TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS: STOP THE MEMORIAL MADNESS!!! $250K FOR AL RIEDERER TRIBUTE IS TOO MUCH!!!
Today Kansas City seems obsessed with memorials and tributes that are taking quite a bit of cash out of civic coffers and occupying far too much time from politicos who should be more concerned about planning for the future instead of honoring the past.
To wit . . .
KICK-ASS INSIDERS BRAVELY DEMAND A STOP TO THE KANSAS CITY MEMORIAL MADNESS!!!
Yes, the Hyatt Skywalk collapse was a big deal but there are very few people walking around were affected by tragedy given that the faulty structure landed mostly on older folks. By the way, did anybody ever go to jail for that???
I'm sure Leon Jordan was a great leader but if somebody could randomly find more than half a dozen African-American college age students who know who he is . . . We'll turn over ownership of this blog. Cash value of at least $13.50.
It doesn't just stop with tragedies . . . Right now Mayor Sly is working hard to honor Former Mayor Kay and she's doing FANTASTIC. We hear she's pretty much the life of just about every important local civic elite party.
And to top off all of this insanity . . . Here's some important information that Kansas City Insiders are sharing in order to call out our misguided civic memorial agenda.
Check it . . .
RECENTLY, JACKSON COUNTY TRANSFERRED $250K TO BUILD A MEMORIAL FOR FORMER JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR AND POLITICO ALBERT A. RIEDERER!!!
Don't worry . . . We've got documentation to back this up . . .
Take a look at the Albert A. Riederer Community Justice Complex RFP that seems rather ambitious.
It gets worse . . .
Recently, approved by the Legislature:
#18549 A RESOLUTION transferring $250,000.00 within the 2014 Park Fund for the fabrication of a public work of art at the Albert A. Riederer Community Justice Complex.
And anybody working in local politics with even a modicum of shame will find this fact outrageous . . . Still, because we can't believe Dead Tree Media is keeping this secret . . .
WITH SO MANY JACKSON COUNTY JOB CUTS AND RECENT PROPERTY TAX TROUBLE $250K FOR ALBERT RIEDERER TRIBUTE IS NOTHING LESS THAN A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE VOTING PUBLIC!!!
Insiders are incredulous . . .
"This is really the worst thing I've seen @ the County for a long time. That kind of money for Riederer is simply unprecedented. It's obscene. I'm not saying we shouldn't honor the guy but that's a lot of money for a memorial. What's worse is that we all know that these tributes with taxpayer money are really nothing more than a way for elected officials to win favor with certain groups without really doing anything. That's why Scott Burnett sponsored this thing, so he could win points with the Midtown crowd along with Al's friends and family."
What's even more strange is that Mr. Riederer was a nice man but by no means was he universally beloved.
"The guy looked out for himself just fine. A lot of the work he did benefited his career directly. And with the price tag for this memorial, he's still ripping off the County from beyond the grave."
Damn if I'm still not LOL-ing about that line as I write this . . .
Now, the point of revealing and reporting this COSTLY AND NEEDLESS BIG AL RIEDERER TRIBUTE EXCLUSIVE NEWS is that this cowtown is clearly going overboard with pricey tributes.
More to the point . . .
KANSAS CITY VOTERS NEED TO REALIZE THAT POLITICOS ARE PUSHING EXPENSIVE MEMORIAL HONORS AS A WAY TO WIN FAVOR FROM THE PUBLIC WITHOUT ACCOMPLISHING ANYTHING SUBSTANTIAL!!!
Nobody (except our bad-ass blog community) wants to argue with the warm fuzzies that these overwrought memorials create and so politicos are pushing them instead of doing more significant work and local pundits are either too polite or paid off so they don't call out this insanity either.
Make no mistake, there's a lot to mourn in Kansas City and it starts with screwed up priorities of so many local elected officials who would rather dedicate resources and work for political tribute than accomplish anything meaningful for their constituents.
Developing . . .