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Re: “WWJD?

Thanks for something besides bastardizing Mr. Funkhouser. He doesn't deserve all the crap from the Star...it's hard to be a stand up working man of the people. Barnes never did much for anyone but developers or the silver spooners. I think the mayor deserves respect and support, his ideas and hard work are admirable. God Bless Jerry.

Posted by walter hodges on 09/18/2007 at 12:56 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Im forced to agree with the comments from Legal Citizen. If you are to remove the member of the parks board based specifically on her being or have been a part of the minuteman organization, then it would be for purely political reasons. That would be a sad day. I may be a resident of Kansas but I will be moving to KCMO soon. I have followed Mr. Funkhousers progress and I really think he has the best intentions in mind. I would be disheartened if he were to be influenced by political reasons whereby abandoning what he thought was true, honest and most importantly, fair play. The only just causes for removing this person should be performance based. To remove her based solely on the fact that some organization doesn't like her being a part of another organization would defeat the principles that put Mr. Funkhouser where he is today.

Posted by Rational Thought should prevai on 09/18/2007 at 12:17 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Thanks for something besides bastardizing Mr. Funkhouser. He doesn't deserve all the crap from the Star...it's hard to be a stand up working man of the people. Barnes never did much for anyone but developers or the silver spooners. I think the mayor deserves respect and support, his ideas and hard work are admirable. God Bless Jerry.

Posted by walter hodges on 09/18/2007 at 9:56 AM

Re: “WWJD?

Im forced to agree with the comments from Legal Citizen. If you are to remove the member of the parks board based specifically on her being or have been a part of the minuteman organization, then it would be for purely political reasons. That would be a sad day. I may be a resident of Kansas but I will be moving to KCMO soon. I have followed Mr. Funkhousers progress and I really think he has the best intentions in mind. I would be disheartened if he were to be influenced by political reasons whereby abandoning what he thought was true, honest and most importantly, fair play. The only just causes for removing this person should be performance based. To remove her based solely on the fact that some organization doesn't like her being a part of another organization would defeat the principles that put Mr. Funkhouser where he is today.

Posted by Rational Thought should prevail on 09/18/2007 at 9:17 AM

Re: “WWJD?

If USA, Canadian, and Mexican politicians & law enforcement entities would enforce immigration & contraband laws already on their books (and citizens of the world would abide by those laws), there wouldn't be any need for a USA minuteman organization patrolling USA borders. Besides, the minutemen are trying to ensure ILLEGAL people are stopped, not people who have LEGAL status to be here.

Posted by Legal Citizen on 09/16/2007 at 8:18 PM

Re: “WWJD?

If USA, Canadian, and Mexican politicians & law enforcement entities would enforce immigration & contraband laws already on their books (and citizens of the world would abide by those laws), there wouldn't be any need for a USA minuteman organization patrolling USA borders. Besides, the minutemen are trying to ensure ILLEGAL people are stopped, not people who have LEGAL status to be here.

Posted by Legal Citizen on 09/16/2007 at 5:18 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Where are LaRaza and the NAACP when we really need them? (Janovy, WWJD? Pitch Sept. 13-19)Misuse of public funds has a much greater impact on their constituents than the public stance of a park board member. After all, what is the worst that Semler can do in her position? Keep illegals out of the parks?

In today's world, it is economics that will move disenfranchised people to a higher standard of living. The stale protest of fingering a single, low-level public servant is impotent at best. Why not call out those City Council blacks and Latino members of the EDC Task Force who are not just as loud to demand a transparent accounting of tax dollars spent. We needed these two groups to:

1. Demand public notification of SuperTIFs during the application process.

2. Demand mandatory clawbacks to help taxpayers recover from unrealized projected revenue, especially if the TIF recipient leaves KCMO. Unpaid TIF is made up for by an increase in taxes to cover the loss.

