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Re: “Idle Hands

I'm a white guy living in a nice apartment downtown making about $45,000/year. Granted, I don't frequent 45th and Troost on a daily basis, but if someone left a car idling on my street, I might be tempted to move it if it sat there for a while. There's a difference between stealing the car, and just moving it. It's a hard sell to a jury, but where I grew up, we'd do nice things for people like turning off headlights if they were on and the car wasn't running. Or turning off a car if it was running for a long time and the owner didn't remember. I don't know the specifics, but if a car sat in the middle of the street, it's creating a bit of a hazard.

Posted by RP on 07/10/2007 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Idle Hands

And police forces wonder why in this day and age no one trusts or wants to help police officers. This is entrapment pure and simple and the judge was more worried about reelection than seeing justice done. At least he had enough guts to give the guy probation.

Posted by Robert Meyers on 07/08/2007 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Idle Hands

And police forces wonder why in this day and age no one trusts or wants to help police officers. This is entrapment pure and simple and the judge was more worried about reelection than seeing justice done. At least he had enough guts to give the guy probation.

Posted by Robert Meyers on 07/08/2007 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Idle Hands

surely the pigs got something better to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by Blake Foutes on 07/01/2007 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Idle Hands

surely the pigs got something better to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by Blake Foutes on 07/01/2007 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Idle Hands

I can't believe that what the police are doing with these bait cars isn't considered entrapment. What if a private citizen decided to leave a running car at an intersection? What kind of ticket(s) would they face? I did a quick Google search and found that in Washington state and in Minneapolis it is a ticketable offense even if the car is in your own driveway. I think that if what they are doing is not illegal, it ought to be. It is at the very least unethical, environmentally unfriendly and a waste of tax dollars!!

Posted by Brenda Deckman on 06/28/2007 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Idle Hands

I can't believe that what the police are doing with these bait cars isn't considered entrapment. What if a private citizen decided to leave a running car at an intersection? What kind of ticket(s) would they face? I did a quick Google search and found that in Washington state and in Minneapolis it is a ticketable offense even if the car is in your own driveway. I think that if what they are doing is not illegal, it ought to be. It is at the very least unethical, environmentally unfriendly and a waste of tax dollars!!

Posted by Brenda Deckman on 06/28/2007 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

Another instance of a good idea gone bad. Most of the time money that is budgeted for crime reduction in the so-called "inner city" is mis-spent on administrative hoopla and not where it would do the most good-the people in the neighborhoods who know the problems and have the best avenue of alleviating them. This system is an ongoing one of paying off political cronys. The more things change-the more they stay the same. There is a lot of that going on in the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas.

Posted by Marilyn White on 06/16/2007 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

Another instance of a good idea gone bad. Most of the time money that is budgeted for crime reduction in the so-called "inner city" is mis-spent on administrative hoopla and not where it would do the most good-the people in the neighborhoods who know the problems and have the best avenue of alleviating them. This system is an ongoing one of paying off political cronys. The more things change-the more they stay the same. There is a lot of that going on in the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas.

Posted by Marilyn White on 06/16/2007 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Holiday in Greensburg

I don't think anyone's saying the rich farmer shouldn't get help - just that he's at a better advantage to get help than smaller, poorer farmers. Also, keep in mind that AmeriCorps referred Kansas Mutual Aid to him, and who knows how many others they may have referred? Being a large-scale farmer, he's sure to be a large part of the local economy, and the local government may be particularly eager for him to get back up on his feet.

Small farmers are often forgotten in situations such as this - even though they're also integral to local economy.

Posted by Abby on 06/09/2007 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Holiday in Greensburg

I don't think anyone's saying the rich farmer shouldn't get help - just that he's at a better advantage to get help than smaller, poorer farmers. Also, keep in mind that AmeriCorps referred Kansas Mutual Aid to him, and who knows how many others they may have referred? Being a large-scale farmer, he's sure to be a large part of the local economy, and the local government may be particularly eager for him to get back up on his feet. Small farmers are often forgotten in situations such as this - even though they're also integral to local economy.

