Speaking of Politics by Garth Bare*
Heat Wave is Hard on Our Four Legged Friends
Former Raytown Councilman Hospitalized
To Your Health by Jenn Walters
*This week’s stories were written by former Raytown Alderman and co-founder of the Raytown Report, Garth Bare. Greg Walters will return with his regular column next week.
Every Picture Tells a Story
The picture shows the entrance to Glacier Bay, Alaska, The ice floating in the water has broken off from the glacier in the center of the picture (light blue area before the mountain).
Note the parallel lines of the waters surface and the frozen surface of the glacier in the background.
Until this heat wave breaks you can expect to see more pictures of colder climates.
Speaking of Politics . . . by Garth Bare
Former Raytown City Councilman Greg Walters says he is ready to take the next step in his campaign to represent the Sixth District on the Jackson County Legislature. He is encouraged by his lopsided win in the Democratic Primary held on August 3rd. Walters garnered 79% of the vote to his opponent’s total of 21%.
The Republican side of the contest was a much more heated contest. Incumbent Bob Spence held off a strong challenge from Lee’s Summit Councilman Joe Spallo (Spence, 52%, Spallo, 48%).
Political observers were surprised by the closeness of the race.
Some have characterized the weak showing by Spence as an indication that the 12 year incumbent may be in trouble come November.
For his part, Walters says he plans to keep his campaign based on the issues.
“I am a fiscal conservative who believes government should be run as a business,” said Walters.
His 27 year record on the City Council backs up Walters statement. During his tenure, he often opposed TIF and Tax Abatement give-aways as an unfair shifting of the tax burden to homeowners. He was the lone vote to oppose the 23 year Super Tif granted to Walmart on 350 Highway by the City of Raytown.
Other areas in which Walters earned high marks were in neighborhood preservation and recycling.
In 2003 he blocked an effort by the City Administration to close the city’s recycling center for budgetary reasons by leading an effort to raise $9,000.00 to keep the center open. He later chaired the city’s Recycling Committee and found a new location for the center when its site was lost to the new Walmart development on 350 Highway.
Heat Wave is Hard on Our Four Legged Friends.
This summer has already proven to be one for the record books. As we move into the Dog Days of Summer – August in the Kansas City area – it is timely to be reminded that care needs to be taken for our four legged friends as well.
Extreme heat can be deadly to dogs and cats. Since they have less body mass this is especially true for small and active dogs.
If the misery index is over 100 degrees, keep your pet inside during the heat of the day. If your home is not air conditioned, a well shaded area, with plenty of ventilation is the next best reprise from the heat.
Be a good neighbor. If you see animals that are left outside in conditions of extreme humidity and heat call Raytown Animal Control at 737-6014 to report the abuse.
Former Raytown Councilman Hospitalized
Former Raytown Alderman Jerry Kinman was hospitalized this weekend after experiencing chest pains Friday evening. Doctors suspect the chest pain was caused by some recent minor surgery and that there was no damage to his heart.
Kinman is expected to be back at home on Monday.
TO YOUR HEALTH
by Jenn Walters
I have never spent more time thinking about what I’m eating—not because I’m obsessed with gaining weight or eating perfectly—but because I’m so attuned to how that food will affect my run. And now that my “short” runs are now no shorter than 5 miles, a bad run isn’t a quick workout to fight through; it’s a full-out hour-long torture session to endure. And life is too short to suffer through, so I like to eat healthy foods that are easy for me to digest and don’t weigh me down. I used to be a pretty regular breakfast-lunch-dinner kinda gal, maybe with a snack or two here and there, but now I am a mini-meal queen. Five to six times a day, I’m noshing on some fruit or veggies with protein. It keeps me full, energized, and makes the next run that much better. Sadly for Yellow Tail, I’ve also cut down on my wine consumption, limiting myself to a glass or two only one or two nights a week. I am a changed woman, I say. (If you’re reading, I still love you Yellow Tail chardonnay! You are my favorite deliciously cheap wine, and we will reunite in 2010!)
Weirdness #2: Getting Ready
Going to a party? I can get ready in 10 minutes flat. With a shower? Thirty minutes, tops. I am VERY proud of my get-ready speediness. How long does it take me to get ready for a run? Well, ahem, that’s a different story. I timed it last week. From getting up on a Saturday morning to eating breakfast, loading up my ipod withpodcasts, Aquaphor-ing my feet to prevent blisters, filling up my water bottle with Gatorade/water, packing myhydration pack with my cellie (you know, for texting muscle-buildup purposes) and ID, strapping on the heart-rate monitor and GPS watch, digesting food, checking this awesome what-to-wear tool and FINALLY kissing the hubby and pup goodbye before I leave the house for 3+ hours, it takes me an hour minimum to get ready to run. Wait, isn’t there a Dixie Chicks song about that? I really should add that to my getting-ready-to-run playlist…
Weirdness #3: Thinking Everyone Share Your Obsession
I have been CONSUMED with training for this marathon. Everything I decide to do or not do (see weirdness #1 above) relates to running. Do I want to go to happy hour? No, I have to run. Do I want free wine at lunch? No, I have to run. Do I want to meet Brad Pitt? Um, can I do it after I run? Seriously. And every morning when I go into work, I give everyone not only the mileage on how far I ran but also how it felt. You know…because they care. Or they just like to watch the crazy. Yes, a lot of people in my life are right there in the obsession with me: my husband, my best friend who’s virtually training with me, FBG Erin and my parents (albeit in a “Don’t kill yourself, we love you” kinda way) are all interested. But others? I forget that they’re not. I drag them along for the ride anyways. If you’re within six feet of me, I WILL discuss my training with you. You’ve been warned.
Weirdness #4: Sleep/Rearranging of Schedules
I have always loved my sleep. Like even in grade school, I’d put myself to bed and tell my parents if I was ever up past my bedtime. I was weird, still am. And now that little I-heart-my-sleep grade schooler is even MORE obsessed with getting her ZZZs. It’s not uncommon for me to be in bed by 9 p.m. or even 8:30 p.m. Heck, when you have to run 9 miles at 6 a.m. the next morning, you start seeing your night differently (and you’re really tired if you already got up that morning at 5 a.m. to run 6 miles). Sure, leaving a warm bed is tough in the wee hours, but it’s the best time of day for me to get it done. And seriously, how bad-ass is it to have run 10 miles by the time you get to work at 9 a.m.? Again, see weirdness #3.
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LAST WEEK’S POLL RESULTS
Have you noticed any change in the enforcement of the new curfew hours by the Raytown Police Department?
Yes, more enforcement. 8%
No change. 51%
Not sure 40%