This just may be my opinion, but I hate the expression “urban core.” We are Old Kansas City, Kan. Actually, we are the original KCK.
Urban core is disrespectful to all of us in the older parts of town. If we are going to be separated, why not KCK, Mid KCK, West KCK and Far West KCK? Doesn’t that make more sense? And then there is South KCK, East KCK and North KCK, or make it easy, and call us all KCK. Much easier.
OK, I got that off my chest. The reason I brought it up is the latest crime report. As a member of the Citizens Law Enforcement Advisory board, we are apprised of these facts as we go along. It is amazing that KCK crime is at a 40-year low. That means all of us. North, east, south and west.
There are many factors to making this be important, and successful.
Of course, we have a wonderful police department that is now working more efficiently with the Sheriff’s Department. That means more eyes watching the city. And then there is the neighborhood watch groups that work hand in hand with them both. We all watch our neighborhoods and report crime when we see it, strangers roaming around, suspected drug houses that we are running out of our neighborhoods, cleaning up our communities, one by one, and becoming friends again with our neighbors and watching out for them. All of this is important in making those crime numbers come down. People helping people. Reaching out. Being neighborly. Isn’t that what makes a good city?
I want to salute the police for the success they are having and hope it continues. With all the hype about guns that is going on and more people buying guns, it is a little scary. The bad guys don’t need background checks as they find ways to get guns. The good guys that want guns to defend their families are growing by leaps and bounds. Are we going to go back to the 1890s when every man had a gun on his hip? I hope not. It will make it so much harder on the police and sheriff departments to continue the success we have now.
Every boy had a Red Ryder B.B. gun?
We played cops and robbers, shooting with our fingers?
Our favorite cap guns?
And of course, water guns?
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.