Category: Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Jerry Wolfe, Raytown Historical Society

Raytown Historical Society Museum today

Your Raytown Historical Society has been facing a staffing issue for the past few years due to the lack of volunteers to work, even a limited number of hours, each month at the museum.  Many requests to our members to resolve this issue have not succeeded so we must take some immediate steps to maintain…

Letter to the Editor – Elaine Blodgett

To the Editor: The League of Women Voters has devoted almost 100 years to protecting the integrity of free and fair elections. We oppose Constitutional Amendment 6 on the November 8th ballot because it would put unnecessary obstacles in many voters’ way to the polls. If passed, it would: Force citizens to present only certain…

Letter to the Editor – Jim Barnes

To the Editor: “A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.”-Lemony Snickert In the midst of a sea of confusing unlicensed political confusion and turmoil please remember our local library, the Joe Herndon Branch…

Letter to Editor – John Ivey

The time is come when we all need to ride together, the youth and the elderly. If you live in KCMO Vote on question #3. “Is this good for the children” YES! The children need to see how the other people have to work and live. This could be the first step on unifying the…

It was a pleasure bringing you the news, Raytown

Kris Collins

Next week will be my last at the Raytown-Brooking Eagle. That would be a sore subject if I weren’t seizing an incredible opportunity to study abroad. Later this month, I’ll head to Tuebingen, Germany to begin studying computational linguistics at a university of the same name. Though I’ll be saddened to leave the newspaper, Raytown…

Letter to the Editor: Books for jail

Dear Editor, Last year I saw the need for books at the Jackson County, MO jail. The collection barrel in the visitation lobby was catching a drop. The one book cart with a couple shelves of (incomplete) books is anemic and might make it around once a month to all the floors. I don’t think…

Letter to the Editor- Kenneth Lee

Dear Editor, Both gubernatorial candidates, Greitens and Koster pledged, if elected, to conduct state business in an honest and open fashion.  However, they must first drastically reduce the size of the Missouri State Legislature, so that members are held responsible for their actions. The legislature, at 197 members, is one of the largest, costliest, and least…

The future of Super Splash weighs in the balances

Super Splash USA in Raytown, MO

By Diane KrizekAfter reviewing the master plan presented by consultants, the Parks board has three options for the future of Super Splash: Close it. Replace it with a smaller water park. Renovate it by making modifications that lower maintenance to increase cost recovery and break even. The nature of those renovations were covered in our…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: A recent writer to your paper, Mr. Allen Thompson, when discussing TIF programs, indicated he felt these give-always were beneficial to the community While lauding Wal-Mart, Raytown’s largest TIF recipient, he also stated the Wal-Mart was a large donor to REAP This may be an accurate assumption. It may not.  Not being REAP’s bookkeeper…

Editorial: Thanks for support, now support the Eagle

By Diane KrizekFirst, I want to congratulate Jerome Barnes for his victory and a well-run campaign for state representative in the Democratic primary this week. Secondly, I want to thank all of you who took the time to talk with me at your front door as I campaigned for the house seat. I will not…

Learn some German, have some food for thought

By Kris CollinsIf you weren’t at the Raytown Parks and Recreation Board meeting July 18, you missed a free clinic in patience put on by then-president George Mitchell (The board voted on new officers later in the meeting). There were approximately a dozen folks from the community and other elected officials at the meeting; most…

Letter to the Editor

To Editor, Citizens of Raytown, Aldermen, Mayor and Raytown Fire District: There has been considerable effort, conversation and dollars spent in reviewing the 350 Live TIF project and what has transpired during that past 10 plus years. Reminds you of Monday morning quarterbacking. A couple of old saying may also be appropriate for our current…

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, The Police/White Privilege cartoon in your July 15th paper is appalling. It’s appalling in any community, but considering how much the Raytown Police Department accommodates the black community, it is especially appalling that you would choose a cartoon like that for a Raytown paper. You, of all people, should know that. You should…

Letter to the editor

  The last couple of weeks has been the pits with four funerals, riots, stupid killings and a lot of news media stirring up discontent. The big question is: what do we do to get out of this funk?  The president and congress can’t sit down and discuss it, the clergy and police are in…

Letter to the Editor

Executions live on television, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Yet, no action! We talk about mass shootings and the sentiment of mainstream groups is that there is a need for sweeping gun reform legislation; however, black bodies are lying in the streets filled with lead from those that are sworn to protect and serve. There…

Letter to the Editor-Rudolph Pieters

Dear Editor and Raytown School District Parents, This letter is to all parents who have students in the Raytown School district. According to  the 2015 statistics ( the most recent year for which I could find data) of  the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE), 25.1% of Raytown 3rd graders scored a…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Last week a letter was published in the Raytown Times from Joe Creamer. I realize the letter was not published in your paper, but I am also aware that many people who read the Raytown Times also read the Brooking Eagle. For that reason, I am sending you the following letter for publication.…

Letter to the Editor

To The Editor, Aldermen and Citizens of Raytown: The subject of our residency requirement for our City Administrator position has been discussed in the past. As we are currently looking for a new City Administrator, this gives us an opportunity to revise the current ordinance that requires the City Administrator to live within the city…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, You recently issued an article regarding twelve cities that were taking hazardous waste. Raytown was conspicuously missing from this list. It’s time that we join all the other cities in Jackson County, so we can get rid of old paint, tires, insecticide, etc. Hopefully this can be accomplished soon. Yours truly Don Merker

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, My name is Rylee Schmidt I am a student at Anselmo-Merna Public School in Nebraska.  Our third grade class is researching states for our States Fair project.  Each of my classmates has picked a state and I have chosen Missouri.  I want to learn everything I can about your great state!  I would…