Radio Free Kansas City

Village voice: Thanks to Deb Hipp for taking the time to update the community on what’s happening at KKFI 90.1 (“Broadcast Feuds,” March 7). As a member of Friends of Community Radio, I want to emphasize that our sole intention is to save 90.1 as a voice for communities in Kansas City who are excluded or underrepresented on commercial radio. This includes their news, issues, arts and culture, and it also includes providing them with information that the corporate media leave out in their headlong attempt to impose “mainstream” thinking on Americans. That’s why Friends of Community Radio allies itself with Pacifica and its flagship show, Democracy Now. We believe there’s a trend nationally to eliminate diverse voices from the airwaves, and we are working to preserve them here in Kansas City.

We also believe that 90.1 cannot fulfill its mission as a community radio station if there is no internal democracy. We invite listeners to join us by calling us at 816-292-2875 or checking out our Web page at www.reclaimkkfi.org.

I’d like to clarify one point in the article. Deb Hipp correctly reported that the KKFI Board voted in January to purge four programmers, including two of us from The Heartland Labor Forum. However, so far, just one of the four, Steve Peters, a former board member and longtime host of Foolkiller Folk, was purged. The Heartland Labor Forum, which airs at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, is still on the air, thanks to the support of the labor community and Friends of Community Radio.

Judy Ancel

Kansas City, Kansas


Park and Wreck

Bust a move: My compliments on Casey Logan’s coverage of the conflict surrounding the Park Lane Apartments (“Truce or Consequences?” March 7).

City Hall claims there’s nothing the city can do. Well, since it’s so trendy at 12th and Oak to hire expensive consultants to conduct “role-playing scenarios” to enhance the skills of the city’s staffers, let me offer (gratis) the following scenarios.

(Imaginary knock on the door of Barry Brady’s Highwoods Properties office.) “Hello, the four of us are from the city finance department, and we’re here to audit all of your company’s city tax filings for all of the buildings you own and manage in Kansas City. We’ll need to see the last four years’ records, starting with Park Lane Apartments.”

(Imaginary knock, immediately after.) “Hello, the eight of us are here to conduct a city codes inspection on all of the buildings your company owns and manages in Kansas City, starting with Park Lane Apartments.”

(Third imaginary knock, immediately after.) “Hello, the twelve of us are here to conduct a fire department code inspection on all of the buildings your company owns and manages in Kansas City, starting with Park Lane Apartments.”

(Fourth imaginary knock, immediately after.) “Hello, the six of us are from the city attorney’s office. We thought we’d drop by just in case there are any issues your company’s attorneys would like to discuss.”

Perhaps there is indeed something the city can do about a company that has turned an area that was once a collection of unique shops and restaurants into a cheap-jack generic shopping-mall clone, albeit one with lousy air conditioning.

Hank DauBresse

Kansas City, Missouri


A cover-up: I just wanted to comment on how much I liked the cover art on the March 7 issue. Before I left KC one week ago, I kept up-to-date on the story about Park Lane Apartments. I’m glad Highwoods finally backed out of the proposal, but I think that the cover art described what was going on more than words ever could. Thank you.

James Tolen

Seoul, Korea


Corrections: Because of editing errors, “Truce or Consequences” incorrectly reported the month that Highwoods Properties began asking tenants to accept termination clauses in their leases; the date was January 2002. Also, a photo caption incorrectly identified the tenants’ lawyers as attorneys representing the landlord.


War and Peacemakers

Religious studies: I found Joe Miller’s “The Peacemakers” not without bias (February 28). Shouldn’t he also have presented someone who is “deeply religious” and fought in WWII as a part of this message?

I also try to live by the Ten Commandments, but I believe the commandment says “Thou shall not murder.” My God enabled David to slay Goliath in war. Would it be God’s choice that Hitler have taken over the world? How would that have glorified Him? My issue is that many “deeply religious” persons focus on one verse without taking the scriptures as an entire writing. A pacifist is entitled to his opinion not to agree with a war, but how does he feel about receiving all of the great things this country has to offer without the willingness to fight to preserve it from an enemy? I would be guilt-ridden for life.

Greg Welsh

Dallas