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Re: “Does Wyandotte County have more fire protection than it needs?

I have lived in the Wyandotte area for 20 years and I can personally obtain to many occasions in which more crimes and severe safety issues have been at risk. Therefore I am not siding with anyone's case but, however, due to the recent increase in population within the area, the KCK Fire Dept, as first responders in any case have done exceptionally well with speed and efficiency in SAVING LIVES and getting the job done, without any further damage.
However since I have moved to the Johnson county Olathe area, I live down the street from a fire house, and I probably hear the sirens every other day, then when I lived in Wyandotte I would hear them go off at least 4-5 times a day depending on the area in which I was at the time.
I believe that the lower income families, or families that live in unsafe cheap areas have a higher crime rate therefore increasing the number of calls to the fire dept, and police dept. I do however agree that the KCK fire dept, has all the essential tools that it needs to succeed, but the budget should also be shared with the Johnson county Olathe area only recognizing the very little and few fire stations I have seen so far.
The Johnson county area is just as big, or if so much bigger then the wyandotte area, considering I havent been living here long. Wyandotte has, yes, 18 stations, all in locations which are necessary.
The radius in which the dept responds to calls should be fairly minimal, because Lord knows if my house were to burn down I wouldnt want to wait a half hr or an hr for them to arrive on the scene, because the location of the station makes a huge difference in order for action to take place.

Posted by concerned citizen on 11/15/2014 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Sparks fly at Blue Summit's volunteer fire department

I personally was a victim of Jewells power trip issues just last year as a parent in the blue springs school district he harassed and threated me and a 16 year old boy. This man should not be working around kids at all! He pointed a finger at politics and in a way he's right I think the only reason these charges are dropped is probably just that no one wants to admit they hired someone capable of doing what he does and it makes the city look bad. Unfortunately he's worked on several city's and many people have probably been victimized!

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Posted by gm1007 on 08/17/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “One Wal-Mart Ain't Enough

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts now that the Raytown Board of Aldermen are considering yet ANOTHER Walmart (albeit a Walmart Neighborhood Market) in the downtown area. Ironically, it would have exemptions from the building standards applied to other businesses and is slated for the location of the former First Baptist Church. Just how many Walmart purchasing opportunities does a small town need?!

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Posted by Shelly LaChance Schuman on 05/09/2013 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Did Sen. Chris Koster plant a fake Missouri AG candidate?

Mr. Koster's attitude, questionable judgment and lack of interest in pursuing justice in the Ryan Ferguson case should scare the daylights out of all MO voters. Citizens of MO, cast your votes wisely because this could happen to you, your children or your grandchildren. Mr. Koster's denial of Ryan’s habeas petition and his argument that another hearing for Ryan is a “waste of judicial resources” is appalling. What could possibly be more justifiable than rectifying a wrongful conviction? Mr. Koster is well aware that Ryan Ferguson is an innocent man but choses to look the other way while trying to advance his own personal agenda. Do not take my word for this either, there is a plethora of information on the web by typing "Ryan Ferguson" into any search engine. You may also find court documents and other links on the page. Missouri Citizens please do your homework before the election.

Posted by Linda Hoppe on 04/11/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Though it’s anything but disadvantaged, Mark One Electric Company gets minority-hiring contracts

But you should know that its a huge circle that pulls all the big businesses together, look at mambdc, their offices are actually housed in a building donated for use by Mark One Electric, who gets the largest portion (nearly all) of their electrical contracts through JE Dunn who sits on the board of mambdc. Its not hard to see who is a part of this, everyone who's site contains: MBE – MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council tells JE Dunn and Mark One that its a company that they should use. this is not about the minority community anymore, its a BIG business. I could write an essay on how this all fits together and it is so blatantly open that no one cares who knows.

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Posted by Really? on 02/24/2013 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The urban-farming debate goes beyond hipsters tending goats

Although this debate brings up many important points, I feel that it is missing out on a number of key topics. For one, a major goal of urban gardening is to develop and empower communities. Here, the debate has primarily focused on individual home farms, but has neglected the possibility for community gardens and school gardens. Programs such as Rochester Roots ( demonstrate how community gardens can be used to educate students about the source of their food, provide healthy fruits and vegetables to food desert-ridden communities, while also helping to revive battered neighborhoods. What more could you ask for?

Why are you so focused on property values? The reality in many of these cities is that property values are plummeting because many citizens are leaving these neighborhoods. So why not do something with all of that vacant space, something that both feeds people and works to renew neighborhoods? In fact studies have shown that community gardens not only improve the economy, but increase property values! See:….

Therefore, the passing of new zoning policies that allow the development of such projects is an enormous benefit to urban centers. The passage of policy also allows for greater regulation, so that we can ensure that soils are healthy and that the produce is handled with care. Let's help feed and revive our communities! Transforming policy is the first step.

Posted by Srizzle on 12/14/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “J.E. Dunn pays $1.1 million to make minority-contracting complaints go away

Three years later, JE Dunn Construction has been named the Corporation of the Year by the MidAmerica Minority Supplier Development Council...

