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Re: “Petro America CEO Owen Hawkins wants a new trial, claims juror misconduct

From what I'm hearing this brother is innocent.

Posted by Phyllis Bell on 09/15/2014 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

When Kansas City worked out the horrible deal to build the Sprint Arena and the Power & Light District, we were promised that it was going to earn enough to pay back the bonds every year (it barely makes 30% of that number,) we were promised an anchor tenant at the Sprint Arena (We're still hosting exhibition NHL games to rub salt in that wound) and we were told that Kemper Arena could still operate and generate revenue (but then we awarded AEG the contract to manage both the Sprint Arena and Kemper, and they quickly mothballed Kemper in order to operate in the black at Sprint.)

All the while, UMB and The Kempers ceded much of their property to the city to make that deal happen. Don't get me wrong, UMB got some exclusive stuff out of that deal, but by and large, it was a massive failure on the part of the city to negotiate a better deal for all of us, so the American Royal and Kemper Arena were just as much victims as the tax payers of KC.

Honestly, the Foutch Bros. deal sounds much better to me than the American Royal 5,000 seat Equestrian Center, (Amazon just purchased because apparently watching people play video games attracts more viewers than Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones ever has) but it would also be a shame to lose a Kansas City tradition like The American Royal and the UMB BBQ competition; especially if the assholes jumped the state line and perpetuated this border war that is killing our region. I know there are many attempting to rebrand KC and shed our identity as a cow town, and would just as soon see the American Royal leave town, but that would be a mistake.

What needs to happen is we need to elect a mayor and/or council that can sit down with Kemper and Patterson like Reagan with Gorbachev in Reykjavik, tell them what the tax payers will accept, cede nothing, and figure out a way to let Foutch Bros. do their thing with Kemper AND keep the American Royal here in KCMO.

That's easier said than done, I'm afraid, but we should settle for nothing less. I'm tired of bending over for the city AND the "philanthropists" in KC. When taxpayers rejected the Bi-State II tax for the Performing Arts Center, Kauffman went ahead and raised the funds to build it themselves. KC's voters out-negotiated the elected leaders in city hall on that deal.

Posted by Bryan Stalder on 09/14/2014 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Pioneers Press attempts a radical experiment in literature and living

"It exists in this total bubble. I couldn't take it seriously after a point." Pretty disparaging comment coming from a guy who left town to continue publishing the same kind of material in the same industry that he left behind in Portland. "You move there, and everything you could possibly want is there, and you play and play and play until you turn into a donkey." It sounds as if you're perpetuating the joke that Portland is where 30-somethings go to retire, which is far from the truth. 30-somethings come here looking for change that never comes and wind up bolstering our already burgeoning suicide rates. Gnade, you are very lucky if you truly were able to leave Portland behind with the false impression it's all fun and games. I admit I'm envious that I've lived my entire life here and haven't once made anything of myself until I put my guitar and my craft beer down and made a concerted effort to keep a job and build a skill set. They say success comes with sacrifice and perhaps the bountiful social scene of Portland was the sacrifice you made to find success in sleepy Norfolk, but do we really deserve your disdain? I can only assume you're pandering to the bigoted East Coast perspective that the West Coast is lazy with the convenient support of our radical image. What's your next move? Allow me to guess; Detroit?

Posted by Tony Zielinski on 09/13/2014 at 10:46 PM

Re: “The mastermind behind Junction City's Obama-hatin' billboard speaks!

Welfare is the Opiate of the people.... Patriots, III Percenters, Oath Keepers, Tea Party and other constitutional conservatives are ready, willing and able to reset the country and restore our liberty.

Brothers and Sisters, stand up now and defend our faith, families and freedom. God through His Scripture tells us to Be Not Afraid and to Love One Another. Be self reliance, responsible, honorable and remember that we must stqand and fight, slavery is not an option. Choose today whom you will serve. When the time comes, be prepared to go out and when we find evil and kill it. Peace, Peter ~

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Posted by Peace, Peter on 09/13/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Swope Soccer Village was built on broken promises

Soccer before sewers just fits with the overall mantra of the current city government. Glitz over practicality.

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Posted by David L. Remley on 09/13/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

Guggenheim, Mellon, Vanderbuilt, Hall, Bloch... These people of great wealth created jobs and gave back to their communities without holding taxpayers hostage. It used to be called Philanthropy but now is a game of 'halfsies'. However, I imagine if TIF had been around 100 years ago, I'm sure these same families would have utilized them.

