January 18, 2013 

Dear Editor:

Some time back, I wrote a letter addressing the lack of decent family-style, sit-down restaurant in the great city of Harrisonville. I don’t recall ever getting a response to my letter, nor have I witnessed any new restaurants in Harrisonville. In that I am blessed with an abundance of space time, I cranked up my wife’s computer and extracted the following information:

Restaurants in Belton: Chinese (2), family (12), fast food (16), grill and bar (2), Mexican (5), pizza (6), seafood (1).

Restaurants in Harrisonville: Chinese (2), family (2, one that serves BBQ and the other is not 5-star), fast food (12), grill and bar (2), Korean (1), Mexican (2), pizza (4), seafood (1), Thai (1).

I guess I am the only one who sees anything wrong with this picture.

When I moved to Harrisonville back in the 1960s, U.S. 71 Highway was two lanes and ran through Harrisonville along the same route as Commercial Street. Alternate U.S. 71 was two lanes and followed the same route as Missouri Highway 291. There were four family restaurants on U.S. 71 and one on Alternate U.S. 71. But as the years passed we have made a great deal of progress.

First, we built a four-lane U.S. 71 Highway, changed Alternate U.S 71 to Missouri 291 and got rid of all the restaurants. However, when someone mentions getting a decent family restaurant, the story was, and still is, when we get a new interstate highway, the restaurants will be sure to follow.

Well, we now have Interstate 49, which replaced U.S. Highway 71, and it is truly a great additional to our area and all points south.

I have a 20-acre place between Neosho and Joplin. It used to take me two hours to make the 130-mile trip, however, the new interstate has made it a two-hour, 130-mile trip.

But don’t worry, I now have five mile marker signs every mile to let me know that I am still on Interstate 49.

Come one, can anyone justify installing five mile marker signs per mile?

I bet the workers that mow grass and plow snow along this highway will love them.

Lawrence Howland





Dear Editor:

I just wanted to thank our congresswoman Vicky Hartzler for standing up for what she believes is right!

Not only for the good of our nation, the people, but also for our God.

We voted for her because we believe she will fight for our moral issues.

Our country was founded on one nation under God!

Our country needs to get back to those principles.

Thank God we still have some in Washington that still believes this.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Frances Hannah


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