Elections have consequences

Last month Kansas City voters sent a clear message to the Toy Train Streetcar expansion cronies that an expansion of any kind needed approval by a city-wide public referendum.  Streetcar proponents, however, just kept on working like nothing ever happened though. Kind of like in the first Star Wars flick where Obi Wan waves his hand in the face of an Imperial Storm trooper and says, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

“Move along.”

Now we’re getting wind of a special October 7th election for the Main Street Rail Transportation Development District. The election, if you can call it that, is to “elect” Directors for the midtown TDD. That certainly looks like streetcar expansion to this keen-eyed news dog. And just like in the previously rigged TDD votes, this too is a restricted vote allowing only those registered voters that reside within the taxing district to vote. Operative word there is “reside” because if you own property within the boundaries of the gerrymandered district, you don’t have a voice in this so called election. We also wonder how much this superficial show of “democracy” will cost the citizens of Kansas City.

But wait. Didn’t the August 8th election results bar the city from participating in any planned expansion effort without city-wide voter approval? The margin was razor thin but was approved by voters city wide who wanted a say in how they were taxed on transportation issues. So why, you may ask, is this election for Directors of the Main Street Rail TDD even moving forward despite the results of the August 8th election. It’s because TDD proponents don’t think the voice of the people matters. They just flat don’t think that election was valid. They know better than you do so you should just sit down and take your medicine and let THEM run the show.

Note to the elitist, self-appointed transit know it all types who think elections don’t matter. Elections DO matter and the voters in this Cowtown spoke up loud and clear on August 8th that they want city-wide voter approval of any expanded streetcar work. The Dog hopes the little spoken of provision in the approved Question 1 of a $1,000 a day fine will be imposed by city attorneys sending a clear message to the midtown TDD hot-shots that elections do matter. The dog isn’t holding her breath though.

Comments are closed.

  • Justice off the rails

    July 11th, 2018
    by

    Once again the Jackson County justice system – a term used loosely – has shown its true colors and released […]


    Twenty years of award winning community news

    July 4th, 2018
    by

    Twenty years ago, on July 1st, 1998, this community-minded News-Dog turned the faded knob of a storefront newspaper, then at […]


    Mayoral Roulette

    June 27th, 2018
    by

    There’s a line coined from viral Ball State University sportscaster Brian Collins that says “boom goes the dynamite.” That’s exactly […]


    Tax and Spend Continued

    June 20th, 2018
    by

    If the sales tax rate isn’t high enough in Kansas City, just wait until later this year when it has […]


    Closing Libraries

    June 13th, 2018
    by

    Local historian Dory DeAngelo once said that every time an old person passes away, a library closes. Truer words were […]


  • When will it end?

    June 6th, 2018
    by

    This dog is more than fed up with the proliferation of construction projects that seem to be multiplying exponentially along […]


    School for Sale

    May 30th, 2018
    by

    When high school senior Kylan Scheele decided his senior prank was going to be listing his alma mater, Truman High […]


    Transit Talk

    May 23rd, 2018
    by

    There’s been a lot of back and forth about various forms of transit in this Cowtown, and this critically-thinking news-dog […]


  • What’s Happening

    Kander officially launches mayoral campaign

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Mayoral hopeful Jason Kander enticed hundreds of supporters to brave inclement weather and road closures […]

    Tips to stay cool if you must be outdoors

    By Dominique McCrary Northeast News Editorial Assistant As the summer continues to heat up, there are many people who are […]

    Lincoln Prep holds groundbreaking ceremony for new field

    By Dominique McCrary Northeast News Editorial Assistant Thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from alum Charles Harris, Lincoln College […]

  • Local Weather