Reading this article has prompted me to get more involved with the Hispanic community. I have contacted a few organizations and plan to volunteer some of my time in helping with the immigration process. I will always remember that we all came to this country as immigrants and that the only people who were actual inhabitants of the country were the AMERICAN INDIANS! I thank you for piquing my interest once again in helping my community!
I will always remember what my mother told me growing up: "You, my son, are a MEXICAN-AMERICAN." She instilled in me the honor of my heritage first along with American life. Both my parents were immigrants, and I am very proud that they provided me a lifestyle that was much better than theirs. I feel and believe that all parents work and live for their children to have a better life than the ones their parents had.
Edward A. Vega
Kansas City, Missouri
Regarding Joe Miller's article "Dishonorable Discharge" (May 3): I recently moved from Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Kansas, and I am consistently amazed at the stigma placed on residents of Wyandotte County. I have never lived in an area in which residents form first opinions of one's status based on what county one lives in. I even catch myself looking at license tags and forming judgments, especially about the ones with "JO" displayed.
I live in a great neighborhood in Wyandotte County, right in the hills above Turkey Creek. I drive over Turkey Creek every day and find it absolutely beautiful. I can't even fathom calling it a "storm sewer." Turkey Creek is rocky and surrounded by trees, and it is a large, fast-moving body of water with great potential for a slice of nature right here in the heart of the city. Maybe Kansas City county bureaucrats have something to gain by dubbing this segment a storm sewer.
The fact that EPA officials didn't "think" or "know" kids in Wyandotte County played in the creek is ridiculous. Why would the Rosedale kids be any different than the Merriam kids?
I just have to think something is pretty "fishy" about why the downstream portion of Turkey Creek is so much worse than the Johnson County portion. Look at where the spillway is situated. It seems to me that should explain everything.
Kansas City, Kansas
The first couple of years I lived here, I thought it was some asshole opening his septic tank, but the more we went for walks, we noticed how much stronger the smell was near the creek. It doesn't surprise me one bit to find out that the rich are taking advantage of the working-class people. Isn't that how it has always been for them to leave their shit for someone else to clean up? Does anyone really think that the sewage plant's location was placed there for any other reason than to dump it on someone else's shoulders?
Until enough people complain or the EPA finally says "enough!" it will not change. I wish that more people would write these stories and that the news channels would take a hint from the Pitch on issues like this, but then again, most of the news anchors live in Johnson County. I thank Miller for writing this story and hope that it will help us change the ways they are treating our environment. I am a Native American, and it makes me cry every time our environment is being destroyed.
Kansas City, Kansas