Letters from the week of December 13, 2001

Plaza Blights 

Letters from the week of December 13, 2001

Plaza Blights
The art of the steal: Regarding C.J. Janovy's "Lights Out" (December 6): I, too, live in the Plaza area. I'd like to sign Kevin Brimmer's petition, and I know everyone in my apartment community would as well.

We have had several problems on our block with little response from the police. My boyfriend's rims and tires were stolen two months ago right off the street, and the police said they could do nothing and wouldn't even come to the scene of the crime. I'd like to help get more police patrols in our area. I also believe that the crime in our area is ignored and pushed under the rug so as to not scare the customers shopping just blocks away.

The Plaza is a great place to live and is full of kind people looking for only a safe place to live. It's not fair to anyone who lives or frequents the area that the police are not keeping us safe just to keep up appearances.
Brenda Perrenoud
Kansas City, Missouri


Porch Song Trilogy
The wisdom of Solomon: So, Solomon's Porch-supporter Christina Kanas is upset about the Pitch's failure to mention in Casey Logan's
"Love Thy Neighbor" (November 15) that the Old Hyde Park neighborhood is largely a dwelling place for tattooed persons, non-Christians and (gasp!) homosexuals (Letters, November 29). Perhaps it would be best if Pastor Covey and his holy followers moved their brand of "salvation" into a community that is less embracing of humankind's diversity. I'll bet the homosexuals would even help him pack.
Mitch Kreigler
Kansas City, Missouri
An unjoyful noise: I live right across the street from Solomon's Porch, and it's the noise I find disturbing!

When I've mentioned the excessive bombardment of noise, they seem somewhat apologetic, though they are a group that amplifies their music to the level of a rock concert. Inside my home with the windows closed, their pounding music is still quite loud. After their concerts, the people are quite excited and yell and scream a lot and honk their horns at each other.

One of our country's greatest values is the right of each person to practice the faith of their own choice. I certainly support this freedom, as does my family. Both of my children are serving in the U.S. Army. I have chosen the Sikh faith to practice. We have a saying: "Those who don't see God in all don't see God at all."

I certainly have no objection to anyone choosing Solomon's Porch as their faith, and it is my hope that they can find a place (soon) where they can legally play their music for as long and as loud as they would like to -- somewhere other than a residential neighborhood. Until that time comes, I would like the people at Solomon's Porch to know that they could show respect for their neighbors by playing their music at a volume that doesn't cause such a nuisance.

I would also like to see Kansas City take the time to investigate this situation and make the choice to enforce the nuisance noise law.
Sarab Nam Singh Khalsa
Kansas City, Missouri


Poo Corner
Green eggs and slam: As a once-frequent patron of the Corner Restaurant, I was saddened by the rapid decline in food quality over the past year, and I agree with Charles Ferruzza that the lure of the Corner Restaurant has soured ("Past Due," November 29).

On my last visit, my order of scrambled eggs was returned to the kitchen because of the addition of dead flies, which I had not requested. Five minutes later, the waiter returned the same plate of now cold and gummy scrambled eggs, without the flies. When I tried to complain, the waiter told me that the manager was doing the cooking. No wonder.
David Vanner
Kansas City, Missouri


Backyard Wrestling
Vexed and the city: Regarding Andrew Miller's "Around Hear" (November 15): Until the light-rail and Madrid Theatre opponents, I had thought NIMBY was exclusively a suburban phenomenon.
Rick Hellman
Prairie Village
Winning Pitch
Paper brag: I just wanted to say thank you for this little paper of yours. I just moved to Lawrence, and I have no idea what is going on around the area. With the Pitch, I have been able to see what kind of concerts are going on and read about some strange but fun things.

Once again, thank you and keep up the good work.
Amanda May
Lawrence


Good news: I just wanted to write this letter so that I could say thank you for doing such a wonderful job. I am from Raytown, Missouri, but I am now stuck in the frigid north of Iowa going to Cornell College. I am a subscriber of the e-newspaper that you guys have, but I must say, it was great picking up a good ol' hard copy of the Pitch when I went home for Thanksgiving.

Keep up the great work! I look forward to my e-mail from you guys each and every week!
Eric Williams
Mt. Vernon, Iowa

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