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April 9, 2008

Trivia Night

Filed under: General — CPav @ 9:31 pm
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A quick advertisement for those readers in and around St. Louis, MO:  Mrs. PavCo Multimedia is spearheading a group called The Friends of Ellisville, which has as its sole purpose the planning and execution of a Trivia Night here in Ellisville, MO.  All profit from said Trivia Night will go to trust funds established for the families of those murdered in the City Hall shootings in Kirkwood, MO, and to Backstoppers, Inc., a local group which provides support and financial assistance to first responders who die in the line of duty.

We’re still looking for participants, as well as sponsors to donate goods and services for use as door prizes and silent auction items.

The details of the night are as follows:

TRIVIA NIGHT
TO BENEFIT THE VICTIMS OF THE KIRKWOOD SHOOTING AND BACKSTOPPERS

Saturday, April 26, 2008
St. John’s Lutheran Church
15800 Manchester Road
Ellisville, MO 63011

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m.

$15/person or $120/table

Door Prizes/50/50 raffle
Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello will be the emcee for the evening

for further information, please e-mail trivianight@pavlack.com

The 300 Project: 3/63

February 14, 2008

The Kirkwood Shootings

Filed under: General,Politics — CPav @ 11:59 pm
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A few additional thoughts on the Kirkwood shootings:

  • It was amazing to me that of the three members of the victim’s family that were interviewed in the immediate and extended aftermath of the shootings, only one of his brothers expressed any remorse for the deaths of five people. The other brother interviewed and their mother basically just said “He went after the people he thought had wronged him,” as if that was justification enough for the coldblooded murder of five people.
  • It was pointed out to me (by the mayor that I serve under) that the media has almost scrupulously avoided using the word “murder”, even though that’s exactly what happened last Thursday. A man armed himself, went to a place that he knew his targets would be, shot them down, and apparently was on his way out when he was killed. Whatever emotions were behind his actions, this was not a crime of passion, or anything other than a planned massacre. We can try to defuse the emotions of the community through our choice of words, but as someone who had a bit more experience with words than I have once said, “A rose by any other word…”
  • Race has been made part of the equation, but to a far lesser extent than maybe I would have expected. There is assuredly a racial stratification in Kirkwood, but I’m not versed enough in the situation to speak to it. It’s a credit to the leaders of the Meacham Park neighborhood that they did not use these events as a bully pulpit to further divide the community. A meeting held the day after the shootings (see, I’m doing it too, but it just feels more comfortable) was attended by both white and black residents of the city. Some speakers did refer to the shooter as a hero, but most of those were careful to draw a firm line between what he had accomplished in his life prior to last Thursday and the final actions of his life. More details of this meeting are in the Post.
  • A few people (most notably my wife) have asked what we’re going to do in Ellisville to prevent something like this from happening. There’s a simple answer: nothing. I don’t know that there’s really anything that can be done; if a determined member of the public wants to come in and do us harm, they’ll be able to. That’s frightening, but it’s the reality of the situation. The only thing we can do is attempt to give everyone a voice, make everyone feel included, and do the best we can.

I’m sure there was more, but it’s late, and that’s all that comes to mind now.

The 300 Project: 8/31

Public Service

Filed under: General,Politics — CPav @ 11:28 pm
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I’ve been meaning to blog about this before this point, but for a variety of reasons, haven’t.

One week ago this evening, I hurried from work to my kids’ high school, and worked the first act of the school play, selling concessions. I ducked out after intermission and headed home, to do some web surfing prior to (I assumed) meeting the family for a late dinner. I got on the internet and did some stuff, skimming through headlines on my Netvibes homepage. There were a number that caught my eye, but one stood out. There had been a shooting at a City Council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

This resonated for a number of reasons. As many readers know, I’m a member of the City Council in Ellisville, Missouri, a city a dozen or so miles west of Kirkwood. I went to high school in the community just to the north of Kirkwood, the same community I work in now, and spent many lunch hours back then shopping at a comic book store right in downtown Kirkwood. I even passed a few pleasant moments chatting with the mayor of Kirkwood at a conference last Fall.

The headline caught my attention, but I didn’t turn on the television for a good half hour after I initially read it. After that, I couldn’t turn it off. There’s quite a bit of coverage elsewhere on the internet, especially on the St. Louis Post Dispatch website (http://www.stltoday.com), so I won’t rehash everything. In short, though, a Kirkwood businessman, who felt he had been unfairly targeted by the city and the council, went into the Council meeting with a gun. After shooting a police officer outside City Hall, he took that officer’s gun, entered the council chambers, and started shooting with both weapons. When he was finished, he had killed five people and injured two others. Police officers shot and killed him as he attempted to leave the chambers.

It was flattering to me how many people spoke to me the next day and indicated their concern, since they couldn’t remember which community I lived in; we have over 90 municipalities in St. Louis County alone, not to mention neighborhoods in St. Louis City proper and bedroom communities on the Illinois side of the river and in nearby Jefferson and St. Charles Counties. The other thing that struck me, though, was how many people asked me something along the lines of “So, who’s going to come into your meeting and start shooting?”

The answer to that one, I truly believe, is “No one.” Granted, we’ve made a few decisions that the members of the public or petitioners didn’t agree with. Some of them, in fact, disagreed quite strongly. But I think that by and large we are even-handed and fair, or at least we try to be. We make decisions based on what we believe is best for our constituents and the city. I know people have left our chambers disappointed. Some have left angry. They’ve felt misserved or shortchanged by the system. To many, the people who sit on the dais represent the system, though by and large, we’re just a small part of it. We’ve dealt with lawsuits in the past, are dealing with them now, and will in the future. It’s part of what we do.

Getting shot at should not be part of what we do.

The 300 Project: 7/30

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