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Comment Archives: stories: News: Janovy

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

Mr. Randolph:

Actually, I do agree with your view. I have first hand experience.I've seen it happen.The whole process is a fraud.It has been my experience that most minority bids are high. They know that it is their chance to make a profit. Many other bids are lower. If the general contractor wants a competitive bid,they must use the low price. Again, my experience with minority sub contractors is negative. They need to provide a quality and timely service. My suggestion, do away with the whole minority program, along with TIF.

Posted by W.A.Hughes on 05/13/2008 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

Mr. Randolph: Actually, I do agree with your view. I have first hand experience.I've seen it happen.The whole process is a fraud.It has been my experience that most minority bids are high. They know that it is their chance to make a profit. Many other bids are lower. If the general contractor wants a competitive bid,they must use the low price. Again, my experience with minority sub contractors is negative. They need to provide a quality and timely service. My suggestion, do away with the whole minority program, along with TIF.

Posted by W.A.Hughes on 05/13/2008 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

Mr. Hughes is completely missing the point. The issue is not the quality of minority subcontractors, or financial capacity, or bonding. Why is it that whenever minorities bring up issues, the naive respond with unsubstantiated and biased stereotypes? The bigger point, Mr. Hughes, is that H&R Block and J.E. Dunn intentionally falsified their mandatory reporting to the TIF commission in order to get more reimbursement. This reimbursement will come from the overall tax pool. So, by their deception, they are cheating all tax payers no matter their race, color or creed. This includes your tax dollars Mr. Hughes. Does this concern you? Are you willing to let tax dollars be misspent so that you can maintain your discriminatory beliefs?
If H&R Block and J.E. Dunn prevail, they will not do so as winners. Their legal might and influence would have simply overpowered the tiny underdog fighting for a just cause in front of an uniformed judicial system and an apathetic public. There will be no glory. Whenever evil intentions prevail, we all lose.

Posted by Trey Randolf on 05/10/2008 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

Mr. Hughes is completely missing the point. The issue is not the quality of minority subcontractors, or financial capacity, or bonding. Why is it that whenever minorities bring up issues, the naive respond with unsubstantiated and biased stereotypes? The bigger point, Mr. Hughes, is that H&R Block and J.E. Dunn intentionally falsified their mandatory reporting to the TIF commission in order to get more reimbursement. This reimbursement will come from the overall tax pool. So, by their deception, they are cheating all tax payers no matter their race, color or creed. This includes your tax dollars Mr. Hughes. Does this concern you? Are you willing to let tax dollars be misspent so that you can maintain your discriminatory beliefs? If H&R Block and J.E. Dunn prevail, they will not do so as winners. Their legal might and influence would have simply overpowered the tiny underdog fighting for a just cause in front of an uniformed judicial system and an apathetic public. There will be no glory. Whenever evil intentions prevail, we all lose.

Posted by Trey Randolf on 05/10/2008 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

good piece, this was informative and made me mad. is the point of develoment to make the city better or to bilk the city for every dime & nickel through whatever dishonesty works?

Posted by gus on 05/08/2008 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

good piece, this was informative and made me mad. is the point of develoment to make the city better or to bilk the city for every dime & nickel through whatever dishonesty works?

Posted by gus on 05/07/2008 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

I was invloved in bidding these type of projects for years. It is, and remains a deception. General Contractors don't trust the ability of Minatory Subs to preform the work in a timely manor, and therefore hold up the progress of the other Sub Contractors.

There is also a factor of bonding. Many Minatory Sub Contractors lack the financial capacity to provide a Payment and Performance Bond that is required on Public Projects.

The real winners in this case will be H&R Block and J.E.Dunn. It happened here, and it will happen again.

W.A.Hughes
Construction Cost Consultants

Posted by W.A.Hughes on 05/07/2008 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Kansas City's Hispanic contractors say H&R Block didn't earn its tax break

I was invloved in bidding these type of projects for years. It is, and remains a deception. General Contractors don't trust the ability of Minatory Subs to preform the work in a timely manor, and therefore hold up the progress of the other Sub Contractors. There is also a factor of bonding. Many Minatory Sub Contractors lack the financial capacity to provide a Payment and Performance Bond that is required on Public Projects. The real winners in this case will be H&R Block and J.E.Dunn. It happened here, and it will happen again. W.A.Hughes Construction Cost Consultants

Posted by W.A.Hughes on 05/07/2008 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

Gus....I hear you and I understand that people must bring issues to the forefront...its the whole reason I got into the field of journalism, but where are the solutions to this problem....I don't see one in your response either. I am an optimist, but also a realist as well. A wise man one said "I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.." Just food for thought. Be blessed.

Posted by cyndi on 03/14/2008 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

pointing out the problem is part of the solution, Cyndi. would you like it better if articles said everything is just super always?

welcome back to town, by the way. you'll be paying for the new changes as long as you live here

Posted by gus on 03/14/2008 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

Gus....I hear you and I understand that people must bring issues to the forefront...its the whole reason I got into the field of journalism, but where are the solutions to this problem....I don't see one in your response either. I am an optimist, but also a realist as well. A wise man one said "I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.." Just food for thought. Be blessed.

