Here is a map of what roads are whose.
I hope you're letting MoDOT know the specific location of the "several million to go."
Voters passed an increase in the lodging tax, and those funds are earmarked for the conference center. They cannot be used for other purposes.
Wages have not been stagnant or declining. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages in Cole County are up 27% since 2001--and that's with very few raises from state government during that time.
Rob--the supermax facility has not been standing for quite some time. It was removed because it was on the site of the new federal courthouse.
Join the union, and you'll get invitations to union events. Join the chamber, and you'll get invitations to chamber events. Join a church, you'll get invitations to church events. Join the Lions, you'll get invitations to Lions meetings. Nothing sinister is going on in any of these situations.
Well said in both posts, Sancho.
For my part, I'll keep my powder dry until I enough to make an informed decision about the proposals. I have no idea how much each respondent is offering to match up to the city's revenue stream, nor what the bones of their proposals are. So far, I'm encouraged by the city's methodical approach.
I appreciate the sentiments, Center. However, politics is a rough game. Just look at how folks on these forums question the motives/intelligence/integrity of school board members. Talk about a thankless and unpaid job that takes a tremendous amount of time!
In my opinion, there is no need to be disagreeable, even if I don't see eye to eye with someone. What I see here is a constant tearing down of others. I try not to participate in that activity--although it seems that's what much of what passes for political theater today.
As I said before, I think it's wonderful F & F purchased the Mall, and I'm grateful the Farmers see good investments in our community--and see the conference center as a good investment.
However, it's naive to think F & F does not spend dollars outside our area. After all, they are spending money outside the area with a Chicago-based firm to manage the mall.
Just who is scratching whose back? If you're willing to make the charge, you ought to be ready to say who is doing so.
Inevitably somebody will try to say it's the Farmer's whose "backs are being scratched" because they are local, and they have local investments. I don't believe that for a second, but that won't stop folks who comment here from implying such.
Answer: because it's close to the Capitol building. And yes, the city housing authority controlling a portion of the properties does play a role, because it makes the site less expensive to acquire.
One more time: Call the consulting architect and ask. My point stands--the whole site would displace much less than a similar amount of farmland behind a levee.
And please--I am far from rich in monetary terms. Haven't we had enough of class warfare? It serves no good purpose.
Ah, yes. All those evil business organizations, conspiring to take from others. If it weren't so tragic, it would be comical.
Members of these organizations the achievers. Here, they are under constant attack by posters who claim to be the champions of the private sector, the business community. Yet, our own business community is the "good old boys". Amazing.
Small business owners want the community to grow. If our area doesn't grow, their companies are not likely to grow. It's really that simple.
The charge is constantly made here that only a few or some "outsiders" (gee, who's cliquish now?) will benefit from a conference center. Who are these people? How will only they benefit?
These baseless assertions distract the community from making good decisions.
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