Find a way to preserve bus service
Jason White, Independence
To the editor:
The public bus service offered in Independence is an essential service for many of my neighbors. During this time, while many are looking for jobs they need the bus service even more, and they need a consistent bus service schedule.
This allows folks to get jobs, keep jobs, get to school, get to health care, get to the store and get their lives back together again.
The City Council took a bold move to provide a line of credit for the general city budget so our city staff would not face the mass layoffs that other cities are facing and allow the city time to make more thoughtful decisions instead of rushed reactions without adequate data and contemplation.
We need to keep the bus service intact.
We can use the line of credit while we consider options, which should include asking the KCATA to make sure we are getting our share of the federal funds designated to provide a regional transportation system.
We should also be asking our leaders to consider what happened to the regional planning for a light-rail system to complement the bus and special transit services for our disabled and elderly. The KC area is the last metro area in the nation without a light-rail system of some sort. It would be good for the environment, good for the economy, good for those who can not afford cars and a good idea to get back on the table for discussion as our economy re-starts.
The Covid outbreak will lead to long-term changes in our community. Maybe one of them should be a more thoughtful, coordinated and complete regional transportation system.
Missouri must embrace support for the vulnerable
Sarah H. Mudd, CEO, Center for Developmentally Disabled, Kansas City
To the editor:
Center for Developmentally Disabled is a non-profit organization providing residential and day program services to individuals over 16 who have an intellectual disability in Jackson County. For Missourians with developmental disabilities, preserving funding for residential supports, supported employment, and day services in the Missouri state budget is crucial. Without proper funding, our essential frontline staff cannot maintain the health, safety, and lifelong supports of Missourians with disabilities who strive to live as independently as possible and maintain employment. Furthermore, without proper state funding, it is nearly impossible to attract, hire, and retain frontline workers. Funding cuts would mean Missouri’s most vulnerable get left behind.
The pandemic has exacerbated the issue; expenses from COVID-19 continue to grow. So far, CDD has spent $50K on PPE in order to keep our clients and staff safe. There has been no federal or state financial help, and the provider community cannot absorb these expenses.
I am asking the Missouri legislature and Governor Mike Parson to preserve funding for essential services and that they ask for federal funds to address the expenses to care for people with developmental disabilities during this global crisis.
Time to go outside and live again
Don M. McNulty, Blue Springs
To the editor:
As we near the end of our Covid Sequester I see and feel the things my fellow citizens see and feel.
When we were first told to shut down, do social distancing and restrict our movements we all felt this was going to be hard but perhaps we should follow the instructions from government officials. We did this because we were told we didn’t want to send our hospitals into overload. It seemed right.
Now that we are at an end, we see the virus isn’t as bad as we were told. We also see in Missouri and Kansas we saved the hospitals from being overloaded. We see the death rate is but a fraction of what we were first told.
Now politicians are telling us perhaps we need to extend our sequester. Why? To save lives. Although every life is precious we still have to live life as others fall by the wayside. It has always been this way.
Today, it came to me as I arose this morning. The sequester is very much like blood-letting the patient. I’m afraid we are at the point where continued sequester will demonstrably harm more lives than it saves.
It’s time to go outside and live life as we see fit to live it.
In reality, the governed have spoken and politicians need to heed or else lose their jobs.
I know there will be politicians who say oh well if that’s my cost for doubling down so be it. This is wrong-headedness and not consistent with their oaths of office. Better said, I will do as the electorate has decided and work from that premise.