3. Demand for third-party feasibility studies to substantiate or refute claims made by prospective TIF recipients who use outlandish projections to gain large TIF contracts.

4. Set aside a portion of TIF for KC residents who endeavor to become entrepreneurs, especially in the Jazz District. Even if the same monies cannot be available, many of the provisions of TIF should be extended to small business owners who live in KCMO.

I am SO sick of groups like the NAACP using non-impact issues such as this as opportunistic publicity spots. They continue to detract the attention of their constituents from real opponents to our progress. But attacking real opponents to our progress might bite the (corporate and/or organized labor) hand they may one day want to feed them.

Posted by Imani Malaika on 09/16/2007 at 4:49 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Where are LaRaza and the NAACP when we really need them? Misuse of public funds has a much greater impact on their constituents than the public stance of a park board member. After all, what is the worst that Semler can do in her position? Keep illegals out of the parks?

In today's world, it is economics that will move disenfranchised people to a higher standard of living. The stale protest of fingering a single, low-level public servant is impotent at best. Why not call out those City Council blacks and Latino members of the EDC Task Force who are not just as loud to demand a transparent accounting of tax dollars spent. We needed these two groups to:

1. Demand public notification of SuperTIFs during the application process.

2. Demand mandatory clawbacks to help taxpayers recover from unrealized projected revenue, especially if the TIF recipient leaves KCMO. Unpaid TIF is made up for by an increase in taxes to cover the loss.

3. Demand for third-party feasibility studies to substantiate or refute claims made by prospective TIF recipients who use outlandish projections to gain large TIF contracts.

4. Set aside a portion of TIF for KC residents who endeavor to become entrepreneurs, especially in the Jazz District. Even if the same monies cannot be available, many of the provisions of TIF should be extended to small business owners who live in KCMO.

I am SO sick of groups like the NAACP using non-impact issues such as this as opportunistic publicity spots. They continue to detract the attention of their constituents from real opponents to our progress. But attacking real opponents to our progress might bite the (corporate and/or organized labor) hand they may one day want to feed them.

Posted by Imani Malaika on 09/16/2007 at 4:44 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Where are LaRaza and the NAACP when we really need them? (Janovy, WWJD? Pitch Sept. 13-19)Misuse of public funds has a much greater impact on their constituents than the public stance of a park board member. After all, what is the worst that Semler can do in her position? Keep illegals out of the parks? In today's world, it is economics that will move disenfranchised people to a higher standard of living. The stale protest of fingering a single, low-level public servant is impotent at best. Why not call out those City Council blacks and Latino members of the EDC Task Force who are not just as loud to demand a transparent accounting of tax dollars spent. We needed these two groups to: 1. Demand public notification of SuperTIFs during the application process. 2. Demand mandatory clawbacks to help taxpayers recover from unrealized projected revenue, especially if the TIF recipient leaves KCMO. Unpaid TIF is made up for by an increase in taxes to cover the loss. 3. Demand for third-party feasibility studies to substantiate or refute claims made by prospective TIF recipients who use outlandish projections to gain large TIF contracts. 4. Set aside a portion of TIF for KC residents who endeavor to become entrepreneurs, especially in the Jazz District. Even if the same monies cannot be available, many of the provisions of TIF should be extended to small business owners who live in KCMO. I am SO sick of groups like the NAACP using non-impact issues such as this as opportunistic publicity spots. They continue to detract the attention of their constituents from real opponents to our progress. But attacking real opponents to our progress might bite the (corporate and/or organized labor) hand they may one day want to feed them.

