The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 27, 2014

Your View: Time to name names

JOPLIN, Mo. — I have been watching, with amusement and bewilderment, the melodrama playing out in our little town, which features appearances by the Joplin City Council, The Joplin Globe, Mark Rohr, and his faithful, angry, and cocksure followers, who don’t know as much as they think they know about this whole mess.

Perhaps the highlight so far in this ongoing controversy was Rohr’s appearance before the council on March 3. After receiving an enthusiastic welcome from some residents at the meeting, and after reciting his impressive accomplishments as city manager (with accompanying tears), and after talking about a “conspiracy” to get him, he went on to do something that former employees don’t often get to do in public: He told his old boss to go to hell. OK, he didn’t exactly put it that way. To the allegedly conspiratorial council members, he said, “You will pay for your participation, in this world and in the next.” Ouch!

Now, it isn’t often that the almighty is publicly called upon to settle personnel matters, but when it happens it adds another dimension to the story. Who knew that our city council’s decisions had such everlasting consequences? I thought the council’s unwise decision to not start curbside recycling last year might have long-term repercussions for us all, but I never dreamed that buying out the contract of the city manager would mean an eternity in hell for five council members. Man, running this city is tough business!

In any case, I heard with my own ears the disgruntled Mr. Rohr tell the community (via right-wing radio on Feb. 13) that he would soon expose the corruption in our city. Well, we’re still waiting, Mr. Rohr. You got folks all stirred up here, and now it is time to name names. As far as I’m concerned, your credibility is at stake.

R. Duane Graham


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