A few more short takes while I wonder if warmer spring temperatures will ever come.
We did experience some nicer days earlier this week. That was the good news. The bad news was the Boss Lady reminded me that the yard still needed cleanup after a rough winter.
The Boss Lady and I recently saw the movie “42” at the Legends 14 Theaters. It is a powerful story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947. Robinson, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, endured much racial hatred; but in the end, he won the hearts and minds of baseball fans and Americans in general. The movie shows the early days of Robinson’s professional baseball career in the Negro League. He played with the Kansas City Monarchs.
I was most impressed with Harrison Ford who portrayed Branch Rickey, who was the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey looked over the resumes of several potential black players before he settled on Robinson. He noted that Robinson served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II, went to the University of California at Los Angeles and was a Methodist. Rickey was a Methodist and also said “God was also a Methodist.”
Speaking of Methodists I note that the new mayor, the Rev. Mark Holland, is a Methodist preacher. And I further note that Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook, the new Unified Commissioner from the 8th District, is also of the same faith. I would be happy if, among other things, they cut the time you have to stand in line at the County Treasurer’s office.
I attended the swearing in of our new mayor and other commissioners last week along with a standing-room only crowd in the commission chambers at city hall. The audience included high- ranking and mid-level Unified Government administrators, reporters, editors, photographers, commissioners’ family members along with well-wishers including toadies and cronies.
Sheriff Don Ash was also sworn in for another four-year term. I am grateful that, under his leadership, there continues to be excellent cooperation between the police and sheriff’s departments. The taxpayers end up being the real winners.
I have heard that there will be several proposals for the U.S. Soccer training center to be built in Kansas City, Kan. The $50 million project would complement development activity in Village West and would host team camps, coach education programs and referee training.
Murrel Bland is the former editor of the Wyandotte West.