Posted by Imani Malaika on 09/16/2007 at 1:49 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Where are LaRaza and the NAACP when we really need them? Misuse of public funds has a much greater impact on their constituents than the public stance of a park board member. After all, what is the worst that Semler can do in her position? Keep illegals out of the parks? In today's world, it is economics that will move disenfranchised people to a higher standard of living. The stale protest of fingering a single, low-level public servant is impotent at best. Why not call out those City Council blacks and Latino members of the EDC Task Force who are not just as loud to demand a transparent accounting of tax dollars spent. We needed these two groups to: 1. Demand public notification of SuperTIFs during the application process. 2. Demand mandatory clawbacks to help taxpayers recover from unrealized projected revenue, especially if the TIF recipient leaves KCMO. Unpaid TIF is made up for by an increase in taxes to cover the loss. 3. Demand for third-party feasibility studies to substantiate or refute claims made by prospective TIF recipients who use outlandish projections to gain large TIF contracts. 4. Set aside a portion of TIF for KC residents who endeavor to become entrepreneurs, especially in the Jazz District. Even if the same monies cannot be available, many of the provisions of TIF should be extended to small business owners who live in KCMO. I am SO sick of groups like the NAACP using non-impact issues such as this as opportunistic publicity spots. They continue to detract the attention of their constituents from real opponents to our progress. But attacking real opponents to our progress might bite the (corporate and/or organized labor) hand they may one day want to feed them.

Posted by Imani Malaika on 09/16/2007 at 1:44 PM

Re: “WWJD?

I agree with CJ, dump Semler. I voted for Funkhouser because he offered sound solutions to our cities problems, and he would help out the local economy by getting our priorities straight. I didn't vote for him to "make a statement" on a national debate. If it were just La Raza that had a problem with the Semler appointment I'd understand the Mayor's stubborness, but there are a lot of local citizens that have a problem with it too. Add the NAACP, and countless other future conventions that are watching this situation too, and I'd say it's about time to just get Semler out and move on with our plan to re-vitalize downtown. We've been trying to get our downtown out of third world status for a LONG time, and now we are finally getting closer, making some actual progress towards that goal, and we're going to let something like a Parks Board appointment get in the way? Sounds foolish. DUMP SEMLER ALREADY!!

Posted by Jesse on 09/14/2007 at 1:23 PM

Re: “WWJD?

I agree with CJ, dump Semler. I voted for Funkhouser because he offered sound solutions to our cities problems, and he would help out the local economy by getting our priorities straight. I didn't vote for him to "make a statement" on a national debate. If it were just La Raza that had a problem with the Semler appointment I'd understand the Mayor's stubborness, but there are a lot of local citizens that have a problem with it too. Add the NAACP, and countless other future conventions that are watching this situation too, and I'd say it's about time to just get Semler out and move on with our plan to re-vitalize downtown. We've been trying to get our downtown out of third world status for a LONG time, and now we are finally getting closer, making some actual progress towards that goal, and we're going to let something like a Parks Board appointment get in the way? Sounds foolish. DUMP SEMLER ALREADY!!

Posted by Jesse on 09/14/2007 at 10:23 AM

Re: “WWJD?

I wonder how receptive LaRaza will be to smartass female journalistas when you Lefty crab lice get your way and the America we used to know has vanished. The only friend the freaks down at the Pitch will have is Godamned Minute Men and Gal types. La Raza...the Race? You really throw in with the best CJ...What..was The Order and The Klan not good enough for you? How you get by pissing in the face of the very people who buy your ads and keep you going astounds me. Whats the La Raza equivalent of Sieg Hiel? If we meet I'd like to know how to adress you.lol kinda

Posted by brent on 09/14/2007 at 12:22 AM

Re: “WWJD?

I wonder how receptive LaRaza will be to smartass female journalistas when you Lefty crab lice get your way and the America we used to know has vanished. The only friend the freaks down at the Pitch will have is Godamned Minute Men and Gal types. La Raza...the Race? You really throw in with the best CJ...What..was The Order and The Klan not good enough for you? How you get by pissing in the face of the very people who buy your ads and keep you going astounds me. Whats the La Raza equivalent of Sieg Hiel? If we meet I'd like to know how to adress you.lol kinda

Posted by brent on 09/13/2007 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Breathe, People

Matthew, you are dead on with this issue, I could not agree with you more. I'm so sick of everyone in this country seeking to find someway to be a victim. Before long, people will be throwing themselves in front of buses just to get someone to pay attention to them.

