piece on hip-hop (Reverberations, “Fact checkin’,” Feb. 17-23).
I always look forward to the music pieces in Pitch; they
are usually the first things I turn to every week.

I totally disagree
with Star columnist Jason Whitlock, and I believe that
hip-hop culture has created more good than harm, but sometimes
I wonder if music could be more positive without having to resort
to censorship or blame. I think that those two options are far
worse than anything we are dealing with now.

This debate has
gone on for years and years, and there are no good answers.
When I was a kid, my grandparents just swore that the hard rock
music I listened to was going to send me straight into a drug-induced
hell. Well, it didn’t. Some of my friends took that awful path,
but it wasn’t because of Ozzy Osbourne or Judas Priest. It was
because no one listened, or no one cared, or no one took the
time to talk to them and help them deal with the world.

I’m a dad now,
and if my son wants to listen to Kid Rock, Korn, or RDV, it’s
fine by me, because we can talk about it. I love him, I let
him know I love him, and I explain how the world is to him.
I won’t allow a song to do that, not by itself.

Thanks for your
time, and keep up the great work.

— Jason K. Gober
Park, Kan.

at Phatahdat Records, an independent record label in KCK, think
that Shawn Edwards’ article, “Fact checkin’,” is right on. Although
we like to hear Jason Whitlock on AM 810 and read his sports
articles in The Star, we thought he was way off
base on what he wrote on the connection between hip-hop music
and NFL players.

Mr. Whitlock and
others should leave hip-hop reporting to those who eat, live,
and breathe it daily. We think that Shawn Edwards touched on
the good and bad about hip-hop culture. What culture doesn’t
have good or bad in it? We know that hip-hop and rap culture
is not “pristine,” but it should not be blamed for all of the
ills in society, especially urban society.

We won’t rehash
everything you stated, because you did a good job, and everyone
should read this article for themselves.

Phatahdat Records
is in the trenches every day, preserving this art form. It is
nice to know that people like Shawn Edwards are in there with


— John “JD” Daniels Jr.
Kansas City,

I enjoyed
Bruce Rodgers’ “The captain” (Pitchout, Feb. 17-23). I’m originally
from Kansas City and now live in Houston. I’m enjoying Pitch
online and especially enjoyed his article about the captain.
I will be a regular reader from now on. Keep up the creative
talent; it’s appreciated by your readers.

— Name withheld by request

you for publishing the column on the Union Station ripoff (“Science
sham,” Feb. 3-9). Patrick Dobson put in print what I have been
telling everyone I talk to. The Union Station Science Museum?
How could that cost $250 million? We have been ripped off again!

I went to the well-publicized
grand opening of Union Station and the Science Museum. I was
shocked. For the exorbitant entrance fee, I expected to see
some science. I do not remember seeing any science at all. In
fact, the fountain was probably the best exhibit of all. And
you could see it for FREE. The rest looked like an oversized
McDonald’s playground. How can our civic leaders call this a
science museum and keep a straight face?

I told my wife
that it looked like someone had a great time spending a lot
of money doing something “artsy.” I was under the impression
that the whole basement area was to be converted into the science
museum. I remember how large the passenger loading dock area
was. What a waste!

I think the Union
Station is beautiful and should be used for something, but housing
a playground is ridiculous. The interior of the Union Station
was very nice; I missed the long bench seats that were in the
main waiting areas, though.

I too was upset
that the public was not allowed access to the whole main floor
of the station.

— Jerry Swaffar

a longtime fan of Pitch and a former employee of The
Daily Grind (yes, I was working the night we went up in flames)
I wanted to write and say that Andrew Miller’s article, “Access
denied” (Feb. 3-9), is the best thing I have seen in Pitch
in a long time.

The underage scene
in Kansas City has been a mess for as long as I can remember.
The city makes it almost impossible to keep an all-ages club
open. Not that I’m placing the blame entirely on the city; the
people who have owned these clubs have had the heart but not
the business sense to make it work, and the kids themselves
have been a problem. The patrons of any future all-ages clubs
need to know that they MUST respect the rules of the club and
the laws of the city. One of the best things I’ve seen was a
sticker on the wall at The Fusebox (one of many failed venues)
that said, “It’s your scene, support it.” But remember that
in supporting it, you also must respect it.

There are all-ages
clubs all over the world that work. They work because the city,
owners, and patrons work together to make it so. Financially,
it’s not easy to run a club. There were nights where we worked
for free because there wasn’t enough to pay us and the bands.
I’d love to do it myself, but I know that I don’t have the knowledge
or the money.

