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A drive by shooting in Raytown led to a serious car wreck as friends of the victim were rushing to the hospital. Raytown police were called to the scene of a shooting a little after 3:00 p.m. in the area of 74th Terrace and 75th Street near Hunter Street.
A witness told police a man was shot and had been taken by friends to the hospital in a white utility van.
About 3:30 p.m. a vehicle matching the description of the one in Raytown crashed at Gregory Boulevard and Lakeside Drive. One of the occupants in the vehicle suffered life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting incident in Raytown is urged to call the Raytown or Kansas City Police.
Opinion Poll and a New Look BY GREG WALTERS
As you can see, we have made a few changes to our blog. We hope you like the new look.
How our page works, the ease of leaving comments and the links are basically the same.
Paul, felt it was time to change away from the burnt orange of the 1980’s and try something a little more bright and friendly. He is a cruel taskmaster, but the end result shows that he was right!
But that is not the only change we have made.
POLL QUESTION RETURNS!
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Those words come to mind as we re-introduce our popular poll questions to the blog.
As long time readers are aware, our last attempt(s) to provide polls of general interest became the victim of a hacker. Hackers are the graffiti writers of the internet. They yearn for attention, but hide in anonymity. These nefarious children of the internet age will probably never grow up. They are anti-social by nature and glory in their ability to cause trouble.
Google has recently made some upgrades to their blogger service. Hopefully, this new effort will withstand the attacks on it and allow our readers to see where their opinions stack up when compared to others.
This Week's Poll Question
Should Raytown's SuperSplash water park be closed down or left open?
To vote on this poll go to the top right corner of our page. The poll will run for one week. Please, only one vote per reader!
The Salamander Returns!
Farmer Jones hired a new field hand.
He told the lad, “Go out to the pasture, get the mule, bring him in and rig him up for plowing.”
A good employee, the new hire trotted out to the pasture, went over to the mule and said, “Let’s go.”
Nothing happened. The animal stood there and did not move a muscle or even twitch in response.
After more futile attempts the field hand returned to his boss and exclaimed, “I can’t get him to move.”
No problem said his boss. “Come with me.”
Picking up a length of a two by four board the farmer and his husky aide paced off to the pasture where the mule was somberly grazing.”
“Is this the animal who will not obey you?” asked the farmer.
“Yep”, came the reply.
The farmer walked up to the mule and smacked him squarely on the backside with the two by four.
“Let’s go to the barn and get rigged up,” he intoned.
Meekly, the mule followed.
Astounded by what had happened, the hired hand said, “How did you manage to get the mule to move so easily?”
Came the reply, “Simple, with lots of animals, just like people, you first have to get them to listen when you talk.”
The preceding is exactly how the Salamander feels is happening at Raytown’s SuperSplash.
No one is listening. No one seems to care whether or not this jewel of Raytown bites the dust.
We have a Park Director and Park Board who have put on blinders in their search for a solution. A couple of years back they said we needed professional management to solve the problem. The downward slide in attendance continued. Now they are saying we need to self-manage the water park.
Déjà vu! Isn’t this what they blamed for failure before they hired the “professionals” to run the park?
Clearly, they are on a very slippery slope that seems headed towards failure.
I don’t think a whack with a two by four is a viable solution. But collective hand wringing, pointing fingers and making up excuses does very little to resolve the situation.
No private business would be allowed to operate in such a slip shod manner.
Does anyone honestly believe that the same folks that have allowed SuperSplash to deteriorate to the economic black hole it has become can undo the mess they created?
When failure becomes the only conclusion somebody has to go.
The salvation and renewal of Raytown SuperSplash is not going to come from leadership offered by those who presided over its decline.
It appeared that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen recognized the first step (listening) when they appointed a committee to brainstorm in search of a solution.
Then they voted nine to one, to spend $83,000 for back up pumps before the Special Committee held its first meeting! Clearly, very few were listening at City Hall.
They could have held deliberation on the pumps over so the Committee could meet and make recommendations. But no, like lemmings rushing to the sea they chose the path already blazed by the Park Board. They acted as if business as usual will solve the problems at SuperSplash.
It does not look like a formula for success. Right or wrong, it is their place to make decisions that go beyond those that has been tried before. One area they seem intent on ignoring is that perhaps those they have running the show simply are not up to the task at hand.
Hard decisions may save SuperSplash. Continuing down the path of the past five years of failure is not the trail to take.
FIT BOTTOMED EATS
The jack-o-latern: what a waste, all that is remembered and left on the front porch to wilt and die. Why do pumpkins deserve this fate? No other fruit is treated so poorly. Especially when you consider how much this one has to offer. Those glorious orange globes of fall are truly multi-functional, lending their flavor to sweet and savory dishes alike.
Probably the most underrated of the gourd family, pumpkins can be so much more than pie or Halloween decorations, if only we would give them a chance. To say I am obsessed is to put it mildly. In my humble opinion there is rarely a dish that can’t benefit from this versatile squash. Read More
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WEEK FOUR City Hall and Walmart Continue to Ignore Dead Trees on Walmart Property
Four weeks after City Hall was informed of dead trees on he Walmart property on Raytown 350 Highway there is no evidence of the problem being addressed.
Last week a blogger wrote that were also dead trees on the Power and Light property as well. We checked, those trees may have been there a week ago. But the dead trees on Kansas City Power and Light property have been removed.
At least there is one responsible corporate citizen in Raytown.
We did a quick count on the dead trees on the Walmart Property. Most of the trees on the southwest corner of the property are dead. We stopped counting at 10 -- four of the trees on 350 Highway are dead as well.
Mayor Bower went out of his way to try to influence Walmart to open a store in Downtown Raytown. He is reported of having travelled to Bentonville to plead his case on the issue. It would be impressive if he were to make that same effort to clean up the dead trees on the Walmart property.