Jim Schmitz

BigRedOne 1 year, 4 months ago on Name change for Linn State proposed

Just to clarify, the Quonset huts indeed are military surplus but the Linn Lions Club erected them many years before Linn Tech was even thought of. They were erected on Linn R2 property (adjacent to the fairgrounds) and used as livestock barns for the annual Osage County Fair. The fair at that time was held at the Linn City Park and the Vocational Agriculture building was used for agricultural and 4-H exhibits.

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BigRedOne 1 year, 8 months ago on Capital Mall has new owner

General Growth’s web site showed 78% occupancy, I am not sure who is saying 91%. Who are they trying to kid? Anyone can walk through the mall and see that it is nowhere near this high. Maybe if you took the total square feet and factored in Sears, Penny’s and Dillard’s (and maybe even if you add Hy-Vee, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Central Bank, Red Lobster and Hardee’s) it might be this high but if you took all the available spaces it is definitely a lot less percentage. The Mall in Columbia that GGP owns is really full and vibrant but the malls they own in St. Louis are more like the one here in Jefferson City. Good Riddance GGP and I wish the new owners well!

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BigRedOne 2 years, 6 months ago on Second rail bridge to be built over Osage River

Regardless of how anyone feels about the bridge in Boonville, Union Pacific was going to move “their” bridge to Osage City at their own expense. I don’t see the bridge in Boonville being used for anything other than a yard ornament as it is too costly to convert it to be used as part of the bike trail. The stimulus funds now being used on the new bridge could have been used elsewhere such as on I70 or Hwy. 50, or etc. As for boat traffic, there shouldn’t be any more disruption than any other bridge being built over a river.

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BigRedOne 2 years, 8 months ago on Congress decides to flip dimmer switch on light bulb law

I really want to use some of the newer technology bulbs but I have yet to see one that equals the light output of the standard incandescent bulb at a reasonable price. I say let the market control when to switch to the new technology, maybe this way the new bulbs will become competitively priced.

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BigRedOne 3 years, 1 month ago on Opening of ‘adult’ store draws protest

People really do forget their history lessons. This is the sort of censorship that Hitler did in Germany in the 1930’s.

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BigRedOne 3 years, 3 months ago on Kehoe: Return to nuclear vote

If you read the article you will notice that virtually every utility in Missouri will be co-owners of this plant including the coops. Why would anyone think the power generated at Callaway would not stay in Missouri? While it’s true that Ameren sells power on the spot market all over the country they also have to buy power from out of state when one of their base load plants is down for maintenance.

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BigRedOne 3 years, 4 months ago on Nuclear bill stalled in Missouri Senate

Ameren just spent $700 Million on installing scrubbers on its (two unit) Sioux Plant and are getting ready to do the same on its (four unit) Labadie Plant. These are older coal plants and the government is mandating these changes. This is like putting a Maserati engine in an old Packard. Before it's all over with Ameren will have over $2 Billion added to its rate base. How does this make sense compared to building another nuclear plant?

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BigRedOne 3 years, 4 months ago on Four Missouri senators offer deal on unemployment benefits

Well I guess one can not argue the good intentions of rejecting stimulus funds, yes our FEDERAL government has gotten carried away with spending. Rejecting these funds, however, probably will not send the intended message. These funds will be re-appropriated to other states and will be spent anyway. We should just keep the money in Missouri. I am not sure that some of the funded projects are really the pork projects these senators are claiming.

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BigRedOne 3 years, 4 months ago on Public, PSC don’t agree on Ameren rate request

As distasteful as rate increases are don’t be too fast to blame AmerenMissouri. The EPA is seemingly making rules for utilities (and all industries) that simply don’t make sense and are causing prices to skyrocket. Now don’t get me wrong EPA is still needed or we would go back to very high pollution rates in both air and water, but things have been cleaned up and if we do nothing more than enforce current regulations we would be dong very well. AmerenMissouri just spent $700 million on scrubbers for the Sioux Plant (a two unit coal plant) and they are getting ready to do the same to the Labadie Plant (a four unit coal plant). These are not small amounts of money and most utilities could not afford to make these upgrades. Just remember, it is not always about profit.

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BigRedOne 3 years, 4 months ago on Your Opinion: Ameren's rate-hike request opposed

I have to agree that rates the last couple of years have had significant increases and I don't like paying them either. These increases, however, have been granted after about 20 years without increases so I guess we have really been lucky in the past. The Missouri Public Service Commission does not and cannot deny rate increases solely because someone does not want their bill to increase. Nor can they grant increases just because a utility wants one. This is a long and complicated process and the formula is way too complicated for most people to understand. Suffice it to say that increases will be inevitable and although we don't like them we will have to learn to live with them.

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