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Where 'the buck' stops at the thuggish Post-Dispatch editorial board

Thug gonna be thug.

That is the point that Political EYE drew from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial on the resignation of state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D-St. Louis). The thug, in this instance, is certainly not Franks, who counts civic leadership (at the street level – Cherokee Street, that is) and youth mentoring among his life and career experiences. The thug is the Post-Dispatch editorial board.

The Post is still huffing on that crack pipe of swirling, unsourced rumors of federal investigation into black leadership – even when it’s nested under white leadership, as is the case of Franks in what the Post surmises (without any evidence) to be Franks’ real reason for resigning. This takes some explaining.

Franks’ stated reason for resigning is that he has mental health issues that compel his attention. He has spoken of grappling with depression, anxiety and trauma, which includes survivor’s trauma, an effect of living through the deaths of a great many family members and friends. Tragically, these conditions and experiences are shared by too many young black people who grow up in St. Louis, especially young black men. What is more rare is for someone from this community to admit that they need professional help and to seek it.

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/political_eye/where-the-buck-stops-at-the-thuggish-post-dispatch-editorial/article_00c5a596-7cf5-11e9-908e-cb812dd5f54f.html

Andrew Yang Policy on EXPAND ACCESS TO MEDICAL EXPERTS


Doctors still serve a vital role in our healthcare system, but more basic visits and diagnoses are increasingly able to be carried out by individuals without full medical training using technology to assist their diagnoses.

In one study, IBM’s Watson made the same recommendation as human doctors in 99% of cases and actually diagnosed illnesses missed by human doctors in 30% of them. Similar technology could help monitor and manage chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes while still referring more complex health issues to more experienced doctors.

We should enable a new class of Primary Care Specialists or Nurse Practitioners to provide health care to patients in rural and indigent areas in order to increase access to quality healthcare and preventative/maintenance medicine at a lower cost.

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/expanding-medical-licensure/

Andrew Yang Policy on EXPAND ACCESS TO MEDICAL EXPERTS

Doctors still serve a vital role in our healthcare system, but more basic visits and diagnoses are increasingly able to be carried out by individuals without full medical training using technology to assist their diagnoses.

In one study, IBM’s Watson made the same recommendation as human doctors in 99% of cases and actually diagnosed illnesses missed by human doctors in 30% of them. Similar technology could help monitor and manage chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes while still referring more complex health issues to more experienced doctors.

We should enable a new class of Primary Care Specialists or Nurse Practitioners to provide health care to patients in rural and indigent areas in order to increase access to quality healthcare and preventative/maintenance medicine at a lower cost.

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/expanding-medical-licensure/

Andrew Yang Policy on REBUILD AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE



America’s infrastructure is showing its age. Roads are cracking, bridges are becoming less stable, our schools are aging and our ports can’t accept the new, larger boats that are made possible by the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Not only are these degradations a danger to Americans, but they’re costing this country money and jobs. By some estimates, our infrastructure problems could cost us as much as $1 trillion per year and 3.5 million jobs. Every time you’re stuck in traffic is lost time.

We need to immediately invest in infrastructure. Not only can we avoid the negative repercussions, but we can create up to 15 million jobs over a ten-year period. The Federal Reserve and IMF both estimate that every dollar spent on infrastructure earns $1.5-$3 back. And we’ll decrease deaths related to the poor condition of our roads and bridges.

We can also use this opportunity to modernize our infrastructure, including power plants, sewer, and water systems, and public transportation systems. We can look to invest in a nationwide fiber-optic network. We can also use this rebuild to experiment with innovative new technologies, such as solar-cell roadways, used to generate free electricity for the surrounding communities.

"Our infrastructure is a dangerous embarrassment and a symbol of how weak our state has become. We are still living off of the investments of past generations in the 1960s. We need to own the future, which includes building a world-class infrastructure befitting the world’s most advanced society in 2020. When our infrastructure works better we’ll all work better. This will also help put millions of Americans back to work and demonstrate that America can yet build great things."

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/rebuild-america/

Andrew Yang Policy on REBUILD AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE

America’s infrastructure is showing its age. Roads are cracking, bridges are becoming less stable, our schools are aging and our ports can’t accept the new, larger boats that are made possible by the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Not only are these degradations a danger to Americans, but they’re costing this country money and jobs. By some estimates, our infrastructure problems could cost us as much as $1 trillion per year and 3.5 million jobs. Every time you’re stuck in traffic is lost time.

We need to immediately invest in infrastructure. Not only can we avoid the negative repercussions, but we can create up to 15 million jobs over a ten-year period. The Federal Reserve and IMF both estimate that every dollar spent on infrastructure earns $1.5-$3 back. And we’ll decrease deaths related to the poor condition of our roads and bridges.

