All in Commentary

What’s the latest with the downtown performance space?

What’s the latest with the downtown performance space? That’s a question that has been looming for far too long in Lee’s Summit. And while we can argue – on the surface, perhaps – the merits of a multi-million-dollar downtown performance space vs. other projects that need funding vs. raises for city employees, the fact remains that the voters approved a plan in April of 2013...

Rocks, road trips & (some) relaxing as the summer winds down

When the “back-to-school” commercials started in mid-July, I had that feeling deep in my gut. It’s the one we all remember as kids. Of course, in my schooling days, we didn’t usually start until the Tuesday after Labor Day. That weekend was certainly the final curtain call of summer. A chance to get outside, play a few final games of bicycle tag or baseball (not sure how we survived the former) and watching the street lights glow while getting in that last bit of sunlight.

Volunteerism, passed down, is indeed a special legacy

My father could tell early on I probably needed a lesson or two in humility. We didn't grow up with a lot, for sure. Multi-family housing and wearing the same shirts over multiple school years was the norm in our household of six. Despite what we didn't have, my dad felt constantly compelled to give back, give more and give his time. And often times, that included dragging the third born along for a lesson in selflessness.

Kids' game of street ball sparks memories of summertime past

One day, a few weeks ago I happened to glance out my front window. I saw a group of neighborhood kids who had just finished a bike ride, sitting down on the sidewalk. There were no cellphones or tablets in sight. Instead, these kids were laughing and having fun being with each other. In a little while one of the girls went home and got a baseball bat and a tennis ball. The baseball game began. It was the first game of street ball that I had seen in years.

Confusing Mayoral statements deserve a second look

Leaders and leadership take many different forms in Lee’s Summit. Really, in any city of any size. For better or worse, the 80/20 or the 90/10 rules often apply when it comes to community engagement driving financial or political forces, as well as with overall involvement. That is, 80-90 percent of your work is done by 10-20 percent of the people.

At the confluence of Leadership & Language

Leadership. That’s a big word. Being a leader is hard work and carries with it a number of responsibilities. We are lucky enough in Lee’s Summit to have no shortage of leaders who contribute to the growth and evolution of our community through countless civic, charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

Marvel(lous) literary criticism amid the broken limbs

Hi, everyone. I made the mistake of offering to write some columns for Nick. Now he has made the mistake of accepting the offer. So, I thought I’d start with something I actually know a little about — constructing a plot to tell a story. So, I might as well cause a kerfluffle right off the bat to tell you that the Marvel universe of movies is beginning to irritate me, and most especially the latest installment, “Infinity War.”

If some City Council members don't see the Downtown ROI, they aren't looking very hard

COMMENTARY — At the June 7 City Council meeting, Johnson decided to use his valuable microphone time to question the relatively small amount that the City agrees to fund Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street — $60,000 (less than a t percent of its overall budget) due to the fact that the Community Improvement District board collects a penny tax on retail sales, which goes back to specific purposes for upkeep or marketing of our wildly popular downtown.

A 'Royal' wedding in Lee’s Summit

A faded wedding announcement from November of 1888 tells the story of this important wedding. The wedding was the biggest event this city has ever seen. It was the marriage of William B. Howard's daughter, Maria, to John R. Ranson of Kansas City whose family originally came from this area. The ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South which was located on Douglas next to where the Vogue Theatre used to be. The church was demolished years ago.