I saw that ice stopped the downtown streetcar from running again. (Feb. 21, 4A, “Streetcar halted, flights canceled, schools and campus closed by icy conditions Tuesday”)
I’m the last streetcar man who retired from the city’s previous system. There may be some people who worked with me who are still alive. Some workers quit the streetcar and went to work at the post office, fire or police departments, or other jobs.
The Kansas City Public Service Company put sleet cutters on the electrical lines’ trolly poles, and we never had any trouble or stoppages. Shouldn’t there be some way to incorporate sleet cutters into the new streetcar route’s tracks?
Pure Hosmer class
Eric Hosmer had many iconic moments with his bat, glove and hustle for the Royals, but the moments I remember most about Hos didn’t occur during the games.
Back in 2014, he invited the city to McFadden’s to celebrate the Royals’ American League Division Series victory over the juggernaut Angels and (along with other players) bought drinks for everyone.
That was the first time I felt the strong family vibe between the team and the fans that many have spoken of over the years. And I’ll never forget his “No fluke” commentary for The Players’ Tribune in 2015 when the Royals’ backs were against the wall in Houston in the ALDS.
I have to believe that putting his confidence in his team in print for the world to see got the guys inspired and fired up for Game 4.
But what I will remember above all else about Hosmer was when, as the representative of the team and organization, he spoke on Opening Day 2017 about the loss of Yordano Ventura. His poise, sincerity and eloquence were what a stadium — no, a city — full of fans who had become family needed.
We’re going to miss you, Hos.
Not so awesome
Restaurant owners and managers, please require your servers to eliminate two items from their speech:
“I’ll be taking care of you” should be the first to go. It implies a degree of care found only in a specialized dining facility. Those not lifting diners into seats, placing silverware into mouths or wiping food from faces have no business claiming that level of attention. Those not working in assisted-living facilities should state the obvious — in other words, that they are serving you.
“Awesome” should also be sent to the culinary gulag. Waiters and waitresses too often respond to diners’ appreciation of their meals in this inane way. It implies a level of wonder appropriate for responses to the natural world, as in the awesome Grand Canyon, the awesome grandeur of the Canadian Rockies or the awesome calving of glaciers in Alaskan waters. It has nothing to do with my, or anyone else’s, satisfaction with steak, potatoes or ice cream.
Employees who fail to strike these terms from their speech should be forthwith consigned to the lowest levels of kitchen duties until they can demonstrate mastery of the English language.
Needed to lead
I served with Tyler Tannahill in Iraq and also as his officer in charge in Afghanistan. I can say with great confidence that he was an outstanding junior Marine. Unfortunately, based on the campaign he has run so far, I do not believe he is fit to serve in Congress. (Feb. 15, KansasCity.com, “A Kansas candidate for Congress won’t stop AR-15 raffle”)
Good leadership in the military doesn’t always translate to good leadership in the civilian world or in politics. Tannahill’s recent campaign decision to continue with an AR-15 giveaway after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting is (at best) an extremely insensitive display of poor judgment. At worst, it is a calculated publicity move to garner support from gun rights advocates at the national level.
I usually support veterans running for office. They often bring strong core values and know how to work with diverse groups of people.
In the Marine Corps, we celebrate diversity as a strength. It makes us stronger and more able to deal with whatever comes at us. With a Congress as divided as ours, these skills are needed now more than ever.
Unfortunately, what I am hearing from the Tannahill campaign is the same tired rhetoric whose only purpose is to provoke partisan tension and stoke negative emotion.
I would love to see another veteran in Congress. Unfortunately, I cannot support Tannahill or the campaign he has run.
Kyle E. Johnson