Posted by Abby on 06/08/2007 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Holiday in Greensburg

While I do not condone what the police did by rejecting help it did serve one purpose though. They wanted people to be leaving Greensburg residents included. The amount of rain they got after the tornado made nearly everything unsalvageable. So the longer Ma and Pa were there trying to save rainsoaked things the longer before the heavy equipment could come in and clean up. As for helping a rich farmer, yes 10k acres is a lot and a farmer can make good money at it. You also have to take into account that with advance in farming machinery 3 or 4 skilled farmers can take care of all that ground. So regardless of how much money they had how are they going to get that ground cleared? They were still part of the tragedy the storm still hit this guy's farm. To say he shouldn't have gotten help isn't right. Thing is people truly don't realize the expanse of land out there, and the fact that a ton of debris from the town was just deposited out in these fields. All farmers rich and poor need assistance.

Posted by Kevin on 06/08/2007 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Holiday in Greensburg

While I do not condone what the police did by rejecting help it did serve one purpose though. They wanted people to be leaving Greensburg residents included. The amount of rain they got after the tornado made nearly everything unsalvageable. So the longer Ma and Pa were there trying to save rainsoaked things the longer before the heavy equipment could come in and clean up. As for helping a rich farmer, yes 10k acres is a lot and a farmer can make good money at it. You also have to take into account that with advance in farming machinery 3 or 4 skilled farmers can take care of all that ground. So regardless of how much money they had how are they going to get that ground cleared? They were still part of the tragedy the storm still hit this guy's farm. To say he shouldn't have gotten help isn't right. Thing is people truly don't realize the expanse of land out there, and the fact that a ton of debris from the town was just deposited out in these fields. All farmers rich and poor need assistance.

Posted by Kevin on 06/08/2007 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

How many more candle "stop the violence" vigils does Kansas City need? The mayor and chief of police show up but in the end the results are the same.

Posted by Ms. Ruby Swan on 05/30/2007 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

How many more candle "stop the violence" vigils does Kansas City need? The mayor and chief of police show up but in the end the results are the same.

Posted by Ms. Ruby Swan on 05/30/2007 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

This is just city money down the tube, it will not help the community/HOOD? where all the crime is happening. It's just another show by the city to fill Admin. jobs. The problems will continue in KC. You really think some desk jockey is going to come down to the troubled neighborhoods and help fix a argument? Get Real!

Posted by Shelia P on 05/29/2007 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

This is just city money down the tube, it will not help the community/HOOD? where all the crime is happening. It's just another show by the city to fill Admin. jobs. The problems will continue in KC. You really think some desk jockey is going to come down to the troubled neighborhoods and help fix a argument? Get Real!

Posted by Shelia P on 05/29/2007 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

This is an absolute waste of "City" money. We don't need more "Administration" or "Desk Jockey's" we need more money to revitalize our inter-city. We have spent so much money on "TAX BREAKS" for downtown developers, let us put some money into our inter-city.

Posted by Richard w Johnson on 05/28/2007 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

This is an absolute waste of "City" money. We don't need more "Administration" or "Desk Jockey's" we need more money to revitalize our inter-city. We have spent so much money on "TAX BREAKS" for downtown developers, let us put some money into our inter-city.

Posted by Richard w Johnson on 05/28/2007 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Stop the Violence ... Later

This is just another situation of diversion of funds to a bunch of desk jockeys, who are probably relatives of flunkies of the city. They have no clue as to what really goes on in the "hood" and possibly really do not care. This reminds of the Weed and Seed Grant in Kansas City, KS, where the money that is received for relieving some of the strife in the urban area of 117, is being frittered away by those who do not live there and really have no little interests there. Those who live in the area are ignored while funds are not used to meet the urgency of problems in 117.

Posted by Marilyn White on 05/21/2007 at 10:18 PM

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