BELEAGERED NEWSPAPER ATTACKS CCCC
Can you see how a headline can attract attention? We do not claim that there is any truth that
a local newspaper is "beleagered". Nor do we claim that we were "attacked".
But this headline sensationalizes the truth and attracts attention.
That is exactly what a local newspaper did to CCCC when it brought attention to recent claims brought
against CCCC by a friend of the developer of a proposed smelter in Crystal City. CCCC was accused of many outlandish claims in a recent
complaint to the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). The ruling from the MEC stated that
CCCC violated two very minor regulations - (1) CCCC did not have a formal resolution on file that
showed that political expenditures were approved and (2) CCCC did not put the exact words "paid for by" on postcards
that were mailed.
The local newspaper that covered the story chose to use the word "sanctioned" in a front page headline on
Wednesday, October 29, 2008. There are two possible definitions of the word sanctioned in this
context. One definition would be "to approve" and the other would be "to penalize or punish".
The MEC did neither of these.
There are new lawn signs in Crystal City apparently expressing loyalty to the smelter project and the
industrial zoning that would allow a barge port to be put on Bill Bradley's farm.
But what exactly does the sign mean?
There are a group of arrows that form a circle with the words "Industry", "Jobs", "Progress", "Schools".
The CCCC group couldn't agree more. We have never been against any of these concepts. We are
only opposed to (1) the way the deals were done and (2) the lack of oversight by our governments to provide leadership and to
protect the citizens.
The phrase "We Are Crystal" serves no purpose but to alienate everyone that disagrees with the pro-smelter
group. It implies that all opposition to the smelter is from people outside of Crystal City or, worse
yet, people that are not in the pro-smelter circle. Crystal City residents are the only ones that can
vote for Crystal City issues. Let's let the voting record decide who "we" are.
This same theme is made even more obvious by the words
"Our Town Our Voice". These words go further to imply that the city of Crystal City belongs to
and is owned by this group of pro-smelter people. This attitude displayed by the pro-smelter
group should be an indication to anyone about the differences between the pro-smelter and anti-smelter groups.
The CCCC group believes that all citizens of Crystal City deserve an open government and an opportunity to vote for
the direction of the community. The city of Crystal City belongs to all of it's citizens and not just
some of them.
OPPOSITION TO SMELTER MOUNTS
In the Labor Tribune publication dated February 21, 2008 the Jefferson County Labor Club announced that they would campaign for
candidates opposed to the smelter plan.
On January 19, 2008 the Disability Resource Association issued a press release that they would stand with the citizens of
Crystal City that oppose the iron smelter.
See more recent documents in our documents section.
In a letter dated February 11, 2008, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has responded to a complaint of firebrick and glass cullet in Plattin Creek.
In that response MDNR is demanding that PPG sample the firebrick, do a metals analysis of Plattin Creek and investigate the firebrick
and glass cullet for removal or capping. MDNR states that these actions should have been part of the BVCP (Brownfields/Voluntary
Cleanup Program) that was done on the PPG property.
Probably the most important information that needs to be gathered is whether or not the firebrick contains Chromium 6.
Chromium 6 is the substance against which Erin Brockovich campaigned. It is highly toxic even in small doses.
In their letter to PPG, MDNR has requested a work plan from PPG. In an article in the Leader local newspaper published on February 20th,
Wings owner Jim Kennedy stated that this cleanup program will not impact the plans to build the smelter in Crystal City.
Videos from KJFF interviews and a video about why Jim Kennedy should move on.
What better way to spend a holiday than to sit down with your family and watch the latest videos about the Crystal City
Smelter Controversy. Here are the latest videos.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE TIME TO WATCH ONE SET OF OUR VIDEOS - THIS IS IT!
Speechless - Part 1
Speechless - Part 2
TO THE PEOPLE OF CRYSTAL CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS:
Thank you for taking an interest in Crystal City's recent actions regarding the PPG site. You probably
have a lot of unanswered questions about what the smelter deal means to Crystal City, Festus and the surrounding
areas. Frankly, we have a lot of questions too. But we also have a lot of answers.
And we're getting more answers daily that we'd like to share with you.
We know that an agreement has been signed between the city of Crystal City, PPG and Wings
Enterprises. But it is not too late.
We are a growing group of concerned citizens that just want to be sure that our voices are heard. Our goal is
to stop the smelter. We are not anti-jobs and we are not anti-city. We are not sponsored by
any other organization.
Our justification for our actions is that the smelter will change the very complexion of our community for generations to
come and that this very important decision should not be made by a few in secret. Let your voice
If you disagree with this objective you still owe it to yourself and your children to stay informed. There
is a forum for open discussion. All opinions are welcome.