You probably have never heard his name, but Dick Kurtenbach has been involved in a number of major stories of interest to southwest Missouri, everything from the right-to-die case of Nancy Cruzan to the recent First Amendment lawsuits brought by Brad Mathewson and LaStaysha Myers against the Webb City R-7 School District.
Kurtenbach, 58, the director of the Kansas City office for the American Civil Liberties Union is retiring after 20 years, one of the longest stints as a director in the organization's long history, according to an article in today's Kansas City Star.
The organization's membership has been on the upswing since Sept. 11, 2001, Kurtenbach told The Star.
The article features reflections by Kurtenbach, as well as some surprising thoughts about where the ACLU should stand on the Second Amendment. He believes the organization should be working harder to defend the right to bear arms.