I take issue with the Sept. 8 Metro article “For workers, the USDA move means upheaval,” about the problems of Agriculture Department workers being transferred to Kansas City, Mo.

Born and raised in Kansas City, I think it’s a fine place to live. And being transferred there is not like being sent to Siberia. The city has a rich cultural life: opera house, world-class art museum, two medical schools and two universities, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Rockhurst University, among others. It also has a large and attractive residential district offering houses at a fraction of the cost of those in the Washington area. And, for the sports-minded, every major American sport is represented. Unemployment is low. Spouses may find interesting, well-paid jobs.

Whether USDA workers would find it onerous to work in the Heart of America and its rich agricultural economy is a question I cannot answer.

However, as a Midwesterner, I must be honest. I moved to Washington in 1963. But I think about Kansas City every day.

Richard J. Higgins, Washington

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