News: "Done Deal," September 14

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News: "Done Deal," September 14

Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation President Denise E. Gilmore may say it's a "new day for 18th and Vine," but it is the same old mess. Why can't we focus on the positive? One reason is the vast amount of tax incentives used for downtown redevelopment and virtually none going to the east side for anything other than residential projects.

Why is it that the commercial spaces in the Jazz District are "tenant finish," which financially prevents local entrepreneurs from obtaining them? Why is the JDRC soliciting national retail chains? Local flavor will do more for the district as a tourist attraction than generic chain-store blandness.

I challenge residents of the 3rd District to put pressure on the mayor, the JDRC and the City Council to demand commercial investment with local entrepreneurs for the Jazz District. Unless they hear loud and clear from all of us who love the Jazz District, the east side will continue to be a blighted morass of underemployed humanity.

Imani Malaika,
Kansas City, Missouri

Feature: "Party Cove Pimps," August 31

Wave Lengths
As someone who has been going to the Lake of the Ozarks for 30 years, I feel compelled to write about the responses to Ben Paynter's Party Cove story.

One professed "die-hard liberal" was disgusted and wrote that the scene should be better policed. Fear not, die-hard liberal. With night-vision goggles on the shore and boats at the mouth of the cove when everyone leaves, it is policed. The city of Camden generates thousands of dollars a month in fines and fees, for everything from boating while intoxicated to possession of all kinds of substances. It also loses quite a few cases due to the keystone cops' lack of proper search techniques. Thank God for the Fourth Amendment! Fuck, yeah!

"Name withheld by request" tells the heart-wrenching story of how their dad owned his own business and rarely got more than four days off, so the lake was the most logical getaway; he/she suggested that the pornmeisters move to Vegas, Havasu or South Padre and quit messing up their peaceful, decent community.

I hate to break it to ya, but the lake has been neither of those for about 15 years. The lake has exploded into one of the most-attended tourist spots in the Midwest. That has been good for business and even for the complaining property owners, because their property values go up every year. Party Cove is everything they say it is. If you're looking for quiet, keep going past the 26-mile marker. If you're out on a guys' weekend, make sure your buddies take you to Party Cove!

Curtis Anderson, Kansas City, Missouri

Wicked Party
I read with interest "Party Cove Pimps." A group of young people from Pleasanton, Kansas, started Party Cove back in the 1950s. Their behavior was like that of angels compared with today's activities.

The actions of Mr. Hinrichs are appalling, shocking and very wicked. As long as there is lax enforcement of decency laws in this area, such debauchery will continue. How does the law allow such wicked behavior? I do not know. Perhaps they feel the money pumped into the local economy is more important than common, decent behavior.

Law enforcement people, please do your job down there. There is no excuse for this type of behavior.

Mr. Hinrichs looks like a 50-year-old (or older), not 34. All this excessive drinking has aged him way beyond his years. I am in my late fifties, and I look younger than he does!

J.L. Needham,
Kansas City, Kansas

"Roman Times," September 14

Premature Excitement
Why is the Pitch behind The Kansas City Star when it comes to local music? When I saw the Roman Numerals on the cover, I got prematurely excited. Inside, Jason Harper's article was the same one that the Star ran in its Preview section two weeks ago! Meanwhile, Andrew Miller's blurb about a truly up-and-coming band, the Starboard Side, is buried on page 52.

When I moved to Kansas City in 1999, I relied on the Pitch to inform me on the local music scene. Now, the Pitch is full of national acts, and Preview is full of local music. The Pitch should start putting the folks who play the Venue at American Ice or the Brick on the cover and leave the folks who play the Uptown Theatre and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to the Star.

Mitchell M. Mitchell, Kansas City, Missouri

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