Regarding the Burnt Ends item about Kansas City's Regulated Industries officers ticketing Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School drawing session in the West Bottoms: What a true waste of spending by our great city here. Couldn't these funds have been better spent on many other useful projects? Or busting someone who is bringing harm, not art? Shame on our city officials once again.
Tad Johnston, Kansas City, Missouri
Writers, commentators and politicians should never try to pretend that their own opinions are shared by a majority of the public at large. They seldom are. David Martin, in his column, assailed Gloria Squitiro, the mayor's wife, for even suggesting that "the people" agreed with the original decision to accept a free new car for the mayor to use. However, Martin concludes his article with the sentence "The inappropriateness is clear to everyone."
I doubt that Gloria Squitiro or David Martin conducted a public opinion poll to determine exactly how KC citizens really feel about the mayoral decisions. Therefore, both are just trying to validate their own personal opinions.
Kenneth Lee, Raytown
I was amazed when I read Nadia Pflaum's article on local hip-hop hustlers. I am a consultant in Kansas City, dealing with a lot of younger businesses, and I end up helping a lot of artists. I hear the same stories all the time about the artists being hustled by promoters and radio stations in the area. The artists need direction locally, and not many companies are willing to mentor these young people and help them succeed.
Daniel C. Smith,Kansas City, Missouri
I just wanted you to know that Nadia Pflaum did an excellent job on this article! I run KC Reign Entertainment, which consists of hip-hop dancers and a 16-year-old rapper, and is growing on the scene in KC. My dancers used to dance for a lot of local hip-hop artists, and this article just set some things straight about a lot of unanswered questions. We, too, were in that Source magazine scam, but your article also opened my eyes on a lot of other artists' thoughts on things and who's who.
Keep those good articles coming!
Jamesetta Wesley, Kansas City Missouri
I'm Celeon of the IMC (Independent Music Club), and I just wanted to take the time out to thank Nadia Pflaum for bringing the pay-to-play issue to light. It's crazy how they're trying to do us out here. They want us to pay to perform, pay for radio play and pretty much anything and everything. It's only a matter of time before this city blows up. All we need is unity — then they have no choice but to respect us! Especially cats like Chad Waldrop, talking about how most rappers are funded by drug money — that's some BS for real, dude.
I have always held down a job and I served this country. Most cats I know work 9 to 5 and then spend all that money on studio time, beats, manufacturing, promotion, etc. Dude needs to get his facts straight.
On a lighter note, I just wanted to say thanks for spreading the word. Stop by the MySpace page (myspace.com/imc09) when you get the chance. Check out our tracks and leave us some honest feedback, if you don't mind. Appreciate the support!
Marcel D. Wood, Grandview
Hot off the presses, the new Best Food Writing 2007 is now in Kansas City bookstores. And we're pleased to report that, for the second year in a row, Pitch food writer Charles Ferruzza graces its pages. The paperback includes Ferruzza's column "A Sugar Binge" (November 9, 2006), a post-Halloween, pre-Christmas meditation on candy. Specifically, Ferruzza's piece tackles Valomilk, a chocolate candy bar filled with runny vanilla cream that's made by the Sifers family, Kansas City confectioners since 1903. The whole book melts in your mouth.