The author mentioned "love thy neighbor", first she as all who hate CHristians does, takes the quote out of context. Second, it is very doubtful that she knows Semler personally b/c if she did it would be obvious Frances fits this bill better than anyone we know.

Finally, it's obvious the author wanted to create a stir and a name for herself with her letter which was written several days ago and right now, including mine, there are 5 comments, one which was posted twice.

Posted by Joseph on 07/25/2007 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Breathe, People

Matthew, you are dead on with this issue, I could not agree with you more. I'm so sick of everyone in this country seeking to find someway to be a victim. Before long, people will be throwing themselves in front of buses just to get someone to pay attention to them. The author mentioned "love thy neighbor", first she as all who hate CHristians does, takes the quote out of context. Second, it is very doubtful that she knows Semler personally b/c if she did it would be obvious Frances fits this bill better than anyone we know. Finally, it's obvious the author wanted to create a stir and a name for herself with her letter which was written several days ago and right now, including mine, there are 5 comments, one which was posted twice.

Posted by Joseph on 07/25/2007 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Cold Facts

I couldn't agree with you more! And it is so irritating to me. If enough people get together to sign a petition, maybe we could get the Plaza stores to end their "open door" policies...

Posted by michelle sanders on 07/16/2007 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Cold Facts

I couldn't agree with you more! And it is so irritating to me. If enough people get together to sign a petition, maybe we could get the Plaza stores to end their "open door" policies...

Posted by michelle sanders on 07/16/2007 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Breathe, People

Hi. Just a few small things.

First, culture is independent of race. People can be of different races and still be of the same culture. So wanting to preserve your culture does not make one racist.

But even ignoring that, it is obviously hypocritical for one to claim that when white Americans want to preserve their culture it is racist, but when Hispanics continue speaking Spanish, celebrate The Fifth of May, and the Day of the Dead even AFTER emigrating to the US in an attempt to "preserve their culture", well, then it's OK and all for "diversity" and "pluralism".

Finally, we have a Constitution. The founding principle behind that Constitution is clarified in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal . . . ". Now, if the Constitution says we are all equal then why are we not treated equally. meaning -if WE must obey the law why shouldn't ALL men have to obey the law. If I break the law I suffer the penalty. The tenets of equality say that if a Hispanic breaks the law he should be treated equally, meaning he should receive the prescribed punishment (i.e. deportation). Apologists for foreign interlopers claim they are on the side of equality but in reality THEY are the racists, because they advocate unequal treatment under the law for people of a certain race or national origin.

Posted by Matthew on 07/09/2007 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Breathe, People

Hi. Just a few small things. First, culture is independent of race. People can be of different races and still be of the same culture. So wanting to preserve your culture does not make one racist. But even ignoring that, it is obviously hypocritical for one to claim that when white Americans want to preserve their culture it is racist, but when Hispanics continue speaking Spanish, celebrate The Fifth of May, and the Day of the Dead even AFTER emigrating to the US in an attempt to "preserve their culture", well, then it's OK and all for "diversity" and "pluralism". Finally, we have a Constitution. The founding principle behind that Constitution is clarified in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal . . . ". Now, if the Constitution says we are all equal then why are we not treated equally. meaning -if WE must obey the law why shouldn't ALL men have to obey the law. If I break the law I suffer the penalty. The tenets of equality say that if a Hispanic breaks the law he should be treated equally, meaning he should receive the prescribed punishment (i.e. deportation). Apologists for foreign interlopers claim they are on the side of equality but in reality THEY are the racists, because they advocate unequal treatment under the law for people of a certain race or national origin.

Posted by Matthew on 07/09/2007 at 9:45 AM

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