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Urban Outfitter

Letters from the week of January 31, 2002

Bright lights, dead city: I love this town. I have lived here since 1980. However, my friends and I are tired of reading articles like C.J. Janovy's "Cheers!" (January 17) and Casey Logan's "It Only Takes a Spark" (January 3) and seeing how Kansas City's own bureaucracy is stifling the urban growth it so desperately needs and supposedly favors.

I support Mayor Kay Barnes' efforts to revitalize downtown. Most of the effort, unfortunately, does not address the root of the problem, which is that downtown business owners like Mike Gouddou cannot get a 3 a.m. liquor license due to archaic city ordinances that let large corporations dictate downtown's night hours.

Well, now someone is doing something about it. A group of professionals in Kansas City has formed RevUp KC. We are a nonprofit organization that will work on various projects and campaigns to get the city government to take notice of the "small ticket" projects that get drowned in the same bureaucratic nightmare, and we will assist businesses in getting their businesses (and liquor licenses) going. We will remind the city government that there is a huge bloc of voters who would like to buy their clothes somewhere other than the Gap and eat somewhere other than the Cheesecake Factory.

If you are interested in joining us, please send your name, street address and e-mail address to or RevUp KC at P.O. Box 413202, KCMO, 64141-3202. This is a bona fide grassroots organization without a political agenda, if you can believe it.
Tom Davis, President
RevUp KC
Kansas City, Missouri

Editor's note: Unfortunately, RevUp KC's efforts are too late to save Mike Gouddou's Spark Bar. See Kansas City Strip

Religious Write
He of little faith: In the January 3 issue, Joe Miller's "Jaws of Debt" referred to a meeting between Senator Ronnie DePasco and three priests. I served as host for this so-called "come to Jesus meeting" here at Our Lady of Peace Church.

Joe Miller's commentary got in the way of a great story. By calling the Senator a "lame duck" and describing our November meeting as a "come to Jesus" meeting, he cast unfair aspersions on Senator DePasco, me and my colleagues. The great story is that the Kansas City Church/ Community Organization sat down with Senator DePasco to discuss an issue that we felt the senator could help. Senator DePasco, as well as Senator Bill Kenney, responded like the statesmen and Christian gentlemen they are.

I want to thank the Pitch and Joe Miller for staying with the payday loan story, but I scoff with Senator DePasco at the report that this was a "come to Jesus" meeting. That description is demeaning of the parties involved at the meeting. Good journalism does not demean individuals sincerely seeing justice.
The Reverend Donald C. Helfrey, Pastor
Our Lady of Peace
Kansas City, Missouri

Cell Out
Look homeward, angel: Thank you for tackling subjects that The Star refuses to touch. The Pitch is an important paper to Kansas City readers; please keep the balance and continue to bring great reading experiences.

I am writing to express my outrage with a judicial system put in place to protect us from violent reoffenders -- not from a girl who has suffered under Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon (Geri L. Dreiling's "Fallen Angel," January 24). Angel Coffel has paid her debt to society. She has admitted to the mistake, has paid with it with five years of her life and deserves another chance. Substantial finances are being spent to keep Angel in solitary confinement; wouldn't it be prudent to use these funds to help her redefine her life with a loving, helping hand rather than a hand that wants to throw away the key?
Pamela O'Brien

Mesh and Blood
Arch nemesis: Regarding Andrew Miller's review of Mesh StL's album ("Hear and Now," January 17): I am surprised and disappointed that Mr. Miller needs to reduce his reviews to a commentary on how he feels toward the city of origin of a band. I respect his right to review records as he sees fit, yet if Pitch readers take his words as written, they let their musical taste and judgment be clouded by the fact that their area sports teams have not lived up to expectations.

I'm left to wonder how the review would have read had the Chiefs turned their season around. The ever-present references that our local band (Puddle of Mudd) is better than your local band are childish and out of place. That hardly seems like a progressive point of view that a local music reviewer could and should employ. The one thing I wish everyone could do is look past the fact that a band is from the "evil" side of the state and form their own opinion.
Todd Oppeau

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