Letters from the week of November 22, 2001

Tour de Farce 

Letters from the week of November 22, 2001

Tour de Farce
Won't God protect him? I read about "Bibleman" (Kansas City Strip, November 8) and thought I would take a look on the Web to see more about him. Noticed that he has cancelled his "tour" due to security concerns. I suppose Olathe will be more secure for him. But you have to wonder why he cancels his tour while Billy Graham is still out there.
Dean Hughson
Las Vegas
Table Craps
The color of money: I have enjoyed reading the Pitch since I moved to the Kansas City metropolitan area in early 1991. I do have an editorial comment, however, for the headline of Joe Miller's "Lessons in Finance" (November 8). The cover reads: "The school board's latest scrap is all about who gets the spoils." I would suggest that the headline would be much improved, if not to say more accurate, if the initial "s" in "scrap" were removed.

That, however, is just my own opinion.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Overland Park


Nursing a Grudge
In sickness and in hell: I praise the Pitch for Allie Johnson's "Impractical Nursing" (July 26). I am planning to attend nursing school in the fall of 2002 at Penn Valley Community College. I am enrolled in Maple Woods to knock out some prerequisites. Her story hit very close to home.

I began looking into nursing some time ago. I have always been interested in health care and liked some of the things a career in nursing could do for me. I like the thought of having a rotating schedule. The pay isn't bad either. I think the satisfaction of helping people in their time of need is a feeling you cannot put a price tag on and something that only a career in health care can offer. I like the fact that a degree in nursing can take you many different places for a variety of different jobs.

I am not oblivious to some of the problems that the healthcare industry is facing, such as budget cuts, understaffing, etc. But to think that conditions could be as bad as she described in her article is frightening indeed. Not only does it make me think of reconsidering my choice of career; it makes me nervous to see a loved one check into a hospital, even for just a routine procedure.

Is this what all healthcare facilities will be reduced to in the years to come? With mergers and streamlining, will all hospitals become understaffed and minimally supplied in the name of budget compliance?
Nic Stinson
Parkville


Exiles on Main Street
Theater people: Regarding Andrew Miller's Around Hear (November 15): As a Midtown resident (Southmoreland), I applaud the renovation of the Madrid Theatre. Kerry Duffin has done a masterful job of renovating this beautiful building. I look forward to attending more events at the Madrid.

So far, I have seen Marilyn Maye, gone to the Maincor opening event and discussed the use of the venue with the staff. It is a wonderful addition to Main Street. Its presence reinforces this area as an arts center for our city. I will do all I can to support the Madrid to ensure its place on the Kansas City entertainment menu.
Jan Marcason
Kansas City, Missouri


The Main event: As a wedding consultant always in search of new, exciting, spacious venues, I find the Madrid to be one of the best up-and-comers. With its convenient (and decidedly hip) Midtown location, its historic value and its awesome dance floor (a huge bonus for brides in search of enough space for Aunt Hilda and Uncle Buck to boogie down at the reception!), I think the potential for greatness is definitely there.

Like all new venues, I'm sure the Madrid has a few kinks to work through. But hey ... we were all kids once! I have booked two weddings there already (while the building was still in its construction phase) and hope to book many more. I am looking forward to the Madrid's revival as the star of the Midtown area!
Alycia Rodriguez-Nichols
Kansas City, Missouri


All the world's a stage: As a Midtown resident, I can only describe Lydia Carson's actions as simply embarrassing for two reasons: 1. her overreaction (does she think someone is going to pay for a tape of some kids puffing a joint in a parking lot?), and 2. her apparent lack of any kind of community vision.

Doesn't she understand that any rehabilitation of any abandoned, blighted building in Midtown or Downtown can lead only to more improvements that attract more business and ultimately make an area in which people want to live, work and play? That adds up to increased property values for those already living there. Instead, they want to trade a couple empty beer cans for a few broken crack pipes.
Chad Ward
Kansas City, Missouri

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