I would like to thank Mr. Cardillo for choosing to locate NGA West in the north St. Louis location. I had wagered that no matter how illogical and irrational it would be to choose that location, that it would be picked solely to appease a certain ethnic group.
The safety of this nation, Homeland Security, of our Armed Forces and saving of taxpayer dollars would all be negated, just to have “urban renewal” in crime-ridden north St. Louis. What a horrible decision! What are they thinking? Where is common sense and logic? What about the homeowners who do not want to lose homes they have lived in all their lives and do not want to move. Too bad, so sad!
NGA West will not save St. Louis from its crime-dominated decline. The Rams have left. The mayor will not even run for re-election. To quote from a newspaper story, “St. Louis is a dangerous place right now, it’s all around us. Heroin epidemic.” So build a facility responsible for our nation’s security in a location with no security zone and surrounded by high crime and nightly shootings. In the future, when NGA West has to move again, logical-thinking people will say, “What were they thinking?”
To choose the north St. Louis location is wrong and was made for the wrong reason. For the safety and security of this whole nation, not north St. Louis urban renewal, NGA West should be at the Scott AFB location.
Paul Svoboda, New Baden