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Posted by Matt Miquelon on 09/13/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Swope Soccer Village was built on broken promises

thank you for posting this. It helps to know someone truly understands the process and is not interested in twisting the truth to support their misguided agendas.

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Posted by Patt Getman Losiewicz on 09/13/2014 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Earl's, Smaks and other Kansas City hamburgers that almost no one still remembers

Smacks was good. Wimpys was amazing. After I got my license me and some friends used to go on quests for wimpy burgers. Chutes was another and there used to be a drive in near Roeland Park and Westwood but the name escapes me. A nod is also goes out to Texas Toms for delicious after party food. The onion rings were amazing.

Posted by Steve Hampton on 09/13/2014 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Dennis Edwards keeps his family's grocery store alive in KCK

Very nice guy.We see him almost every weekend at the Blvd.Flea Market on Merriam Lane.He always has a great smile for everyone and a handshake.His tenderloins are great.Feels like old home week going into his store.Keep up the good work Dennis,you have more friends out here than you know.

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Posted by Dennis A Schoneman on 09/12/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Swope Soccer Village was built on broken promises

Tax Increment Financing can be a good tool for bona fide redevelopment. However, its statutory requirements frequently are ignored or stretched beyond recognition and understandably alienate taxpayers. That looks like the case here.

TIF should be limited to parts of the city that truly are "blighted," "neighborhood conservation" or "economic development" areas and purposes eligible under the state TIF statute. TIF should be used only if a project would not be economically feasible "but for" the availability of tax increment financing. It should be limited to a project's true and original purposes, in this case on office park. It should end as soon as the TIF bonds are paid off so the diverted property taxes and other taxes can be paid to the area's school district, library district, county and the city for the benefit of all taxpayers. If an amendment is proposed later on, objections from the taxpayers, school district, library district and county should be heeded, not impeded.

If I understand the facts correctly, this was a bad use of TIF. Cheers to the Raytown School District for standing up to the city. Jeers to the city for shorting the Swope Ridge neighborhood and cutting out the library district and the county.

If another project deserves public support, which soccer field complexes like this certainly do, it should go through same open funding process that other city projects do. It should not divert tax dollars from other taxing jurisdictions.

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Posted by Dan Cofran on 09/12/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

Sometimes we just need to make do with what we already have !-------or is that just too conservative?

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Posted by Karen Forshee on 09/12/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

Michael Reed-TIF's are 'gubmint cheez'.

Take it to the [UMB] bank.

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 09/12/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Music Forecast 9.11–9.17: Clipping, S. Carey, the Flaming Lips, and more

We must attend!!!! I look forward to seeing them in the city! -@Ninjafacedesign

Posted by Kate Reed on 09/12/2014 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Dennis Edwards keeps his family's grocery store alive in KCK

Awsome place to eat. Great food! Dennis is a wonderful person and yes he is hot!

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Posted by littlechica on 09/12/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Dennis Edwards keeps his family's grocery store alive in KCK

@Aunt Marcy Edwards: For starters, I could barely understand what you wrote. Please revise what you're trying to say, before you post your comments on the internet. Second, this isn't the place to be making allegations against someone. A more proper method would be writing a (well written) letter to The Kansas City Star.

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Posted by Environmental Jayhawk on 09/12/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Trampled Under Foot retires this winter, bassist Danielle Schnebelen talks about what's next

Eh, it sounds like they are all looking forward to the next phase in their music.

All the best!

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 09/12/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

Just leave it up to KC,,they will screw it up somehow.Look at Legends,enuff said..Have a good day.

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Posted by MIZ on 09/12/2014 at 10:48 AM
Posted by MyWilly on 09/12/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “IKEA wasn't the only grand opening today; Walmart replaces old Superfund site in Argentine

Some of us wonder what gives people the energy to serve the public in office. We should give thanks, that such an attractive and effective leader is erecting development where little stood before.

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Posted by Jared Wittwer on 09/12/2014 at 10:11 AM


You will have more fun by far at the 3rd Street Asylum than any other commercial haunted house in KC. Why? Because the folks who work there actually TRY. They go overboard on giving you a continuous interactive experience and it's FUN and frightening. Half the price of the "big boys" under the 12th Street bridge, the "tour" inside seems just as long, and it's at least twice as entertaining. Can't wait to go back again this year and let more of my friends know about it! GO! You won't be disappointed!

Posted by Rod Galindo on 09/12/2014 at 9:16 AM

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