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Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Grant funds should require oversight

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Here's one of the reasons your federal government wants more of your tax dollars. More taxes will help to fund more grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will be used to bring gay porn stars to St. Louis to speak to the group Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, or BABAA. And just to put it into perspective, the gay porn star was dressed in a towel and a smile as he delivered his "safe sex" message to the assembled organization in a private residence in St. Louis.

Now if that seems like an asinine expenditure of federal tax-funded grant money, then join the crowd. Two former members of BABAA have complained about the July gathering which they described as a strip show without money being passed. They said the gay porn star was undressed and sexual contact was made with some of those in attendance.

If we have such lax policies that we would allow this group to receive federal funding then we're in deep trouble my friends. I am incensed that some of my tax dollars would fund a group of men to invite a porn star for a night of entertainment. You can clearly read between the lines here.

St. Louis officials and others of course are now looking into the matter since it became headlines this week. Someone in the federal government who approves these expenditures should be fired or jailed or both. And we need to seriously examine where our tax dollars are being spent.

Despite denying the allegations of sexual contact, the event organizer acknowledged that indeed the porn star did appear wearing only a towel and boots. So let's for a moment give this group the benefit of the doubt and accept that no sexual contact was committed. Well how in the hell can you justify paying a former porn star to "speak" on his lifestyle wearing a towel in front of a group of two dozen young men? Not easy to justify now is it?

Sikeston, too, has groups who receive grant money with little checks and balances. Multiply that by thousands and thousands of others who apply for grants and then spend your tax dollars. The problem is that we have no true method to assure that grant monies are being spent for worthwhile purposes. Until we do, grants should be halted. Today would be a good starting point!

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