St Louis County creates traffic congestion for bike lanes

St Louis County has been a big supporter of projects that receive grant money from the Federal Government.  Many of these projects involve bike trails, low income or senior housing, elimination of vehicular traffic lanes, and building open air outlet malls with parking locations hidden from view.  The majority of the projects decided upon by Planning and Zoning are taking place in St Louis County District 6 being proposed by County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Recently, there is a disturbing practice in the way St Louis County is implementing projects without acknowledging the wants and needs of the community.  There is a new highway project planned for Morganford Road that had absolutely zero public input!  The Highways Department put up orange cones to block vehicular traffic from the right lane of the road, leaving cars no choice but to travel in the left traffic lane.  LED signs were placed to inform the public that this is a Bicycle Lane TEST.

The Department of Highways does not list Morganford Road as a planned project nor do they have any bids for a project for that section of highway.  How does the County justify eliminating two lanes of traffic on a busy, high volume street without ANY public discussion?  It appears that labeling something as a “Test” provides cover to avoid public outcry.

In the past, there have been community meetings to inform the public about St Louis County’s plans for the community.  Recently, there have been many complaints about the community meeting process.  Many of the complaints surround the County’s lack the proper notification for the public meetings. Now, it appears the County has found a method to bypass the process altogether by saying this is only a “test”.

Last year, Oakville residents attended St Louis County Council meetings to protest the lack of notification.  St Louis County Statute 1003-300 clearly states that when a zoning change is proposed on a specific property instead of general property, it is required to issue a public notice in all news publications (in business over 3 yrs) in that County District and requires signage that is visible from the road.  Oakville’s signage was set so far back from that street that it was not visible.  The only publications the County chose to submit to were the Ladue News and the St Louis Countian (used primarily by attorneys) which requires a $300 subscription.  No resolution of intention notices were provided to residents and business owners in the immediate vicinity.

There are additional problems with the elimination of a traffic lane in order to put in bike lanes.  This agenda is in compliance with the Complete Streets ordinance sponsored by County Councilman Pat Dolan.  I attended many of the meetings in the Complete Streets debate.  There were so many problems with the Complete Streets ordinance that Councilwoman Hazel Erby removed her name as co-sponsor because of the safety issues.

BicycleAccidentAttorenyMany bicycle organizations had spokespeople to oppose Complete Streets expressing concerns about the increased number of bicycle-car accidents that have occur where the bike lanes are present.  When a bike lane is to the right of a right-turning vehicle, it creates a “coffin corner” since the bike is in the blind spot of the turning vehicle.  A bicyclist that drives in the vehicle lane is fully visible to the traffic and therefore is in a safer situation.

The addition of bike lanes on Morganford Road will only cause additional congestion on a street that is already dealing with a heavy traffic flow.  Personally, I almost had an accident when I was driving down a lane that had always been open,  when all of a sudden, the right lane was blocked by orange cones and I was trapped by traffic in the left lane.

TrailNet has been a major advocate of building bike trails throughout the St Louis Metro Area.  They have been very active politically by sending busloads of people to lobby Jefferson City for bike trails.  Their 2011 1099 tax return states they receive 90.59% of their income from public funds.  $58,000 came directly from Great Rivers Greenway who received their funding from East West Gateway Council of Governments, the direct beneficiary of public sales tax funds appropriated by several ballot measures approved by voters.  The CEO of TrailNet is Andrew Rothschild.  My personal opinion is that Andrew Rothschild is wealthy enough without our taxpayer funds!

A spokesman for the Department of Highways said the Complete Streets agenda of putting bike lanes on Morganford and throughout St Louis County is expected to cost taxpayers over $1 Billion.  Changes to the ordinance gave the Department of Highways control over the expense on when and where they add bike lanes.

