Coyote G. Brynum, owner of the Sci-Fi Lounge
If I had the power, I would elect game designers and video game engineers to restore true democracy and reinvent our system of government with fair and ethical, common-sense rules. Their primary tasks would be to eliminate the corrupting influences campaign-finance and corporate lobbying have in politics (especially Congress) by creating an official MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) style voter/candidate forum. They'd also to design a simplified tax-code with an user-friendly interface that allows taxpayers to chose which programs their tax dollars support, and with the help of artists and city planners, to develop community revitalization projects for able-bodied citizens seeking unemployment benefits to participate.

The voter/candidate forum would allow each citizen to have one avatar that can participate in the online virtual world of politics. Discuss issues, track political news and protest without the pepper spray. Candidates would debate and challenge each other to a variety of games in a Player Vs. Player zone. The entire system would be policed by an independent fact checker, so anyone spouting misinformation would lose points and power-ups through their avatar, and be immediately corrected by a Gilbert Gottfried icon via pop-up bubble.

The community revitalization projects would blend elements of Habitat For Humanity and social-media games like Farmville. Taxpayers can nominate public-improvement projects or request help for private home repair projects based on need. Out-of-work individuals would earn unemployment benefits by rebuilding their local communities.

Game designers have a way of developing rules that are fair and fun. Imagine: If an idea doesn't work, instead of new legislation, we could just fix it with a patch update. Social media is a powerful tool for rallying people and ideas, but it is not an end-all. We also need to make it easier for people to want to help one another.

The Revolution will not be commercialized.


Mimi Le Yu, burlesque dancer
I would abolish reality television so folks can enjoy the reality around them. Turn off the TV and go see a band, check out a show, take in the art and life around you instead of living vicariously through folks doing cool stuff on TV.


Nikki Furrer, owner of Pudd'nhead Books
St. Louis County gave over $5 billion to big-box stores — they build the biggest strip mall in west county, and no economic growth came from it. If they gave that money to independent businesses of all kinds, I think we'd see some definite economic growth and have some interesting things to do.

And ban all jeggings.


Tef Poe, hip-hop artist
In 2012 I would like to see St. Louisians unite over more than just baseball. Our city lacks unity and is one of the most segregated cities in the nation. We are a Midwestern town with a 1960s type of Southern mentality when it comes to segregation. We have portions of our city that have been devastated by white flight. Everyone was insanely excited about the Cardinals winning the World Series. Most of the people doing back flips over our team being in the limelight technically don't even live in St. Louis.

I'd also really like to see us take a realistic approach to racial profiling and discrimination. A while ago I was working for the mayor, canvassing to stop a certain proposition from passing. Long story short, while I was in Mayor Slay's neighborhood someone called the police on me simply for being black. A few months later the U. City police department had me facedown on the ground with guns to my head. I wasn't charged with any crime, nor was I arrested. We lack unity as a city, so any form of discrimination and profiling seems to flourish here. Everybody loves everybody during baseball season. Yet when the season ends, it's back to Chesterfield, where my neighbors are all white, and I feel safe. I love St. Louis, but it's time for us to become a racially progressive city.


Jane Birdsall-Lander, artist and poet
I always have the same hope for St. Louis which is that contentious as well as unspoken negative race relations become a moot point and that everyone join together to make St. Louis the best it can be on all fronts. I believe the elephant in the room in terms of St. Louis being able to move forward is the issue of race.


Jason Deem, owner of Nebula Coworking and South Side Spaces
Instead of using public funds for mega-projects like Paul McKee's NorthSide development — which are high risk and have a long history of failure — provide smaller incentives for independent businesses, developers, artists and creative projects such as Cementland that are low risk and help encourage the diversity of architecture, local businesses and arts that make St. Louis a unique city.

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Ed Golterman
Ed Golterman

St. Louis is 'over'. Our last 'window of opportunity' to compete as a city, against any city, closed in 1998, when Civic Progress refused to free Kiel Opera House, and then allowed grand center to 'strangle' MUNY 6 years later. Freeing both and putting those who interfere in jail would have helped St. Louis survive. That was then.That window of opportunity is closed. Honest talk radio? You have to be joking. And city-county merger does nothing. Nada.

TXH 1138
TXH 1138

Simply find out why it is so dangerous for good people to live here......

Wayne L. Youngblood
Wayne L. Youngblood

As a new St. Louis resident, I may not yet have developed a full "city sense," but as a longtime resident of the rural scene, I sure know bullshit when I smell it. That odor came through loud and clear from Redditt Hudson's short advertisement disguised as earnest examination. I know nothing about the man or his politics, but any candidate who simultaneously calls for an end to the educational blame game, then goes on to blame his opponents ("those legislators who find a way to take more resources away from public education every year"), doesn't really want to solve the problem. He simply wants to get elected by appealing to the negative fear factor of parents and educators (a large constituency to be sure). The solution to the educational problem involves both dollars and sense. Unfortunately, Hudson appears to me to be impoverished -- at least in the latter.

