TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! READ THE BEHIND THE SCENE FIGHT BETWIXT CLAY CHASTAIN AND DEAD TREE MEDIA QUEEN MIRIAM PEPPER!!!
Like it or not, Transit Activist Clay Chastain has been one of the most dedicated Kansas City Transit activists in modern history.
However, lately he has met with an effort to silence his analysis of this town's toy train moves.
Now . . .
CHECK OUT THIS EXCLUSIVE AND LIVELY DEBATE BETWIXT TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN AND DEAD TREE MEDIA LADY MIRIAM PEPPER!!!
As I See It
To: Merriam Pepper, President of the Kansas City Star Editorial Board
From: Clay Chastain, author, drafter, and leader of the light rail initiative
Would you please respond to the following inquiry:
As the leader of the light rail initiative that 4,000 registered voters signed in support of almost 3 years ago, I desire to know if the Kansas City Star is going to publish the "As I See It" guest column I authored and submitted to the Star on March 17, 2014 in respect to that initiative (recently ruled constitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court) the Kansas City government still refuses to place before voters?
An aside: I am concerned that the editorial board of the Star, whoseemingly is backing the city's streetcar plan and its apparent attempt to use the streetcar as a hook for attracting the Republican National Convention, does not want to see a competing transit idea upset this grand scheme.
Nevertheless, the people have a right to hear from those on both sides of this controversial issue that is of great importance to the community and the city's future.
If you have decided not to publish it, would you please state your reasons.
Kansas City community activist, Clay Chastain
HERE'S THE DEAD TREE MEDIA REACTION FROM THE LADY RUNNING THE EDITORIAL PAGE!!!
Clay: We won't be able to use this piece. I suggest trimming to letter length of 200 words and resubmit online at kansascity.com/letters.
Clay: Regarding your aside, you misstated the facts. You had a published As I See It column in 2009. In 2011, you had another opinion piece in the Business section. Your points have been made repeatedly, in letters and news stories. We have high demand for the As I See It slot, give preference to local writers, and I don't find enough new information in your latest submission to warrant publication.
Miriam Pepper | Vice President, Editorial Page
CLAY CHASTAIN STRIKES BACK WITH THE FACTS!!!
Merriam: First off, thank you for responding this time, and I stand corrected it was 5 years ago instead of 8 that you last published an As I See It column from me. I guess nothing much...as you pointed out... has happened in the last 5 years to warrant publishing my article. As for dubious claim that i repeatedly make my points in your paper's copious news stories about this travesty of justice... I sometimes get one quote in Lynn Horsley's news stories whenever there is a court decision, of which there have been many thanks to the city dragging the petition into court after court.
As for your stated opinion to, "give preference to local writers," that is a phony excuse. Show me a local writer that got 75,000 Kansas City voters to approve a light rail transit system he designed. Show me a local writer that gathered 4,000 signatures, in 2011, of registered voters to support an initiative he designed. Show me a local writer that has spent the last 2.5 years and $30,000.00 battling the city in court to try and protect Kansas City voters' right to vote on their valid initiative.
The truth is, my article doesn't "warrant publication" by the Star because it rocks the establishment, challenges your board's position on the city's stupidly designed and improperly approved streetcar plan, and draws conspicuous attention to the failure of your editorial board to come to the defense of an initiative that Mayor James has bullied into oblivion. Nothing more and nothing less.