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Re: “The Pitch's Best of Kansas City voting is now open

Elite comics!! Woo

Posted by Alexandra Smith on 07/24/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Gays still don't deserve equal rights under the law, Roeland Park City Council decides

Actually the city of Roeland Park DOES have an ordinance that has other protected classes. This is what the now failed ordinance proposed:

" Adding Protected Classes as it Relates to Discrimination to Chapter 5 Business Regulations
Requested: for City Codes to include protected classes: race, religion, color, age, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, and familial status (afforded protection by Federal and State law) and adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes." Later another protection for military status was added to the proposed ordinance.

So what the Council did was reject the addition of sexual orientation & gender identity and military status to the existing protected classes. It did not create a whole new set of protections just for these people, but asked that they be given the same protections as everyone else has been already been given at the city and state and federal levels.

It is sad that our city does not consider all its residents equally worthy of fair treatment.

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Posted by Jan Grebe on 07/24/2014 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Gays still don't deserve equal rights under the law, Roeland Park City Council decides

geodekl- Not trying to be confrontational, but just to clarify your concern that other groups of people such as minorities, women, elderly etc.. are covered under a city ordinance for litiagtion such as the one turned down for the LGBT and military by Roeland Park, but that is not the case. It is a federal policy, and as citizens we are all protected that way legally, but this particular ordinance was a special circumstance for only the LGBT and military people. It is not a universal ordinance that only the LGBT and military are not covered under and everyone else is. It doesn't exist for anyone on a city wide policy, except for what is already in place through our federal government. What was proposed was a special coverage for only LGBT and military. It did not cover, women, mental or pysical handicapped, racial minorities, elderly, and every other grouping of people who also can be discriminated against. I'm not doubting that discrimination goes on all over our city, but it does for more than just the LGBT community. I have an autistic son, and he is starred at and we have been asked to move at restaurants, and he has been removed off of sports teams because the space was mysteriously filled, and the list goes on. And that stinks, and I hate the feeling, especially for him. I hate that it happens to anyone, but my point in my previous post was that the legal coverage does not need to be the responsibility of the city. The federal government has it in place already, and if I personally think I am being discriminated against, then I have the right to take action if I choose. Again, not trying to be confrontational, but thought you may be interested in knowing that the ordinance does not exist for anyone on that level. It makes it seem less unfair that not just two groups of people are left out. I wish hate and discrimination didn't exist, but it does, and the only way we can help change that is by loving EVERYONE the way they were created and by spreading kindness. It is contagious.

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Posted by Jack Kwan on 07/24/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

counterview,

Capital punishment costs the same or more than life imprisonment.

http://www.law.columbia.edu/law_school/com…

Thanks for reading,

Steve Vockrodt

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Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 07/24/2014 at 8:03 PM

Re: “James Marks gets 20 years for shooting and killing Carl Phipps

James d marks #1123369
Western Missouri Correctional Center
609 East Pence RD.
Cameron, MO 64429

Posted by Jaymie N Campbell on 07/24/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

Steve,

So what is your alternative to capital punishment? You continuously rail on tax cuts and spending cuts yet allowing all these "scumbags" to continue to live only rings up the bill even higher, which takes away from education, roads, infrastructure, etc.

I am curious to hear what your solution is-if the current model is so flawed?

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Posted by counterview on 07/24/2014 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

Wink,

That's a good rationale. Centuries of capital punishment has been incredibly effective in getting rid of murdering scumbags. To the point where we have almost no murder today.

And if you want me to pay for their incarceration, you'll find they won't be staying in custody long enough to make it from the courthouse to the prison before they go free.

Thanks for reading,

Steve Vockrodt

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Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 07/24/2014 at 6:16 PM

Re: “President Obama is coming to Kansas City next week

Gotta put my plug in for Arthur Bryants. Last time I was at Gates, it sucked and was over priced for what I got, never went back. Jack Stack is good but as was pointed out in another post, too fancy for BBQ (if it looks like it can pass a health inspection, its probably not authentic). How somebody can say Oklahoma Joes is the best in Kansas City needs to look at a map, its out of the running just on principal.

