Give ‘Em Health

Card-carrying homosexuals: I would like to comment on Deb Hipp’s article “Doubting the Benefits” (April 26). Have the employees of Hallmark forgotten that health insurance is a benefit? One that goes into the total package of benefits?

Hipp calls the employees lesbians and gays. They are homosexuals. To call them “lesbian” or “gay” lessens their importance. They are homosexuals. I know this word may offend them, but let’s call it how we see it. If they want to be recognized for being gay or lesbian, then stand up and state, “I am a homosexual.” Let’s stop tiptoeing around the subject; they want homosexual health insurance for their homosexual partners.

I feel Hallmark is trying to be a diverse company. I remember the time when if a homosexual came out, he or she was let go for one reason or another. Feel proud for what you homosexuals have already achieved. You have management talking about homosexual health insurance. At least Hallmark has Hallmark Employees Reaching Equality; where I work, we don’t have anything where management will listen to us.

A benefit is a benefit. It’s something a company offers to us, and something they have the right to take away.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Lansing, Kansas

Potty Mouths

Water colors: Regarding Joe Miller’s article “Dishonorable Discharge” (May 3): So on whom does KCK’s sewage flow, and will the Pitch be doing a story on that, or will it only matter if the people downstream from KCK/WyCo are less affluent? Nothing like an editorial slant to make a story seem sensational.

I’ve got news for Miller: Even we “wealthy” (and gee, aren’t we all just rolling in boxcars of money?) Johnson Countians have someone else’s crap running down on us. If you’re downstream from ANYONE, someone’s toilet is flushing your way. It doesn’t matter if that person’s toilet is diamond-encrusted (isn’t everybody’s?) or ceramic, sewage is sewage, and every municipality sends it on to someone else to ultimately deal with.

I would no more swim in Indian Creek or any other creek in Johnson County than I would Turkey Creek, regardless of which county it was flowing through. Runoff, trash and upstream pollutants have fouled to some extent or another all our metropolitan streamways. That’s the real story that should be told to raise concern and effect change, not some trumped-up class war between “evil” Johnson County and “victimized” Wyandotte County.

Michelle McElroy

Prairie Village

Let it flow: Why does it say on the cover of the wastewater issue that Johnson County’s “wealthiest” are polluting Wyandotte County? Did Joe Miller know that there are also lower-income families who contribute to the wastewater system?

Why is the Pitch so against Johnson County? It is demonized constantly, just because many of its residents are wealthy. Is it a crime to be successful? And was Casey Logan’s article about MidAmerica Nazarene University written because of its Christian association (“Where Would Jesus Dance?” March 29)? Does the Pitch fear religion because it preaches against homosexuality? I think so.

What’s wrong with being conservative and financially successful and having high standards based on moral beliefs?

Matt Edwards


Bite Me

Food for thought: I always enjoy a spirited letter to the editor, but when I read Jason Curless’ attempted skewering of food critic Charles Ferruzza (April 19), my jaw dropped. Jason must have been having a bad hair day. Doesn’t he know that ad hominem attacks never have much bite? If the poor lad wants to joust with the big boys, he’s going to need a fresh layer of Poli-Grip to lend substance to all of his toothless vitriol.

Charles is the best food critic this town has seen since Shifra Stein. He writes with wit, clarity and acerbity about a crazy profession. His reviews are colorful, entertaining and fair. That is all a critic is supposed to do. Farraddays’ came off looking like a gem. So why would any sane person go apoplectic with rage over the fair question “Is the Isle of Capri in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?”

Jason should study up on longitude and latitude.

John Hastings

Kansas City, Missouri