Mark Serati
Mark Serati

I for one, do NOT want the city and County to merge. Criminal city politics aren't much worse than the county's anymore, but they are two completely separate cultures.

Guest
Guest

Set up flower and rose stands on all corners and magazine vendor stands and give the city a New York appeal. Promote the historic beauty of this town as much or more as the Cardinals and the beer drinking ball cap crowd to appeal to a wider artistic audience and draw a different type of tourist to this town. Add lighting to the Arch and some of the downtown city skyline and bridges like they have done at Le Cirque Hotel / Lee Circle in New Orleans & New York , Loew's in New York and the bridges in Memphis, Brooklyn Bridge... the kind of lighting that changes colors and lights up the city.

Mark Serati
Mark Serati

Sorry Anna,

We don't need any more immigrants with a probable "real" unemployment rate of about 15-18%. Your comment was quite self-serving. If I could change one thing in St. Louis, it would be to end the epidemiology "experiments" around St. Louis that are ruining our health and quality of life, and sometimes even killling the ones you love.

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use fresh mozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economy cheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to be frozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact with each other.

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use fresh mozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economy cheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to be frozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact with each other.

Marley2
Marley2

No brainer - city-county merger. Our city would rank near the top and benefit financially. Lose the "Old Boy Network" philosophy and leap ahead.

Egolterman
Egolterman

I would 'free' both Kiel and MUNY, finally, or other cities completely erase St. Louis as a destination. Whether St. Louis would 'gag' rather than go to either, they are our only 'way back to the convention and travel world'. That's the money the region needs desperately. There are no political solutions, not in time to do any good.

etteann
etteann

I was just wondering if I remember correctly. I believe sometime in 1984 perhaps November. There was an amendment passed in Missouri to legalize gambling. I believe somewhere around 70% of voters said yes. Interesting why they voted this way. The promise was to give a percentage of the monies produced by the lottery to Missouri schools. I can not quote anything. I am just going by what I vaguely remember. I heard recently that power ball ticket pricing was going up to $2.00. The schools I believe get less than a third of the money produced by Missouri gambling. Is that amount going to change with the increased purchase price. What I am saying is, Is the Missouri Lottery, governed by whoever going to give the approximate 1/3 of the new monies produced by the $1.00 increase or rather the 100% increase of ticket costs in addition to the monies already received? I think it would be great if the Missouri schools would receive at least 1/2 of the monies produced. There are too many schools closing in the city of St. Louis. We need these schools to stay open and we need the best teachers to teach a wider variety of subjects with the best equipment/tools necessary provided to educate in Missouri schools. If we had more of that money we should already have our children would have better choices in life and a better future.

Rev. Dr. Charles Lee, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Charles Lee, Jr.

Well, it doesn't take a PhD to see good people become desperately bad when facing poverty, social stigmas and comeptition but especially, educational oppression.

People will flat-out "lose their religion" when the going gets tough but we don't have to...

My New Year's Revolution will the evolution of St. Louis, from the old fearful, apatheic and hateful spirits of the past, tricking the rich and poor into stealing, killing and destroying each other...

To a new idea of who we are and what we can help each other become..Sme will want to keep recycling the insanity of greed, racism and suevival of the fittest but they are the ones that will not survive, according to the latest research on the effect of being trapped in a separation reality.

Businesses really don't want isolationists and neither do religious organization and those who pretend to care, are still really isolated... not to mention we're built and literally designed to need a part to play, in the totality of life so...

Enter The SMILE Ministries to open people to finding their personally designated role in reconnecting others to life....

You can have your doubts, your fears, your faith or your courage but you'd better get ready for the (R)evolution of your mind!!

See you there.

songbird_63366
songbird_63366

I would bring progressive and honest talk radio to St. Louis. All we have now is FOX, and it is not honest, fair, balanced nor correct. We need to have shows like Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, and others who are not lickers of the Murdoch boots! It's time to have the other side of the aisle heard here in the midwest, and St. Louis needs it badly.

Zippster
Zippster

KDHX, 88.1 FM ..... try it.

JBQ21
JBQ21

The city of St. Louis is a county in and of itself separate from St. Louis County. There are some fifty separate municipalities in St. Louis County. There has to be some way to reform this incongruity seen in only two other areas of the country (Baltimore and somewhere on the West Coast). The city and county have to remerge. This was done with the "Board of Freeholders". There was a suit by renters who stated that property owners did not have exclusive rights. They won and the final solution was no longer final. The courts ruled against property owners and the country continues to deteriorate in the move toward a socialist takeover of property rights. Mayor Slay, in my opinion, is doing a very good job. However, it is obvious that he is "leading like Custer".

 
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