TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INTERFAITH COUNCIL LEADER VERN BARNET PENS LETTER AGAINST 'CUMBERSOME' STREETCAR VOTING!!!
Right now we want to feature this EPIC LETTER that offers a FIRST PERSON EXAMPLE OF KANSAS CITY DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK.
Vern Barnet is a Unitarian Universalist pastor and was the weekly newspaper columnist on religious topics in The Kansas City Star 1994-2012. He is the founder of the Kansas City (area) Interfaith Council.
READ THIS EPIC LETTER FROM VERN BARNET TAKING THE KANSAS CITY STREETCAR EXTENSION SECRET BALLOT TO TASK!!!
And now, here's his AWESOME take on the streetcar voting process . . .
"For twenty-five years I have been a faithful and regular voter in my district but like a number of others, my name was omitted from the official voting list on the website designated to begin the ballot application for this special election. Fortunately, I was able (on the bus!) to go to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners at Union Station to get my credentials, and then took them (on the bus) to the Courthouse. How many of my neighbors were unable to put forth the time and effort to secure their proper rights as a voter? This botched procedure seems designed to suppress voter turn-out. I think of 30,000 potential voters in the gerrymandered special district, less than 6,00 will be able to vote. How can this cumbersome way of avoiding a city-wide election not appear to be rigging the outcome? Let those who have the means pay for this expansion and let them get voter approval through an established and well-settled democratic process. A shiny new streetcar is alluring but forced impoverishment is ugly and immoral.
Read the letter in its entirety here.
You decide . . .