Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One questioner asked, "Why hasn't Darren Wilson been indicted . . .;" and
another yelled, "what about the media . . . will the media be allowed in the streets;" and
yet another claimed that "police attacked women and children last night . . ;" while
someone else chimed, "why can't these officers be in front of all these businesses . . . instead of putting a curfew on these people?"
Is President Obama -- who was inarguably elected in part because of his perceived place in American History as a racial unifier -- the only person who has any hope of taking a terrible situation and turning it into something possibly positive as opposed to what currently has the very scary echoes of George Wallace at the school house in 1963?
It seems clear that only the current President of the United States who had a black father and white mother can come to this small town in Missouri and try to restore order within a city population that is nearly half black and half white. What better stage could our extremely symbolic president have to show that the United States truly is ready for cross-racial unity and acceptance of a more and more diverse population, THAN the the Ferguson Missouri backdrop that appears to be a microcosm reflecting America's often-ignored great racial divide?
This past week in Ferguson, America has seen primarily white police forces and white executive office holders try to deal with a primarily black population of protesters that are upset by the killing of a black Michael Brown by suspected-white police officer Darren Wilson. Even the white politicians noticed this and so they recently brought in a black highway patrolman who hails from the Ferguson area to try a new approach to crowd control. However, black Ferguson protesters have apparently seen this for what it is -- a ploy by white people in power to pacify a black population that clearly thinks that whites in power treat blacks as if blacks somehow have less rights than whites.
Clearly no one has discovered it, but amidst all of the Ferguson chaos there lurks an opportunity for SOMEONE to bring reasonable citizens of America together in a much needed way.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Red Light Camera Opponents Score Another Victory As Attempt To Gut St. Charles County Ballot Measure Fizzles
Friday, August 1, 2014
Dear Fellow Citizens:
On May 8th of this year, as a public service, I sent a letter to the citizens of St. Charles County asking them to support a county-wide red light camera ban. The bill offers voters an opportunity to end red light cameras in the county once and for all. I am writing again, this time to update you on the status of the red light camera bill, and to share with you information about other important measures which will appear on the August 5th election ballot.
For those who were able to attend the council meeting and offer their support of the ban I would like to offer my thanks. The St. Charles County Council gave a nearly unanimous vote to place the red light camera ban amendment on the November 4, 2014 ballot. While I wish the ban had been placed on the August 5th ballot to vote on, I am still happy that we prevailed and the citizens will have the opportunity to vote.
Included in this letter is a copy of the United States Constitution. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.The 6th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees your right to a speedy trial and the right to confront witnesses against you. When a camera machine is the only witness to the alleged violation however, it makes a cross-examination rather difficult. A Red Light Camera has a limited view of the incident (about 100 degree field of view), whereas a police officer can have a complete view of the incident (360 degrees) and use his or her discretion.
Politicians who favor Red Light Cameras often do so under the guise of increased traffic safety. But according to the St. Peters Police Department, the rate of accidents and injuries have increased over 30% at those intersections in St. Peters where Red Light Cameras are installed. A study by the Federal Highway Administration also indicated that rear-end collisions increase as a result of Red Light Cameras -- ultimately offsetting any other potential collision reductions. The primary reason for the cameras is as a money grab by local politicians.
While the Red Light Camera issue will not be on the ballot August 5th, there are eight county and statewide amendmentsincluding one to increase sales taxes by ¾ of a cent.
I have enclosed a short summary of the eight issues which you can use to study, mark how you intend to vote, and take with you to the polls to keep the myriad of issues on the ballot straight. If I can answer any questions about the Red Light Camera issue, or any other matter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.