Thursday, February 14, 2013
In his 2013 State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Barack Obama touched on immigration policy, gun control and the economy, among other national issues. In terms of infrastructure, he proposed a "Fix it First" plan that may affect Creve Coeur.
President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night what he called a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure—like roads and bridges—in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States. "I propose a 'Fix-It-First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country," he said during the State of the Union Address. "And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most—modern ports to move goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to pressure Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales, ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines. Share your thoughts here.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines. Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke. "There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The State of the Union is going interactive, with an online-only "enhanced broadcast" of President Obama's remarks.
Do you watch the State of the Union? Millions of Americans do, although ratings for President Obama's 2011 address were down over the previous year. I confess that I mostly do not watch the SOTU, and it makes no difference whether the commander-in-chief is one for whom I voted. The SOTU is usually longer than it needs to be, and the constant ovations--with concurrent non-ovations by those who don't support the president--drive me to distraction. Still, I know it's important to hear what the President has to say about how he and the country are doing, so I don't avoid the SOTU altogether. How I usually "watch" Please don't judge me too harshly, but my approach is as follows: How I might try watching Even as I write this, I am not …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Area residents express their views on the country's budget crisis.
After a long debate in Washington, DC political leaders hashed-out a resolution to the debt ceiling problem Sunday night. The Huffington Post reported "President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders reached historic agreement Sunday night on a compromise to permit vital U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts." Patch wanted to know what people in metro St. Louis thought about the debt ceiling debate. We traveled to Main Street in St. Charles, Westport in Maryland Heights and The Loop in University City to seek opinions. More on the debt ceiling Be sure to check out more Patch coverage of the debt ceiling debate:
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Congressman would face at least one other confirmed candidate, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman.
Echoing themes of limited government, living within means, and calling himself "a consistent conservative," U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Town and Country) entered what is now a Republican party primary field to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2012. “Missouri has a choice of two futures. And I’m determined to make sure that Missouri voters have an opportunity to exercise that choice. For that reason, I will be running for the U.S. Senate in the 2012 election,” Rep. Akin, who has served the 2nd Congressional district for 11 years, told supporters at the Drury Inn and Suites in Creve Coeur late Tuesday morning. Akin painted himself as someone with a record the "literal exact opposite of Claire McCaskill," using examples of McCaskill's…
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Stephanie Levy found herself outside the White House Sunday night.
WASHINGTON – By now the nation has begun to amass and process the details of Sunday night’s military attack that killed Osama bin Laden. Feelings of joy and catharsis led thousands in Washington, New York and even Greek Town at my alma mater, the University of Missouri to take to the streets and express their excitement. Outside the White House, frankly, it looked like Ladue had just upset Clayton in the homecoming game. A crowd of mostly young people cheered “U-S-A!” “Thank you troops!” and “Obama!” while waving American flags, using them as clothing or both. But even as I shoved through the crowd, reaching my camera high to get that coveted shot, one thought kept crossing my mind. I really need to text my brother back. My younger brother…
Monday, May 2, 2011
Patch readers are invited to share their thoughts.
Monday, May 2, 2011
It is likely the topic of discussion wherever you go today, at the office, at school, or at the deli. Where were you when you first heard the news? What were you doing? What went through your mind when President Obama announced to the nation that Osama Bin Laden was dead? We'd like to hear your stories, how you and family, your co-workers and classmates are talking about it. Does it feel at all odd to be celebrating someone's death? What do you think this should mean about our security moving forward, wars abroad? Westminster Christian Academy Middle School Principal Steve Hall released the following statement to Patch: "We recognize that our students will have a range of responses to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. It’s important to …
Friday, March 11, 2011
The White House convenes first-ever conference on it, state lawmakers are talking about it, what are your family's experiences with it?
Editor's Note: Today's Q & A focuses on a subject that's probably hit everyone at some point: Chances are, you've been bullied, you may have even been a bully. I was bullied growing up. As an elementary school child it was verbal--words will never hurt you, right? Well, don't believe it. But it got worse in middle school. No sticks or stones. Instead it was physical intimidation. Punches. Getting slammed to the ground after the bell rang and we were getting on the bus. Daily. Gut-wrenching. I went to a good school, with good teachers and administrators, but there wasn't much that could be done to stop what was happening. Eventually (mercifully), it stopped.