Backwash, August 10

Good Owners 

Backwash, August 10

Backwash, August 10 Good Owners
Your article about pit bulls was very good. Since breeding is hard to determine, as your article mentions, my recommendation is that there should be no ban on any breeds. However, every dog should be registered, and the owner must have insurance to cover any harm caused by the animal. Any owner who can't afford the animal must sacrifice it. Any owner not registering the animal would be subject to criminal charges. And insurance companies would then determine who the "good owners" are.

I am surprised that PETA didn't drop everything and run right down to help those pit bulls. I guess they are too busy telling diabetics to not use their insulin, since it comes from pigs.

Anthony Mark Morningstar,
Overland Park

Kansas City Strip, August 17 Rocket From the Crypt
I read your story about the TWA Moonliner II. That is so cool! I can't wait!

Do you have anything in your notes indicating what time the installation will take place? I want to get down there and take some pictures! Joe Calton,
Liberty
Editor's note: The Moonliner II is scheduled to arrive early on the morning of September 1, and construction crews expect to spend most of the day hoisting it up and securing it atop the former TWA building at 18th and Baltimore.

Feature, ³Road Hard,² August 3 Pep Talk
Wow. What a complete fucking waste that Warped Tour trip was! The Architects must really suck. Or be hated in the industry. To drive from Kansas City to L.A. and be completely disrespected and nearly totally ignored by drawing end-of-day, nobody-fucking-cares, here's-my-middle-finger-in-your-ass, stay-the-hell-outta-the-way-of-the-real-talent stage time speaks rather lowly for the band.

To make that kind of insane effort and draw zero exposure must surely sting. But I'm sure they'll be treated to all the spoils in Minneapolis. Yeah. Jason West,
via the Internet

Bad Neighbors
I have a neighbor like Richard Tolbert. When I moved to KC almost 20 years ago, I was disturbed by what I saw on the east side, but I guess every city has problems. It's up to the elected officials to enact ordinances that stop this sort of ownership abuse and to use our tax dollars more wisely. If the people of this city cared at all, they would demand remediation for these delinquent property owners.

How is it that Mr. Tolbert has been allowed to amass such a huge tax debt? It's a disgrace. When will our elected officials realize that no matter how much money they put into new stadiums and the like, they cannot cover up the urban blight and rot that are slowly creeping over this fair city? When are we going to demand leaders who identify with all the people of KC and not just those with deep pockets? It's about pride, and if a city hasn't got it, it shows in many ways. Likewise, screwed-up priorities show up all over our fair metropolis.

Mr. Tolbert is transparent. You can see him for what he is. More important is for the citizens of this great city to consider this: Who has allowed this situation to persist for this long? Find them, root them out, chuck them out of office, and let's get on with the task of making this a great city, not just another cowtown. Name withheld by request

Film, August 17

Sun Spot
Regarding Jim Ridley's review of Little Miss Sunshine: The critic is quibbling — finding things to criticize. If he were there at the screening, he would have known the audience loved it. It was the best film I've seen in a very, very long time.

It's OK, Jim. You can happily like a movie. Jean Eiler,
Kansas City, Kansas

Film, July 20 Water Works
I wanted to offer a few thoughts regarding Michael Atkinson's review of Lady in the Water. I had to laugh after reading his article, considering a character in the movie — a movie critic — is devoured by the scrunt. Ouch! Perhaps M. Night Shyamalan had a premonition that his film would not get many stars.

At any rate, his review, while extremely critical of the movie, was eye-opening for me. I am now 43. Between the ages of 36 and 41, I lost my wife and one of my daughters. They both died in my arms. I have always enjoyed Shyamalan's films. In my opinion, most people who can overcome loss and continue on with a happy, productive life choose to and even are forced to use the "holy scab."

I can't blame you for thinking the scary movie formula is getting old. I just wish you had consulted someone who knew about loss before you summed up your review in those terms. For us, the opposite is true. Chuck McCrary,
Overland Park

Film, August 10 Plane Talk
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his "Four Freedoms Speech" in 1941: "Today is a day that will live in infamy." That day lived in infamy for many years, until our generation came along. Our day to live in infamy was September 11, 2001.

I know that a movie review is just that — a review — but when I read Robert Wilonsky's "One Day in September," I was appalled. He led me to believe that I was going to waste $7.50 on opening night to see World Trade Center. First, I would like to point out a few of Mr. Wilonsky's mistakes.

He mentions how the movie mainly stays in two places: beneath the Trade Center towers and in the homes of the two men's families. He writes, "A viewer might easily forget the movie is set during that nightmarish day." If anybody was alive or even glanced at a television that day, there is no way you can watch that movie and forget it was about 9/11. And in the beginning of the movie, a short message states that the movie is based on the account of two of the survivors.

I still remember where I was when the planes hit. I was in second period in my sophomore year in high school. I was in geometry. We turned on the television in third period to watch what was happening, and they kept replaying the planes hitting the towers. To this day, that is the most horrific image I have ever seen, and I wish to never see something like that again. If you went to World Trade Center to see what risky scenes Stone would include in the movie, you have something seriously wrong with you.

Wilonsky is sorely mistaken when it comes to giving movie reviews. Maybe next time you go see a movie to give a review, do a little research first. I knew the movie was about the account of two PAPD officers trapped in the rubble — not the whole day and what went on. Bryce Bade,
Fairway

Café, July 13 Something Fishy
Where is Charles Ferruzza from? This is Kansas City, after all. It can't be that surprising to see game mounted on the wall of a catfish restaurant, can it?

Dave serves up some of the best fried catfish I've ever tasted ... and I'm not too proud to say that I've tasted plenty of catfish. Mark Cosby,
Overland Park

My Big Fat Mouth, July 6 Butt Out
I wish restaurants would go smoke-free in KC. For dinner, I eat out seven days a week. I don't want to breathe someone's smoke. Why can't smokers go outside for 10 minutes instead of me going to another restaurant? As far as I know, KC has only one Plaza III, Morton's, Capital Grille, Carmen's, Houston's, Pierpont's, Majestic, Brio ... etc.

I chew tobacco. Would people really want to sit next to me, watch and hear me spit into a glass while they have dinner? At least seeing me chew Skoal won't kill you like secondhand smoke will. If I'm having that bad of a nicotine fit, I'll be polite and go outside for 10 minutes.

If smokers would be courteous and just go outside instead of whining about "losing freedoms" and so forth, the government wouldn't try to ban indoor smoking. Plus, maybe, just maybe, the restaurants might lower their prices, because the smell and dirt that nicotine produces will make cleaning easier. The restaurants won't have to paint the interior as often either. John O'Flaherty,
Kansas City, Missouri

Night Ranger, August 10 Twisted Facts
In her article, Jen Chen mentions that the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" came on. She also said that Quiet Riot sang that song, and that would be incorrect. That song was done by Twisted Sister.

Sorry, but I am an '80s music and useless trivia freak. Robert Philpott,
Independence

Corrections: Last week's feature story, "The Blight King," misstated the late Leon Jordan's title and the year he was first elected to office. Jordan became a Missouri state representative in 1964.

Actor David Fritts was misidentified in the August 17 Stage review of Tally & Son. The reviewer regrets the error — and swears he could otherwise pick the actor out of a lineup.

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