"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Friday, December 30, 2005

City Seeks Justification of Preplanned Outcome

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Business as usual. No apparently doesn’t mean “No” when that’s not what VBC’s in Springfield want to hear. It’s appalling and unethical to use the self-selected “input” of an editorial appeal to make this decision. The News-Leader knows better, but did it anyway. Their self-selective surveys are not more revealing than a bona fide election.

Those that want the crime lab will be much more motivated to call, or write, or blog in favor of the proposal. The “no” voices will once again be ignored, just as they were ignored concerning Broadway Av closure, the fraternity rezoning approval after the fact, and City Utilities coal vs alternative energy debate.

The News-Leader says “A lot of voters said their main objection was the early childhood education proposal.” For the record, I voted “Yes” to this proposal because I supported the early child care proposal, not the crime lab proposition.

It would set a horrendous precendent to overturn an election based on the kind of input suggested.

When a woman says "No" and a man persists, it's rape. So is this.

News-Leader Editorial


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