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Posted by Caroline on 03/07/2012 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The city finds $1.1 million to buy parkland it doesn't want or need

What about the fact that directly to the south there is a sports complex that could easily have a walking trail and park benches and picnic shelters

Posted by Steven Trimble on 11/07/2011 at 7:10 PM

Re: “The city finds $1.1 million to buy parkland it doesn't want or need

How about the fact that she herself has been trying to get rid of the drag strip so her property, 27 acres that is near it, could be worth more. She has been fining them for piety stuff and then sent them a letter saying that the place was going to be condemned. What do u think the price of that property went from to now. Its being stolen if u ask me!

Posted by That guy on 11/07/2011 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Hailed as a rebel reformer, KC Fed chief Tom Hoenig is really neither

David Martin does not know what he is talking about. I attended numerous speeches by Hoenig offered through the CFA Institute for a number of years.

Hoenig is clearly on the record about an asset price bubble. Importantly, there was not a disastrous housing bubble in Hoenig's Fed district, which left him to keep a cautious eye on farmland prices, commodities, etc that he is clearly documented as having concerns about prior to 2008. I realize that everyone wants to rip apart people, but a basic level of research would be useful befor writing such garbage.

Posted by Troy on 10/22/2011 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Don Bell believed that God smiled on his bank – but now God’s frowning

I've worked for both as well MAINLY the Mabes. They preach the good word and give it to in the good hole. They were in bed together now mabe is doing bathroom remodels according to website complete llc. Went from multi-million to multi-purpose!!! LOL Got what you deserved!!!

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Posted by been there as wll too on 07/25/2011 at 11:57 AM

Re: “As Kansas City’s largest owner of foreclosed properties, Deutsche Bank lets the city rot

I agree with remodeling, this problem need to be fixed, NOW!

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Posted by Rockett Singh on 06/23/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Congressman Jerry Moran complains about government spending, but his district would dry up without it

Perhaps a big cut in spending to be researched would be salaries and benefits of the US House of Reps. and Senate. How about pensions for life even after only one turn, would that be a possible cut? It seems like you are willing to cut anything effecting others, but yourselves are not included. Your health care is gold star but you want the rest of us on low budget to no health care or insurance. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Dems or Reps all are a joke. Your service to the US is not meant to be a life time career with financial gain in the millions.

Posted by Cargan45 on 04/06/2011 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Don Bell believed that God smiled on his bank – but now God’s frowning

As a home owner of a Don Bell Home, I can say their product and work is cheap.

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Posted by Leroy on 04/06/2011 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The city finds $1.1 million to buy parkland it doesn't want or need


Posted by Gdtimz on 03/10/2011 at 5:29 PM

Re: “In Kansas City, Kansas, the school district is on a building binge – and one private developer is reaping the benefits

This article is mostly bull crap; which is people should expect from the Bitch Weekly. I call it that because that's all they do in their "articles" is bitch.

Expanding the current historic Argentine Library isn't feasible; anyone can see that. There is barely room to park now. Where would people park if it was expanded? Plus an addition on to a historic building typically only ruins the character of it.

It won't be demolished, it's listed in the historic building registries, so that would be very difficult. Let it become a museum or condos or some such thing, but give the citizens of South KC, KS the modern library facility they sorely need and deserve.

Having said that I will accept nothing less in quality and size than what they have at the West Wyandotte brach, built in 1986, it's KC, KS newest library facility and one that has won awards in architecture and library design.

The only point in the article I do agree with is that the KC, KS school district running the KC, KS public library is indeed foolish, considering that KC, KS city limits is served by 3 other school districts. How will Piper ever get a library facility when it reaches that stage in population?

It's time to separate the KC, KS Public Library from KC, KS USD 500 and make it at true city library serving all areas of Kansas City, KS and governed by an it's own elected board or made a department of the Unified Government and governed by the UG's elected board of commissioners.

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Posted by Justin on 02/02/2011 at 12:25 AM

Re: “City Council members want to take on the Port Authority debacle. But their fetish for foiling the mayor made them late to the fight

The EDC is the umbrella corporation that is over the Port Authority, The TIF Commission, and other "alpabet" sub agencies all which "operate under the EDC’s management and facilities" as so described in the EDC's website: The Richards Gebaur project was under the perview of the Port Authority. The H&R Block project was a TIF project. For the investigators to confine an investigation of suspected malfeasance in the Port Authority and TIF commision or the LCRA, etc., would not be complete unless they also included looking into the potential complicity of the EDC. Plus, if you read the list of the EDC Board of Directors and the Port Authority Board of Advisors, you will note many, if not all of the existing City Council are involved. Makes one wonder if they too had a role to play. Do you see the connection? Roger, I'll forgive your condescending accussation that I have a hidden agenda in my statements because it appears that you haven't delved that deep into these agencies. The fact that the public needs to really dig super deep and super continuously in order to find the truth is what empowers those that want to enrich themselves at the public's expense. The level of their greed exceeds the amount of inquisitiveness of the public. It's that "Hiding in plain sight" phenomenon.

Posted by trey on 01/17/2011 at 1:41 PM
Posted by ASSDOTTE on 01/17/2011 at 7:34 AM

Re: “City Council members want to take on the Port Authority debacle. But their fetish for foiling the mayor made them late to the fight

Trey, you appear to have a number of the details correct but I wonder why you feel the federal investigation should be directed at the EDC. It would seem in light of the case you make about the Port Authority that you conclude with having them look at the EDC unless of course you yourself are complicit in the things that went on at the Authority or are acting on the behalf of those who are. Nice try.

Posted by Roger on 01/13/2011 at 3:51 PM

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