Please express your concerns about the Bike Lane “Test” on Morganford Road.  Contact the Department of Highways at (314) 615-8504 or complete the Citizen Feedback form at this link:  http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyDepartments/HighwaysandTraffic/CitizenFeedbackForm

Talk about these key points:

  • The elimination of traffic lanes is creating a situation that increases congestion on an already busy street
  • Right-turning traffic crossing right lane bike lanes will create a “coffin corner” and become a safety issue for bicyclists
  • There was no public notification process
  • What is the estimated expense of the project on Morganford Road and what is the scope of the planned changes.

You may also express your concerns at a meeting of the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m in the County Council Chambers

1st Floor, 41 South Central Avenue in Clayton.  Go up the escalator and the Council Chambers is to the right.

The only exceptions for the remainder of 2014 are:   Thursday meetings November 6 and November 12 due to the General Election and Veterans Day holiday, both of which fall on Tuesdays; a make-up meeting Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m.; an afternoon meeting (3:00 p.m). December 16;  recess dates (no meetings) on December 23 & 30.

ALERT: City County Merger Hearing

!!!ACTION ALERT!!!
CITY-COUNTY MERGER HEARING ON AUGUST 28TH
WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND THE HEARING OR COMPLETE A WITNESS FORM
There will be a hearing to decide the scope of a study to examine 
St Louis City-County Governance:
Dooley and Slay
This issue will affect every resident of Missouri, even if you do not live in the GreaterSt Louis Municipal Area.  This will centralize the government to put additional authority in the the hands of fewer individuals.  This will allow for additional control by the City of St Louis over Statewide issues.

Committee:  Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation
Purpose:  To determine the scope and breadth of an independent study on City County Governance that will be commissioned by the joint interim committee.  This will also include taxation issues, such as TIFs and Pool Tax.  They will also be investigating any shared municipal services that can reduce expenses.
Date:          August 28th
Time:        12:30pm to 6:00pm
Location:  St. Louis County Council Chamber
                      41 S Central Ave.
                      Clayton, MO 63105


We need people to attend the hearing! 

The supporters of the merger will have plenty of people there!

TELL THE COMMITTEE WE DO NOT NEED A STATE STUDY.  THIS IS A LOCAL ISSUE

Tell them you DON’T WANT THE CITY COUNTY MERGER, RE-ENTRY, OR UNIFICATION! 

(Our St Louis County Council and County Executive, Charlie Dooley try to play politics by changing terms, but the end game is the same)

WE DO NOT WANT A STATE BALLOT INITIATIVE ON ANY TOPICS RELATING TO A CITY COUNTY MERGER

WE ARE OPPOSED TO THE USE OF POOL TAX AND TIFs TO SHIFT TAX BURDEN

St Louis County is not responsible to rescue the City of St Louis from their financial difficulties.  City residents cannot bear the additional tax burden of paying County taxes.
The hearing will start at 12:30pm and will continue until everyone has an opportunity to speak.  It will end after the last speaker.  The 6:00pm time is only an approximation.  You will have up to 5 minutes to make your presentation to the Committee.  This committee is bi-partisan and is comprised of both State Senators and State Reps.
 
 
 
 Please Complete a Witness Form if you cannot attend the hearing!!
 
The completed forms will be presented to the Committee at the Hearing on your behalf to be entered into the permanent legislative record.
Jessica Petrie at Rep. Sue Allen’s office suggested that anyone who wishes to speak should sign up in advance by sending an email to jessica.petrie@house.mo.gov .  This way you will be on a list of the first people to speak and will be free to leave as soon as you have spoken to the committee.

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Mark Twain Said:

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Mother Teresa’s Letter to the US Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade

The Concord Lemay Republican Club has an immediate call to action to write to the Supreme Court regarding the Constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The deadline for the Supreme Court to receive any communication on United States v. Windsor is February 22, 2013.  For a Lesson 101 on How to Write the Supreme Court go here.

Mother TeresaThis is an excellent example of a letter to the Supreme Court written by Mother Teresa regarding Roe v. Wade.  This letter is still very timely considering we just had the 40th Anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court ruling.