Posted by cyndi on 03/14/2008 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

pointing out the problem is part of the solution, Cyndi. would you like it better if articles said everything is just super always? welcome back to town, by the way. you'll be paying for the new changes as long as you live here

Posted by gus on 03/14/2008 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

As a Kansas City native born and raised, I find this article disturbing because of its negative tone. I moved away from KCMO about 7 years ago to pursue my undergrad and graduate degrees. When I returned home, I realized a lot has changed. The crime rate has gone up so much and everytime I hear news about home, it seems to be bad (I've buried 4 of my classmates in the last year...and I'm not even 30). When I read your article, it really saddened me because the last time I visited Kansas City, I went down to the Jazz District and spent some time in the place I forever consider my home. I was happy to see that there are efforts being made to improve the culture in our inner city. I was glad to see something positive being done for my home. Yet, your article seems to focus on the negative points and knock down the efforts that are being made to improve the area and the lives of those nearby. I can honestly say that with an attitude like that, I hope you aren't from Kansas City....and if you are, I suggest you quit being a part of the problem (with your negative words) and start contributing to a solution.

Thank you.

Posted by Cyndi on 03/14/2008 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Goin' to Where?

As a Kansas City native born and raised, I find this article disturbing because of its negative tone. I moved away from KCMO about 7 years ago to pursue my undergrad and graduate degrees. When I returned home, I realized a lot has changed. The crime rate has gone up so much and everytime I hear news about home, it seems to be bad (I've buried 4 of my classmates in the last year...and I'm not even 30). When I read your article, it really saddened me because the last time I visited Kansas City, I went down to the Jazz District and spent some time in the place I forever consider my home. I was happy to see that there are efforts being made to improve the culture in our inner city. I was glad to see something positive being done for my home. Yet, your article seems to focus on the negative points and knock down the efforts that are being made to improve the area and the lives of those nearby. I can honestly say that with an attitude like that, I hope you aren't from Kansas City....and if you are, I suggest you quit being a part of the problem (with your negative words) and start contributing to a solution. Thank you.

Posted by Cyndi on 03/13/2008 at 10:59 PM

Re: “A City That Works?

I must disagree. People all over town do "go nuts" over the numerous issues mentioned- failure of our education system, gangs, drugs, etc. The media just fails to report the work that is being done to address these issues. Instead, they choose to sensationalize issues such as the Semler controversy.
P.S. Regarding that issue- how does one determine that it is "over with"? Because the media has stopped covering it constantly???

Posted by My thoughts on 11/18/2007 at 5:22 PM

Re: “A City That Works?

I must disagree. People all over town do "go nuts" over the numerous issues mentioned- failure of our education system, gangs, drugs, etc. The media just fails to report the work that is being done to address these issues. Instead, they choose to sensationalize issues such as the Semler controversy. P.S. Regarding that issue- how does one determine that it is "over with"? Because the media has stopped covering it constantly???

Posted by My thoughts on 11/18/2007 at 2:22 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Funkhouser shouldn't aquiesce to the demands of groups like La Raza or NAACP on the issue of his appointment to our Parks Board. NAACP doesn't even belong in the discussion. So what if Frances Semler is a member? Have we forgotten exactly WHY the Minutemen came into being? Semler is a Patriot in a good sense, not a la GWB's definition.

La Raza has some nerve. So they come to KC and throw their money around. Has anyone bothered to discover what their agenda is? Straight from their website: "Private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans." What better opportunities than to open the border between America & Mexico! Non-profit? Does anyone know the difference between non-profit and not-for profit? And I guess non-partisan is a sham as well when you consider they're now throwing their weight around and seeking to (adversely) influence our fair city's mayor. DON'T DO IT, FUNK! DON'T GIVE IN TO OUTSIDE INTERESTS! Instead, get the Chamber together, send out your minions and sell the hell outta KC. Don't let this one test stop you in your tracks, and don't give in!

Posted by Jubie on 09/26/2007 at 4:40 PM

Re: “WWJD?

Funkhouser shouldn't aquiesce to the demands of groups like La Raza or NAACP on the issue of his appointment to our Parks Board. NAACP doesn't even belong in the discussion. So what if Frances Semler is a member? Have we forgotten exactly WHY the Minutemen came into being? Semler is a Patriot in a good sense, not a la GWB's definition. La Raza has some nerve. So they come to KC and throw their money around. Has anyone bothered to discover what their agenda is? Straight from their website: "Private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans." What better opportunities than to open the border between America & Mexico! Non-profit? Does anyone know the difference between non-profit and not-for profit? And I guess non-partisan is a sham as well when you consider they're now throwing their weight around and seeking to (adversely) influence our fair city's mayor. DON'T DO IT, FUNK! DON'T GIVE IN TO OUTSIDE INTERESTS! Instead, get the Chamber together, send out your minions and sell the hell outta KC. Don't let this one test stop you in your tracks, and don't give in!

Posted by Jubie on 09/26/2007 at 1:40 PM

Re: “WWJD?

do what you belive in show the board out the door and start over. IT seems there against every thing you belive in .

Posted by Alexis Marrs on 09/19/2007 at 2:15 AM

Re: “WWJD?

do what you belive in show the board out the door and start over. IT seems there against every thing you belive in .

Posted by Alexis Marrs on 09/18/2007 at 11:15 PM

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