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I was going through some old emails and I found this. I totally forgot to post Mr. Funkhouser’s responses to a few questions. For those that may remember, I was once a large fan of the Funk. My passion has severely waned over the years. I am neutral on his reelection at this time.

I was very concerned about Mr. Funkhouser’s connection with the nut Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York, especially in relation to Bloomberg’s anti-gun crusade through the Mayors Against Illegal Guns crusade. You can find the original post here.

1.  I do not see myself as a “liberal.”  I am an independent.  I have been to New York on numerous occasions – I like the city a lot – but I have never gone to New York to meet with Mayor Bloomberg.  I have, of course, met him a few times, but those meetings were as part of another agenda.  He and I were both at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Providence last year, and we were both in Washington D.C. a couple of years ago to testify in front of a Senate committee on the issue of infrastructure.
2.  I’m not sure I see the comment you quote as either “hateful” or “spiteful.”  I also don’t see the next Tim McVeigh in the midst of the Tea Party.  We’ve come to the point with regards to politically correct speech that something “terrible” can be quoted from anyone.  My support for Mayors’ Against Illegal Guns has nothing to do with my views of Mayor Bloomberg or his political interests.  I’m sure our interests diverge widely on many topics.
3.  I respect the 2nd Amendment but I certainly do not see it as “the most sacred of all rights.”  I am for the rule of law and opposed to illegal guns.  Illegal guns are those that are obtained and owned in ways contrary to existing laws.
For the record, his third response greatly concerns me. The “illegal gun” argument is a BS argument put forth by liberals to make you buy their crap on 2nd Amendment issues. It boils down to one of two things; Mayor Funkhouser is blissfully ignorant on what MAIG is, or he knows exactly what he is doing and is hiding behind the bogus “illegal guns” argument. A supporter of the 2nd amendment would not support MAIG, plain and simple.

As you know I have been somewhat friendly toward Kansas City Mayor Funkhouser in the past. But, unfortunately, my support is dwindling to nothing as mentioned in this previous post. My biggest qualm is Mayor Funkhouser’s support of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. You see, it is a group that was started by Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the intention of helping stop violence by focusing on “illegal” firearms. Now, the problem is, I am still unsure just what an illegal firearm is? It’s really called a semantics game, and Progressives are great champions of it. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been shown to clearly be anti-second amendment and continues to prove it on a regular basis.

For those that haven’t heard, Mayor Bloomberg recently made an asinine comment about who may have caused the New York City attempted terrorist bombing. If you haven’t heard it yet here is the quote:

“homegrown, maybe a mentally deranged person, someone with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something, it could be anything”

I’m sorry, but excuse me! Why is it the left naturally assumes that the next Timothy McVeigh is out there waiting in the midst of the Tea Party. It’s obvious Mayor Bloomberg has no respect for the right side of the political aisle.

So this leads me to my questions for Mayor Funkhouser:

1) We know you are a liberal, you love President Obama, and you have championed yourself as a moderate who wants to reach out. We also know that you have been to New York and visited with Mayor Bloomberg. Mayor Funkhouser can you denounce this type of rhetoric?

2) Mr. Mayor, how can you rationally support any political interest of Mayor Bloomberg’s when he makes such hateful and spiteful comments?

3)) Will you continue to support Mayor Bloomberg’s MAIG? The comment that he has made is indicative of Mayor Bloomberg’s antipathy toward the individuals on the right. If he believes we are capable of doing something like the car bomb in Times Square, who knows what he thinks we are capable of with firearms? For many on the right the second amendment is the most sacred of all rights, it is America’s First Freedom, and Mayor Bloomberg continues to wage his own war against it.

Mr. Mayor do the right thing here, resign from MAIG, and denounce Mayor Bloomberg’s comments!

Below is the February 5th edition of Mayor Funkhouser’s Funk’s Front Porch e-newsletter. The mayor mentions more about the Schools First initiative. As an educator I like the approach because part of KC’s problem is infrastructure and safety. I am just not sure if I want to pay for South Kansas City and the inner city’s problems. Not taking a stance here yet, I still don’t have enough information. A “no tax increase” bond issue could easily translate into tax increases later. The way this city has managed itself in the past makes me uncomfortable to see it get more money.

Notes From Funk’s Front Porch

5 February 2010

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

The Mayor was in Chicago this past Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the City’s three bond rating agencies: Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. Troy Schulte, the new acting City Manager, and Randy Landes, the new Director of Finance, accompanied him. The trip was successful and the presentations went well.

Part of the reason for the trip was for the Mayor to introduce his new team to the bond rating agencies, but the primary focus was to seek bond ratings for the City’s upcoming $35 million sale of general obligation bonds to provide funding for upgrades to the City’s public safety radio system. When you sell municipal bonds, you can usually make do with just a conference call, but the Mayor wanted a face-to-face meeting to introduce his new team and provide assurance that they are fiscally conservative, responsible managers of the City’s finances.

The agencies asked for additional information with respect to the City’s financial situation, and the Director of Finance is pulling that information together. The Mayor believes the City has done its best to ensure the rating agencies will maintain the City’s AA credit rating, which, in turn, ensures competitive interest rates for the City’s bonds.

The Mayor’s Schools First initiative is getting wonderful feedback, with the most often spoken sentiment being, “why has it taken so long to address our schools.” Schools First is a new initiative created to help all schools in Kansas City – public, private and charter – by improving public safety and infrastructure around the schools. Schools First will:

. Use a no tax increase bond to fix sidewalks, crosswalks and other city infrastructure around all schools

. Use a portion of a renewed Public Safety sales tax to fund increased police presence around all schools

. Focus Kansas City’s basic service priorities on areas around all schools

. Partner with all schools to apply for federal and private grants to improve neighborhoods and walk to school programs

. Create a city based staff liaison to work with every school

For more information contact Mark Siettmann at 816-513-3512, or schoolsfirst@kcmo.org or visit http://www.kcmo.org/schoolsfirst.

On A More Personal Note

We are finally going to our little cabin in the woods for a few days. Funk will be working on his budget message that is due on the 11th, and I will be catching up on correspondence. Last time we were scheduled to go, we had our amazing blizzard, and it looks like the sky is opening up again this time too. If it doesn’t snow too much, we’ll both have plenty of time to get our work done in peaceful, uninterrupted surroundings.

The Next Town Hall Meetings

March 3, 2010 – 3;30 p.m.

Host: Kansas City Water Department

Kansas City Employees Only

March 3, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.

Host: Choteau Village Retirement Community

3711 N Jackson Ave

March 10, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.

Host: Kansas City General Services Department

Kansas City Employees Only

March 10, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.

Host: Cristo Rey School

211 West Linwood Boulevard

March 17, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.

Host: Kansas City Neighborhood and Community Services

Kansas City Employees Only

March 18, 2010 – 7 p.m.

Host: Park Hill School District PTA Council

7703 NW Barry Road

March 24, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans Chapter 317

3027 Walnut, Union Hill Veterans Hall

March 31, 2010 – 5:30 p.m.

Host: True Vine Baptist Church

2500 Bellafontaine

May 5, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.

Host: Plumbers Union Local 8 and Pipefitters Union Local

8600 Hillcrest Road

In faith,

Gloria & Mark