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Bob Phillip’s Conspiracy Theory
I’m a reader. I read damned near everything I can get my hands on. Newspapers, magazines, books, I even read the stuff written on the boxes of cereal when I am eating breakfast.
But when I really want to go slumming in the world of written word, I reach for a copy of the Raytown Times. To be more accurate, I read the column named “Off the Top” by Bob Phillips.
In fairness to Bob, he is a decent writer. There is structure to his stories. His favorite method of writing is to create two or three short paragraphs on a subject and then move on to the next topic. Typically he starts with local Raytown politics and then moves on to items of national interest.
What I find amusing are his conclusions.
He is in complete denial about climate change. But it is his conclusions about local Raytown politics that catch our eye most of the time. Bob lives in Ozarks. He is undoubtedly being spoon-fed hokum by his friend who lives in Raytown.
Last week he ends his story with the following paragraph:
“I guess most of the controversy is over, except for the explanation of why meetings with the Fire District folks had to be so secretive. It leaves us to wonder just what they were up to.”
The Fire District reached out to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to discuss discrepancy they had found in an internal audit of the City’s billing of the District of TIF funds. They used the proper channel to initiate the meetings by contacting Mayor Michael McDonough's appointment as the Fire District liaison, Alderman Jason Greene, to arrange the meetings.
The meetings were held within compliance of the Missouri Sunshine Law. Publishers of the Raytown Times, the Raytown Brooking Eagle and the Raytown Report were also invited to meet with officials of the Raytown Fire District.
All three of those news sources published stories about the subject and content of those meetings.
The public has been invited to view the information at the Fire District as well. If the meetings were so “secretive” I think it would be fair to say the attempt was a complete failure.
Given the transparency of those meetings, the inclusion of the press in the discussion, the Mea Culpa from City Hall for not filing the TIF reports in a timely manner . . . most people would be pleased with the result.
So, tell us Bob. How on Earth do you find a conspiracy theory in all of the above?
Why You Should Eat
Plant-Based Diet BY JENN
Did you guys see the 2011 Forks Over Knives documentary? If you did, you know it was pretty life-changing. And if you haven’t, it’s a must-see! Well, the Forks Over Knives movement has a new book out — and it’s a plan on how you can adopt a whole-food, plant-based way of eating, plus it gives you 100 simple recipes to do so deliciously. We’ll definitely be checking out the book, but in the meantime, check out this excerpt by authors Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, of The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Read on and prepare to look at food in a whole new way — literally!
No More Eating for Single Nutrients … Focus
on the “Package” and the Foods You Enjoy
The idea of eating a particular food for one nutrient is pervasive in our culture. We have been led to believe we should eat meat for protein, dairy for calcium, fish for omega-3 fatty acids, and even tomatoes for lycopene, among many others. This sort of thinking is misguided and has caused grave harm to human health. The quest for protein, for example, has steered us toward meat consumption. In this quest, we not only consume protein in excess of our needs, but also many harmful substances like dietary cholesterol that are only present in animal foods. READ MORE
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