Sunday, September 27, 2009
By Greg Walters There have been a number of posts alleging comments by local political leaders voicing complaints about the Raytown Report. Generally speaking, the complaint is that the Raytown Report is “too negative”. Such complaints are an attempt to shift attention away from the topic under discussion. It is a tactic used to control debate by refusing to join this discussion. It is an age old debating trick that is transparent as it is frustrating. Those who use it are fond of saying “I can’t go there” or, “I won’t discuss that.” Such arguments are the last refuge of those in an indefensible position. Their goal is simple. Change the subject as quickly as possible. Complain about the lighting, the shape of the table, complain about your opponent. Talk about anything else to divert attention from the subject at hand. We have heard this “negative” accusation from other sources as well. Mayor David Bower and Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer are on record in the Kansas City Star as complaining that the Raytown Report website, and the public blog in particular, is too “negative”. Very well then, let’s talk about what THEY want to talk about. If Mayor Bower, Creamer, one of his seatmates, or for that matter, any private citizen would like to spread a little sunshine with some of their “positive” remarks, we invite them to do so on this page one week from today. We will make space for their comments in our weekly post. Who knows, maybe one of those writers will realize that we are all on the same side . . . that complaints (that they view as negative) are borne out of frustration and that the worst way to face a problem is to ignore it. High School Football Standings O'Hara High School.....................4 win /1 loss Raytown High School...................1 win /4 loss Raytown South High School............3 win /2 loss O’Hara Celtics - 45 / St. James Thunder - 31 by Brother Richard Geimer Led by T.J. White’s and Raphael Spencer’s two touchdowns apiece, the O’Hara Celtics downed the Saint James Thunder 45-31 on September 25th. Touchdowns were also scored by Terrell Johnson, Brett Coatney, and Louis Golden in the romp. Here is a rundown of the evening’s scoring: O’Hara 0, Saint James 6: O’Hara received the opening kickoff but were stopped in three running plays. Saint James mounted a thirteen play drive to reach the scoreboard first. Grinding out yardage in which none of the plays netted over ten yards, Danny Manning scored from 10 yards out. In the drive the Thunder twice went for yardage on fourth downs. Their extra point kick was wide. It was the first time in five games that the Celtics were scored upon in the first quarter. O’Hara 7, Saint James 6: Jimmy Clark returned the kickoff with a great run and the Celtics took over in good field position on the Thunder 41 yard line. Five plays later, Brett Coatney found his way into the end zone on a 14 yard carry. Julian Gidley kicked the extra point after which the Celtics never trailed in the game. FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS REPORT PLEASE USE THIS LINK: http://brrichard.blogspot.com/2009/09/ohara-45-saint-james-31.html Raytown South - 19 / Lee’s Summit West - 21 Two fourth quarter touchdowns weren't enough to prevent visiting Raytown South from suffering a key Suburban Middle Six loss to Lee's Summit West. Phillip Kind returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown and Dennis Tanner passed 27 yards to Dennis Turner for another during South's futile fourth quarter comeback. In between the two scores Mick Medlock passed 43 yards to James Ritch for what proved to be the winning West touchdown. Three Medlock extra points proved to be the winning margin. Turner ran 33 yards and Seven Connick kicked the extra point as South (3-2 overall, 1-1 conference) took a 7-0 opening-quarter lead. Then West ended South's 13 quarters streak of not being scored upon on as Luke Knott passed 27 yards to Trevor Smith. Jordan Wade's 9-yard run in the second quarter gave West (3-2, 2-1) a 14-7 halftime lead. Raytown 17 / North Kansas City 20 NO REPORT AVAILABLE O'Hara Volleyball Team Fares Well in Blue Springs Tournament On Saturday, September 26th, the O'Hara volleyball team competed in the Blue Springs South Invitational in which sixteen powerhouses were represented, and did a commenable job even though unable to survive as one of the four semifinalists. The team played in the White Pool losing only one game in overtime to Blue Springs South. They came back to win 25-20. The Celtics then beat Cor Jesu 25-20 and 26-24 and went into the Championship bracket. Facing Nerinx Hall, O'Hara won 25-18 and dropped a 21-25 game. Nerinx Hall was one of the four teams to go on the the semifinals having the better overall scoring.