Glad to be here NEKC

Posted February 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

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 some big shoes to fill. And that’s fine with me because I have big feet.

My wife and I recently moved to Kansas City because she got a job with KSHB Action 41 News. We’re a media couple. We came here from the Quad

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    Dear Editor: Prostitution is not a victimless crime

    Northeast News
    February 19, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    A few words on prostitution in our area.

    First of all, this is not a so-called “victimless crime.” The victims are the sex workers themselves in many ways. How do we know they are not being forced into the sex trade? They may have been lured by some drug dealer, forcibly hooked on drugs and made to work the streets.

    Prostitution brings other crime to our area such as drug dealers

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    Dear Northeast: Be proud

    By LESLIE COLLINS
    Northeast News
    February 19, 2014

    Driving down Independence Avenue, I felt slightly apprehensive. It was Christmas Eve and bitterly cold, and the bold, multicolored buildings glaringly stood out against the pale sky. Signs and advertisements in foreign languages plastered the storefronts of businesses, and careless graffiti marked its territory. Did I belong here? Could I work here?

    More than anything, I wanted to work in a city, to be a part of something bigger.

    But Historic Northeast?

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    Dear Editor: KC comes through for Operation Christmas Child

    Northeast News
    February 5, 2014

    Dear Northeast News,

    I’m writing to thank Kansas City residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 58,601 shoeboxes—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

    Although drop-off locations in Kansas City are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or by using

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    Dear Editor: ACA has negative impact

    Northeast News
    February 5, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    It is amazing to me how people are surprised about the new (Affordable Care Act) health care program. That has driven up our out of pocket expenses and reduced the quality of options available to many of us for health care. The unintended consequences have just begun and many predict it will worsen when the employer mandate is enforced later this year.

    These things were predicted by numerous people in the media. Those of us who watched, listened and read things other than the mainstream media were not surprised and were aware of the dangers this aggressive

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    Dear Editor: I support KCFD ALS pumper initiative

    Northeast News
    January 15, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    I am writing this letter about the articles you published in the Northeast News in November and December about the Kansas City Fire Department’s ambulance response time and how they are improving.

    In the article you wrote about ALS (Advanced Life Support) pumpers; I support the fire department’s plan on ALS pumpers. This is something that I have been supportive about – why? Because it

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    Dear Editor: Vote ‘No’ on Question 1

    October 30, 2013

    Dear Editor:

    This letter is to all Northeast residents: I urge you to get out and vote on Nov. 5. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am opposed to Question #1 on the ballot – a 1/2 cent sales tax for 20 years, for “translational medical research,” to be levied against Jackson Co residents ONLY. No one on God’s green earth is opposed to medical research. But to finance it in this way shows an amazing lack of imagination and empathy. Supporters keep chanting the region will benefit. But

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    Dear Editor: Citizens must fight for Kansas City Museum

    October 23, 2013

    Dear Editor:

    Corinthian Hall is no longer the Kansas City Museum!

    That is a headline that I don’t want to read in the Northeast News. It could very well happen. George Gaustello, the CEO of Union Station Kansas City, Inc., would be very happy to see that take place. There are people, like Councilman Jim Glover, who would like to see the Museum swallowed up by Union Station

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    Dear Editor: McDonald still missed in Historic Northeast

    September 18, 2013

    Dear Editor:

    Thank you for printing a great article about my friend Christine McDonald in your edition this week. I got to know Christine before she moved to the St Louis area, here in the Northeast at Norton Heights Community of Christ congregation.

    We at Norton Heights church were very pleased to have Christine as part of our church family for several years as she worked her way into a new life getting off of the hard living on the

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    Dear Editor: Diversity is Northeast’s strength

    September 11, 2013

    Dear Editor:

    Your recent rant about the St. Paul proposal, in which you casually referred to “refugee dumping,” left me wondering: What do you think are our greatest strengths as a neighborhood? For what kind of neighborhood do you hope? I know that you appreciate our history and architecture, but I’m left thinking you hope for a more homogeneous suburban set of neighbors.

    I moved to Northeast seven years ago because of the rich variety of

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