Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sears is dying, what does that say about Americas shopping habits, and what can we do to keep the retailers we have?

I received this from a reader and thought I would put it up here for your remarks as well as your insight.

Best Buy seems to be following the same business model as Sears, and we all know that the Best Buy store has been the subject of comments during the election's.

What, if anything can a town like Crestwood possibly do to change the consumer mindset in America today?

Yes we have a new mayor, a Mayor who said he can be at City Hall when and if needed, but can even that change the reality of the 21st. century? As you know shoppers have been buying on line for some time now. Gasoline is now $3.50 a gallon and people are not just going to a store just to look as much as they once did, now it's all about price.

So what can Mayor Roby do to keep Best Buy if they decide to close their Crestwood location, and what can WE do to help him.

What do you think ?

Tom Ford

NO. 3056

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The elections are finally over, now what will WE do for Crestwood?


Strive to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. It would be good to see some working together in Crestwood for a change."

1:55 PM, April 09, 2014

This is from the thread below, and it, more than anything else I have heard since yesterday sums up where we need to be in the coming days, weeks and months. We all fought for our candidate, and what we believed was the correct course for Crestwood, as well we should have.

But now the votes are counted, and we have a new mayor who we must all rally behind to insure our fair community can prosper in the future. How we do that is up to each of us, but one thing is for sure and that is Mayor Roby must have the support of us ALL to succeed, and when he succeeds, we ALL prosper.

I am not saying that that every day will be the romance of a life time, no, not by a long shot, but if there is a spot where he want's and needs help, and you can, please offer your expertise.

To Mayor elect Greg Roby, I say welcome aboard, and to out going Mayor Jeff Schlink, I say thank you for a job well done !

May the Good Lord bless and keep them both, and may our community go forward in the knowledge that, In the words of President Ronald Reagan, "Our best day's are yet to come !"

Tom Ford

NO. 3055

Monday, April 07, 2014

Well after all that has been said and done, tomorrow is the day, election day!


we have all waxed eloquently in support of the candidate we felt would do the best job for our community, Crestwood.

Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM the polls will close and we will have cast our votes and will be waiting feverously for the results. Will it be Mayor Schlink, or will it be the challenger, Mr. Roby, tomorrow will tell.

I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but I will be at the poll's backing my choice as I should be. In the annals of Crestwood history this is not the most highly contested race, nor is it the most contentious, it's two men who have put their name and fortune in the ring, both with the best of intentions I am sure.

I ask that ALL of us go to the polls tomorrow, cast your ballot, do what you can to insure that our sacred right to vote is up held yet again. Did you see the news yesterday where the Afghani people went to the poll's to vote for a President? If you did, you know that they were threatened with death, their homes ruined, their families murdered by a bunch of punks, and yet they went!

Tomorrow we may see a bit of rain, it may be cool, but no one will shoot at you or disrespect you in the line to vote, so I ask, can we do any less than our fellow human beings in Kabul? Go to the poll's, vote, and if you need transportation call me at 341-2307. I will make sure you get there and back home safely, and no I won't discuss anything but the weather.

May the good Lord bless our two candidates, provide us with fair weather, and a safe trip to and from our polling place's, and may he grant our community, Crestwood continued prosperity.

Tom Ford

NO. 3054

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Election day, April 8, 2014, wlll you be there to vote?

A lot of discussion has been put forth on this site about who is more qualified to lead Crestwood for the next three years, and to that end I would like to put a couple of facts on the table for your consideration.

Education: Mayor Jeff Schlink, Masters degree in computer technology and business from Webster U.

opponent, Greg Roby: BA degree in criminal justice, Tarkio College

Work background: Mayor Schlink, Management at Edward Jones.

Greg Roby: St. Louis County Police officer, salesman for construction products.

Service to Crestwood: Both were Alderman, both have served on many boards as well.

Family: Both are married with children.

I am sure there is a lot more we could say about both men, but in light of the fact that both seem to be equally tenacious in their willingness to serve Crestwood.
I think I will stop there. So what is the difference that all voters must weigh come Tuesday?

Well on one hand we have a proven entity in Mayor Schlink, a person who has the education and management skills needed to do the job in the community today. His challenger has no prior experience in the day to day management of a business or a community. Yes, he could learn the job while he is in the position, but do we really have time to do that?

