Special Invitation to Raytown Report Readers
On Tuesday, September 14th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Yellow Rock Barn, located at 8307 Westridge, Raytown, MO 64138, I will be holding a fundraiser in support of my campaign for the Sixth District seat on the Jackson County Legislature. If you are interested in attending the event please "click" on my "new leadership" ad to the left of this text. It will take you to my campaign website where you can view the the details of the event.
All are welcome to attend.
I hope to see you there!
How Would You Reform Raytown?
The last unique attempt to “reform” Raytown was when the Board of Aldermen unanimously endorsed a plan to move the city’s recycling center to its current location. Attempts to pursue a full blown recycling program were cut short by the Mayor. Sad to say, his promise to revive the
attempt after Walmart was established has been broken.
There are other areas where individuals have shown the vision to improve the quality of life in Raytown. Often times the suggestions fall on what seem to be the deaf ears of those who are currently running our city.
You don’t have to go far to find examples. The outcry for residency requirements for senior department heads at City Hall would go a long way in returning a sense of pride to the community. More than likely you would not have debacles like Willow Street being turned into a one way street by nearly 100% of those who use it on a regular basis. Another example would be the lack of maintenance of proper signage for the safety of our children in residential neighborhoods, as was experienced by a neighborhood along Hedges Street in the Southwood subdivision.
Other suggestions have been floated before the City Park Board. Too often the ideas are quietly listened to and then shelved.
When the Board of Aldermen moved the curfew for minors to 10:00 p.m. (a move applauded by nearly all of Raytown), the Park Board did not even respond to a suggestion that they close their parks at the same time.
Another suggestion, that the Park Board explore the idea of using one of the smaller city parks as a “dog park” where neighbors could gather to socialize and exercise their pets, has yet to receive a public hearing by either the city or the park department.
The idea has merit. By converting a park prone to vandalism and illegal activity into a popular gathering spot by Raytowners the city will literally reclaim the park for the public. The influx of law abiding citizens would force the miscreants away. It would also bring a sense of community
to those who use the park.
City and Park leaders should give these ideas a proper hearing. It is puzzling that city and park department leaders do not give these ideas serious thought. Most have little economic impact on their budgets. All would improve the quality of life in Raytown.
Maybe someday city leaders will consider such ideas with as much zeal as they do in creating tax breaks for commercial developers.
to empower and strengthen that which makes any community unique. The operative word here is pride.
te ideas, both new and old
I’m a Little Hippity-Dippity by Jenn Walters
According to one online Urban Dictionary, “hippity-dippity” is an old person’s old person’s euphemism for sex. Another one, and I’m not making this up, says, “A word that means ‘please’ but when anyone actually says this, most laugh at them.” Just so we’re not confused on what I’m talking about today, my definition of “hippity-dippity” is radically different than the internet’s. Mine is more hippity than dippity and describes a person who is open to all kinds of things—meditation, yoga, Yanni. You know, the New-Agey kinda folks. The Hippity Dippities!
As I’ve gotten older and practiced more yoga, I’ve become increasingly interested in more non-mainstream ideas. I’ve gone to a few meditation classes, heard a lama (not the animal, folks, although that would be cool, too) speak at a Buddhist center and gobbled up Eat, Pray, Love like Elizabeth Gilbert was my long lost sister. I also became somewhat obsessed with ridding myself of ego whenEckhart Tolle was on Oprah darn near every week. (A friend and I even affectionately nicknamed him the “Wise Little Gnome” whom we’d reference multiple times a day in conversations over AIM.) I’ve always been interested in what some people—including my grandma—would call hogwash. It’s the same thing that draws me to corny and mostly fake ghost hunting shows or books about psychics. Heck, I’ll even let my massage therapist “balance my energy.” It’s fun!Over the years, I’ve also become extremely fascinated by hippity-dippity’s relationship to fitness. I mean, if there’s a way to get fit AND become enlightened, sign me up! Although many yoga DVDs are not spiritual by any means, some of them very much are. I’ve been a long-time fan of Rodney Yee, who seems to walk a fine line of being spiritual without being too spiritual. Yes, he tells me to “lie in the ocean, lie in the sand” during deep relaxation, but he also says “buttock flesh” in such a way that I know he’s giggling inside, too. And don’t forget about my somewhat spiritual experience surviving 105-degree temps with Erin in hot yoga.
Recently, Kundalini Yoga Cardio, Stretch, & Strengthen with Ana Brett and Ravi Singh was thrown my way (via the mail). I’d heard great things about Ana and Ravi, and was excited to try it. You know, since I’m all open and stuff.
That’s when I got my hippity-dippity reality check. For me, the DVD was like an acid trip with a very pale and nimble instructor breathing loudly, bending all over the place and dancing awkwardly in combat boots.
I’m not joking. That really happens in the DVD. And I spent half the DVD staring at it like it was the circus.
Thankfully, their hatha yoga DVD, Yoga for Beginners & Beyond, was way more my speed (read: no combat boots), but the whole “trip” taught me an important lesson. When it comes to fitness—and just being—you are who you are. For most, working out—really digging deep and proving that you can do something—is a somewhat spiritual experience. Whether it’s intense yoga, running a marathon, completing a backpacking trip or even hitting the gym consistently for a week, fitness can be very personal and sometimes spiritual.
It’s great to try new things, really learn and challenge yourself, but at the end of the day, you’re only as hippity-dippity as you’re born to be. That’s why I’m going to stick to my usual power yoga and running workouts. I may not be as hippity-dippity as I once thought, but I’m okay with that.
To read more of Jenn’s musings visit her website at http://fitbottomedgirls.com/
Clinton's Extra Points Edge O'Hara 27 - 25
On September 3rd, the Clinton Cardinals and the O’Hara Celtics each scored four touchdowns, but the Cardinals made three extra points while the Celtics were held to one.
The Cardinals scored on their first possession. Starting at midfield, they got into the end zone on a 16 yard pass play from Dylan Stadter to Collin Garvin. The two-point conversion attempt was stopped by the O’Hara defense.
For the rest of this story go to O'Hara High School
Cardinals defeat Bulldogs 42 - 12 Friday night. After a slow first quarter the Cardinals unleashed a powerful offensive attack, scoring 26 points in the second half.
For complete stats of this game go to http://www.ihigh.com/raytownsouth/article_33769.html
Last Week's Poll Results
Do you plan to vote in the November 2, 2010 Election.
Yes . . . 97%
No . . . . 2%