Letters from the week of November 23, 2000


Letters from the week of November 23, 2000

Clay Pigeon
Dead in its tracks: Thanks for Bruce Rodgers' article on Clay Chastain ("On a Rail," November 16). I signed a petition to put light rail to a public vote. I felt that full discussion was needed. Would I sign another? No way! In fact, I loudly tell Chastain as he approaches to "Get back!"

I want light rail. I want it tomorrow, please. I don't want light rail held hostage by Chastain. He has not presented a viable plan. He does not know that he has not presented a viable plan. I am sure that he and his chums have already pulled together another petition. I can see them at Office Max, churning away at the copier. He is driven -- driven by an inner demon to be in the spotlight.

Anyway, Kansas City will have light rail. Many of us are pushing for it quietly and intently. What we need to do now is set a timeline and make it a real city project.
Susan Ramirez
Kansas City, Missouri

Lifestyles of the Rich
When Chantal met Sally: In the story about Chantal McCorkle and Sally Uhlmann ("Chantal's Angels," November 9), Allie Johnson shows that P.T. Barnum was right. There really is a sucker born every minute.

Sally Uhlmann was the perfect target for Chantal McCorkle's latest con. Uhlmann had been traumatized by her own time in prison. She had money. Her last child was in school. She had plenty of time on her idle hands. Mutual friend Deb Fischbach was used by McCorkle to lure Uhlmann. Like Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and Elmer Gantry, the Chantals of the world never stop, even when imprisoned for stealing and swindling millions of dollars.

Pitch Weekly's conduct is unforgivable. As a weekly publication, you have a civic obligation. Disguising criminal fraud as a "female problem"? Writing one-sided articles as balanced journalism? Unless your target readership is bored housewives justifying trips to Florida and California, you have no credibility. Yoga pictures? Lunch with Hollywood big shots? The public is being protected from Chantal and her ilk. A jury, not just the government, found her guilty. She had her day in court and her own attorney. The "unwitting female" defense didn't fly in court. Reading the article and looking at the pictures shows it doesn't fly with your readers either.
Thomas R. Lietz

The money honey: Please, please let me know how I can help get Chantal out of prison. I, like Sally Uhlmann, cannot bear the thought of this poor soul's not being able to stroll around in places like the Plaza or Rodeo Drive on a sunny Saturday.

To hell with the victims of her and her husband!
Tim Harbord

Metal of Honor
Headbangers' ball: Thank you for Andrew Miller's insightful look into Kansas City's forgotten heroes of the underground heavy metal music scene (Around Hear, October 26). His article was not only informative, but it also featured enough humor to keep me chuckling.

Although the bands he wrote about are laughed at most of the time, blown off as unintelligible noise, and overlooked by most promoters in the KC area, they are also some of the hardest-working musicians around. With none of the usual backing from rich parents or promoters out looking for a fast buck by discovering the next Eminem (cringe), these bands feverishly promote themselves through countless mailings, fliers, and expensive radio ads. Unfortunately, the hard work usually adds up to several heavy bands being squeezed into a club on a WEEKNIGHT in venues that are usually techno-pop pickup joints on the weekends. Recently, the Banshee reunion show at America's Pub was filled to near capacity on a Wednesday night. Had the show been on a Friday or Saturday, attendance would have been twice as much. Anyone missing the Lone Star, Backstage, or even J.C.'s South?

More recently, I witnessed Darkside and Phantom Fear pulling off a great show at the Edge of Hell. The person who was supposed to furnish the PA failed to come through. The bands were left scrambling to make the show happen. They worked their asses off the day of the show and at 7 p.m., with a pieced-together PA and light setup, made it happen! There were no egos worrying about "who would play first" or "who was headlining." They gave the crowds standing in line and cruising the haunted houses a great FREE show!

I have yet to attend any shows by these local acts where the band members were "too cool" to come up and say hi, sign a picture or CD, or just say, "Hey, thanks for coming out and supporting us!" Very cool people, the heavy metal bands and their fans.

A little friendly advice to local clubs, promoters, and so-called "rock" radio stations: Not everyone wants to hear Kid Rock, Creed, and Eminem ripoffs. We sold out Kiss and OZZfest and packed people in for the Iron Maiden show. We're still here and will stay underground, waiting for the next trend to end. There ARE people willing to pay for good heavy metal music on the weekends. WAKE UP! You're watching an underground gold mine pass you by.
Joey Randell


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