Square in 1992 wasn’t ‘a lot of boarded-up buildings’

To the editor:

In reference to the article about Ken McClain that ran July 20: Mr. McClain’s memories of the Square in 1992 are certainly different from mine. He said: “Bill Clinton, running for president in 1992, visited the Square. He spoke at the Truman Statue, but otherwise the setting was a lot of boarded-up buildings.”

That’s not what I remember. This is what I remember: Mr. Clinton would have seen an office supply store on one corner of Main and Lexington, a western wear store on the opposite corner. On the corner of Maple and Main, he would have seen Clinton’s Drugstore on the corner of Maple and Main (where Mr. Clinton got a treat I believe) and The Emporium on another corner.

On Lexington, facing the Courthouse, he would have seen the always busy Courthouse Exchange, a photography studio and a taxidermy business. On the Maple side facing the courthouse he would have seen antiques stores and gift shops (whose names escape me now). Further on down on North Main, he could have seen Nina’s Scandinavia Place, the Knit Shop, Gateway Sporting Goods, the Rheinland restaurant, the National Park Service offices, as well as the historic old jail.

On South Main, he could have seen beauty shops, The Keeping Room antiques, a notary, Black Flag Antiques, a Title company and The Old Book Shop at 120 S. Main (from 1991 to 2001 when we moved it to Arizona). Also around the Square, there were banks, law offices, a stock broker’s office, the wonderful Diessls Jewelers, Dave’s Donuts, a florist, a deluxe shoe store, Turner Music, Watt Drug and more.

The only boarded up building I remember is the old Penney’s store, but then, it still is.

Barbara Young

Independence

 

Governor’s veto of UMKC conservatory hurts state’s economy

To the editor:

With the veto of HCR 19, Eric Greitens has proved yet again that he is just a politician without the career. HCR 19 would have partially financed the construction of an arts conservatory in downtown Kansas City on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

This project has been a top priority for the Kansas City academic and business communities, who have secured more than $48 million in private funding for its construction. The jobs and economic development opportunities that the Conservatory will attract to the Kansas City community are a vital part in continuing to grow Missouri's economy.

Eschewing traditional norms, the governor announced his veto via a video first released on Facebook. In this video he accused the legislature of attempting to hide the $75 million bonding authority by inserting $1 into the line item where the UMKC Arts Conservatory is listed in the budget. But what us non "outsiders" know that the governor clearly does not, is that a $1 line item in the budget is merely a placeholder. As the bonds are sold to finance the construction and debt service to this project those proceeds will be placed in that line item in the budget giving our government the legal authority to spend the money raised from the sale of those bonds.

Without this placeholder, each fiscal year the budget committee would have to revisit this same project, that the General Assembly has already passed an HCR to finance, as a new decision item, when in actuality it's not. Furthermore as the bonds are sold to finance this project, the proceeds would have nowhere to go without that line item.

So what the governor calls hiding expenditures, most government professionals call standard budgetary practice. He also says he believes that most good people in Jefferson City agree with him. Well on that note, I'll just leave this nugget of information here. HCR 19 passed the House by a vote of 117-39 and passed the Senate by a vote of 28-4.

Fredrick Doss

Kirkwood, Mo.