Hallmark Cards one of Kansas Citys best-known companies and larger employers has had a very bad last week.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
UPDATED 9 PM TUESDAY.
And it got worse Tuesday night.
• Last week the company apologized for a politically incorrect/offensive ornament that took the word gay out of the lyrics to the Christmas-time lyric Deck the Halls.
The company replaced gay with fun on the ornament. That set part of the social media world abuzz with criticism.
• On Monday Hallmark announced it was ceasing production of one line of products and trying to improve efficiency in another, eventually leading to the loss of up to 250 local jobs.
• And on Tuesday, the medical research tax in Question 1 in Jackson County was trounced.
Hallmark Chairman Donald J. Hall and the Hall Family Foundation he leads were very big supporters of the half-cent sales tax for medical research. Together, they had pledged to finance the construction of a $75 million building to house some of the researchers who could be funded with the $40 million a year created by the tax.
However, strong opposition mounted against the tax, and for good reasons. A sales tax levied in one county for this purpose far afield from the usual use of these kinds of tax dollars was not appropriate.
The defeat of the tax was yet another piece of bad news for the Hallmark name in Kansas City.