Letter to the Editor: More lights could deter NE crime

Posted September 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Northeast News
October 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

One of the continuing concerns of residents throughout the Northeast neighborhoods is the issue of crime. I have noticed as I have driven along the side streets in various areas that hardly any residents take the initiative to turn on their porch or outside lights at dusk. This simple act can reduce crime by making your property more visible, and if someone were to approach your home at night, you would be able to see who it is instead of letting a potential criminal commit the act in the cover of darkness.

Over grown bushes and low-hanging tree branches can also play a factor in providing cover for criminals. By keeping your landscaping trimmed back, one can increase visibility, not just so you can see who is

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    Letter to the Editor: Let’s talk trash in our neighborhoods

    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    Lets talk trash once again. Troy Nash held a meeting at The Gem theater called “lets talk trash.” I attended and spoke. Solid waste at that time was in the Environmental Services Department led by John Stufflebeam. John said at that meeting, “Golly GEE if I knew where this trash was I would get it picked up.”

    I rose again and said, “John you just screwed up. You will know Monday morning.” That weekend my wife and

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    Letter to the Editor: Don’t close the gates at Cliff Drive

    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    Dear Northeast News:

    Cliff Drive is a lovely and leisurely natural bypass of Benton Circle, Gladstone Blvd., Lexington Ave., the medical school and housing complex across north of it. It is a wonderful drive to show visitors and people who don’t know about what a hidden gem it is near to our downtown, away from the congestion and neighborhood streets or Independence Ave.

    I am a regular user of Cliff Drive to and from my work and delivering Meals

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

    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

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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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    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

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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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