Call for Help Goes Unanswered by Greg Walters
Two weeks ago we ran a story about a dangerous traffic problem at the 79th / 80th Street Block of Hedges. Mr. John Howayek had asked the Raytown Public Works to re-paint a speed limit sign on Hedges warning motorists that children were at play in the neighborhood. He made his first request in March. According to Mr. Howayek the Public Works Department has repeatedly promised to re-paint the street.
The problem is that Hedges is a very long street. It stretches from 83rd Street to 350 Highway. Traffic in the late afternoon picks up around 3:00 p.m. after Raytown South dismisses classes and continues through the evening rush hour. Many of those vehicles are speeding well above the 25 per hour speed limit.
Since the direct approach did not work we suggested that Mr. Howayek go directly to his two Aldermen.
Recently there was a story in the Kansas City Star about Jackson County Missouri settling a lawsuit over a pothole that was not fixed despite repeated requests that it be repaired. A motorcyclist hit the pothole and sustained some pretty serious injuries. The injured party was able to prove that the County was aware of the damaged street but was negligent in not maintaining it. The County ended up settling the lawsuit in an amount in six figures.
Undoubtedly the County now takes its responsibilities more seriously than before the accident and subsequent settlement.
Raytown would be wise to keep a better handle on similar situations within its borders.
63rd Street Bridge Remains Unfinished
Merchants served by the 63rd Street Bridge are reporting that business is slowly beginning to increase since the bridge was re-opened. But a number of them are scratching their heads wondering when will the bridge be completed.
Telephone poles still wait to be removed. The most embarrassing one stands in the middle ofthe sidewalk!
Eight new light poles on the bridge still do not have the globes or lights affixed to the top of them.
Some local merchants are having some fun with the delayed project. Signs have been posted on the bridge announcing fictional announcements from city hall about when the bridge will be completed. Mayor Bower was spotted holding one of the signs while meeting with officials from Kansas City Power and Light.
City Hall has yet to announce a date for completion of the project.
Weight Loss Blogging Can Help You Reach Your Goals by Jenn Walters
As many of you bloggers already know, there is power in blogging. From feeling the communal blog support when you have a setback to sharing your successes with readers, having a blog (as Erin and I sooo know and understand) is an amazing and rewarding experience that can not only inspire others, but also inspire you to do more than you ever dreamed. Like Rosie says, “We can blog it.” (And I like to add “Rock it.”) Read on for more on how blogging can help your health or weight-loss efforts. Note that while the article was written for SparkPeople and therefore features blogging on SparkPeople, blogging on any platform works! It’s more about what you put into than where you do it that counts. Happy blogging!
How Weight-Loss Blogging Can Help You Reach Your Goals To some, “blogging” may seem confusing or somewhat intimidating. Heck, even the word “blog” itself sounds a little sci-fi. But I’m here to tell you that blogging is actually quite easy, and it can be immensely helpful in setting and achieving your health and weight-loss goals. First, let’s break down the word blog. “Blog” is just the contraction of “weblog.” And a weblog is just an online diary. Think of the written diary you kept in your nightstand as a kid. It’s like that, only it’s online. And your little brother is probably no longer trying to break the lock to read it.
Blogging Keeps You Accountable Unlike a simple nutrition or fitness journal that lists what you eat and when you work out, a blog can help you set and achieve goals. Whether it’s dropping 10 pounds over the course of two months or cutting junk food from your diet, a blog is an online journal about you, your life and your achievements and setbacks. And what better way to stay on track? You know your SparkFriends are reading about your progress. Last year, I committed on my blog to running a half marathon. Believe me, when the training was tough and I didn’t want to run another mile, I remembered all of the people who were reading my blog and following my progress. I couldn’t let them down! They all believed in me, and that feeling was contagious. Blogging Helps You Tap into Your Feelings We all know how stress and emotions can influence what we eat and whether or not we make it to the gym. Taking the time to sit down and write about your day and your feelings can be really cathartic. It’s cliché, but many of us don’t talk about how we feel often enough. Especially if your blog is restricted to just your friends, a blog is a safe, non-judgmental place for you to go and write about your feelings.
Blogging Uncovers Patterns When you're writing about your pitfalls, plateaus and positive steps, you'll start to notice trends. For example, many find that their motivation to work out wanes after a stressful day at work or that an evening with the in-laws leads to ordering dessert (or one too many cocktails). Writing about those issues and brainstorming ways to overcome them—either on your own or with the help of your readers—is a huge perk of regular blogging. Blogging Provides Support It's funny. Even when you think you’re having a problem or a setback that no one else can understand, I guarantee that by blogging about it, you’ll have a SparkFriend or two share a very similar story with you and how they got through the same ordeal or, at the very least, receive an outpouring of support and compassionate comments. Losing weight is a tough process, but you’re not the first or only one going through it. Visit other blogs or SparkPages that inspire you, and ask them to check out your blog, too. There is power—and support—in numbers. I recently blogged about my experience with emotional eating and was overwhelmed with the response from readers. The comments and emails I received about it were so uplifting and encouraging—not to mention that I hopefully helped some other people in the process. Believe me, you get back what you put in when it comes to blogging.
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