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Congressman Clay Gets Spending Suggestions

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A closeup of a note card suggestion handed to Congressman Lacy Clay during a town hall forum on Saturday, February 12, 2011. (KMOX/Justin Wingerter)

A closeup of a note card suggestion handed to Congressman Lacy Clay during a town hall forum on Saturday, February 12, 2011. (KMOX/Justin Wingerter)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Congressman Lacy Clay says he got “an earful” Saturday morning in north St. Louis. 

Clay (D-Missouri) was the guest “listener” at a town hall forum sponsored by the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition.

Participants were asked to give the Congressman ideas on how federal dollars could better be spent than on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One youth had this suggestion, “I think the money should go to people in foreclosure who’ve lost their homes, and for our schools and education, because we really need that.”

Clay heard from a wide range of ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds, including a female retiree, “If you stop the war in Afghanistan, take the money that comes back to this country and see that education and health care get the most benefit.” 

Clay says he also heard from several U.S. military veterans, “Those folks said there’s a lack of services for veterans in the region and in the country, that we haven’t focused enough on services for veterans.”

Around 115 people attended Saturday’s forum, held at Delmonico’s Diner.

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