Saturday, October 28, 2017

Is The Kansas City Star Just A Promotional Vehicle For The New Airport Campaign???



Just a quick note regarding our local politics and the newspaper attempting to push one of the most costly and corrupt projects Kansas City has seen since the Pendergast era . . .

HAS THE NEWSPAPER FAILED KANSAS CITY BY REFUSING TO PROVIDE ANY REAL DEBATE ABOUT QUESTION #1 AND THE NEW AIRPORT???

This is a decision that will impact the future of Kansas City for generations and the newspaper seemingly made up its mind on it long ago.

Like it or not, our TKC blog community has far more feedback and exchange of ideas on this topic . . . While we're admittedly skeptical of #NewKCI and out-of-town consultants that doesn't mean we aren't willing to listen to any idea that isn't just campaign fodder. To be fair, we tend to side with grassroots tax fighter activists because most of them aren't being paid for their opinion.

This Saturday journalism question has a bit more consequence, as the newspaper returns to its roots of printing "machine politics" and serving as the mouthpiece of Mayor Sly and City Hall. Meanwhile, audiences have moved to social media as purveyors of print "news" have far less influence over local politics than at any point in their history.

Because we're not afraid of debate on this topic or any other, here's just a sampling of newspaper content that's consistent with so many one-sided items they've published so far . . .

Why a new terminal at KCI? It’s time

Southwest Airlines top boss: ‘KCI prohibits growth’

KCI is your first impression of Kansas City, and that’s a problem

You decide . . .

40 Comments:

Anonymous said...

But I thought facebook works for Russia??

And Trump rules Twitter?

This is why I only read Alex Jones.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Good luck with that. There are a lot of lizard people in the comment section on TKC. So be careful. Hope you bought all of those supplements.

Anonymous said...

Newspaper is completely wrong about this one. It would be nice if they lost but KC has always loved higher taxes and big expensive projects.

Anonymous said...

"KCI is your first impression of Kansas City, and that’s a problem"

Right. Everyone is so disappointed that they don't have to walk a mile to get their luggage and then another mile to exit the airport.

How disappointing!

Anonymous said...

If visitors are disappointed with the airport terminal, imagine the letdown they have coming when they get to the fabulous vibrant downtown of the city that never sleeps and see what's actually there.
All hype, all the time!
Frosty.

Anonymous said...

I know many are not pleased with the thought of rewarding Mayor James and City Hall with a win but it is time for a new airport. There are some that want to remodel, but that is throwing good money after bad. It would be the most costly solution over time. It will be like Kemper Arena, spend a bunch of money, extend the life of the airport for 10-15 years if we are lucky and then we get to spen even more money.

The most outspoken critics have the facts wrong... This is a user fee, not a new tax. The proportion that KCMO users will pay will be about 15%, because of the regional scope of the users. There's a reason that Businesses are behind it and it's not because they are going to line their pockets from the building of the airport, that is a very small percentage of those supporting the airport. It's businesses like Cerner, Sprint, Hallmark, etc... even Burns and Mac who is on target to get nothing, is supporting the new KCI after getting shafted. Businesses need to fly their employees, customers, vendors, recruits, easily and comfortably in order to be viable. A no vote is a vote against future economic success in KC. That impacts jobs, home values, taxes, etc... positive economic development is the only way to ensure a vibrant KC in the future. The airport is not the only ingredient to growth, but it is one of the necessary ingredients.

This is a generational change, without a new airport SW CEO said yesterday that KCI flights will shrink and cause an insidious chain of events. The convenience argument just does not hold up, for those that use the airport weekly, like myself. Only on rare days, when a car service drops me at the door and I don't need to find a parking place, I'm not checking a bag so I don't have to walk from the ticket counter to the TSA checkpoints, I have timed it perfectly so that security isn't backed up, I have already eaten and don't need to go to the bathroom, I've arrived just as my flight is boarding so I don't need a place to sit, I don't have time to try to connect to the internet or charge my phone.. and on that rare occasion, I've somehow hit the lottery and KCI is the most convenient airport on the planet. That my fellow citizens is very rare

I'm still trying to find the legitimate argument from the No side, other than I don't trust Sly, I don't trust City Hall... I'm right there with you on that, but you have to see the forest through the trees... it will never be cheaper, it will never be a better time. The time is now to vote YES!

Anonymous said...

Legitimate argument #1- How about one billion dollars dumbass

Anonymous said...

The company out of la said they could get it built for 700 million and they said that with a smile on their faces

Mo Rage said...


