An Opportunity to Make a Difference BY GREG WALTERS
The November General Election had one resounding message. The voters said loud and clear that they want more accountability from those who run their government. On the local level, that small but important group of people are those who are elected to your City Council, School Board, Water and Fire Districts.
The City Council has diverted tax dollars that were promised to be used for street improvements and police protection to pay off the (TIF) debt of giant retailers in Raytown. They have made loans to private corporations to underwrite the opening of private businesses in your city. To add insult to injury, they have created special “tax districts” that increase your sales tax at these same facilities without your vote of approval.
If you have ever considered taking a more active role in your community by running for public office then now is the time to give it some serious thought.
The following information is an outline of “how to” start your political campaign. More information is available.
Former Raytown Alderman Jerry Briggs, who is also a current member of the Jackson County Water Supply District, has offered to field any questions from potential candidates of any of the following offices. Mr. Briggs has been active in Raytown politics for many years and is a familiar with all the rules governing the above mentioned governmental bodies.
He can be reached at 358-0584.
City Elections Just Around the Corner PART TWO
Last week’s Raytown Report outlined which offices were open for election in the School Board, Fire District, Water District and the City of Raytown. This week’s report will cover requirements for filing for office, where to file and how much the different position pays in salary or benefits.
You must be registered to vote to file for election. All of your taxes must be paid in full. In the City of Raytown you can file by petition or by paying a minimal filing fee.
CITY OF RAYTOWN
WHERE TO FILE: City Hall, 10000 East 59th Street
POSITIONS UP FOR ELECTION:
MAYOR: $1,000 Monthly + $200 Monthly Car Allowance / Eligible to join City’s Health Insurance Plan
CITY COLLECTOR: $100 Monthly / Eligible to join City’s Health Insurance Plan
ALDERMAN: (Five seats open) $400 Monthly + $50 Monthly Car Allowance / Eligible to join City’s Health Insurance Plan
RAYTOWN FIRE DISTRICT
POSITION UP FOR ELECTION: One Seat Open
WHERE TO FILE: Fire District Headquarters, 6020 Raytown Trafficway
SALARY: $100 per meeting (two meetings per month)
RAYTOWN C2 SCHOOL DISTRICT
POSITIONS UP FOR ELECTION: Three Seats Open
WHERE TO FILE: Raytown School District Headquarters, 6608 Raytown Road
JACKSON COUNTY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT No. 2
POSITIONS UP FOR ELECTION: Two Seats Open
WHERE TO FILE: Water Supply District Headquarters, 6945 Blue Ridge Boulevard
This Week's Poll Questions . . .
Local businessman Pat Casady suggested that the Raytown Report conduct a poll of how people rate the job performance of the five individual Raytown City Council members up for election next April.
Good idea, Pat. The poll question(s) for those five members are in place.
Let's see how it goes.
Remember to vote on each individual, and of course, vote only once.
Everyone knows that the November 2nd Election was a Republican juggernaut of unprecedented size in this Kansas City area. Or course, I am disappointed that I did not win, but as with all clouds, there is always a silver lining. I did some "drilling" down of the results for the Kansas City and Raytown precincts. Here are the results:
Raytown Precinct Results: Walters – 2862 (56%) Spence – 2238 (44%)
K.C. Precinct Results: Walters – 1812 (51.48%) Spence – 1702 (48.35%)
The Lee's Summit results were a different story. In fact, so bad, that I did not bother copying them down. Though I did manage to win three precincts in the Lee's Summit area.
My thanks to those who supported me. It is appreciated. -- Greg Walters
Obesity Blamed for Cancers BY ERIN WHITEHEAD
Obesity is a punching bag, and it takes the blame for a lot of health problems. Now the American Institute for Cancer Research is pointing its fingers at obesity for causing some cancers. According to a recent study, more than 100,000 cancers are caused by excess body fat. And more than that, extra fat can also make cancers harder to treat and give victims a more difficult struggle against the disease. Knowing that you may be preventing a future cancer makes hitting the treadmill a nd watching those portions just a tiny bit easier, doesn’t it?
I commend people who can exercise portion control on Thanksgiving Day. You know, those will-power-of-steel types who don’t get tempted to go back for that second helping of stuffing or that extra piece of pumpkin pie. I admit that I am not one of them. I indulge more than is probably healthy on Turkey Day.
Last year, my hubby and I were on our own, so we went out for our turkey dinner. We thought that surely we’d come out ahead because we didn’t have leftovers from a bountiful feast tempting us for the entire day. Enter a four-course deluxe and delicious meal, and we waddled out of the restaurant miserable. This year I vow to wear my FBG pride a little more prominently upon my sleeve with these four tips, adapted from Life Fitness.
1. Every Bit Counts
Sure, you may not fit in an hour-long session with your trainer on Thanksgiving Day, but every little bit of exercise during the holiday weekend will help offset any splurges. Take 20 minutes a day to be active, whether it’s a series of push-ups, lunges and squats, or a walk with a friend. It might even be a good escape if your family stresses you out!
2. Take It To Go
If you’re on the road, you might have an extra-hard time fitting in your workouts. Hit the fitness center at your hotel, pack your resistance bands or pick your favorite body-weight-only exercises. And there are very few excuses for not being able to get out for a short walk (swine flu and massive blizzards may buy you a pass).
3. Make It a Family Event
Get the family moving instead of curling up on the couch all day watching television. Seasonal activities include sledding, jumping in piles of leaves, playing football, ice skating and walking around the neighborhood to see the holiday lights and decorations—especially those crazy blow-up lawn art Santas that are so popular these days.
4. Meal Management
The average American is said to consume 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. This means that there are probably people out there who are eating 5,000 calories this one day. (I was probably one of them last year.) Practice portion control by eating small meals throughout the day so that you don’t hit dinner starving and risk knocking people to the side to devour the turkey on your own. If it’s just not possible for you to take it easy on T-Day, tack an extra 10 minutes on to your next few workouts and watch your portions the day after the holiday. Your waistline will thank you.
Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead jointly publish Fit Bottomed Girls. To read more of their thoughts on lifestyle choices and fitness go to Fit Bottomed Girls
High School Sports . . .
To catch up on O'Hara Sports use this link O'Hara High School
To catch up on Raytown South Sports use this link Raytown South High School
Last Week’s Poll Results . . .
The City of Raytown conducts "winner take all" elections. Do you support the creation of primary elections for races in which more than two candidates have filed?
YES . . . 48%
NO . . . 50%
UNDECIDED . . . 2%