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Each brand offers high quality at a reasonable price. If you’re not following me on either of these you’re missing out on getting the best bang for your buck.
I’m leading you to water but you’ll have to do the drinking on your own.
The above is not a paid endorsement, by the way, just unbiased observations based on experience. You don’t have to thank me but you’ll want to.
At the risk of getting my man card revoked, I’ll tell you that Air Supply will be in concert at Ameristar on May 7 and once again I’ll be in attendance, rocking the house as much as a house filled with Air Supply tunes can be rocked.
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com for those of you who have not yet climbed on board to hear those soft rock crooners from the early 80s.
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners voted to allow Kansas City police officers to live in either Missouri or Kansas. I don’t have a problem with it. Not big on telling people/employees where they have to live. There are others who disagree with that feeling, obviously. For example, the mayor of KC.
The board recently voted to change its residency requirements, with only Mayor Quinton Lucas voting against the idea. Kansas City officers now have to live within 30 miles of the state line but can be residents of Kansas. Under the previous policy, officers were able to live within 30 miles of the city limits but only in Missouri. And that change had just gone into place last summer after the state of Missouri relaxed the Kansas City Police Department’s residency requirements on a legislative level.
Prior to expanding the residency rule last year, Kansas City officers were required to live within the city limits of Kansas City. Lucas liked the requirement to have police officers living within the city. The mayor had long been opposed to expanding residency, as you heard him talk about on Landmark Live more than a year ago. He spoke out again recently after the police commission voted to make the change.
“The police board’s decision on police residency in Kansas up to 30 miles away is a mistake. At a time when our community is seeking closer connections with those who police our neighborhoods, the board’s decision will build a less diverse department less familiar with Kansas City,” Lucas claims.
But supporters of the change point out it will likely help recruit new officers to the department, at a time when finding men and women to sign up for police work is becoming harder to do.
“The board’s decision reverses and undermines generations of prior board decisions, state legislative guidance, the city council and the intuition of almost any Kansas Citian in the neighborhoods most impacted by crime,” Lucas says.
At his State of the City address earlier this year, the mayor said Kansas City has a goal of hiring an additional 150 police officers in 2022 and increasing pay for officers and civilian staff members. To assist that effort, the city and police board added $33 million to the community policing and prevention fund. The money will be targeted at increasing pay for officers, adding more officers, and funding for the communications unit, etc.
In response to a reader’s question, here’s a bit of info you may or may not be interested in.
The mayor of Parkville is paid an annual salary of $14,400.
Alderman at Parkville earn an annual salary of $5,400.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday night and your Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of picks–12 to be exact–at their disposal this year. Which is good, I guess, until you stop to think the Chiefs do not have a roster that needs 12 spots turned over. And it’s good, I guess, until it hits you that this year the draft class is generally considered to be weaker than normal.
So what I guess I’m saying is let’s not get too excited from a talent acquisition standpoint. Still a fun event to watch if you’re a hard core draft beatnik, which I am not, by the way. I love the NFL but not to the point I sit around constructing detailed mock drafts and such. If you have time to do mock drafts, I’m jealous. Please give me a call from your mom’s basement and we’ll find more constructive work for you around the ol’ Landmark instead.
I’ll watch the first round Thursday night with casual interest. There’s way too much down time between picks for me to stay glued to the TV the entire time. I’ll be kind of tuned in, kind of not tuned in, if that makes any sense.
Don’t mistake my lack of enthusiasm for watching the draft itself as a lack of excitement for the fact that Kansas City will host the 2023 NFL Draft. Two different things.
Kansas City’s hosting of the NFL Draft will be a huge deal for the city, with so many related events taking place during that time. It’s a major ‘get’ for the city, and if you don’t understand why right now I think you will better understand as it’s happening next year.
(If you’re mocking the NFL Draft you can also mock Foley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)