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Pam Z January 23, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Democrats and Republicans one and the same on the county council. Both = UN Agenda. More GovernmentRead More control to push everyone where they want to place them.Time for Democrats to wake up to the fact that their heart to really help people have turned into only helping the elite and time for the Republicans to wake up to the fact that they are also only helping the elite.
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Jon January 22, 2014 at 07:39 am
I'm a bit confused by this, in that internet service providers already have tiered service, as farRead More as bandwidth goes. If I want a fast enough data stream to support streaming video, I have to pay more than if I'm content with turning pages. So, if this isn't a new thing regarding speed, it must be about controlling content. This boils the matter down to two things: favoritism and censorship. Neither is consistent with the First Amendment or living in a free and open society.
Charles Hardy January 4, 2014 at 10:38 am
Instead of praying for more extended unemployment benefits (and exactly how much longer is itRead More going to take these folks to find a job?), wouldn't it be better to pray for a job? Is it even proper to pray for extended benefits? For example, I have heard some clergy say that if, for instance, you turned on to your street and saw smoke and fire engines, it would be human nature to pray it was not your house. But inasmuch as that would mean asking God for someone else's house to be on fire, that would not be a proper use of prayer. Pray that everyone is safe, but don't pray that it's someone else's house. In the same vein, these benefits are going to come out of other people's pockets, so I don't think that's a proper use of prayer.
Barb Dwyer January 5, 2014 at 09:55 am
Charles Hardy, instead of praying for a job, wouldn't it be better to pray for corporate America toRead More stop offshoring jobs to China, India and other countries? For the past 30+ years they've been sending all the well-paid, high-benefit (and yes, union) jobs overseas. And then everyone acts so surprised when people can't find jobs after 99 weeks. To ignore offshoring of jobs is to ignore the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the room.
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Jon November 13, 2013 at 08:13 am
We should be able to look to those states that have legalized marijuana, soon if not already, to seeRead More whether its benefits outweigh its risks. What's needed is a core of facts and actual experience, and these states are giving these to us. What should be clear, however, is that the current federal classification of marijuana as a schedule 1 drug should not be held up as an argument against it. It's classification was largely political and not fact based. Recall that slavery was once the law of the land. To make good decisions we need facts, not precedents. If the latter prevailed nothing would ever change.
Karen Smith October 15, 2013 at 08:33 am
Furthermore......as I commented in the public session at the last BOA meeting, the first questionRead More that needs to be raised is why the sitting BOA at the time of the abuse (and based on what was revealed through the police investigation) didn't file a claim against the bond. This city could use the money to improve our reserves and operations. Although many feel we are financially sound, there are many things this city should be doing to insure that we are operating efficiently and fiscally sound...but we are not because we don't have the money. As an example, the city was supposed to do a compensation survey/report to help inform the budget process, but we didn't have the $30k in our budget to do such. I think that city staff is working hard to catch up and get this city back on the right track, but they need the tools to be able to do their job. And the BOA needs the tools to be able to provide the governance.
Karen Smith October 15, 2013 at 08:50 am
Tom.....thanks for your attempt to try and clarify. Unfortunately, I think you only created moreRead More confusion and questions. And although I admired greatly your attempt to bring to light issues related to the real estate transactions of the Strassner TDD, where have you been since? There have been plenty of opportunities to demonstrate that same degree of integrity over the last several years. For example, in a recent Ways & Means you offered that the accounting firm should have provided the BOA with a copy of the management reports which highlighted many of the city abuses. I guess I don't understand why the BOA didn't request them if the accounting firm failed to do such. I know that the sitting BOA new about them because the existence of those reports was disclosed at a BOA meeting in the mid 2000s. I had to request a copy each year and the sitting BOA could have done likewise. I question how anyone on the sitting BOA during the time of all of the abuse can judge integrity and character of others.
Maureen Wheat October 15, 2013 at 09:33 am
Jim Pozzo, Karen Smith and Mr. Completely---your posts are all painting similar pictures of badRead More Admin. actions. I would like to know if the Missouri Sunshine Laws can be applied to Brentwood bad actions? You are all obviously more informed than am I. But I do know right from wrong----and there is something really wrong here. Thank you for such informative posts.
Mayor Pat Kelly at the Monday meeting. (YouTube)
Patrick Toohey October 11, 2013 at 04:24 pm
I have never switched attorneys as member of the BOA and I don't have a problem with what theRead More attorney said, the opinion made sense. I was implying Saunders said that with her vote. The vote was standing at 4-3 in favor of the first motion and she voted no which killed it in its tracks. She knew the second motion was not going to pass. She made just for show so she could come and claim the Alderman turned their back on the city. We had discussed both ideas at great lengths and it was obvious how everybody was going to vote. Will someone who has criticized the board go to a board meeting and ask her why she voted down the first motion? I will have to check with the attorney about revealing the legal risk because then I start getting into personnel details.
Lisa G October 12, 2013 at 03:27 pm
The challenge for those of us not in the meeting is we no real basis of what was discussed or whatRead More action each vote would have resulted in starting. I find it hard to believe that Saunders would vote down a chance for the city to get back our taxpayer dollars. Are you allowed to discuss why each vote was so different? Was it due to that the actions would have taken different courses? Alderman Toohey, we appreciate your having the courage to discuss this with us. Here is my takeaway from the whole issue and why I believe there is a lot being hidden. When this issue first came up out of the blue at an Aldermanic meeting the Mayor's face spoke volumes. Go back to the tape of that meeting when Saunders brought up the claim in new business and watch how the mayor responded. He immediately began shaking his head no at our city administrator. His reaction spoke volumes to me, watch it. Why would he have such a profound reaction to something that had yet to be explored? Also, let me pose the same question to you as I did Alderman Kramer. Why do we bank at Eagle Bank? You have been one of the proponents in getting our financial house in order because of your background. How is this not a conflict of interest? Would you mind addressing this at the next board meeting. On the surface you have the top person at Eagle Bank and at the City handling our monies. Again, there is not implication here of wrong doing. Why would all of you even allow the citizens to have a shadow of a concern because of this unusual arrangement? Also, did our city attorney vet the Mayor's compensation package? If he makes any money in the form of a bonus because of the bank's performance, this is against state law. Thank you Alderman Toohey for the discussion.
Jim Pozzo October 14, 2013 at 09:42 pm
What would the first motion above accomplish? I contacted the insurance agency to see if I can fileRead More a claim, as a citizen, on the Seemayer bond and the agency received the okay from the bond company. The MO state rule on this matter is not clear regarding citizens filing on bonds but some other states allow citizens to file. I filed the claim with supporting documents of the Mo State Audit Report and Seemayer police report. After I filed the claim with the bond company, the bond co. said I needed city approval, they could not act on the claim without the city’s approval. The city was notified by either the insurance agency or the bond company that I filed a claim. The city asked for a copy of what I filed and I provided it to the city so they had my filing documents. I do not understand what the first motion by Ald. Toohey would accomplish. Is a vote needed to send the state audit to our insurance agency and then forward to the bond company? There is no requirement in the first motion as stated above to file a claim on anything, just send the audit. I don’t see any reason for legal advice for filing the claim. The second motion by Ald. Saunders would have started the claim process by actually filing with the bond company.
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