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Archive for the month “September, 2020”

Gardner Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by Circuit Attorney Gardner against a variety of people for violating her civil rights. The judge essentially said her charges were ridiculous and not based on any facts. Once again, Gardner who has lost most of her attorneys and has a horrible conviction rate is incompetent. Written by Paul Dribin

Economic Development Agencies

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote today of more corruption on the part of the St. Louis Economic Development Agency led by Sheila Sweeney. It is reported that the State Auditor, Nicolle Galloway discovered large bonuses approved to Sweeney and her Chief Financial Officer that were unknown to anyone and unauthorized. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were involved. All of this was part of the general scandal of the Stenger administration.

This incident hides a bigger problem. Economic Development Agencies in general do not accomplish much and are rarely worth their cost in salaries and expenses. In fact, study after study has shown that government economic development programs that offer incentives for business development do not pay off. The costs of the incentives to the businesses tend to be higher than the benefits received by the community. Probably the best investment for a community is in education and overall good governance. Businesses tend to like to be located in communities with well educated work forces and well governed communities. Written by Paul Dribin

Affordable Energy Efficent Housing Slowly Being Built in North St Louis

www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-is-there-a-future-for-affordable-housing-with-zero-carbon-footprint-in-st-louis/article_db0f1b79-2279-5c85-a05a-6bcea9fe5cad.html

Good article by Tony Messenger about a determined housing developer. Paul dribin

Baseball Predictions

As a St. Louisan I follow the Cardinals although the Cubs are my favorite team. I am amazed the Cards made the playoffs, they have a fairly poor team, particularly offensively. Their pitching is excellent.

Much to my surprise I have enjoyed the shortened baseball season and the unique rules under which it has been played. There is an excitement to the fact that almost every team can make the playoffs. I have enjoyed the designated hitter rule and the 7 inning doubleheader’s. They made serious mistakes by extending the contract of Matt Carpenter who is one of the poorest hitters in baseball and Dexter Fowler. Former players such as Luke Voit, Marcell Ozuna, and Randall Griuchek have been superb. I think the Cardinal ownership is content to maintain an average product.

In the end I believe the Dodgers and Yankees will meet in the World Series with the Dodgers winning it all. Written by Paul Dribin

Prosecutor Gardner Adds More Officers to Bad List

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/another-15-st-louis-police-officers-added-to-top-prosecutors-exclusion-list/article_ed63a124-4f75-523a-930c-b994e67fc6a0.html

This whole story has never made sense to me. Circuit Attorney, Kim Gardner has excluded a certain number of police officers from the list of whom she would take testimony or use as witnesses. Two things. Either they are not so bad and Gardner is being vindictive, or they are bad and should be fired. I guess it may be the power of the union. Written by Paul Dribin

Parsons and Coronavirus

Governor Parsons of Missouri and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus. This is poetic justice. Mr. Parsons has resisted any efforts to mandate masks and has issued consistently ignorant comments about COVID. I hope some of his followers see the light. Written by Paul Dribin

Amendment 3

Amendment 3 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing proposed by the Republicans in the Missouri legislature. It would repeal the Clean amendment passed a couple years ago which appoints a neutral demographer to apportion legislative districts. Amendment 3 is innocuous appearing talking about restrictions on lobbying but would repeal a major good government initiative which had the support of 62% of the voting public in Missouri need to be alert and vote no on Amendment 3. Written by Paul Dribin

americanmind.org/features/ending-the-blm-revolution/blue-truth-matters/

A thoughtful conservative piece about the data behind crime putting some of our outrages in perspective. Paul Dribin

St. Louis Cardinals

I am a huge baseball fan but have not been into watching games this shortened season. The local team, the St. Louis Cardinals have a mediocre team, good pitching and poor hitting. Furthermore, they are boring to watch. I hold the ownership and Vice President John Mozelak responsible for this result. I believe the ownership has been stingy with the dollars because they knew pre covid the team would draw well regardless of the results on the field. Mozelak’s decisions to give an expensive contract extension to Matt Carpenter, give big bucks to a mediocre Dexter Fowler, and let Luke Voit, Matt Griuchek, and let Marcell Ozuna go have been poor decisions. Much of the success of the team was due to the carryover from the Laruso era. When that ran out the gig was up, Written by Paul Dribin

Huge Increase in Murder Rate in St Louis

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/amid-indescribable-times-st-louis-homicide-rate-reaches-historic-levels/article_97b57246-ae07-5f93-b42a-b5f57fc15c8e.html

A sad story from Post-Dispatch. Gets st what I was saying in previous post

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