On his Facebook page he admits he (were he Mayor) could have done nothing to stop Gordman's from leaving, and truth be known, it's that way with ALL retail stores no matter who is the Mayor.

The Mall is the catch phrase most often seen here so let's take a close look at that. We have to face the fact that the Mall has been dying for some time, and WE, our Alderman or Mayor could do nothing to stop it (ask some of the former mayors.)

It was bought at a fire sale price by a Chicago firm who WOULD NOT NEGOATE with us but rather gave us one proposal (bad at that,) and then refused to move off it one way or the other. Several planning firms were involved one way or the other, but none were hired as a final vote by an Alderman closed the door on any further votes. The Chicago developer and his partner then pulled out, and it will be on the auction block later this month (as was Northwest Plaza.)

Now as I look at it, no amount of tax subsidies, begging or calls by sitting Alderman could have changed the outcome as they had no tenants lined up for a space that would tack on 10 1/4 % tax to everything sold there. They (potential tenants) knew as did I that people vote with their feet, they would have come once, found out how outrageous the tax was and gone somewhere else the next outing. Result for the space, FAILURE, and then what?

Looking at every angle I can I see but one person in this race that can (and will) serve me, my family, and Crestwood the best over the next three years, and that is our Mayor, Jeff Schlink.

Tom Ford

NO. 3053

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Welcome Home Vietnam veterans day is today, March 29, 2014 !

Welcome home Brothers and Sisters !

For those of you reading this who are Vietnam Veterans I know you will understand the significance of this day. To those who weren't there I ask that if you see a Vietnam Veteran today (or any day for that matter) please take the time to stop and thank them for their service to America.

Tom Ford

NO. 3052

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Debate number two on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM in the BOA chambers, Crestwood City Hall.

The second Mayoral election debate sponsored by the Republican club will be held at 7:00 PM sharp in the Board chambers of Crestwood City Hall.

We have seen some interesting comments below that came in from the first debate so let's get out and see what they have to say this time.

Please remember that both the candidates have worked very hard for us and I ask you to please refrain from comment's, clapping, or any other distractions to either candidate during the debate.

Tom Ford

NO. 3051

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Candidates debate tonight at White Cliff 7:00 PM sharp.

The debate is sponsored and conducted by the league of women voters, and as such will be well regulated so that all of the questions will be completed by each candidate minus interruption's.

Please try to attend and see what Mayor Schlink has to say about the last three years in Crestwood.

Oh, and by the way, his opponent will also be in attendance.

Tom Ford

NO. 3050

Saturday, March 01, 2014

So where is the outrage? Mom's "bewildered," and defeated by grocery shopping?

This sounds like a slam on women all over America to me! Are we to believe that a modern day woman is incapable of navigating a grocery store without the assistance of the government?

Interesting that my Mother (with no help from Eleanor Roosevelt) was able to shop, feed, and nurture three children who have made it so far. Is it possible that she used common sense, and could she have known what was, and was not good for her family? (incidentally, my Mother made it to 103 without help nutrition wise.)

I am guessing that the Nation and by extension the children of families who do indeed care about their children's health can get along without the mutterings of a person who no doubt hasn't seen the inside of a grocery store in years, if ever!

The next time you hear the punch line "war on women" used by either party, please remember just who it really is that's waging it.

Tom Ford

NO. 3049

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ward Four Alderman Mr. Dan Tennessen resigns his seat.

I have no idea what may have caused this. so I, like the rest of us will wait until the next Board meeting to learn a bit more.

Until then may I strongly suggest that any rumors, conjecture or he said / she said be left where they lie, as we really do not know anything more than he has resigned, period.

To that end please be advised that I will not allow ANY comment's from anyone who will not sign their real name (it will be verified.)

I think we owe it to Mr. Tennessen to allow him to tell his story in his own time, don't you?

Tom Ford

NO. 3048

Monday, February 24, 2014

Global warming, or is it?

I received this from a good friend who also happens to hold three PHD's, interesting to say the least.

" The Washington Post"

"The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen , Norway .

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable."

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"I apologize, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post – 91 years ago."


"Dang that pesky global warming..."

Tom Ford

NO. 3047