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Be Mine, Valentine

Janovy, October 26

Those CNN folks who came to town for Lou Dobb's show were lucky to leave town with their wallets. A block down the street from the Uptown sits a seven-story abandoned building squatted by drugged-out stinkers grooving on the joys offered from an arm extension earlier at the adjacent Plasma Services enterprise. Middle class? We who live and work in the Valentine area suffer daily from those jerks. Muggings, break-ins, intimidations from chuckers and jivers walking our streets — fuck the middle class — how 'bout us? Bring some troops home now to fight local terrorists in our midst.

Those frightened middle-class pew sitters were the ones who elected the assholes in charge and now have to roost with the coming-home chickens. My heart bleeds not for them and hopefully won't from a bullet fired in my direction by a drugged homie going for my wallet. Name withheld by request

Kansas City Strip, October 26

The L Word
The upside-down-L-shaped house has got to be saved! Victorian houses are a dime-a-dozen in this area, and "new" Victorian houses are even more numerous. Boring! This place is truly an area landmark.

The Wilson brothers are making a huge mistake tearing this place down. Even if no one makes their home there again, think of the possibilities: decorating shows, a Christmas designer's Showcase, a place to rent for promotional occasions, maybe even a place that dignitaries could stay while visiting our city. This place is a potential gold mine for the right investor. "Victorian" houses — yuck! Come on, KC — save the "L" house! Barbara O'Roark,
Kansas City, Missouri

Feature: "Don't Look Down," October 19

Secret Society
I must say I'm pretty disappointed in the Pitch. I'm a longtime reader and have been living in this city for a long time. I am also a new urban explorer.

Writer Ben Paynter references a Web site plenty of times. If he had spent any time at all on the site, he would realize that all locations are kept very secret. The locations of the coveted sites are nowhere to be found on the Internet, save the occasional forum poster trying to ruin it for new explorers.

Most of the thrill for me personally is finding the location after hours of research at local libraries, sifting through old maps from the 1920s and newspaper articles from the '40s. The articles give strong clues to the locations of some explorers' coveted sites.

I'm all about getting more people interested in urban exploration. However, because of people without respect for the relics of the past and an understanding of the society of secrecy that goes along with it, these places will be completely inaccessible to anyone.

I am excited that this article was done to spur new interest in urban exploring. I am very disappointed that it gave away a few deeply treasured secrets like locations, though. Name withheld by request

Feature: "Don't Feed the Preacher," October 12

Trust Fund
I recently came to Kansas City and happened to glance over at a gas station and see my old pastor on the cover of the Pitch. When I read this story, I wanted to cry. There is so much that this man has done for people, and for people to make him out to be something he is not is wrong.

I have gone to his church all of my life, and when he moved here from Springfield, he wanted to help the city by feeding and clothing and housing the homeless. He saw a problem and wanted to solve it. Fund-raising was a great idea to raise money for the church. On many occasions, me and my sisters would fund-raise for the church. It was never by force but rather by choice.

I just think that people should not judge this man because of things that he has done in the past. Who are we to judge or look down upon anybody? Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't believe everything you hear! Kesha Taylor,

Angus Beef
I know you guys think a person who spins records is a musician and that white guys make great rappers. But please inform Megan Metzger that she wouldn't know rock if a Stratocaster were broken over her head. In her piece on Keenan Nichols' artwork at the Brick, that's Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and not Angus Young of AC/DC in the photo of Nichol's work.

Jimmy Smith, Kansas City, Missouri

Megan Metzger responds: If you thought I was identifying the portrait of Rick Nielsen as Angus Young, Jimmy, then you misread the article. But you're right — I know nothing about rock and roll (duh, I'm a girl). But that portrait of Nielsen will hang over my mantel after the show.

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