Stephen Derendinger

dinger 2 years, 3 months ago on Mo. House panel backs voter ID requirement changes

I’m not sure how requiring ID’s would cause a problem as you can’t go to a doctor, get unemployment benefits, any other type of government benefits (including welfare, food stamps, medicare or medicaid), or even go into a casino without one anymore. If you are critically ill and need pain medicine that contains drugs such as codeine or morphine you can not, per federal and state law, legally get or use it without a photo id issued by a state or federal agency. If you don’t think a photo id is required just try to legally do any of the things I have mentioned without it.

So why would the old, poor, or disabled people (who the opponents always talk about), and are required to have an id for these aforementioned items, not be able to vote as they should have one already.

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dinger 2 years, 3 months ago on Mo. House member files payday loan legislation

Right or wrong it’s about time something was done about them so I say it’s about time our legislature finally is doing something that’s actually positive. We have caps on interest for banks, credit unions and credit cards but for some reason these businesses, that charge upward of 350% interest, have been ignored. They are more or less legalized loan sharks that will do everything they can to get you not to pay so you end of paying ridicules amounts on a few dollars that was borrowed. Guess they have a good lobbyist at the federal and state level.

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dinger 2 years, 3 months ago on Mo. senator wants schools to get traffic fines

LOL thats what we called them when I worked downtown. Thought our office was the only one.

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dinger 2 years, 3 months ago on MoDOT chief apologizes for road conditions

You noticed he apologized to St. Louis, where the votes and money are, when they make a mistake but did we hear an apology when there were hundreds of wrecks here in Mid Missouri during the December snow? Guess were not important enough here as all we got is opps we were surprised.

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dinger 2 years, 4 months ago on Judges replace new state Senate districts with newer map

Due to the failure of our State Senators and Representatives in Jefferson City to do the job we pay them for, they did not redraw new legislative maps for either body so six judges drew the maps. From looking at how the maps were drawn it appears there was some sort of agenda by them as the new 50’th district separated North Moniteau County and most of California from the old 117’th district and puts it with Southern Boone County including South Columbia. Why that was really done will probably never be known but it appears they wanted to get rid of any representation in the Missouri House that we had South of the Missouri River. This plan effectively disenfranchises our votes and representation in North Moniteau County as over 2/3’s of the voters in this new district are North of the river which always has had a very different mind set (liberal) on how things should work and they will be able to control the representation of the new district. These six judges answer to no one and, from what I understand; there is no recourse to have the map changed for the next 10 years so our representation south of the river will be non-existent for at least 10 years.

I’m not sure why this way of redrawing the legislative maps was put into the Missouri Constitution but it is a poor section that gives judges more power than they ever should be given as they should only be concerned with the courts and the law as applied in those courts when called upon. It gives judges, which are unelected officials, the power to make political decisions that should not be in their realm.

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dinger 2 years, 4 months ago on Columbia bars gender identity bias

So, if I want to be a pervert and see what happens in the woman’s bathroom to check it out all I have to do is go to Columbia and put a dress on with fake breasts and they have to let me?

What a great country we have when all you have to do is play dress up or do some acting to change your sex.

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dinger 2 years, 4 months ago on Keith calls MoDOT job cuts painful, but needed

For some reason Mr. Keith thinks that getting rid of the local maintenance sheds that are already built, stocked, and paid for is a good thing and that it’s better spending more fuel for employees to take care of the roads. Where this will really show up is during operations in snow plowing or ice removal when a truck will have to drive at least twice as much and get less done due to the greater distances that a single shed will have to cover. What scares me is that if you live where a shed has been closed and there is a major snow or ice is your road will not be cleared or even touched and it will be nearly impossible for fire or medical to get to you. I sincerely hope this scenario does not materialize but there is a good possibility this can and will happen.

It has been hinted by Mr. Keith, when this was first announced, that after getting rid of employees and sheds that contracting out work to private companies would take up the slack and is the ‘Right thing to do’. As someone who has dealt with contracted jobs I would figure the cost of a job will double and possibly triple because of contracting. As an example: In the division where I worked a 17 average pay was around $40 per an hour (including benefits) but MODOT paid contracted employees $95 per an hour, as required by Office of Administration rules, and there were many contracted employees that worked a full 2080 hours a year, which is equal to a full time position. Of course the contracted employee didn’t get all that money as they had to be with an approved company that hired them separately and it received the $95 per an hour. So that works out to $83,200 per a year for a full time MODOT employee and $197,600 for a contracted employee. Of course that was for a technical position which is at a higher pay but I doubt that when they start to contract maintenance work which would be at a lower pay it will be different in the ratio of what is paid for a MODOT employee vs. a contracted employee.

I agree with OldsMO and Emma as they are correct in their letters.

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dinger 2 years, 4 months ago on Keith calls MoDOT job cuts painful, but needed

At least they are consistent on the incorrect information that is put out in order to protect Kevin Keith and make him look good.

Not all 17 through 21 pay grades are management as this was an arbitrary point they started at to identify management positions as there are management positions at a much lower pay grade level. As a retiree of MODOT I was at a 17 pay grade and had no management duties nor was it in my job duties. I know of six 17’s in the division where I worked that were notified their jobs were eliminated two to three months ago and as far as I know they still have not been told if they will have a job at a demotion or not. Of those six it just happened to be that three of them were eligible for retirement and of them one has retired due to the uncertainty of future employment. Of those that did keep their jobs it appeared that knowledge and talent of their job had little, if anything, to do with the selection process and it appears that whoever was the warmest and fuzziest got their job back.

They also make it sound like only higher level employees are being affected but this also is incorrect as it’s happening to all employees, including the maintenance man at the bottom of the pay scales, and many of them are now being told that it’s uncertain if they will have a job or not. I am assuming that the MODOT director and those in what we referred to as King’s Row and District Engineers are not affected by any of this.

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dinger 2 years, 7 months ago on Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers

I guess it depends on how much you want to read between the lines to interpret the language of the sentence in question. I read it as saying that a school employee and student can’t have exclusive (private) access to each other that a parent or guardian wouldn’t have. If the school employee allows public (the entire world) access then they would meet the requirement of this sentence. I do not see the language saying that any web site offers private access as not being allowed.

Guess this is for lawyers to convince a judge what it says.

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dinger 2 years, 7 months ago on Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers

I am talking about the present rules and regulations and yes that used to be true that once you turned 16 you got a license without any permission but that has changed. Here it is from the Missouri Department of Revenue web site at the following link dor.mo.gov/drivers/teens/gradresources.php :

Your teen’s readiness to drive must be determined by you, not just by his or her age. Until your teen turns 18 years of age, you have the right to approve or deny your teen’s application for a Missouri instruction permit or intermediate license. Your signature is required on the application before your teen may obtain either one of these driving documents. If you choose to deny your teen's instruction permit or license after it has been issued, you must complete the Parental/Guardian Request to Deny or Reinstate Driver License (DOR-4811). To reinstate your teen’s privileges you must submit the same form marking request to reinstate.

As the parent or guardian, you have the authority to set more stringent restrictions regarding where and when your son or daughter may operate the vehicle, and with whom. While the Missouri Graduated Driver License (GDL) law defines requirements for nighttime driving limitations and passenger restrictions, you have the right to set additional restrictions for your new driver.

Yes they do talk after hours but as a parent you do have the right to deny a teacher after hour’s access to your child.

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