Noise is disrupting a quiet neighborhood

Several weeks ago there was a big controversy about the Tyson Company in the news. They wanted to put a plant up in the Tonganoxie area of Kansas. Several people who lived in the neighborhood told the politicians and the company how they felt about the fact that they wanted no part of this in their neighborhood.

How I wished that we had the same opportunity in our neighborhood. The city allowed this huge barn to be built in our residential area without any of us having been given the opportunity to say yay or nay.

We were told that this is part of the Englewood Arts District; but in fact it is on a residential street and we the people have to suffer through it every time there is a reception or party held. It is so loud that we can hear it even with all doors and windows closed. We have to put up with the constant “boom boom boom” of the music and of course the loud speakers and microphones.

It is called a Secret Garden, but believe me there is no secret about it for those who live here.

I cannot believe that the Independence politicians allowed this to be built; you can bet it wouldn't have been allowed in their neighborhood.

We were here way before this building was built and I cannot believe that we didn't have the opportunity to say how we felt about it. I believe that it's time for an investigation to look into how this happened.

And by the way, you're not supposed to block our driveways just because you want to load or unload your vehicle.

Also, one evening a police officer told us he had the right to his music. Well, what about our rights?

Jackie Davis, Independence


Cutting business taxes would help Missourians

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisors recently released a summary of nonpartisan economic evidence demonstrating how high business taxes are at least partially paid for by reduced employee compensation. In other words, businesses are forced to forgo employee pay raises to cover their tax burden.

Given the U.S. has the highest business tax rates in the world, they are likely responsible for stubborn wage stagnation in Missouri and much of the country.

The recently proposed tax reform framework would address this wage drag by cutting the federal small business tax rate to 25 percent from the current 40 percent, and the corporate rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. Such tax reform would allow entrepreneurs to keep more of their earnings to spend on employee compensation – to the tune of at least $4,000 per family per year, according to the Council’s report.

Survey evidence supports this economic evidence, as most business owners, including our retailers, would use tax cut savings on employee raises, new hires, or business expansion.

Business tax cuts would therefore help Missouri’s employees and communities as much as its businesses.

David Overfelt, Jefferson City

President, Missouri Retailers Association