Thursday, September 13, 2007
I have been reading over the different postings of the last two weeks. Many interesting comments, some insightful and some are down right nasty. The most important observation I can make is that the number of participants is growing. Keep in mind that there are many who read but do not comment on the many posts on this blog. I can assure you those numbers are growing. So, if you are sharing your thoughts, the audience is greater than just those who are corresponding via the blog. A few personal observations: To the person who believes that I am posting comments anonymously. Not so! That is my picture on the upper left corner of this page. I am not ashamed to plainly state what I have to say publicly. If that were not the case, I would have left any identification of my own responsibility for the Raytown Report. The Raytown Report’s purpose is very simple. To give those who wish, a forum in which to speak out. I personally know many of those who have shared their thoughts on this page. I can tell you they are speaking from the heart. It is true that not all Raytowners believe this forum is a good idea. I personally know many of them also. Those folks should remember that what is written on these pages come from their neighbors and fellow Raytowners. They have as much a right to share their opinion as the next person. To stifle or ignore those with whom we do not agree is the worst kind of bigotry. Such narrow-minded attitudes only serve to create cynicism that eventually stunts the growth of a community. Reaching for Tomorrow has drawn much attention on these pages. RRFT was started by the Curt Wenson / Sue Frank political machine as a way to raise taxes. There were many good-intentioned people who participated in it. There were also many who felt they were not welcome within the structure of that organization. Many of those people have spoken out on this site. As an organization RRFT is not really in existence anymore. It has morphed into a political organization loosely known as Continue Raytown’s Progress. They have been adept at playing on the hopes and dreams of many voters. They are currently at a high water mark in their existence. The club can honestly claim to have supported all but two of the elected positions in Raytown city government. Time will tell how long their run of domination at City Hall will last. Finally, I would like to leave my readers with the following observation. Last April, the Mayor, and many of those elected to the Board of Aldermen made pledges to do something about the need for more street lights in Raytown. On November 1st the Mayor and the Board will vote on a new budget for the upcoming year. This will be their budget. They will not be tied by the work of the past Board of Aldermen. They will have six months experience as elected officials under their belt. It will be interesting to see if they carry through on pledges to increase the number of streetlights in Raytown.