Just as women are the most vicious of the Sarah Palin bashers, the women of Kansas City’s City Council just like to pile on (9/25, A-1, “Women lead push against KC mayor’s wife”). It’s like a catfight.
While they say they seek “professionalism,” I believe what they really long for are the good old days when Carol Coe and Saundra McFadden-Weaver brought real “professionalism” to City Hall.
Stephen G. Spruill
I couldn’t disagree more with Councilwoman Jan Marcason when she said, “If you work in an office environment, you know you need to separate your personal life from your professional life.”
This attitude is a throwback to the ’70s and ’80s. Perhaps it’s a philosophy of her generation, but the modern female professional is striving for a work-life balance. Perhaps Councilwoman Marcason should take a time-management course to learn about this concept. Or take a look at how extremely successful corporations — including IBM, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines — allow their employees to strike a balance more easily between personal and professional commitments by offering flexible alternatives.
If Mayor Funkhouser and his wife choose to work side by side, then that’s their choice. I agree with East Side neighborhood advocate Mary Mittenfelner, who said the people of Kansas city voted for Mayor Funkhouser to be mayor, not for the City Council to run the mayor’s office.