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Re: “Sen. Luann Ridgeway still believes in welfare queens

Nadia, Nadia, Nadia. The only thing Senator Ridgeway is guilty of is not being very tactful, just as you are now in this blog. I can tell you true stories of a few women who don't get married so they can continue receiving state childcare assistance. I can also tell you about a lady that is employed where I work that has a sweet welfare situation worked out. She and a friend keep multiple foster kids in their homes. She and the friend trade out days caring for all the children, abusing FMLA to miss work but still keeps her health benefits through our employer. I wouldn't be surprised if she collects food assistance as well. There is a huge difference between hand ups (which I support) and hand outs (which I don't support). Unfortunately there is no accountability in these programs and it only takes 10% of the people abusing the system to bring down all 100% of it.

Posted by Gabe on 03/23/2011 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Harley-Davidson reaches new labor deal with union; 145 jobs to be cut

The Kansas City employees enjoyed only a fraction of the compensation and benefits that their counterparts in York, PA and Milwaukee, WI made. Their new contract essentially creates a quasi right to work environment in which a 30% work force of non-union laborers will be doing current union work for a wage that is roughly 2/3's of the current union wage with no benefits.

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Posted by NoHotel4KC on 03/01/2011 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Red-light cameras' future in Missouri dims

It's Senator Jim Lembke, not Rep. Brian Lembke.

Posted by G2 on 02/23/2011 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Howard Lotven gets red-light ticket dismissed; is totally not cool with it

Gard's statement, "there is no constitutionally protected liberty or privacy interest associated with running red lights," is just his version of trying to manage the message. He fails to address the real issue at hand, which is the State of Missouri has defined failure to stop as a moving violation. The is nothing in state law that allows municipalities like KC to change the definition of a failure to stop as a non-moving violation.

The city's prosecutors actions show a real lack of character, ignorance/disrespect of state law and show that their personal careers trump the public service they are supposed to be providing. The citizens deserve better individuals in these positions.

Gard should put his money where is mouth is and let this issue go before the Missouri Appeals/Supreme Court. His current actions show that the emperors and empresses at city hall have no clothes. If they can't prove this case, then they can't prove any red light camera case.

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Posted by NoHotel4KC on 12/30/2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Video of Sunday's Red-light 'scamera' protest

Before people post a bunch of comments saying "just don't run red lights," let me get a few comments in. How many times have you been stuck in an intersection waiting on someone to turn or waiting on traffic to clear so you can turn yourself while the light changed? Should you be ticketed for that?

I've observed the cameras operation for several hours and they operate very inconsistently. Kansas City has had to shut down several intersections multiple times because they do not function properly.

The cameras were installed for one purpose only, revenue. Why would a company from Arizona come install 29 cameras at a cost of $80000 to $100000 per camera just to improve safety at Kansas City's intersections? KC pays American Traffic Solutions of Arizona $4500 per month per camera.

The cameras are placed along commuter routes and in low income neighborhoods so people who get the tickets will be less likely to challenge them in court. The fines are also purposely set low to discourage people from fighting them.

With the money KC is spending on the cameras, they could easily hire more police officers. Also, if City Hall is serious about safety, why don't they donate any profits they make from the cameras to the neighborhoods were the cameras are placed. I know the people in Roanoke/Wesport could have used some funds to hire their own snow removal since City Hall can't get it done.

Posted by DontTreadOnMeKC on 02/16/2010 at 12:09 PM

Re: “'Gnarly' Dan arraigned on drug charges

@That Guy Look, I know what I wrote sounds like a conspiracy and I hope that what I wrote isn't true. The facts are though that Kansas City used police to intimidate people opposed to Power & Light to get it built. Several people have documented that. All I'm trying to point out is that if KC is willing to use force to get P&L built, they are willing to use it to make sure it stays open. Dan himself can't draw all the business away from P&L, but a group of several promoters doing the same thing as Dan can. What's a better way to try to end someone else's business, discredit them in public and hope it sticks. Look at the fight the Council had when Funkhouser nominated Stretch to the TIF Commission. Qualified or not, Stretch and the whole Crossroads area is also a threat to the P&L District.

Dan made a dumb mistake accepting the package as others have pointed out. I don't think it was random that they targeted Dan, I believe there was an agenda behind it.

Posted by Gabe on 10/24/2009 at 3:46 PM

Re: “'Gnarly' Dan arraigned on drug charges

Dan's case looks like entrapment to me. I would also bet that City Hall is behind this. Take a look at Power & Light, empty except on weekends. This is a problem for the city which abused eminent domain laws to create P&L and also financed a large part of the project. The city wants P&L to succeed and will do anything to make sure it does. City Council recently sought to amend 3AM liquor licenses so that no 3AM bars would exist south of 19th Street, eliminating the competition by shutting down bars in Wesport, Brookside and Waldo. The city has also stepped up liquor control pressure on bar owners since P&L opened. A coalition of bar owners struck a deal with the council that still raised the requirements for a 3AM license but not to the point it put their licenses at risk. Why is this relevant? Dan promotes shows at the bars that compete with P&L and is a threat to city finances, a minor threat, but he does help draw business away from P&L. Cordish is a huge, worldwide company and it did not get that way by being nice. I believe that city officials, with a push from Cordish, leaned on the police to make a case against Dan anyway they could.

Posted by Gabe on 10/23/2009 at 8:55 PM

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