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Jobs, Health, Education, Environment were the agreed upon four values upon which each of the state level Franklin County Democrats ran last November. I want to highlight two in this post:

Health and Environment. The two topics are inseparably connected!
Tonight I will be working with the Labadie Environmental Organization to do all we can to preserve the quality of our land, air, and water in Franklin County. We are doing all we can to stop the proposed changes to Articles 2 and 10 of the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Unified Land-Use Regulations. Commissioners now have to deliberate on the evidence and testimony presented at June 11th’s Public Hearing. There is also the Missouri Supreme Court ordered retrial coming up on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015 in Judge ROBERT D. SCHOLLMEYER’s court at 9:00 AM.

Last night I went to an outstanding presentation on “Fight Cancer with Your Fork” by Dr. Susan Silberstein, PhD Founder / Educational Director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. Just a few highlights of points made relating our health with our body’s environment:
The oft-repeated quotation: Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
A less known Chinese proverb: “Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother.”
Also Dr. Silberstein underscored the importance of our internal and external environment by relating the argument between two famous scientists, Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) and Claude Bernard (1813-1878).
Their work overlapped. Their conclusions sometimes agreed and other times disagreed with each other’s. Pasteur adopted the germ theory while Béchamp formulated the cellular theory, which was quite at odds with the germ theory. Bernard’s work was aligned with Béchamp’s. Bernard described milieu intérieur, the environment within, which he and others also called terrain.
But on his deathbed, Pasteur said “Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything.”
In short,
Improve our biological terrain – improve our bioterrain!

Germ vs Cellular Theory

You are invited to an informational meeting hosted by members of the community and Washington University environmental attorney, Maxine Lipeles.
Details: TUES, May 26th 6:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim UCC Church at 301 Academy St, Labadie MO 63055. No need to RSVP. If you know of others who should come, please feel free to invite them.
Find out what has transpired, what will be discussed at the June 11th final hearing of the Franklin County Commission (John Griesheimer, Tim Brinker) and get answers to your questions so you feel good about participating in the hearing. We have asked the commission to hold an informational meeting of their own, but we are not certain that will happen. The changes are convoluted and confusing at best. Take advantage of this opp ortunity to talk w/ others and the attorney most versed in what the regulations mean.
Thank you to those who testified and/or provided letters to the commission during the previous set of hearings. We need you attend the last hearing, June 11th starting at 9 am with evening hours. We need as many people as possible to articulate their concerns and recommendations to the commission before they make their decision.
If you cannot attend the hearing on June 11th, you can submit comments by email or mail to the County Commission. An email will be provided and we will let you know those details when they become available. Also check our Facebook page for updates: Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO). It is not unlikely that some changes will occur before the hearing date. Check our Facebook page for any last minute changes before driving out t o Franklin County.
FC Commission Hearing Details: June 11th, Franklin County Government Center, 400 E Locust in downtown Union MO 63084. Sign-up to testify before 8:30 a.m., testimony begins at 9:00 a.m. w/ Ameren, then LEO then public at large. Breaks at lunch and dinner. Evening testimony begins after dinner and continues until 8:00 p.m.
If you need additional information, feel free to call me at the number below.
Patricia Schuba, President
Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO)
P.O. Box 112 Labadie MO, 63055
c:  636.392.0018 (NEW 3/30/15)

Please see and share what happened to us (LEO) Tuesday night AND about our next PUBLIC HEARING:


See also the article in the eMissourian:


Hello. My name is Lloyd Klinedinst and I am emailing you on behalf of Labadie Environmental Organization. I am also a Sierra Club member.
We kept Ameren & Franklin County ‘deciders’ at bay and are poised to win in court on the Labadie coal ash landfill issue! Spread the word and fill the car.
Please attend these 2 important hearing dates.
The first hearing is a return to the Planning and Zoning Commission that gratefully delayed their vote. The new hearing is on TUES, May 19 at 7pm at the Franklin County Government Center at 400 E Locust in downtown Union MO.
The second hearing will be before the Franklin County Commission on THURS June 11 also in the Franklin Co Government Center. The hearing starts at 9 a.m.  – public testimony starts at 2 pm.
THE DATE AND TIME OF THIS HEARING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE if the P&Z delays their decision. This is the only hearing where public comments will be taken. We need a very large turnout and people sharing their concerns to sway the Commission.

We will send updates by LEO email and post helpful information on how to testify on the LEO Facebook page (
Thank you for your time and consideration. PLEASE HELP US FILL THE ROOM. If you need more information, feel free to call LEO at 636-549-8104.

