Let's take a quick peek at the first clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Very nice words indeed -- clear and concise. What it says is that if a federal law were to be made that defined marriage (again, something that's a religious institution, according to Mr. Montgomery), the government would either be respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof or more than likely both in that case.
Marriage, from a government's standpoint, should be a contract between two individuals and should have no business in the gender of each. If your church doesn't support same-sex marriage, then either don't get married or change your church. Simple. Without ranting too much, I still haven't seen one shred of evidence that two men or two women getting married destroys the institution.
I am a happily married heterosexual male and can't see why people care about others' private lives so much.
The Frying Game
Dine-in: Regarding C.J. Janovy's " Order Up! " (August 26): Yes! Eggs, hash browns, meat loaf, a fabulous cup of coffee, comfy booths, wonderful family-sized tables, back in Union Station! YES -- a hundred times.
Eating out has become a prime activity for us in KC. It gives everyone a chance to kick back and relax, talk to family or friends and not have to worry about food prep or cleanup.
I know there is Pierpont's for those with deep pockets and Union Café for those who like food prepared badly. Neither place is appropriate for families. The food at Pierpont's is great, but it is too smoky for my grandchildren and too pricy for my pocketbook. Union Café is just plain terrible. The other food-court selections are awful -- I'd rather eat a Happy Meal box.
There used to be this great place called Sidney's where you could roll in for "Poor Man's Eggs" and a great cup of coffee. Both the Broadway and Plaza locations are long gone, but the memory of the affordable meals, good service and welcoming atmosphere will live on.
Bring back Harvey House, please!
Kansas City, Missouri
Grilling questions: I was just reading C.J. Janovy's piece about Union Station, and I couldn't agree with her more. I currently live in Quality Hill. I often go for long walks, and I make it a point to walk through Union Station because I really love being in the space. However, every time I walk through it, I wish I had a reason to stay longer. This town needs a place to get great comfort food at an affordable price, and Union Station needs to draw people on a regular basis. I'll go to the train museum once.
The Daily Grill might be that place. Saveur magazine called the Daily Grill the "Chain Restaurant We Wish We Had in Our Town ... a neat, friendly place where you can get crab cakes or a burger, shrimp Louie or a T-bone, along with martinis, single malts, microbrews and good bottles of wine.... It was coffee shop fare for the New American Diner." Another place I love is Ann Sather in Chicago. Of course, I don't know if either of these restaurants would be an option, but a boy can dream.
Kansas City, Missouri
Truth or Dare: This letter is concerning Tony Ortega's " Johnny on the Spot " (August 5).
I have been sitting here trying to find a civil and unbiased way to respond to this. Then I realized that Mr. Ortega didn't put that effort into his own article, so why should I put it into my response? Mr. Ortega is acting like a bigot -- bigger than any Westport merchant. He sees a new establishment open up in Westport, and because it does not cater to illegal minors and appeals to working-class people regardless of their race, he automatically assumes that it is an establishment set up solely to chase off black youth.
Is he insane? Has he ever owned a business? People do not open a place of business to scare people away -- they open a place of business to make money. Period. As far as kids loitering around drinking establishments after dark ... well, he should complain to the city, not complain about the bars.
In the future, Mr. Ortega should consider the ramifications of what he is doing a story on as well as the basis of that story in reality, because what he wrote is obviously a story -- a grand work of fiction. He takes a few things that he claims are obvious bias, backs nothing up with any facts, and uses these fabricated racial profiling or discrimination charges and twists them to suit his own little self-important race issue.
Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed of you, Mr. Ortega.
Kansas City, Kansas
Pounding home the message: I just wanted to say thanks for Andrew Miller's article about Curves in the August 26 issue of the Pitch (" Kingdom of Heavin "). I was seriously considering joining until I read this article. I have lost 23 pounds so far, and I thought Curves might be a good place to exercise during the winter months.
I am an atheist, and I'm not going to give my money to conservative religious radicals who want to take away my civil liberties. I don't understand why anyone thinks he should be in charge of what I do with my own body.
OK, I'll stop now. (I could go on forever.) Again, thanks for writing this article. I appreciate what you do at the Pitch. We need a voice for the minorities of KC.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Prairie Home Companion
Plains, trains and automobiles: Regarding Nathan Dinsdale's " The De-Kline of Western Civilization " (August 26): Bravo. Well done. Way to go.
What a simple yet great way to deal with this issue: Hit the road and talk to real people. What a concept.
I'm half-tempted to send it to the governor ... I know her well enough to know she'd love it.
Nice job. What revelations. Great writing, nice flow with the lyrics. Keep it up.
Buzz kill: Is Jen Chen sure she was not lost?
I am a regular patron of the Bulldog, and not only have I never seen the weird creature she described, but I cannot even imagine the rest of her story happening at the Bulldog ( Night Ranger, August 26 ). If her purpose was to scare off the regular and targeted clientele of an excellent bar and grill, she did an excellent job.
Check your GPS. I still don't believe any of this happened at the Bulldog.
Kansas City, Missouri
Editor's note: Tad wrote back later to let us know that he'd talked with restaurant staffers, who convinced him that the bar trick witnessed by the Night Ranger had, in fact, occurred at the Bulldog.
Oh, brothers: To Michael Alan Goldberg: I was just reading your article about Hanson and had to respond ("Mmm ... Pop? " August 5). I have to say I really enjoyed your positive article about them.
I'm one of their adult fans (46), and I was a fan back in '97 when it first started. For me, the talent was quite obvious, even though the voices were still on the high side. Their love for making and singing music has only deepened since they were that young. And while there are still a few of those screaming girls now at college age at their shows, there is also a following of adult fans that is growing larger every day.
I really think that if more people would give this band a listen and hear the talent and voices of these three guys, the stigma of being the "MMMBop" boys would finally go away. Thank you for doing that for the band and the fans who follow them.
New Ulm, Minnesota