Keep parole office out of Oakville, reader says
April 13, 2005 - To the editor:
I just finished talking to staff reporter Scott Miller about South County's newest problem.
First it was Weber wanting a new trash transfer station and now it's our state officials planning to move the Probation and Parole Division to 7545 S. Lindbergh Blvd. to save the sum of $107,000 off of our "Great Governor's Budget."
It's about time people start asking their representatives whom they are actually accountable to.
We have Gov. Matt Blunt claiming he's for children as he cuts Medicaid for the most helpless citizens of our society and also families who live on poverty-level wages, not to mention the disabled that the Governor has ignored.
Rep. Jim Lembke and Gov. Blunt are on the same side of the aisle, as is Council-man and Chairman of the County Council John Campisi.
The Probation and Parole Division is part of each of their districts. Unfortu-nately, we have to learn of this from the local paper. Shame on these politicians who 'backdoor' us.
Now for the problems with the article:
Mistake No. 1: It states the division is moving roughly one mile from the original location. News alert: They have not been one mile from south county for 15 years. They are located in Sunset Hills. Don't be mislead by the craftiness of the wording.
Mistake No. 2: Rep. Jim Lembke doesn't even tell his constituents what the governor is about to transfer to his district.
Mistake No. 3: Councilman John Cam-pisi, when the building was being built, knew it was going to be occupied by the state and in his great insight and wisdom, didn't put any restrictions or ordinance on the structure.
Mistake No. 4: This sight also is less than a mile away from where my grandchild and 200 other children attend preschool at a local church.
Mistake No. 5: Secretive politics win again and now we are faced with the Probation and Parole Division serving 440 parolees per week, including sex offenders, pedophiles and the like.
This would be roughly one mile from the largest high school in the Mehlville School District.
Mistake No. 6: It's going to be housed in the same building as Senior and Family Services.
A better solution is to leave the Probation and Parole Division where it has been for 15 years with, I assume, no problems and pay the $107,000 from the Mehlville School District's reserve fund each year.
Gov. Blunt, what is our children's safety worth to you?