Tuesday, July 28, 2009


In the 1970s, Penguin Park was one of the most popular parks in the northern sector of Kansas City, Missouri. It began with the landmark penguin and other attractions were added as the years rolled by. Four decades later, the crowd is elbow to elbow with children on the weekends. The recent population explosion in the area has made space to play a premium and parking spots scarce. However, the ice cream trucks are selling a record number of bomb pops. Solution to the space problem: Spend tax-payer money to enlarge the park to facilitate the booming population explosion. The park has a non-smoking policy, a policy I support because it is a children's recreation area. Restroom facilities and drinking fountains have been reconstructed, a positive aspect. Generally, the park is a harmonious blend of young children and offers parents opportunities to interact and communicate in a number of languages.

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My dad's dad, my grandfather, was nine years old when President Lincoln died from an assassin's bullet. Most people think I am speaking of my GREAT GRANDFATHER. NO, I am referring to my dad's father, my paternal Grandfather, Robert Levi Huffstutter, born in 1856. What does this information have to do with my profile? It might help the reader understand that I have a sense of being much older than I am in that only one generation seperates me from President Lincoln. This causes me to respond differently to society and many current events. In many respects, this is to my benefit, in other respects it dates my mindset. Perhaps this is the reason I value the moral standards and idealogies of older Americans, the men who were the soldiers and sailors I saw when I was a small boy,the men and women who fought a war for freedom without any doubts posted by a media with a questionable lack of national unity and purpose.