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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

St Louis schools Will Return to Local Cintrol

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-schools-will-return-to-local-control-july-after/article_c038e09a-45fc-5a39-86b4-17f8318a188a.html

This did not work too well in the past. The schools have improved but have a long way to go.

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Who or What is Responsible for Problem Conditions in City

I have worked my whole life in the field of housing and urban development. Billions of dollars have spent spent in cities to upgrade housing, provide needed social services and upgrade the quality of life. Major problems persist, many of which are the same from which I started. These problems are poverty, crime, poor school accomplishment, poor health, unemployment etc. The question becomes, who is responsible for these problems.

The journalist David Brooks addressed the issue well. He said that conservatives hold the individuals totally responsible for their problems, while progressives hold society totally responsible. In truth, the answer is somewhere in the middle. On the one hand there is still extreme racism, class warfare, insufficient housing, a dysfunctional health care system, and insufficient funding of education. On the other hand poverty does not necessarily equal crime, children are not raised to be successful in school, and many people make poor dietary and health care choices.

Two examples stick out that show that urban problems are more than racism. First, Black people from the Caribbean and Africa, without a penny to their name when they arrive here are very successful. They work 2-3 jobs, send their kids to school, and become middle class. Second, the University City School system is another example. When the schools were predominantly white and Jewish it was considered one of the best school systems in the country. Now it is predominantly Black, it is considered underperforming, even though the resources for the schools have actually increased. It would be refreshing if progressives would ever talk about individual responsibility. Written by Paul Dribin

March to End Gun Violence in St Louis

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/march-urges-st-louis-communities-affected-by-gun-violence-to/article_6941aa57-98f3-5948-b15d-882ec7b1ca9f.html

This March is good to see. Where were all the thousands of people who were protesting police violence. This daily crime affects far more lives

Non low bidder on msd contract contributed heavily to Stenger

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/after-controversial-msd-vote-winners-donated-more-than-to-stenger/article_dacc13aa-5f0a-547c-9149-d5ccb46dcce4.html

This smelled at the time it was awarded. Obviously unethical conduct. Not selecting a qualified low bidder on a construction contract is unheard of

Elected school board returns in St. Louis

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-get-ready-for-return-of-elected-board-rule-over/article_3aecdfb5-758a-5158-a727-352ead1ff1af.html

Great Article About the Importance of Early Childhood Education

www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/investing-in-early-childhood-will-pay-off-for-our-city/article_ffc8f672-8d49-550d-a291-2b6fe7c78152.html

Update on Geospatial Project

www.stltoday.com/business/local/take-a-look-at-what-uncle-sam-has-planned-for/article_c7b8bee1-2304-5730-b7c3-0e53b3a91994.html

Unemployment for Diadvantaged Young Men

Serious problems of crime exist in the ghettos of St. Louis and most major cities. One of the leading proposed cures for the crime is finding jobs for people. In St. Louis the construction trades are working hard to do just that. They require an eighth grade math ability and that the applicant be drug free. You obviously don’t want someone working on a construction site who can measure or is on drugs. Unfortunately very few applicants meet this test. The problem is consistent with what I saw when I worked for the St. Louis Housing Authority and was part of a team working with The Carpenters Union to accomplish the same thing. The results then were equally dismal. Too bad!. Written by Paul Dribin

New zhotel in St. Louis

www.stltoday.com/business/local/loews-hotels-ceo-st-louis-is-a-city-of-the/article_e9895b62-9b41-5e86-ab83-04147e1ecae4.html

Good post editorial about opportunity zones

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-opportunity-promise-or-empowerment-if-you-have-the-money/article_76172eeb-4417-53e8-86dc-1bb8827a7c51.html

there is actually much controversy about this program which gives huge tax breaks to businesses which were likely to invest in these areas anyway.

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