At this time, yes, the Star is just a one-sided promoter of the new, more than one billion dollar boondoggle that is their new, single terminal airport idea, yes, unequivocally.

And yes, the newspaper has completely, totally failed Kansas City by not just refusing to provide any real debate about this question one on the ballot and a possible new airport but for never once providing any real debate. They didn't even try, not once. If you still read the paper, you had to hope a reader wrote in about the issue, to give any other side, any other input or viewpoints.

No new airport. Vote no on Question 1 November 7, Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

The Editorial Board's slap at the Old Boys County Legislature was a better read.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Star is heavily indebted to the City of Kansas City who is promoting the project. When their owners or major contributors want to promote their harmful agenda, The Star comes through in flying colors. Their “journalism” doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to be true and it can, and usually is, void of any real facts. White men still read The Star and for the most part believe everything that is written in this periodical whether fact, conjecture or full on lies. That’s why politicians believe the airport vote will succeed because The Star writes these peieces under the guise of impartiality and people who read The Star usually vote the way the paper tells them to vote. The one time they didn’t was Hillary Clinton but I think Hillary still won in Jackson County proper.

Anonymous said...

What exactly makes this a one billion dollar airport? It can be torn down for less than three million dollars. The utilities are already there, hell, everything is already there. So why is it so expensive???

Anonymous said...

No new taxes... heard that with the Zoo, Toy Train, Public Safety Renewal tax but all have asked for more money. Just a week ago the new Chief asked for more money, toy train wont stop bleeding taxpapers for more money and the zoo... well animals just keep dying there. The carnival ride of the Sly James administration. Hold on to your wigs ladies and gentlemen, and your wallet too.

Anonymous said...

SOUTHWEST EXECUTIVE AFFIRMS REMODELED AIRPORT WILL WORK! ! Gary Kelly said " customers will benefit from an improved physical experience ( a well planed remodel) in terms of amenities, facilities and concessions". A remodeled airport will deliver all of the above. He would not guarantee more flights under any plan. VOTE NO- Question #1 on NO-vember 7th!

Anonymous said...

So the Star may either play the game or pay its taxes. Where do you sign up for that gig?

Anonymous said...

The Star is just a press release rag these days. They run Associated Press content that we can see anywhere on the internet and then just give the city free publicity for the Toy Train and the Airport. We have no good investigative reporters in Kansas City any longer, either with the Star or TV news.

Anonymous said...

I received a mailer yesterday that said we could fix MCI for $500 mil. Why not go that route rather than spend $1 bil (which with change orders would most likely run closer to 2 bil)?

Anonymous said...

$500 million only covers infrastructure repairs like fuel lines and the stuff behind the walls passengers don't see. It does nothing within the passenger space.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy trying to be a master debater. In the meantime the single terminal airport will be built along with the downtown convention hotel and the streetcar expansion. See you there.

Anonymous said...

^^^^Nice to hear from you again, Sly. I see you're planning for a comfortable future once you leave office.

Anonymous said...

One billion dollars to build a new airport, you guys are suckers!!! Wait till the add on’s and cost overruns kick in! This thing wreaks of at least another 500 to 750 million more dollars being spent, wait and see suckers, wait and see!!!

Anonymous said...

With a remodel they could use one end of the horse shoe or one third just for people going thru TSA and the rest of the building is open to all passengers with the bathrooms and restaurants in the same area, problem solved!

Anonymous said...

save kci convenience!

remodel for a fraction of a billion.

Anonymous said...

legacy local newspapers are a pitiful sight, not just here.

does our local newspaper have a publisher/ceo?

that he hasn't brought adult supervision suggests that the economics are in a total free fall and things are being held together with bailing wire.

this is sad and not good for the metro area and not good for local government.

Anonymous said...

You want a legitimate argument on why the current Sly/Troy process is not ok. Here it is, they don't get tech, don't act professionally in the evaluation, have rushed things forward without appropriate detail, have parties at the table that are simply out of their depth on where the future state of airports are going. They have no intelligent depth on how autonomous vehicles will sea change airport design, or how tech will impact that and should be included intelligently. None of the firms at the table now have that core experience as bed rock expertise. The process is so rushed, it is almost certain that they will not develop this properly, particularly with Sly/Troy pretending it is all their own ball, when they don't get this stuff at all.

The Star is out of their depth here, but a major tech transformation is underway that has not been well factored into any of the discussion despite some posturing. The architects, urban planners, city hall folks or road builders at Clarkson don't get this.

