THE WEEK IN COMMENTS: Strip clubs, flooding, clean energy

Sunday, July 11, 2010 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

Every week, readers of offer their opinions on the news and the Missourian's coverage of it. Here, we offer you a digest of some of the conversations we found most interesting. Click any of the links to join in.

COLUMN: Nixon is giving strip clubs the bad touch
Comments: 2 / Commenters: 2

LETTER: Strip clubs detrimental to humanity
Comments: 3 / Commenters: 3

Amanda Woytus' column — a humorous first-person account of a visit to a local strip club — suggested that Missouri's new law restricting such clubs goes overboard. Reader Julia Williams responded with a letter to the editor suggesting that Woytus was more than a bit naive, ignoring the social costs of such businesses.

Woytus' column generated a pair of positive comments, including this from John Schultz: "Great article, exposing in a roundabout matter how Republicans in Missouri can talk about private property rights, local control, and non-regulation, yet support bills (with Governor Nixon's help, no less) affecting other peoples' property. If you don't like strip club or adult stores, don't patronize them."

Williams' letter drew a heated response from Tim McCormack, who leapt to Woytus' defense. "If you are THAT concerned about people running around and doing things for their own pleasure, then you better start outlawing fun."

Columbia homeowners, city workers deal with aftermath of storms
Comments: 4 / Commenters: 2

After heavy rains on Wednesday, people living in property that had been flooded by the storms started looking to friends and local businesses to help them clean up.

Carla Thomas raised questions about the legality of selling property that's located in a floodplain. Justin Thomas asked what effect the possibility of flooding might have on the city's plans to develop homes on Sexton Road.

LOCALLY GROWN: Energy legislation can put Missouri on pace
Comments: 2 / Commenters: 2

Columnist Michael Burden described the possible benefits to Property Assessed Clean Energy, part of a bill awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.

Mark Foecking asked for some clarification about how people would qualify for low-interest bonds under the legislation but said, "$10,000 is not a big chunk of change if one lives frugally. You save for it, if it's a priority."

John May agreed the program is "a great idea" but warned that the bill includes regulations on a wide variety of topics that could open it up to a court challenge. "A PACE district would make you a loan for your energy project, then package that loan into a bond that would be sold in the capital markets. What would happen to that loan and that bond if they are declared unconstitutional? What a mess! Imagine the legal fees!"



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