City, state do regulate, inspect ‘wagon’ eateries E-mail
Opinion
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:01

By Dorothy Meisenheimer of Liberal

 

I felt compelled to write this letter in response to the letter written March 13 by Jimmy Johnson.

It seemed a bit of a contradiction to imply that city commissioners – in order to help grow our city – should shut down existing businesses in order to get new businesses to open. This does not seem to me to be a logical step for growth.
Secondly, the assumption that a business is on wheels is unsanitary and lacks regulations by the city is unfounded. There are definitely regulations that exist from both the city and the state.
We are required to have hot and cold water, correct holding temperatures of food and to go through the same inspections that any restaurant does by both the City of Liberal and the State of Kansas. As with any other business, there are likely ones that choose to ignore these regulations, but the city has definitely taken steps to prevent this from happening.
And finally, there are no guarantees that because a business has a foundation, it is free of bugs, is sanitary and follows all the regulations – just as there are no guarantees that because a business has wheels, it is unsanitary and doesn’t follow regulations.
The city commissioners must remain unbiased and not show prejudice against a citizen because of race, language spoken, religious beliefs or economic status. 
These “wagons” are ways for citizens of our city to make a living, and they do exist in the often compared cities of Garden City and Dodge City. Hopefully, the owners are paying their taxes, but cheating the system can just as easily go on in larger, more established businesses, too.
Yes this is Liberal, Kan., U.S.A., but it is not the same Liberal as it was 50 years ago. In order for our city to grow, we must be willing to accept that it is changing and not get so caught up in trying to keep everything just as it was in the past.
 

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