Tim Dempsey is exactly correct. A bunch of taxpayer money spend in an attempt to do something obviously illegal. No response means denial. The city will never hear a response. Until proper conditions are met to close the airport, which they obviously haven't, there will be no response. It's just sickening that so much needed taxpayer money has been flushed down the drain by a mayor with a personal vendetta. 5 months ago
I lost my bet. I figured that would happen to Nieves before Weinhaus. 8 months ago
I have been watching this unfold from an unbiased distance. I believe that the best thing for the city of St. Clair is to pursue the option that will cost taxpayers the least amount of money. The legal expenses involved in closing the airport will sent it into bankruptcy. Irregardless, the irony of your username is amusing. Without being long-winded, I'll say this. Government entities like the FAA never REJECT such requests... They just keep asking for more evidence until they are satisfied. If the city is never able to satisfy the FAA's requests, they'll never OK airport closure. The response by the FAA indicated that the city isn't even close to satisfaction... after hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and five years of rigorous work. The response above is, basically, a denial. As the mayor has indicated, all the cards have been played, and the FAA's response indicated their hand just wasn't good enough. Hope that helps you understand - a point of view NOT from a pilot. I don't even know anyone associated with the airport. 11 months ago
Our founding fathers would be rolling in their graves if they saw prayer going on during a government meeting. I can't believe that's been happening. Sickening.
"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. "
Mar 28, 2012
I'd advise the newspaper to file a FOIA request following the trip requesting receipts charged to the city. It'd be interesting to know how much taxpayers are paying for Blum's vacation. Mar 24, 2012
bgmadvududaddy (Mayor Blum),
I am not a pilot. I am not associated in any way with the airport. I am a former St. Clair resident with family currently residing there. It doesn't take a genius to see that the pilots have been SCREAMING about this for months, trying to get the city to listen to them. The city refused. Now the city is being punished for not heading the pilots' warning and expert input. Now you're blaming the pilots? That makes no sense. In most cities, administrations call experts to testify on their expertise regarding city projects. Blum does the opposite. He's the only to blame for this. It's simple common sense. Mar 22, 2012
Not sure how destroying your own property can be a crime, other than insurance fraud. That's not mentioned here. Mar 22, 2012
The fact that the FAA is asking for more details is absolutely no indication that they may be siding with the city. As with any building permit needed, a government entity never blatently says "No." they say "Yes, if you can meet these guidelines." From the letters Mr. DeVries has obtained through freedom of information requests and posted on here, show's a much different story than how the issue is being reported on. Blum can express optimism all he wants to the newspaper. It's all for political and personal reasons with no substance... unless he's willing to bankrupt the city by making an insanely bad real estate investment with the taxpayers' money.. that would be a real shame. Mar 5, 2012
Lux hit it right on the head, and Justin made a good point that take action should listen to.
Take action, So far your opinion is based on anything but your own mind. You should try to look at the big picture and think for yourself, because the people who are feeding you your opinion all have something to lose if marijuana is legalized. Law enforcement will have less work to do. Drug companies will sell fewer pills that are more dangerous than marijuana, but their million dollar lobbyists control the FDA and congress, so they ignore that fact. You also seem to think that the same people selling cannabis now would be filling prescriptions on the street corner. It would be good to have the cannabis under strict guidelines. It makes the streets safer, and the product safer as well.
As far as the social conservative spin goes, Republicans should be all over endorsing this. We need to preserve state rights, limit government, boost income, destroy drug cartels,making our borders safer and reduce medical spending... this does all of that. As a supporter of the Tea Party, we should all get in on this with a vengeance. Feb 2, 2012
Cannabis legalization would be a great thing for Missouri. I don't smoke, and wouldn't.. but this is the cure for the recession, and would leave law enforcement open to battle serious drugs. Let's face it. Alcohol is a thousand times more dangerous than cannabis could ever be. We're talking about millions of free tax dollars here. The people that want to do it are going to do it.. might as well get some cash for it. I'll gladly sign the petition. Jan 30, 2012