Think an airport designed by Google, Tesla, Amazon to get what should be in portfolio. The pour concrete pork players don't get that, it is beyond the usual suspects, and the rush will not allow this to happen correctly.

This decision should be well considered and shaped by back and forth to be sure of the quality of approach and outcome. The high priests of the black boxes are
so off the plot that they have forgotten about integrity, rigor of analysis and preparation with rightful review. There are no clear signs that Edgemoor, the City, or Clarkson, Burns and Mac, or the evaluation committee have expertise to get this.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-21/the-airports-of-the-future-are-here


http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/building-airport-of-the-future


You think Troy and Sly get this and are going to get it right in a rushed fix, you are wrong, and it locks out 50 years of what could be if we do this openly, deliberately, and with forward innovation. KC deserves the time and approach that give us that, which Troy and Sly are not allowing.

Anonymous said...

It costs a billion and two hundred million because that is how much pork the usual suspects thought they could game the system for. Note all the vendors came to the same price even though they had no designs in the game. That is not a well run evaluation by any means.

You think the rushed fix and the mentality of Sly/Troy are going to get tech injected into this in the rush in just the right way, not going to happen, and the newspaper is out of their depth rubber stamping what is not a proper concept developmet phase to be obviously delivering the right result.

Anonymous said...

The Kansas City Star is nothing but expensive liner for the bottom of a birdcage and about as relevant as MoRage. Notice how kevin has to come to TKC to get what he says seen on a site that promotes free speech while on his site he promotes the opposite.

Anonymous said...

the convenience of kci creates a great first impression. not much walking to baggage claim, below average bag collection wait time, easy access for either taxi pickup or not a long shuttle ride to rental cars. better than most airports on substance in the eyes of frequent flers.

Anonymous said...

the star should employ local high school journalism students as writers. they'd be as good as the retreads.

Anonymous said...

The KC Star has been in support of the single terminal airport from Day One.
Early on, you had fools like Kraske saying that they were "on the fence" waiting for details, while minutes later expressing support for the plan.
When James/Schulte/Justus were secretly colluding with Burns and McDonnell to hand them a no-bid billion (+) dollar contract, where were the KC Star writers and investigators? AWOL as usual!
When many on the Council showed up to the KCI press conference with James/Kowalik revealing their secret deal to the public, they were lending their support to the shady scheme.
Only a few on the Council publicly expressed surprise and disappointment that the plan had been crafted in private and without their knowledge. KC's largest public works infrastructure contract was to be a slam dunk crony deal without even the Council being consulted. James/Schulte/Justus should have been fired/censured/recalled for their scheme.
The KC Star has been a walking dead man for a long time now. They've been barely surviving in the hospice ward with a IV drip of painkiller to numb their suffering. Most of their articles are sourced from non-Star sources, they accept large ads for medical quackery devices which prey upon their subscribers gullibility, and most days they're down to just a few pages in entirety.
The all-new totally revamped politically-balanced Editorial Board is composed of 100-percent Democrats, the majority of which live in Kansas.

Anonymous said...

prohibits growth? bs.

Anonymous said...

Here is my concern. I feel that this City Council is not fit to provide effective oversight and leadership over a new KCI.
I fly all over the US and am in multiple airports. This airport has been neglected to a significant extent and compares unfavorably with older airports in the US. Instead the City grabs significant amount of PROFIT from KCI every month.
How can we trust this Council to effectively oversee a $1 billion project???

Anonymous said...

city hall has been making kci look bad on purpose.

Anonymous said...

The time is now for you to suck a dick, faggot.

Non said...

You are WRONG. Kelly said that the AIRLINES do not support a remodel. Good money after bad. Already spent 1/4 Billion $ 13 years ago. How long will the remodel work. $500M and in 10 years how much more do you want to spend. Sounds like a Rent-A-Center scam!

Non said...

Because it doesn’t fix anything long term. Listen to what the Airlines has suggested.

Non said...

That’s all you got? What if’s and speculation.

Non said...

Try walking the entire length of the terminal for every gate. How’s Parking going to work? Don’t you think that if there was a cheaper alternative the airlines would be screaming for it! But they are not. They support the new single terminal.

Non said...

And in 10 years spend $400-600M more. We spent $250M 13 years ago. Listen to the airlines. If there was a cheaper alternative they would want it. But they don’t!! They want a new single terminal.

Non said...

Tell that to the 500 dedicated employees who come to work everyday trying to do the best job that they can. Think of whatever business that you are in. What would it take to do to that business what you are accusing these folks. Can’t happen. Wouldn’t happen.