Sunday, November 30, 2008
I am Thankful for . . .
Thanksgiving Day may be behind us, but events, local and far away, on this 2008 version of our Thanksgiving Holiday reminded me of how much we have to be thankful for in Raytown and as Americans. The events in Mumbai, India reminded me of how thankful I am for living in a country where political differences are not settled at the end of a gun. I am thankful for living in a country where freedom of speech is more than just a thought, but a practice. I am thankful that Raytown’s major eyesore, the old First Baptist Church in Downtown Raytown, will soon be an image of the past. I am thankful for the two young men who have taken the bold step of trying to breath life back into the Raytown Post. Print media is the barometer by which the health of a community can be gauged. A community without a local newspaper to bind it together is less than healthy. I am thankful for living in a community where two of our local high school teams have excelled in the area of sports. Recognition is deserved for the O’Hara High School Girls Volleyball Team, who earned the title of Missouri State Champions earlier this fall. This makes the third year in a row the O’Hara Girls Volleyball Team has captured the State Championship – very impressive!!! And how about those Raytown South Cardinals! They made it all the way to big show. They played like the champions they are only to see fate take the game away from them in the last four seconds of play. The Raytown South Cardinals Football team should be proud of their season and the record-breaking advance to the Missouri State final. Finally, I am thankful for the regular participants of this blog. It is there activism and interest in the community that is slowly but surely nudging our city government to be more responsive and accountable. Just as the light of day can expose the shadows of night be nothing more than the lack light – nothing cures a community’s ills as much as the free flow of information. Please remain active. You are making a difference. Recall? Impeachment!!! From time to time there have been calls of for recall and impeachment on this blog. Since Raytown is a fourth class city, both options are a hard way to reach that end. If you are sincere about your desire to change how your local government is run, you should consider filing for public office. The filing period for five of the ten seats on the Board of Aldermen, the Municipal Judge and the Chief of Police opens on December 16, 2008 and closes on January 20, 2009. Requirements are that you be a registered voter, a resident of Raytown and not have a criminal (felony) record in the State of Missouri.