I am asking our Central Committee members and all Franklin County citizens who care about the quality of our environment to help LEO with a full court (pun intended) press as we continue to work hard to preserve our Franklin County environment. Thanks in advance. Lloyd

APRIL 11: 10:00am Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) COAL ASH LANDFILL COMMUNITY UPDATE MEETING – UCC Pilgrim Church, 301 Academy St, Labadie, MO. Meet students from Wash U. and get an update on the landfill battle.

APRIL 17: 10:00am LANDFILL CASE HEARING – JUDICIAL COURT BLDG, Rm 100A, 401 E. Main Street, Union, MO. This is the case on remand from the Missouri  Supreme Court where we won 7-0! We could win this one.

APRIL 21: 7:00pm – PLANNING & ZONING HEARING – Changing Zoning Regulations! – Commission Chambers, 400 E. Locust, Union, MO

May 21: HOLD THE DATE – likely to be scheduled during the day. Commission will formally announce the date and time after P&Z makes their recommendation. They must post in the paper 14 days in advance of the public hearing.



Check for updates on LEO Facebook Page

BE in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. TODAY!  PLEASE…see below, original email

invitation at end of this post:


I think it would be a good follow up to the June 29 PSC hearing and to keep

Claire’s feet to the fire. She has to have MO contacts to help stop the Labadie travesty

IF she chose.


[ a little jingle I've fantasized about any McCaskill demo we might stage some day:

Claire, Claire

We want clean air.

We won't get out of your hair

Until we get what's fair. ]



Begin forwarded message:


From: “Brendan Fahey – St. Louis Office of Senator Claire McCaskill” <>

Subject: “Kitchen Table Talk” in Franklin County Hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Date: June 24, 2013 3:00:20 PM CDT


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Dear Mr. Klinedinst,

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.govor by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in Union on July 2nd.


Brendan Fahey

Field Representative

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

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What we need is less government regulation and more deep-sea drilling …

While the true extent of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was not known for about 4 years, as Al Jazeera notes in the video above, the repercussions of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico may become apparent more quickly.

Discovering eyeless shrimp, lesioned fish and other mutated and underdeveloped seafood, fisherman in the Gulf are pointing fingers at the BP spill. Biologist Dr. Darryl Felder told the news agency that Gulf seafood populations are dropping at alarming rates and that species richness is “diminished.”

The Gulf Restoration Network‘s Scott Eust explained the bizarre shrimp deformities. “We have some evidence of deformed shrimp, which is another developmental impact. So, that shrimp’s grandmother was exposed to oil while the mother was developing, but it’s the grandchild of the shrimp that was exposed grows up with no eyes.”

Another fine example of “intelligent beings that know how to manage things.”

Who was it that said: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” One source says: Judge Gideon J. Tucker, 1866. Regardless, it does seem true. As an example see the article in Fired Up!

THE GOOD NEWS IS: Only about 2 weeks to go.

Article III of the Missouri Constitution establishes when the General Assembly is to meet. Section 20 of Article III states that the General Assembly shall convene its regular session on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January of each year. Section 20 requires the General Assembly to adjourn its regular session by May 30th.

And, by the way, House and Senate resume today at 4 pm, as usual, less to do business than to get paid for a full day while doing a few hours of getting settled for the next day…

THE BAD NEWS IS: Education and all else is at risk of being damaged by legislation!

continue reading…


Intelligent beings managing things

“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit,” Santorum told an audience at the Colorado School of Mines where he was a guest speaker Monday at the Colorado Energy Summit.

We are the intelligent beings that know how to manage things and through the course of science and discovery if we can be better stewards of this environment, then we should not let the vagaries of nature destroy what we have helped create,” Santorum said to applause from the conservative crowd.

It’s disturbing enough that we now have mainstream politicians who publicly articulate ideas that were once considered far outside the window of political acceptability, but to say them and generate a room full of applause instead of gasps of disbelief is simply mind blowing.

By way of Progress Missouri, this report from Environment Missouri (pdf) seems especially timely since the Republican-controlled House (with the help of our own Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9)) just voted along party lines to ease clean air regulations.

New Report: St. Louis Named 7th Smoggiest
Large Metro Area in the Country

St. Louis, MO – Today Environment Missouri released a new report showing that the St. Louis area ranks as the 7th smoggiest large metropolitan area in the country. Smog is a harmful air pollutant that leads to asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory illnesses, especially among children and the elderly. The new report, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011, shows that in total, residents in the St. Louis area were exposed to air quality that made it dangerous to breathe on 23 days in 2010. Also, this summer, residents in the St. Louis area have already been alerted to unhealthy air on 23 days, two of which were “red?alert” days, when the air quality was so poor that anyone could experience adverse health effects.

Seems like a perfect time to roll back clean air standards.

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