We can also use this opportunity to modernize our infrastructure, including power plants, sewer, and water systems, and public transportation systems. We can look to invest in a nationwide fiber-optic network. We can also use this rebuild to experiment with innovative new technologies, such as solar-cell roadways, used to generate free electricity for the surrounding communities.

"Our infrastructure is a dangerous embarrassment and a symbol of how weak our state has become. We are still living off of the investments of past generations in the 1960s. We need to own the future, which includes building a world-class infrastructure befitting the world’s most advanced society in 2020. When our infrastructure works better we’ll all work better. This will also help put millions of Americans back to work and demonstrate that America can yet build great things."

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/rebuild-america/

How And Why To Appeal St. Louis-Area Property Assessments

If you own a home or business in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may have received a letter about your property's value going up.

Residential property values on average went up 12% in the city and 15% in the county, according to assessors’ preliminary calculations.

That’s mostly good news, said St. Louis Assessor Michael Dauphin. Increasing property values mean that real estate investments are worth more. But for some, they could also mean higher tax bills.

If you don’t think you could sell your property at its new appraised value, you might want to reach out to your local assessor’s office. They will re-evaluate their assessment based on a number of factors and may change their final decision.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-and-why-appeal-st-louis-area-property-assessments

Missouri, Illinois Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement


Police departments in Missouri and Illinois are joining law enforcement across the nation over this Memorial Day weekend to crack down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear their seat belts.

More than 500 people have died on the roads in the two states combined this year, and in more than half of those crashes, the people who died were not wearing a seat belt. The annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which runs this year from May 20 until June 2, is intended to help bring that number down.

“No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing a seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers,” said Capt. Stephen Ferrier, the commander of Troop C of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “No matter how safe you drive, you can’t control other drivers.”

Missouri’s seat belt usage rate of 84% in 2017 lags behind the national average of nearly 90%, Ferrier said, and campaigns like Click It or Ticket are helpful in bringing that percentage up.


https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-illinois-step-seat-belt-enforcement

Missouri, Illinois Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement

Police departments in Missouri and Illinois are joining law enforcement across the nation over this Memorial Day weekend to crack down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear their seat belts.

More than 500 people have died on the roads in the two states combined this year, and in more than half of those crashes, the people who died were not wearing a seat belt. The annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which runs this year from May 20 until June 2, is intended to help bring that number down.

“No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing a seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers,” said Capt. Stephen Ferrier, the commander of Troop C of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “No matter how safe you drive, you can’t control other drivers.”

Missouri’s seat belt usage rate of 84% in 2017 lags behind the national average of nearly 90%, Ferrier said, and campaigns like Click It or Ticket are helpful in bringing that percentage up.


https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-illinois-step-seat-belt-enforcement

Andrew Yang Policy on FUND AUTISM INTERVENTION


As awareness of the symptoms of autism has improved, we’ve seen an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. Recent numbers from the CDC put the rate at 1 in 59 children in the US.

Outcomes for autistic children are significantly better if they’re diagnosed early and receive the care they need to develop.

"One of my boys is on the autism spectrum—I know how invaluable resources and intervention can be, particularly if adopted early on. Families struggle with this in very personal ways. As a country, we should provide ample resources to parents to be able to intervene to support the development of children with autism or who are exceptional in other ways. Many of these children have something unique to offer."

Autism affects 1 in 59 American children, but resources currently don’t meet the needs of these children.

"Direct the Department of Education to support states (with information and funding) in implementing programs to identify and treat autistic children.
Destigmatize autism and related neurological profiles as commonplace and distinct."

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/autism-intervention-funding/

Andrew Yang Policy on FUND AUTISM INTERVENTION

As awareness of the symptoms of autism has improved, we’ve seen an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. Recent numbers from the CDC put the rate at 1 in 59 children in the US.

Outcomes for autistic children are significantly better if they’re diagnosed early and receive the care they need to develop.

"One of my boys is on the autism spectrum—I know how invaluable resources and intervention can be, particularly if adopted early on. Families struggle with this in very personal ways. As a country, we should provide ample resources to parents to be able to intervene to support the development of children with autism or who are exceptional in other ways. Many of these children have something unique to offer."

Autism affects 1 in 59 American children, but resources currently don’t meet the needs of these children.

"Direct the Department of Education to support states (with information and funding) in implementing programs to identify and treat autistic children.
Destigmatize autism and related neurological profiles as commonplace and distinct."


https://www.yang2020.com/policies/autism-intervention-funding/
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