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Posted by Ceri Anne on 07/24/2014 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

If you are concerned about price (because this is a human life after all, so it should be a primary concern), then life in prison is far less expensive than paying for appeals for someone on death row. Before you say, "then cut out the appeals" you might want to consider how many people are let out of jail each year after being on death row and proven innocent. Our state has even been proven guilty of executing innocent people throughout our history.

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Posted by Savvy Dave on 07/24/2014 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

Steve-At least he died on a clean gurney, which, is more than we can say for his victims.

Why continue executions at all? To rid the world of murdering scum bastards, thats why.

I have an idea Steve-YOU feed, clothe, house them on YOUR dime.

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 07/24/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

counterview,

I have no idea what the Second Amendment has to do with anything I wrote, although I don't disagree that it confers "a right of the people to keep and bear arms" as it relates to a "well regulated militia."

You seem to favor a firing squad, which has an advantage over lethal injection in that at least it's carried out by trained professionals.

But here's my question: Why continue executions at all?

Thanks for reading,

Steve Vockrodt

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Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 07/24/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “More troubling news about the Kansas City region's economy

This is a thoughtful piece Steve and I really appreciate this critical perspective. What I missed in here was a discussion around the fact that all the efforts you mention on the part of KC are relatively recent, thus, it may simply be that we need more time to see the results of the tremendous efforts the city has made over the past 5-7 years. Austin has been heading in this direction for 20-25 years or more, so they have a pretty large headstart over us.

While I think the post-recession comparison is a more fair comparison, I'm still curious to see how a snap shot of the Kansas City economy over the past 5 years compares nationally.

Ultimately, it seems to me we are just at the very beginning of a very exciting transition, and expecting immediate results is unfair. The question is, are initial indicators pointing in the right direction? I believe they are.

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Posted by Joshua Schukman on 07/24/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Stumble's Public House: Where steaks and cigarettes still mingle

Lohan when she was still young and vital.

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Posted by Charles on 07/24/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Stumble's Public House: Where steaks and cigarettes still mingle

Lohan pre or post heroin?

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Posted by just sayin' on 07/24/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Another hideous lethal injection execution went down yesterday

Interesting view point. Considering that the Bill of Rights also gives people the right to "keep and bear arms" you must agree with that? I would guess not.

Would you rather the states take these death row inmates out to a shooting range and have the execution resolved quickly? That would save tax dollars and would solve the risk of a prolonged execution.

I have no problem with this. The man took two lives and was allowed to live many years while we paid for his clothing, food and shelter. Good riddance.

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Posted by counterview on 07/24/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Streetside: Fiery Stick, a pop-up country club, tries to keep millennials on the KC course

Looks like the 1980s goofy fashions are back!! Oh yeah , hey millennials - your music sucks!!

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Posted by cmcmcm on 07/24/2014 at 12:02 PM
Posted by Shane Quinlan on 07/24/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Alex Pope's Preservation Market is reason enough to frequent Bridger's Bottle Shop

Lamb meatball sandwich = amazing.

I also loved the unexpected barley salad as a side. Get that if you haven't tried it. It'll blow your mind.

And the beer selection is awesome too.

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Posted by Jay Aber on 07/24/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Wyandotte County's apparent soccer development victory eluded KCMO

Oh boy, more chain restaurants out at the Legends.

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Posted by ZZzzzzzzzzzz on 07/24/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Streetside: Fiery Stick, a pop-up country club, tries to keep millennials on the KC course

I just didn't see the draw. My company was pushing it hard, but why would I pay $10 (or $60...lol?) to drive downtown, fight for parking, and then pay for drinks and food and stand around in the heat? No thanks; give me a reason to go next time.

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Posted by Whereisthedraw? on 07/24/2014 at 11:03 AM

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