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Kansas City loves Mahomes and the Chiefs. Our kids didn’t need to see them drinking beer

Lose the alcohol

I’m not against drinking or naive enough to think that our footballers don’t drink. However, it is completely no point in making Chiefs players drink during the Super Bowl parade. It shouldn’t have been allowed by manager Andy Reid and team ownership for some very good reasons.

The main reason is that a drinking boss is not a good role model for the young fans who are there to see their heroes. Secondly, even adult fans don’t want to see players drunk at this important celebration. Third, tragic things happen when you drink.

If the bosses can’t go a few hours without alcohol, the organization has a problem. I, for one, was disgusted to see him for the second time.

Some bosses even bragged on social media about how drunk they were afterwards. I am ashamed that the players I rooted for could barely walk after getting off the bus. No doubt this show made headlines in other cities.

I wish the bosses were proud of their reputation and gave up drinking next time. The parade is a city festival. You don’t represent this die-hard fan when you make the parade look like a frat house beer raid.

– Janet Elaine Hensel Freedom

Not in public

Big kudos to a great second half last Sunday, Kansas City Chiefs. While watching your parade on Wednesday, however, I was surprised and dismayed to see that Patrick Mahomes and other players were drinking alcohol again.

I felt this way three years ago and thought there would be enough negative feedback from parents of children and teenagers voicing their concerns to Chiefs’ Administration not to happen again.

Next time there is a victory parade, please drink your alcohol privately and discreetly. Impressionable youngsters deserve better role models than you’ve shown twice.

– Skip Stogsdill, Earth Park

Just don’t cut

Wednesday’s Chiefs celebration was fun and joyous, but then Mitch had to rain on the parade.

I was very embarrassed for my city and the Chiefs organization when announcer Mitch Holthus took the stage with the players and insisted that everyone join in the “arrow shot” to wrap up the celebration.

I’m not saying I don’t participate in the cut sometimes — it’s gut instinct for Chiefs fans. But I know better and I know how inappropriate and disrespectful it is.

The Chiefs should make every effort to protect their awesome brand by getting rid of the cut. Instead, all of Wednesday’s appearances were still actively encouraging him.

Millions of eyes and ears will be on our city in just a few weeks for the NFL Draft. We need a new move for the fans, and who better to introduce one than our creative Super Bowl winning players? Can I have a Awhhhhhh? Can I get a NaNaNaNa?

-Michele McCue Kansas City

This is kind of pop

As we have seen in the news, the US Air Force recently shot down a Chinese spy balloon. This was accomplished by one of our F-22 fighter planes using a Sidewinder missile, costing about $400,000 each. This aircraft also has a Gatling gun type weapon that fires 20mm shells at a cost of $20-$30 per round. I assume the Sidewinders were also used to knocking down a couple of other balloons.

This sure seems like overkill to me, an old Chinese proverb comes to mind: Don’t use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.

– Thomas Moran Raymore

Deeper focus

I would like to express my support for HR 61, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023 now in Congress. This bill would broaden the legal definition of hate speech to include white supremacy, which is increasingly becoming an issue in our country, as evidenced by the recent power plant attacks and mass shooting in Buffalo.

We must address this now before more people are injured and killed. I realize this bill would not stop white supremacy by itself. But I hope it’s the beginning of the federal government’s increased focus on white supremacy and domestic terror.

– Christopher Peters Kansas City

I never knew

The teaching of history in our schools about how America’s different races have interacted since 1619 has been challenged or even banned by many politicians who don’t seem to want to know the truth they never learned when they were in school.

As a student, I never knew Harriet Tubman was an American social activist who rescued many slaves using the Underground Railroad. I’ve never heard of Emmett Till and never learned why he was kidnapped, tortured and lynched in Mississippi. I had never heard of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that destroyed more than 1,400 homes and businesses in the Greenwood District and killed 300 or more African Americans. I was never taught about the ignorant American internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

I wonder if these same politicians who do not want to know the whole story of our history opposed the musical and theatrical performance “Deep Greenwood – The Hidden Truth of Black Wall Street”, which was staged on Friday at the Music Hall? I hope not, and I hope schools have another chance in the near future to take their students to see this important production.

-Larry Miller Earth Park

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