Letters from the week of October 1

Letters: “Comedy Is hard,” September 24

Loaded Words

Letter writer Chris Benedict of Blue Springs has obviously never seen Loaded Dice, the Trip Fives, Tantrum or Stitch Tactics. He could be a guest of Loaded Dice at our next show. We can then see if he appreciates good improv. If Mr. Benedict believes that he and his bar friends are better than improv performers in town, he should put a troupe together and compete in Improv Thunderdome. Put up or shut up, Mr. Benedict.

Clay Morgan
Blue Springs

Martin: “Urban Brawl,” September 10

Walk People and Dogs

I loved David Martin’s “Urban Brawl” column. It was straightforward and humorous, at least to someone who understands the glory of falafel stands, which I do, as I’m from Toronto. He pointed out many flaws in the city’s organization — and the people who are responsible — which I have begrudged since moving here and being forced to rely on a car. I looked and looked for alternative transportation going south, but it seems I have to drive. Stinking urban sprawl. Who organized this place?

Getting to the dog-park issue, Martin backed up his points with evidence, weighing Kansas City’s options with those of comparable cities.

I happen to live in Waldo, and though I don’t have a dog, I would be in favor of a dog park somewhere around here. It is arbitrary to require 5 acres for off-leash areas. If there were at least a couple of dog parks scattered around the city, then they wouldn’t get too crowded. People want to walk to a spot nearby where their dogs can get some exercise, and they can chat with pet-savvy neighbors. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing dog parks springing up in every neighborhood at the rate that the parks board is working, so at least plant one somewhere where parking and residential driving speeds are present.

The possibilities are endless if we allow friendly change to take place in our neighborhoods.

Sarah Wilks
Kansas City, Missouri

Feature: “The Oldest Professional,” September 10

Eyes Wide Open

Thanks so much for your article about the “most notorious” prostitute. Casey Lyons took the time to find a great subject, Darlene, and his story gave readers a very eye-opening perspective on the pending SOAP and SODA legislation. The sex workers and dealers are truly trapped as slaves, as surely as if they wore leg irons and called their clients “master.” They deserve our compassion, and if we really want to stop the problem, we should attack the demand and not the workers. Thanks again.

Mark Trefney
Houston, Texas

Hook ‘Em Up

Everyone gets worked up about prostitution, and I’m sympathetic to the guy who doesn’t want it in his neighborhood, but this story isn’t really about prostitution. It’s about addiction, and it shows why prohibition hasn’t, doesn’t and never will work. The only solution for all of this objectionable behavior (prostitution, drug use) is to legalize it, then regulate it. Give this woman the option of working in a well-regulated brothel, if that’s what she wants to do, and make treatment available when she wants to get clean. If she doesn’t want to get clean, at least she’d be off the street and somewhat safer, and people wouldn’t have to have this behavior in their backyards.

Michael Donovan
San Diego, California

Correction: The director of Berdella: The Movie is Paul South, not Paul Smith (Studies in Crap, September 24).

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