Is anyone else upset that Mr. Keeven, a man running to be elected to represent Franklin County as a Commissioner, is wasting County time and money to pursue this frivolously? I like this line, "Reichert noted that Judge Berkemeyer’s dismissal did not call the lawsuit frivolous, vindictive in nature or politically motivated." Maybe Mr. Reichert missed the fact that Judge Berkemeyer ruled the plaintiffs failed to allege sufficient allegations to sustain a permanent injunction. Not having "sufficient allegations" is the legal way to say frivolous! These boys need to find something better to do with their time. While the current Commissioners are trying to save the County money, these yahoo's are trying to waste it!
11 months ago
redrock...did you see the jury of his peers? Regardless, whenever the death penalty is imposed in any case, and when the judgment becomes final in the trial court, the sentence must be reviewed on the record by the Missouri Supreme Court. Thus, Judge Wood is merely doing his job. He has a duty to ensure that a number of things were done correctly to ensure such an order would stand at the Supreme Court leve. Just thought you should know! Apr 24, 2012
This discussion is borderline offensive. I was born and raised in this community. A community that family members before me help build. Many of the comments on this issue are extremely short sited. Alisha, it seems you may have missed the point of the bond issue. This is not only about building new schools; this is about growing a community that we all can be proud of. I am not sure where you get someone placing the responsibility on you to teach their children? After your comment I certainly would not want you teaching my children.
I attended the private schools in this community, but I still understand the value of having the great public schools. This was a bond issue that could have greatly helped the community at large. I want Washington to be a place where my children will want to return to one day with their children. Please remember an education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate what you know and what you don’t.
Apr 4, 2012
What about the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech? The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the FREE EXERCISE thereof. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer or moment of silence should in no way be restricted. The argument exists that not allowing such acts to take place is more of a violation of our rights as citizens of the USA than the opposite. I read nowhere in this article that participation was mandatory. I am greatful that this community still has people who are willing to stand up for what is right and fight for what they believe in, whether it is a higher power or the Constitution of the USA. It is our right as citizens of the USA to freely exercise religion. Regardless, can someone explain to me how a silent prayer may have a negative impact on someone? Before you know it we will no longer be able to lock our fingers together in a public place either for fear someone may feel that the residents of Franklin County are trying to force their theocracies on them. Separation of Church and State exist so as to not force any man to practice or believe certain things, and to ensure our freedoms. Remember, in free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen. If you don’t like prayer at the beginning of meetings you are entitled not to participate. "We must recognize the fundamental rights of man. There can be no true national life in our democracy unless we give unqualified recognition to freedom of religious worship and freedom of education." - FDRApr 4, 2012