Letter to the Editor: Last week’s Buzz article missed the point

Posted September 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

Northeast News
September 3, 2014

Dear Editor,

I was deeply disturbed by your recent editorial, “Due Process is Over-rated.” While vigorously defending the rights of the yet-to-be-arrested veteran Ferguson Missouri Police Officer, you neglected to mention that this officer served as judge, jury, and executioner for an unarmed teenager. Where was Michael Brown’s due process?

While vigorously arguing for white justice, you never named Michael Brown, but dismissed him as local thug, attempting to justify his killing. You raised concern for the officer and his family mental anguish of taking a life. At the same time, you denied the reasonable outrage of specific demographic whose basic constitutional rights were violated throughout the protests following the shooting. You failed to acknowledge that this is not an isolated incident, but a complex, systemic problem. I imagine

Read Full Story…

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

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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.

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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

    Read Full Story…

    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,

    Read Full Story…