This city CAN have
an all-ages club that stays open for more than a year and a
half. It’s just going to take a lot of work on the part of EVERYONE
involved. We are a smart scene, and we can do it if we put our
hearts and minds into it. I wish everyone who goes out on a
limb to try to do this every day the best of luck, and I say
a very heartfelt THANK YOU to Andrew Miller and everyone who
helped with the article. We need voices in the crowd to make
it work here in Kansas City.

— Brandy Stube
City, Mo.

‘The exposé
on the Oz project (“The wizard behind the Oz curtain,” Feb.
10-16), gave your readership an excellent synopsis and
picture of this grandiose boondoggle. It’s unfortunate that
several public officials continue to pave the “yellow brick
road” for this empty promise — and potential waste of taxpayer
and investor dollars.

It’s also shameful
that the elected representatives of Kansas cannot hold the U.S.
Army and the U.S. government accountable for their 40-year legacy
of contaminating our environment. Instead, they are allowing
the General Service Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Army to
do their utmost to quickly unload the contaminated property,
divesting themselves of responsibility for cleanup.

We should be outraged
at the way this overt sham is playing out before our very eyes.
I just hope the voters will remember the facilitators and purveyors
who have allowed this charade to move forward, unabated and
without public accountability.

When the final
curtain comes down on this project, and undoubtedly it will,
watch the responsible parties heading for the tall prairie grasses
of the Land of Oz.

— Ken Davis
City of Countryside

thank PitchWeekly and Patrick Dobson for the hard work
spent in gathering the facts and the way Dobson reported those
facts in his outstanding cover story, “The wizard behind the
Oz curtain.” He said it like it is.

— Jimmie D. Oyler, principal chief
Tribe of Shawnee Indians
DeSoto, Kan.

Oz is nothing more
than a front to fill pockets of developers who will never bring
this project to an end.

This all started
years ago, when the original idea was to have it in the area
of 110th to 126th streets between State and Parallel avenues
in Kansas City, Kan. The Board of Public Utilities gave $600,000-plus
for a feasibility study. As of yet, I have never seen any results
of this “feasibility study.” Where did the money go? Was there
any accountability? Now another group is doing the same: bilking
money from the state, for a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, which
is actually ludicrous.

We have Worlds
of Fun and Oceans of Fun. Can the area support another amusement
area? I seriously doubt it. We need only look at the failures
around the city (River City Market area, Woodlands, Science
City, Power and Light District) to see that this Oz thing will
only make some people rich at the taxpayers’ expense.

This has been a
dog that has been kicked too many times. The dog is dead, folks!
Wake up.

— Rob Robinson
Springs, Kan.

As a resident of
Johnson County and the state of Kansas, I want to thank PitchWeekly
for Patrick Dobson’s story on the so-called Oz theme park. It
was the most complete article that has been done to date. I’m
sure it took a lot of hard work and time on his part.

It’s the kind of
reporting that the greater KC area has been lacking for a long
time. The rest of the news reporters want to sit and be spoonfed
their info. This story should be on the front page of every
paper in this area.

The people of Johnson
County and Kansas don’t realize that they are being scammed
out of 9,000 acres of prime park ground and that they are going
to have to pay for it with their tax money.

— Tom Price

I am a regular
reader and I was looking over your Web site when I came across
the article about the Wizard of Oz theme park. Although this
will (supposedly) bring more tax money and revenue, it will
give Kansas a worse name than it already has. I am not anti-gay,
but in the past decade, the phrase describing homosexuals as
“over the rainbow” has increased in popularity. Kansas already
has the distinction of being “full of wheat-farming, cow-tipping

Again, I stress
that I am not an anti-homosexual. I went to the “youth in government”
junior legislature with a bill to legalize homosexual marriages
in Kansas. It passed all the necessary hearings (despite a few
negative comments to the authors of the bill) and was signed
by the governor. It was one of only six that passed.

But I say again
that this park will bring a negative name to our already facetious
label. And in my own opinion, it doesn’t really seem very interesting,
especially since 90 percent of the cast and crew are deceased.