Mother Teresa’s Letter to the US Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade

This amicus brief was filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Loce v. New Jersey and Krail et al. v. New Jersey in February 1994, by Mother Teresa.

I hope you will count it no presumption that I seek your leave to address you on behalf of the unborn child. Like that child I can be considered an outsider. I am not an American citizen.

My parents were Albanian. I was born before the First World War in a part of what was not yet, and is no longer, Yugoslavia.
In many senses I know what it is like to be without a country.
I also know what is like to feel an adopted citizen of other lands. When I was still a young girl I traveled to India.
I found my work among the poor and the sick of that nation, and I have lived there ever since.

Since 1950 I have worked with my many sisters from around the world as one of the Missionaries of Charity. Our congregation now has over four hundred foundations in more that one hundred countries, including the United States of America.
We have almost five thousand sisters.

We care for those who are often treated as outsiders in their own communities by their own neighbors—the starving, the crippled, the impoverished, and the diseased, from the old woman with a brain tumor in Calcutta to the young man with AIDS in New York City.
A special focus of our care are mothers and their children.

This includes mothers who feel pressured to sacrifice their unborn children by want, neglect, despair, and philosophies and government policies that promote the dehumanization of inconvenient human life. And it includes the children themselves, innocent and utterly defenseless, who are at the mercy of those who would deny their humanity.

So, in a sense, my sisters and those we serve are all outsiders together. At the same time, we are supremely conscious of the common bonds of humanity that unite us and transcend national boundaries.

In another sense, no one in the world who prizes liberty and human rights can feel anything but a strong kinship with America. Yours is the one great nation in all of history that was founded on the precept of equal rights and respect for all humankind, for the poorest and weakest of us as well as the richest and strongest.

As your Declaration of Independence put it, in words that have never lost their power to stir the heart: “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” A nation founded on these principles holds a sacred trust: to stand as an example to the rest of the world, to climb ever higher in its practical realization of the ideals of human dignity, brotherhood, and mutual respect. Your constant efforts in fulfillment of that mission, far more that your size or your wealth or your military might, have made America an inspiration to all mankind.

It must be recognized that your model was never one of realized perfection, but of ceaseless aspiration. From the outset, for example, America denied the African slave his freedom and human dignity. But in time you righted that wrong, albeit at an incalculable cost in human suffering and loss of life.

Your impetus has almost always been toward a fuller, more all embracing conception and assurance of the rights that your founding fathers recognized as inherent and God-given.
Yours has ever been an inclusive, not an exclusive, society. And your steps, though they may have paused or faltered now and then, have been pointed in the right direction and have trod the right path. The task has not always been an easy one, and each new generation has faced its own challenges and temptations. But in a uniquely courageous and inspiring way, America has
kept faith.

Yet there has been one infinitely tragic and destructive departure from those American ideals in recent memory. It was this Court’s own decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) to exclude the unborn child from the human family. You ruled that a mother, in consultation with her doctor, has broad discretion, guaranteed against infringement by the United States Constitution, to choose to destroy her unborn child.

Your opinion stated that you did not need to “resolve the difficult question of when life begins.” That question is inescapable. If the right to life in an inherent and inalienable right, it must surely exist wherever life exists. No one can deny that the unborn child is a distinct being, that it is human, and that it is alive. It is unjust, therefore, to deprive the unborn child of its fundamental right to life on the basis of its age, size, or condition of dependency.

It was a sad infidelity to America’s highest ideals when this Court said that it did not matter, or could not be determined, when the inalienable right to life began for a child in its mother’s womb.

America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.

It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society.
It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered domination over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.

And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.

The Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany recently ruled that “the unborn child is entitled to its rights to life independently of acceptance by its mother; this is an elementary and inalienable right that emanates from the dignity of the human being.” Americans may feel justly proud that Germany in 1993 was able to recognize the sanctity of human life. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth.

I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world. Your nation was founded on the proposition—very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight—that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

I urge the Court to take the opportunity presented by the petitions in these cases to consider the fundamental question of when human life begins and to declare without equivocation the inalienable rights which it possesses.

