Friday, Mar. 15, 2013
March 15 Letters
Chivalry isn’t dead in Harrisonville! Last Monday while seven local red hat members ate at Mazio’s, a stranger picked up our tab.
We were there celebrating the heroic life of our dear departed member, Betty Shannon.
You can imagine the shock we felt when the cashier said an anonymous man had paid for our lunches. So thank you very much sir for paying and giving us all this pleasant, unbelieveable surprise. Now we all pledge to pass the favor on.
When news first reached me years ago that Cass County was making the bold move to self build a broadband
infrastructure. I was very proud of the county leadership making what I saw as a very enlighten decision, which
would propel Cass county forward both on the education and employment fronts. Much as the investment that is
being made by Google in Kansas City, Kan. would for those communities.
The benefits of affordable connectivity are well documented and a quick search of the net will both enlighten and
inform, and yes I realize the paradox of my previous statement. How can I self educate if I don’t have access, well
that is my primary point.
Without access citizens of Cass County will have higher thresholds to access the same educational and
employment opportunities than those with broadband. Our children or adults who need to refresh job skills will
need to relocate to gain access to higher education. And knowledge based employment will be out of reach for
many of those without broadband access.
Given the recent recognition that further progress was not practical and the resulting vote to cancel the effort. I
was motivated to write this letter to encourage the political leadership and the citizens of Cass County to continue
to push for better services.
Pressure your current incumbent telephone provider to invest in upgrades and extent the broadband service area.
And encourage the leadership of the county and state to bring private industry investment in emerging
technologies such as TV white space broadband to the county.
The Cass broadband project had struggled for years and while I was deeply disappointed that the implementation
was not successful, the need remains and for the future of the county we must demand success.