— Name Withheld by Request
Park, Kan.

want to commend and congratulate PitchWeekly on Patrick
Dobson’s magnificent article concerning the REAL truth about
this Oz fiasco! A million “kudos” for printing an honest and
balanced account about why this particular Oz thing is evil!
You have, indeed, brought to light the truthful facts about
the so-called “magic” of the man behind the curtain. It’s sickening,
too, that Kansas legislators — many of whom aren’t even from
Johnson County — would give a green light to this project without
first fully checking out ALL the facts. Forget the “scarecrow”
— if anyone needs a brain, they do!

The sad part is
that Johnson Countians had to suffer through this phony-baloney
process, which wasted a lot of taxpayer time and money. This
pattern with Oz is getting to be familiar! A similar situation
can be found just across the state line, with the Richards-Gebaur
abortion! Big corporate money buys favors from politicians,
who then impose their will on the peasants! It’s all done with
smoke and mirrors. These razzle-dazzle presentations help the
corporate welfare folks achieve their goals! It’s a vicious

How do we break
the cycle? We ask the public to get involved! We ask them to
get off their couches, put down their “clickers,” and become
responsible citizens by either writing letters or making phone
calls. It seems that while we are chasing the almighty buck
through the front door, our freedoms are escaping through the
back door.

That dovetails
with the four things that should be the most important to us
but aren’t: 1) the Lord; 2) our families; 3) our health; and
4) our freedoms! We can start with Oz and Richards-Gebaur! It’s
not too late. For Oz, join TOTO and call 913-856-5295. For Richards-Gebaur,
call either FoR-GA at 816-331-0593 or MOMS at 816-331-8383.

— Robert Haggerton
Park, Kan.

I appreciated
the article on “two-spirited” people and how they are viewed
by Native Americans (“Talking Circle brings ‘two-spirited’ Native
Americans together,” Feb. 10-16). Such reporting helps counterbalance
the wave of homophobia we have seen. Keep up the good work.

— Matt Ignoffo

Patrick Dobson’s
cover feature, “Finally getting people somewhere” (Jan. 13-19),
was excellent. The headline stated: “Public transit starts getting
the attention it deserves and needs.” We wholeheartedly agree.

We very much appreciate
your great comments on the performance of Kansas City Area Transportation
Authority operator Bill Newsome. We have known for some time
that Bill is one of our best transit operators. We very much
appreciate your sharing your perceptions of his performance
with your readers.

Thanks again for
the excellent coverage.

— Richard F. Davis
Kansas City
Area Transportation Authority
Kansas City,

it not bad enough that we have to see enough ugly women, but
now we have to be tolerant of men dressed up as ugly women?
Who told them they looked good?

I am a tolerant
middle-age woman who has no gripe with homosexuals. However,
the guy on the cover of the Jan. 20-26 issue (“Men with fashion
sense to spare”) and most all men who dress up with no waists,
ham-size hands, wrinkled brows, guts, and totally over-made
up make me and many folks SICK. Give me a break! My 14-year-old
son had to turn over the Pitch because the guy dressed
as a woman on the cover was sooo Uggllyyy (sic).

Be who you are:
man or woman, gay or straight, but don’t pretend to be something
you’re not. I’m sure this makes me way unhip. So be it.

— Name withheld by request

bring back Dr. Carroll’s SexFiles. The answers in that feature
were direct and factual and not offensive to any direct preference.
You can find Dan Savage’s editorial ability on the walls of
any interstate rest stop.

I would be ashamed
to refer the Pitch to anyone for fear that they would
think I am promoting his column.

— Randy Bledsoe

IS all the fuss about Melissa Etheridge and David Crosby? Was
it not Melissa’s live-in partner who had the baby? If so, then
Melissa is not biologically connected to the child, and I would
guess (not being a lawyer, I cannot claim to know) that Melissa
has no legal status where the child is concerned.

It seems that Melissa’s
announcement was just to generate publicity and as such, should
best be ignored. It really isn’t newsworthy for me, and the
potshot taken at the Kansas City Star reporter (PitchForks,
Jan. 27-Feb. 2, and Mail, Feb. 10-16) was rather childish.

— Kenneth Bate

I sincerely thank
your wonderful readers for voting me “Best Television News Anchor”
in your recent Best of Kansas City poll (Jan. 27-Feb. 2).

Those of us who
serve the public in the role of covering the news rely on news
consumers for their readership and their viewership. It is most
appreciated to have acceptance reaffirmed by the votes of individuals
in our community.

I congratulate
PitchWeekly for being a continuing force and sometimes
conscience in our Kansas City community. Keep up the good work.

— Larry Moore
Channel 9
Kansas City,

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