Missouri Right to Life Concerned about Girl Scouts USA

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The Girl Scouts we have come to know and love isn’t the same Girl Scouts anymore!

Here is a press release from Missouri Right to Life:

Missouri Right to Life and pro-life citizens across the country have become increasingly concerned about anti-life affiliations and agenda of the GSUSA.  After careful examination and consideration, the board of Missouri Right to Life has voted to issue the following policy statement:
 
Because Girl Scouts USA promotes, both directly and indirectly through other organizations, policies and behaviors clearly contradictory to the goals and purposes of Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to participate in Girl Scouts or support them in any way.
 
Explanation
 
There are many significant pro-life concerns about the Girl Scout organization.  Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) collaborates with numerous organizations that promote abortion for all women, including adolescent girls.  GSUSA is the largest member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), making up a quarter of its 10 million girl members worldwide and paying over 1 million dollars annually to WAGGGS based on the number of registered GSUSA members.  Through its resources, participation in international seminars and conferences, and non-formal education programs, WAGGGS actively advocates for and funds campaigns to expand reproductive/abortion rights.  Both GSUSA and WAGGGS delegates regularly participate in various UN conferences, and, as representatives of WAGGGS, advocate specifically on behalf of their 10 million girl members for the inclusion of abortion rights on the global stage.  The International Planned Parenthood Federation claims a close partnership with WAGGGS.  In the United States, regional Girl Scout councils (though not required) are permitted to partner with local Planned Parenthood affiliates.  GSUSA is also a member organization of The Coalition for Adolescent Girls, whose international and national agenda specifically supports abortion related care for adolescent girls. 
 
Girl Scout materials are concerning as well.  GSUSA’s Journey series, which is the curriculum used by every Girl Scout council, recommends and promotes many well-known abortion-rights advocates like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Geraldine Ferraro, and Dolores Huerta, and organizations such as Amnesty International, the Population Council, and the ACLU.    
 
Girl Scouts USA’s official blog, which is accessible to all members and which young girls very likely access, is also problematic, as it frequently includes live links to publications that consistently promote sexual and reproductive/abortion rights and explicit sexual content such as The Huffington Post, Marie Claire magazine, iVillage, and Jezebel.   
 
Even the sale of Girl Scout cookies is a concern, as GSUSA makes millions of dollars every year from the licensing fees derived from the production of the cookies to further fund their efforts outlined above.
 
Until the Girl Scouts renounces its support for and promotion of all those organizations referenced above and their pro-abortion advocacy positions, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to carefully consider whether to participate in or support the Girl Scouts. 
 
The Concord Lemay Club stands with Missouri Right to Life in their efforts to educate the public about the Girl Scouts partnership with pro-choice organizations.  For additional information go to their website at www.MissouriLife.org or call Statewide at 573-635-5110.
 
 
 

Taxpayer Dollars Used to Defeat St Louis County Council GOP Candidate Posousa

Tony Posousa was in a heated battle against the incumbant, Stenger for a seat on the St Louis County Council in the 6th District.  His yard signs were constantly being removed and even destroyed and left in heaping piles on the side of the road.  The constant sign removal proved to be a huge challenge he was unable to overcome in his election.

A concerned citizen documented the truth about what happened to his signs.  This video shows St. Louis County employee, Micheal Moore obeying orders to remove Posousa signs.  He is selectively assisting Stenger’s campaign while working his shift as a county employee and being paid by taxpayer dollars.

Tony Posousa narrowly lost his election. Could this be in part because of the taxpayer dollars and misappropriation of County resourses by Stenger? Mike Moore refers to an ordinance that limits signs to 35 square feet. If that is his sole purpose, why did he replace every Posousa sign with a Stenger sign? Wouldn’t that also make Stenger in violation of the ordinance?

On November 13, 2012 a complaint was presented to the County Council and this video was shown to the Council members. Let’s make sure this abuse of power does not happen again!