Thursday, March 28, 2013
Kirkwood resident Joe Whitnall is concerned about recent pay increases for Kirkwood School District teachers. He wrote the following Letter to the Editor voicing his concerns.
Thursday, March 28
Dear school officials, staff: A couple of concerns about the pay increase recently approved: Why was this decided before the county's property valuations were released? Wouldn't it make sense to get a handle on potential revenue before locking into a half-million dollar added expense? Clayton, other districts are waiting until next month. The Kirkwood decision appears reckless and self-indulgent. Why isn't the pay increase on the home page of the district's web site? Personnel, after all, is the district's biggest expense, and this pay hike is a significant increase, also affecting pension expenses. I had to click several times before finding the issue in board minutes. The introduction reported only the new starting salary. Why …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
A letter to the editor from a past member of the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
To the Editor: On October 25, police in Belleville arrested a student for bringing a gun on campus of Southwestern Illinois College. Rick Stream voted to allow concealed weapons to be brought on college campuses in the state of Missouri. At the time, I was chair of the board of trustees for St. Louis Community College. When I learned the Missouri House had passed that measure, I called every college president in our state. They collectively lobbied the state senate; the measure was stopped. Stream endorsed Todd Akin. He voted against women having health care choices. He voted against teachers’ tenure, as well as stripping teachers of their seniority. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial pointed out Steve Tilley former speaker of the house …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Letter to the Editor from Life Skills Chief Executive Officer Wendy Sullivan supporting Rep. Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood).
Dear Editor, In this election year, it is critical that we support legislators who have consistently championed all of our citizens. Representative Rick Stream has given his attention to crafting and supporting legislation that assists those with developmental disabilities. This is the mark of a caring legislator who understands that his jurisdiction is to help all within his district. Rick’s son, Eric, has Downs Syndrome. Eric graduated from Kirkwood High School and is gainfully employed, earning a paycheck and contributing to our community. With support and training, it is possible for all people with developmental disabilities to find jobs, live as responsible citizens, pay taxes and contribute to the community. Representative Stream…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Kirkwood resident expresses concern for the safety of children in the area of Woodlawn Estates and calls on the City of Kirkwood to take action.
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by a resident of Fairwood Lane in Kirkwood. The Area of Woodlawn Estates including the Streets of Fairwood Lane, Longview Blvd, Essex Ave, East Bodley, Claybrook and so forth are facing speeding cars and cars not stopping at the stop signs. Presently on Fairwood Lane there are 18 children between the ages of 2 and 17. Most of them being on the younger side. I believe that with cars going over the limit that a young child will get hurt riding a bike or playing football and Lacrosse in the median of Longview Blvd. Currently the limit is 25 mph on Longview, Fairwood Lane and on Bodley the limit is 20 mph when there is not nearly as many kids as on Fairwood Lane. With recent emails and calls to …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Recent KHS graduate Will Haenni responds to a letter that takes aim at Kirkwood police.
Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Lisa Jenning’s letter. I am 18 years old, a recent graduate from Kirkwood High School, and I have been pulled over once by the Kirkwood Police. I made an illegal right turn on Essex. I knew what I did was wrong, and I can say today that I have never made that mistake again. The police officer was extremely kind in the way he conducted the stop, and only issued a warning. My only other interaction I have had with the Police happened over the past week. I lost my wallet and headed to the Kirkwood Police Station in order to report my lost item. I was greeted by an extremely friendly dispatcher behind the glass window, who put me in touch with an officer who took down my information. He even took my …
Dr. Christopher Carpenter explains why Dr. Randy Jotte is his choice for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district.
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court rendered a decision in support of the Affordable Care Act, but to secure reliably accessible, high quality healthcare for all citizens, the devil is in the details. Fortunately, St. Louis voters from U.S. House Missouri District 2 have the unique opportunity to shape the future of American healthcare this election season. How? Dr. Randy Jotte, a St. Louis native and Emergency Physician is running for the congressional seat on a bipartisan platform of constructive and pragmatic healthcare reform. Dr. Jotte’s perspectives and ideas are a reflection of his lifetime commitment to vulnerable patients in the constant challenge that is emergency medicine (www.randyjotte.com). One needs to walk a mile in another…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
A resident of Kirkwood for 18 years, Jack Witthaus writes about how Kirkwood police keep the community safe.
To the editor, I’m writing in response to Lisa Jenning’s letter. It’s true. I think everyone in Kirkwood shares a strange cop story. After Christmas in sixth grade, I was joyfully riding my brand new baby blue motor scooter around my cul-de-sac off Lockett Road. A Kirkwood police officer “pulled me over” and told me I couldn’t ride the scooter. Since it was motor-powered, I needed a license to operate the vehicle. I marched into my room and cried for over an hour. Your letter includes incidents where cops may have gone too far. But let’s be clear here: our Kirkwood cops are incredible individuals. Our cops have been there when we needed them. Mrs. Jennings fails to remember February 2008, where Kirkwood cop Tom Ballman was fatally shot …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Donna Eisenberg, a friend of Cameron Vennard's family.
Dear City of Kirkwood; No matter how many times I try to write this letter, it will never be eloquent enough, thankful enough, or heart felt enough. No matter what I write, it just won’t possibly be enough. Just over two short weeks ago, a member of your community was lost. As most all of you know, 14-year-old Cameron Herrin Vennard was in a tragic accident that ended his life on earth. Cameron was the son of two loving and amazing parents and the brother of two wonderful young men. All of which are fellow residents of Kirkwood. I am fortunate to call this family my very close friends, and to be considered “favorite Aunt Donna, ” three of my favorite words, by Cam, Ben and Nick. I have to tell you how grateful I am and how grateful we all …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Annabel Dolan, who graduated with Cameron Vennard from Nipher Middle School.
On all the news sites, when you see articles about Cam's death, all the comments talk about lessons to be learned, and how kids should pay more attention, and that parents need to teach their kids to be smarter about electronics and common sense. Do you really think this is what we want to be hearing right now? Our community of peers and friends has lost someone extremely dear to our hearts, and instead of sharing in our grief, adults around us use this as a time to scold teenagers. No one is to blame for what happened. It was a tragic accident. Could it have been prevented? Possibly, but not in the sense that good life lessons should be learned. Just in his death, my friends and I were given a striking reminder of what we were taught in …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor from resident Ron Glazer that encourages residents to vote Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
We The People, The struggle between preservation of our neighborhoods and historic buildings vs. allowing business ventures for city tax revenue is a persistent problem in Kirkwood. Many residents did not want a larger Mobil adjacent to their neighborhoods nor tax payer dollars to be used to level downtown buildings in favor of more parking. Mayor McDonnell has taken a strong position in favor of these pro-business decisions, while Candidate Godi questions these rush to judgements. Residents of Kirkwood are cognizant that these decisions are not easy ones to make. Yet compromise which favors business is not always the best answer. There comes a point in time where you have to decide which is the wisest path to follow for the betterment of …