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melbrooks 1 year, 5 months ago on Our Opinion: Welfare limits ease threat to needy families

I think the Samaritan Center is a better example of working to meet basic human needs in a responsible way. Since it is a collaborative effort of most of the churches in Jefferson City, clients are much less likely to play the churches off each other. Samaritan Center staff are diligent about the intake process to document needs.

I stand by my previous assertion: once assistance is something people are entitled to, they feel they are "owed" it, and an "attitude of gratitude" is seldom witnessed. Entitlements take charity out of context.

Ideally, I'd like to see tax credits (not deductions) for charitable contributions to organizations which provide for the basic human needs of food, shelter and rudimentary medical care. The fact is, entitlements are on an unsustainable trajectory.

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melbrooks 1 year, 5 months ago on Our Opinion: Welfare limits ease threat to needy families

I would prefer to see private charities address the needs of the poor, rather than an entitlement system. As soon as assistance becomes an entitlement, by definition it ceases to be charity.

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melbrooks 1 year, 5 months ago on Our Opinion: Welfare limits ease threat to needy families

Because it won't work. Ask France. The Socialist Party imposed a mandatory 35 hour work week in 2000, and it has been ditched over time.

econ.cam.ac.uk/teach/filipasa/pp/Economic_Policy.pdf

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melbrooks 1 year, 5 months ago on JC interchange tops road projects

I am well aware of MoDOT's structure. I worked for the organization at one time in my career.

The Commission is the citizens' oversight, and is not an elected body--just as I indicated.

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melbrooks 1 year, 5 months ago on JC interchange tops road projects

The new interchange will replace an viaduct which is functionally obsolete, has terrible sight lines and is in poor condition. Its replacement will be much safer. There have been fatalities in this area due to congestion at Monroe Street.

It's also a great project for Lincoln University, JC high school students and will provide much better access to the southside/Old Munichburg area, MSP and downtown. I appreciate the efforts of all those who worked to get this project in place.

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melbrooks 1 year, 6 months ago on Budget pruning may cut close to home

No need. I know what I'm saying is true, because I've seen supporting documentation.

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melbrooks 1 year, 6 months ago on Budget pruning may cut close to home

First it was a token, now it's "free of charge". Which is it?

The Downtown association pays the city for sidewalk snow removal.

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