Letters from the week
of December 10 

Feature: "Thank God for the Rock," November 26

Losing His Religion

People believe "The Rock" is a cult simply because it is. These people are power hungry, greedy and manipulative — using others' weaknesses to convince them of "signs and wonders" from God. (Fill out a two-page "application"? So they can use it against you.) This is not the God of the Christian's Bible. It says point-blank exactly what is truth and what is not, and The Rock blatantly ignores these Scriptures. Instead, its leaders twist Scriptures and take them out of context to fit what they are doing — especially from the prophet Isaiah. Just because you read Isaiah doesn't make you a prophet. This church is exactly like a baby International House of Prayer, so before you get involved, I caution you to take a look at their doctrine. Do your research. They are merely found lost, wanting and empty-handed.

Name withheld on request

Rock On

Thanks to Casey Lyons for his good, positive and accurate report on The Rock.

Ron Meyer
Fairmount, Indiana

Feature: "Kansas City's Nuclear Fallout," November 19

Breathe Uneasy

I grew up in the same house with my aunt and my mother, both of whom worked at King Radio — which became Bendix King, then Bendix, then AlliedSignal then Honeywell — in the Paola, Kansas, plant. They both worked there for some years. My aunt had emphysema and fibromyalgia; she passed at the age of 60. I grew up with her dying in the home from the time I was 10. Now my mother, who just turned 50, is sick with the same thing, diagnosed about eight years ago. I have been in the middle of it, growing up right next to the plant and living with people bringing that home. I also have breathing issues. We have been looking for something like your story to start a suit, so thank you for running this article. It helps a lot.

James Baldwin
Osawatomie, Kansas

Feature: "Stop Hugging Us," November 5

Expressing His Feelings

After 20 years as a professional responder, I can attest to what Peter Rugg put forth in his article. I have been forced into four Critical Incident Stress Management sessions following significant calls.

Because I felt nothing, I was called heartless. Because I wouldn't pray with others at one session, I was called cold.

Many of us are good at this kind of work because we can separate ourselves from the terrible events that happen to other people. If we couldn't do that, we wouldn't stay calm in the face of adversity and deliver people to what most often ends up being positive outcomes.

If I want to meet and talk with a counselor, by all means — just don't force me to.

Name withheld on request

Feature: "Historian in Chief," October 29

A Vine Mess We're In

I found Casey Lyons' story regarding UMKC professor Pellom McDaniels and the 18th and Vine District quite amazing. We have groups and committees and those who think they have it all figured out, and with time and money, the district will thrive. I tried to communicate with the Urban League, the Black Economic Union, City Council members and clergymen years ago when they thought Vine would be all that. I wanted to let them know that the planning committee had left out a majority of the Kansas City people. Being a minority raised in Kansas City, I'm irritated because the only thing we have is the history: blues, jazz and barbecue. Well, that would have been my grandparents and my parents. I think we need to look deeper into the roots of our families and our people. Make it fit today and find a common ground that appeals to everyone of every age, along with the history.

For 10 years, I've carried around an idea for 18th and Vine, but nobody is listening. Mr. Thompson, Mr. Gates, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Brooks, etc., had absolutely no response. Without the support or backing that I need from the local minorities, my idea won't happen either, but at least I offered it to my people for the area I was raised in. A person can't give back to the community when those in charge think they are the only ones with the great ideas. We are making 18th and Vine a memorial, not a place to seek out any day of the week. Stand, listen and look. How fun is that?

Marilyn Maples
Kansas City, Missouri

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