Letter to the Editor: Praise goes to the police department for reduced crime rate

Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Northeast News
August 27, 2014

 

Dear Editor,

Just a short note to say that I greatly enjoyed your article in the Northeast News about the homicide totals for 2014 compared to this point in 2013. You are right–it is a big improvement.

Now, a lot of people deserve credit for this decline, but I want to give particular praise to Chief Forte. In Jan. 2014, he firmly rebuked Councilman Reed for accusing the KCPD of racial profiling. This was a potential turning point of great significance. The crime surge in our city’s black neighborhoods began in the spring of 2008 in response to the KCMO Police Board’s behavior in the April 11, 2008 meeting on the Sofia Salva tragedy. In that meeting Board members Mark Thompson, Karl Zobrist and Terry Brady did not even

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    Letter to the Editor: Mr. Mayor, time to give up the streetcar

    Northeast News
    August 27, 2014

     

    Dear Editor:

    A little note to Sly and the Boys:

    No, the ballot language wasn’t too complicated. I just didn’t want it. But, I was appalled to see that when the question failed at the polls, the immediate response was, “what’s plan B?”

    What plan B? We said no!

    Are you taking the Clay Chastain path? To hammer at us with unending ballot measures until you think

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    Letter to the Editor: Concern over lackluster police service

    Northeast News
    August 27, 2014

     

    Dear Editor,

    I wanted to express my longstanding concern as to the poor service the KC Police provides to Northeast Kansas City. Crime is ALWAYS a factor here and graffiti continues to appear everywhere on our streets and it has always gone unpunished. If you call 911 or the non-emergency number and you live on the Plaza, or Ward Parkway, response is swift. I have seen it. But here in good ‘ol Northeast, it is nearly non-existent. Two recent examples occurred for me in the

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    The life of an intern

    By MICAH WILKINS
    Northeast News
    August 13, 2014

    Within the past two months I’ve tried, both literally and figuratively, to throw myself into the Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City.

    Eight weeks ago, I accepted a position as the editorial intern for the Northeast News. Five weeks ago I moved into a house in Indian Mound. Last week I drew up preliminary plans to build a chicken coop in my tiny yard. I’m getting settled.

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    Letter to the Editor: Car Cheap sign is not acceptable

    Northeast News
    July 23, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    In the July 16 edition, Bunny the Newshound asked: “where’s the outrage” as related to yet another tacky used car lot on Independence Blvd. Personally, I AM outraged.

    As a neighborhood association president, I have enough tasks and challenges to keep me busy full time. I would imagine that is the case for all the neighborhood presidents who have communities that are, at times, hanging on by a thread. Therefore, I must depend on the Northeast Chamber

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    Letter to the Editor: Reoccurring problems

    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    We have lived in Northeast for 19 years and are so frustrated that we are about ready to move. We have had to keep our big dogs in for the last week because they are afraid of the fireworks and gun shots.

    Again tonight people? This is July 6th already. One of the dogs isn’t house trained, so I have to coax him out and stay with him, but it’s not a good thing when I wake

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    Letter to the Editor: Fire hydrants need to be updated

    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    The fire hydrants on the western end of Gladstone Boulevard are painted a beautiful red, but this improvement only goes to Mersington Avenue. The hydrants on the rest of Gladstone Boulevard toward Indian Mound have not been maintained in this manner.

    Who is responsible for this work? Is it the city or the neighborhood association? Shouldn’t the whole scenic byway be included?

    D. Marra

    Northeast

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    Letter to the Editor: The Airing of grievances

    April 30, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    My child attends the Paseo Academy Of Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. They are currently in the three week process of taking the M.A.P. test. They have reported to me that for three hours a day, they have to go to an assigned classroom for the testing.

    In my child’s case that classroom is room number 327, which is on the third floor of the facility.  This room has no

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    Letter to the Editor: The little streetcar that could

    Northeast News
    April 23, 2014

    Five hundred million to build eight miles of streetcar line. Huh? Let’s see, that’s roughly $1,000 per inch.

    We used to have streetcars in this city. They took them out of service many years ago and replaced them with more modern forms of transportation. Buses! The new streetcars must be far more advanced than the old ones were. They probably run silent, no overhead ugly powerlines and computer controlled.

    I just can’t wait to ride one. Well, maybe not,

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    Glad to be here NEKC

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    February 26, 2014

    Some of you might have noticed the bylines have changed over the past week. No longer are readers seeing the name Leslie Collins above stories that concern the historic northeast Kansas City. The name that now appears is Joe Jarosz.

    Hi, I’m Joe.

    On Feb. 17, I took over as managing editor for the Northeast News as Leslie departed for the Kansas City Business Journal. From the few people I’ve met so far, I’ve learned I have

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