Letters from the week of November 15, 2001

Scarlet Letters 

Letters from the week of November 15, 2001

Scarlet Letters
The divine comedy: I agree with "Name Withheld Upon Request" that the Pitch's pick of some unknown "mook" probably does not represent the best of the comedic talent in Kansas City (Letters, November 8), but who has ever heard of the names she/he listed?

Why not mention those who have kept Kansas Citians in stitches for decades? Like Hizzoner Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, for starters. How about "whatzzer name" at City Hall? (You know: the "Duchess of TIF," the woman who held Cleaver's place for him for those four years between his first and second double terms.) How about any sportscaster in town? Any "Neighborhood Spokesperson"?

How about "Warbucks" Benson, the only attorney to rack up an appreciable fraction of a billion bucks by milking a dead cow? Why not the KC School Board, past and present, individually and collectively?

Any of these MAJOR comedic talents at their mildest moment would dwarf the feeble efforts of the entire lineup of any comedy club in town. These people are FUNNY! They don't have to work up fresh material; they are still a hoot when they beat the same old drum they've been pounding for decades, and it's past time the Pitch rewarded their efforts with proper recognition.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Kansas City, Missouri


Velvet dog: This letter is in response to Neal Wolahan's dismay (Letters, November 1) about the inclusion of "Best Place to Meet Republican Guys" award, given to Raoul's Velvet Room ("Best of Kansas City," October 18). Please indulge some of my personal observations:

1. Raoul's probably is the best place to meet Republican guys, along with many cool non-GOP people and throngs of beautiful women.

2. Although he claims to be politically "nonaligned," Mr. Wolahan sounds like a very lonely Democrat. Maybe his idea of "cool" is to catch a Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Smithsonian.

3. Unfortunately for Mr. Wolahan, a lot of people around here like Dockers, George Bush and disco. Go George Bush! Long live disco!
Curtis Anderson (Disco Dick)
Kansas City, Missouri


Germ Borefare
Stamp of approval: An excellent article on the Mayor Barnes press conference (C.J. Janovy's "Going Postal," November 8). I am accustomed to the national news breaking in on programming, and it doesn't worry me; but when I saw the mayor breaking into programming, it scared the daylights out of me. Obviously, she panicked and set up a news conference to tell us there is not a problem. I voted for her the first time around. I will not vote for her again. Thanks for the article.
Brad Deck
Kansas City, Missouri
Code Rage
This old house: Wow! Casey Logan's "Code Warriors" (November 1) certainly points to the fact that some of us are easy targets for codes enforcement. We had lived across the street from our "dream project" for years when the offer was made to us to buy it. So we knew more than anyone what this home needed.

We mowed the grass because we had to look at it. Our home was inspected on October 2, 9, 11, 15, 20 and 30. That is just this year. The case was closed by the inspector's supervisor in August, yet the codes officer persists.

We were in court in August for landscape timbers not stacked eighteen inches off the ground. We were found guilty and put on 360 days' probation. This was late Friday afternoon; by Monday morning, the inspector was back. Of course, she was able to find more violations. I am doing most of the work by myself since my husband died at work. The letters began to arrive more often since his death. Another interesting part of the codes complaint system is that anyone can make a complaint. This system is used to harass other neighbors. The Longfellow newsletter asks readers to use the Longfellow name and address when turning in your neighbor.

When can we expect the system to be re-evaluated?

Great article.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Kansas City, Missouri


Code blues: Casey Logan's article was the first indication I've ever had that the Neighborhood Preservation Division actually does anything.

We have an owner-occupied house in my neighborhood (Waldo) that has been neglected for years. (It is probably beyond saving at this point.) Further, the owner has used the street as her own personal toilet for years. The NPD has visited the house regularly for more than three years and claims they cannot locate the owner (who lives in the house). One NPD employee told me that there is an arrest warrant but that he'd need to find the owner during his working hours. (Good thing she isn't an ax murderess.)

Rumor has it that a former mayoral candidate "protects" the owner of this eyesore. Based on this, it would appear that all Rob and Dawn Lindsey have to do is not answer the door when NPD comes calling. And knowing the politically connected couldn't hurt, either.
Larry Roth
Kansas City, Missouri


Correction: "Lessons in Finance" (November 8) reported that the W.E.B DuBois Learning Center had contributed to Kansas City, Missouri, school board member Lee Barnes Jr.'s campaign. Barnes actually donated campaign funds to the Learning Center.

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