No matter what happens to Roger Golubski, we can’t stop listening to the victims | Opinion

Help victims

Roger Golubski could likely die before he faces justice, but his victims’ trauma, fear, hate, anger and angst will continue perpetually. (Oct. 5, 11A, “With Roger Golubski in hospital, victims fear he’ll die before trial”)

How ironic that, when news broke of Golubski’s hospitalization, several clergy abuse survivors held their monthly get-together to process experiences over the trauma endured decades ago. Discussion centered on credibly accused sexual abuser Bishop Joseph Hart, who died this past August before the courts could deliver justice for his criminal acts.

Whether or not perpetrators live to face trial, the institutions that covered up corruption and enabled criminal behavior must be held accountable. Those who have suffered the consequences of these dastardly acts seek nothing less.

Victims must continue to speak truth to power lest future generations bear the lifelong scars from wounds suffered in the past. The Star deserves praise for its critical role in holding the feet of these institutions to the fire.

- Ron Fugate, Overland Park

Get covered

During the annual Medicare open enrollment period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, people eligible in Missouri can select a plan that provides them with the affordability, convenience and benefits they need.

As a physician, I encourage my patients to make a list of what’s necessary and what they’d like to have included in their plans, such as:

  • Specific doctors and hospitals

  • Dental, vision and hearing coverage

  • Prescription drug coverage

  • Additional benefits including transportation, fitness programs and healthy food allowances

The Medicare plan finder on can help compare plans and benefits and get an estimated cost for each plan. For more information, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. You can learn about Humana’s plans at or by calling 1-800-706-1368 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

- Liz Peterson, Vice president of health services for Missouri, Humana, Overland Park

Tune it out

There lives another soulmate from TV Land to the author of a recent letter to the editor who abhors those commercials with their zooming music and noise that split your eardrums. (Aug. 18, 6A)

I love my mute button.

- Willa M. Pierce, Kansas City

Yes, accountable

In recently reading about a Donald Trump-supporting Jan. 6, 2021, insurrectionist, I was struck by the irony of his comment that politicians should be truthful and moral, and if not, they should be help accountable.

For the sake of the 2024 presidential election and our country’s future, I certainly hope he is right.

- Marvin Burris, Topeka