Thoughts on the Better Together plan – Part 2 – The Positives
Editor’s Note – This piece originally appeared on Mark’s St. Louis City Talk on February 21, 2019
Last week, I broke down my thoughts on this region, from the perspective of a St. Louis citizen, and observer of St. Louis County from the outside looking in.
No plan to address consolidations in this region is going to be perfect. Nothing sums up my initial thoughts more than the following quote:
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” – John Lydgate
The status quo set has plenty to pick apart in defense of the “everything is fine” mentality. For one, estimates on efficiencies in this report are just one set of numbers, from one analysis, by people being paid to “make it so”. Another analysis would certainly be different and yield contrasting results.
So while being critical is healthy, being defeatist is not. It’s worth noting that the haters of this proposal have done NOTHING to date of substance to try and fix the mess that is St. Louis County and St. Louis. They likely have a stake in the status quo.
Again, this proposal is not perfect by any means.