Funny, but I missed your outrage when Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center rightly attached and sold the assets of the Church of Jesus Christian, a front for the racist Aryan Nations. Where was your self-righteous outrage then?
Try raising your journalistic standards and perhaps someday you can charge people a quarter for your paper.
Kansas City, Kansas
If the purpose of the article was to expose a lack of police activity, your "journalist" would do better by including statistics, police report summaries and objective data. A story of one man's assault coupled with another resident's subjective perspective on the problem fails to justify what the article "pretends" to advocate for.
If the purpose of the article was to paint mentally ill individuals as dangerous, your "journalist" may have been slightly more successful. Yes, what this man did was wrong and against the law and should produce appropriate consequences (court-mandated treatment is an option). Yet the only thing Janovy's article succeeded in doing was to promote an "urban legend" that people with mental illnesses are dangerous and should be feared. The cheap-shot statement, "keep your heads up, Plaza shoppers" is the perfect example of this.
It might be interesting for your readers to know that research continually suggests that mental illness does not make someone more dangerous or more violent than the general public. Oh, I forgot. I'm writing to the Pitch ... facts like that would not be newsworthy; they're simply not sensationalistic enough!
It is the responsibility of all citizens to ensure that the truth about this incident be revealed and the guilty parties be held accountable. As for the unprofessional methods of the Lone Jack police department, it sounds like police chief Jeff Jewell should be barred from law enforcement activities. Further, a housecleaning of their fire department staff sounds in order.
The laxness of ethics in the small towns surrounding Kansas City is improving daily because of the honorable strength the Standiford family exemplified. Lone Jack needs to do some housecleaning before more Standifords move in!
Name Withheld Upon Request
Admittedly, I was a little overwhelmed by the number of guests I had at that moment, but inexplicably, everyone else in the crowded room was having a great time despite my inadequacies: all smiles and giggles from the child's birthday party, as well as the delightfully rowdy group passing their jugs of wine and sampling each others' dishes. This mild mayhem is part of Buca's huge appeal.
I think Ferruzza's biggest beef with Buca is that it's not an appropriate platform to role-play like characters from a Woody Allen picture. I was almost embarrassed for this foursome as they smugly skimmed the surface of scripted, pseudointellectual topics in a room full of commoners just having a good time.
Otherwise, thanks to the Pitch for a consistently great publication.
Kansas City, Missouri