Withdrawing the city earnings taxes would be catastrophic for St. Louis if no reliable and equitable substitute is in place. It would represent a form of assisted municipal suicide, with suburban and out-state voters assuming the Dr. Kevorkian role.
The public safety consequences of a failed city to the St. Louis region -- and to the state -- would be nearly as profound. Everyone else, in the end, would be left to pick up the pieces.
While reserving judgment, we don't think that's what Mr. Sinquefield has in mind -- or hopes to achieve. We are hearing about lively discussions behind the scenes about possible substitutes to round out the package -- both in terms of alternative sources of revenue and cost-saving municipal and pension reforms.
Putting St. Louis' "public safety