TODAY IS ELECTION DAY . . . PLEASE VOTE!
Raytown Report Endorsements
BY PAUL LIVIUS AND GREG WALTERS
It has been predicted by election authorities that the August 5, 2014 Primary Election will be one of the lowest turnout elections for a state wide primary in Missouri’s history. One reason is because there are not any state wide races this year as both the Republican and Democratic parties are gearing up for the 2016 election.
The lack of statewide races has focused voter attention on smaller races. In other words, the “down ballot” questions and races will be the ones to watch next Tuesday.
For the first time in a very long time there are some real races shaping up for the Jackson County Legislature. Some local grudge matches are also taking place on the state level as concerns state representative races. Add to this a large number of tax increase questions going to the voters, mix it all together and guess what?
You have some pretty interesting contests.
Paul and I have spent the last week discussing where we agree and, in one notable case, where we do not agree, on the five state wide questions on the ballot. We did not endorse in all of the races. But we hope you will remember to take the time to vote next Tuesday.
FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 27TH DISTRICT:
Bonnaye V. Mims
Ms. Mims represents the southwest corner of Raytown in the Missouri State Legislature. She has a good reputation as a politician who is not afraid to reach across party lines to build consensus for the public good.
FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 28TH DISTRICT:
Mr. McDonald has earned one of the best compliments you can give any elected officials. He responds well to constituent requests for service. He deserves another term on the State Legislature.
FOR JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 1 AT LARGE
Sherwood Smith is a Kansas City Fireman who has spent his career as a spokesman for the middle class. As County Mike Sanders said, “he knows how to get things done”. Smith’s experience and knowledge of how government works will be a plus for everyone on the Jackson County Legislature.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT No. 1
The authors of this amendment were clever when they wrote it. It purports to guarantee farmer rights. In reality, it is a free pass for large corporate farms to operate in Missouri without regulation to protect the environment. In so doing, it is really a public health issue with serious consequences for the public if it passes. Constitutional Amendment No. 1 deserves a very definite NO vote on Tuesday.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT No. 5
This amendment would guarantee the right of an individual to openly carry a gun in public. The law currently allows this right but also allows cities to pass laws banning open carry on a case by case basis. If this amendment passes, cities would not be allowed to ban open carry within their jurisdiction.
Paul recommends a “NO” vote.
The United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution both give residents the right to keep and bear arms. Each municipality elects its own leadership to make the laws for their unique community. Each community should have the right to decide if they want their citizens to openly carry firearms. The ballot language is vague and gives no definition of the "normal function" of a weapon.
Greg recommends a “YES” vote.
Greg recommends a “YES” vote.
The problem with making exception to open/carry laws is that there is a criminal element in our society who will ignore the law. The police cannot be everywhere, all the time, to protect law-abiding private citizens, from the criminal element. Open carry allows the private citizen to protect his or her loved ones without threat of prosecution for doing so.
CONSITITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 7
Constitutional Amendment No. 7 is ¾ cent sales tax that would be used to finance reconstruction of Missouri roads and bridges. Road and bridge repair and upkeep are traditionally funded by gasoline
paid for by truck drivers and motorists who drive on them. As
we pointed out in last week’s editorial the ten year life of this tax does not
include any improvements for highways and bridges in Raytown. This sales tax is
a bad idea that definitely deserves a “no” vote. Since when does the State need a Constitutional Amendment to
pass a sales tax? If they want a
state-wide sales tax increase, put one on the ballot. Don’t disguise it as an Amendment.
CONSITITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 8
Currently, the Missouri Constitution only allows lottery proceeds to be spent on education. This would create an exception, introducing a specific lottery ticket to fund veterans’ services. This new lottery ticket would allocate 25 cents of every dollar spent to fund the Missouri Veterans Commission. Nothing we find tells us where the rest of the money goes. Perhaps to the education fund, or maybe the general fund. Who knows? We are disturbed by the lack of transparency in the wording of this amendment. We vote NO.
CONSITITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 9
This will protect citizens from unreasonable search of their smart phones. If the police want to search a suspect’s smart phone, let them get a search warrant. It’s not hard. They do it every day. We vote YES.
Night Out Against Crime
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 5, 5:30PM-8:00PM at Kenagy Park located at 79th and Raytown Road.
The Raytown Police Department will host its Third Annual Annual National Night Out Against Crime next Tuesday. The annual event is held at Kenagy Park.
Large exhibits from various agencies, not-for-profits that work with our residents, free raffles, and free hotdogs while they last. Please join us for an evening of FREE fun. Questions please call 816-737-6018.
FIT BOTTOMED EATS
Vegan, Gluten-Free Tiramisu - MacGyver Style
I ate tiramisu for breakfast this morning. I also ate tiramisu for lunch. You’ll be relieved to hear I had a salad for dinner, though. With a side of tiramisu. It’s possible that I might be a little addicted.I can’t help it, though — I’m obsessed with the product of my latest recipe experiment. It calls my name every time I open the fridge, and frankly, it’d be rude for me to ignore my dark Italian lover. I somehow justify my indulgence by convincing myself it’s a healthy dish — this tiramisu, after all, is vegan and gluten free. Read More
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