It's appropriate to the discussion to challenge another person's opinions, correct their assumptions or urge them to follow a certain course of action, but please remember to stop short of personal attacks on other participants, in favor of focusing on the issues. Thanks. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
Just to keep the discussion based on the issues raised in the story, let's arbitrarily narrow our focus to those issues rather than broaden the discussion further to comments that focus only on the military and national foreign policy, which aren't directly related to this student's focus. Feel free to post opinions which are solely about those issues on other stories where that's a more central topic. That way, folks can have this page to discuss the issues that are pivotal to this story. Thanks. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
Thanks to both of you for taking the initiative to regroup and keep the discussion civil. That helps us keep the forum focused on issues. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
I removed some comments in a thread of personal bickering. With that, we'll close the comments on this page. If you'd like to address the editorial, please write us a letter to the editor for publication to email@example.com. Thanks.
Just FYI, according to this report (mobudget.org/files/Transportation%20Funding%20Report%20July%202012.pdf), MoDOT receives 1 percent of its funding from state general revenue and most of that is allocated to Amtrak. The bulk of its funding comes from state and federal gas taxes, vehicle and driver license fees and vehicle sales taxes. City and county roadways have their own variety of sources including a portion of local sales taxes in JC and Cole County. There is a proposal under consideration in the Legislature to hike the state sales tax by 1% to increase funding to MoDOT, which obviously would change the current balance.
Whoa! Disengage the Caps Lock and back away from that key. Please stay calm. Don't panic. For maximum civility, resume your conventional typeset and "volume." ;)
I think everyone who's going to comment on this article has made their positions clear on this issue at this stage. Thanks to those who attempt to stay focused on issues and defuse personal attacks.
Yes. Each is operated independently of the other with its own tax levy and tax base. I was trying to convey that each entity has its own body of taxpayers (overlapping in terms of some individuals but a different group in total) paying a specific tax the law requires them to pay.
Those are two separate government entities, independent of one another. The public school district and the City of Jefferson don't share a budget, revenue sources or administration.
Sorry I removed an early comment wishing sympathy to the affected families but I wanted to hold off on any information identifying the town of the fatal victim. Turns out, the early reports weren't wrong but I wanted to wait for confirmation from the crash report, which now is posted. (This post amended after the crash report became available.)
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