, Charlie Herbert ("Rough Riders," February 27). There were statements that were not true. By the time this is printed, Charlie will be gone a year.
He was a very safe rider who always wore gloves, his leather jacket and a helmet. On the night of his death, he did not go off to practice wheelies by himself! He was on his way back to the hotel, because he had plans with his family the next day.
I listened to hours of talk by Jeremy Yowell, Johnny and Charlie about how they should never ride alone. I guess that only stood if Johnny wanted to go and no one else did. It is a simple rule that you never ride alone -- but where were they? It makes my heart hurt to think that Grant, Johnny and crew should find it so easy to dismiss Charlie.
He was a true friend to all. I find it funny that Johnny said he didn't think the accident he saw was Charlie, since he was such a careful rider. But still, shouldn't he have stopped? It is probably a good thing Johnny and his girlfriend didn't turn back. Charlie would have preferred them not to see the accident.
I would also like to thank Cory Kufahl, a member of D-Aces (another stunt-riding group), who spent a lot of time with Charlie in Florida. He told me he had a lot of fun riding with Charlie. He gave Charlie the time of his life down there.
I want to thank D-Mann for everything he did. Cory and D-Mann, I want you to know that the way you were with Charlie will never be forgotten. They are wonderful men.