In this article, Jefferson City is compared to five other Missouri cities that show “a steady trend of economic growth, with each city projecting increased sales tax revenues for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years”. These cities have populations, according to the 2010 Census as follows: Jefferson City - 43,079; University City - 35,371; St. Joseph - 76,780; Chesterfield - 47,484; Cape Girardeau - 37,941 and Columbia – 108,500. What was not mentioned is that all five of these cities have an Interstate Highway running by/through them, something that Jefferson City does not. This source of tax revenue should have excluded them from being compared to Jefferson City, traffic to the Lake of the Ozarks cannot compare, as most boaters know how fuel prices, in Jefferson City, are historically higher and will fuel their boats before leaving their homes or upon arrival at the lake. In addition, few traveling to the lake are unlikely to seek lodging or even buy groceries when there is a Wal-Mart closer to their destination. I am curious if this study was conducted by/at the direction of Mr. Nicklaus and if the statement “Those numbers make Jefferson City somewhat an anomaly from other Missouri cities that are seeing their revenues begin to come back from the nationwide economic crash a few years ago” will still hold true or was it just him comparing apples to oranges?
“Nickolaus said he would hope people would take a close look at the situation and decide if they want to adequately fund city services that are important to them”, and the citizens would hope that the city council and mayor take a close look and realize that a convention center, like a tunnel access to Adrian Island, is and would be a waste of tax dollars. I must have missed this document before, but I suggest people look and see what the EPA would like to do in Jefferson City (epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/GAC_JeffersonCity.pdf), as this might shed some light on why the council and major pushed for a tax increase.
Of course they are, they could draw that extra tax-free money (per-diem), not pay for meals (lobbyists) or parking (private parking garage, paid for by tax dollars) and if they wanted to, adjourn to their private club to smoke and drink (with their “special” guests (lobbyists?)), while they were supposed to be looking out for the citizens that elected them. Now all they have to do is go back to their districts, blame the other party for not working with them and promise to do better next year.
Now that is justice, NOT! As an agent, acting as an officer of the law, auxiliary or not, he should know the scope of his authority, before being placed on the street and be held accountable for violating those rules/laws. First, police agencies wanted to prevent videotaping of their actions, now it appears that they can be responsible for a death and avoid punishment by claiming that they did not know what they did was not authorized (illegal). Now is the time for citizens to demand greater control over law enforcement personnel hired to protect and serve the citizens and protect citizens from another over-zealous police officer from becoming judge and jury. If not, can we name the section of road where the death occurred after the innocent victim, as Illinois did for the Uhl sisters?
Talk about screwing state employees! Unless changes have been made to how pay and compensation are determined, these workers will suffer additional hardships like those that occurred when the Department of Corrections tried the twelve-hour shifts. Entry-level regular state employees (eight-hour days, forty-hour week) earn ten-hours of sick leave per month and are charged eight hours for each day they miss work. These employees will be charged twelve-hours for each day they miss. Vacation is also accrued at ten-hours per month and instead of fifteen days per year; these employees will only earn ten days of vacation. No wonder the State Hospital cannot fill the positions or keep employees?
You state, “she made a mistake and she will have to live with it”, her failure to place her child in an approved car seat was an intentional act, a violation of well-publicized laws and not an accident as you claim. You also state, “I'm sure you all are perfect and have never made mistakes” a claim I never made, but unlike her, I insured that my child was secured in a car seat, before the vehicle was started. Then go on with “every day you and other adults put your KIDS on school bus's that do not have seatbelts in them except the driver”, a system approved by the government and that two-year-old children do not ride in. My previous comment was “What really upsets me is that society, in general, has become so afraid to place blame on the responsible party and then present ready-made excuses in an attempt to justify the criminal behavior” and I ask you, why do feel this is necessary for you to do in this case?
Sorry you feel that way but the death rests solely on her! She did not put her child in a car seat, she did not wear a seatbelt and she should be thankful she only got one year in county jail. Her inability to obey simple rules and follow common sense, relating the safety of her child, should haunt her for the rest of her life. What really upsets me is that society, in general, has become so afraid to place blame on the responsible party and then present ready-made excuses in an attempt to justify the criminal behavior. Then there are those who try to make others feel bad for the criminal, sorry do not buy that either.
Will the consultant recommend building the Conference Center next to Capital (I refuse to recognize it as the State Capitol or the actual Capitol Building) Plaza Hotel? There is a vacant lot that is real close that could be available. May I also recommend a “boat” design so that next the Missouri River floods, it will float, unlike the State Health Laboratory? P.S. I recommend the City Council not listen if the consultant recommends an underground parking garage at that site.
Just as well, it would cost more to incarcerate him and then he would have three hots and a cot, free medical and dental care and come out knowing more about drugs than when he went in. My question is how many times he will violate before (if ever) he is revoked and incarcerated. Probably then will be given a 120-day shock confinement, you know he will obey the rules just like he did on probation, and then when the time is up, he can petition and have this conviction expunged (unless he continues his ways) guess we will just have to wait and see.
Oh well, when she gets out, she will still be young enough to have another child.
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