In Praise of Leavenworth
I know Kansas City better than most people. I've lived in various parts of the metropolis for over thirty years. Business and pleasure keep me shuttling through vast swathes of the area every week. I've come to the conclusion that as a whole, the citizens of Leavenworth are the area's best people. Their work ethic, honesty and friendliness are exemplary. There's little doubt that many of these values are enhanced by Leavenworth's military installation, which also adds a strong international element to the small town's atmosphere. Leavenworth isn't perfect. It is, after all, the site of my recent Larry Craig moment. The historic downtown is crumbling, and it's clear that many people are struggling economically. Still, you're not going to hear Leavenworth's hardy citizens complain.