The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 16, 2014

Your View: Step aside

JOPLIN, Mo. — The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members.

I attended the special council meeting where new members were sworn in and a new mayor and mayor pro tem were elected.

The atmosphere in that room was palpable. People were upbeat and excited with the expectation of positive changes and a new attitude at City Hall. It was a great day for Joplin.

That said, we are left with three on the council, along with the city attorney, who participated in schemes. With the testimony from the investigation having been made public, one would think they would be too embarrassed to continue, but apparently they have no shame.

I call upon Benjamin Rosenberg, Bill Scearce, Melodee Colbert-Kean and Brian Head to resign and let this city get on with the business of recovery and growth without a constant reminder of what used to be.

If they have any real regard for Joplin, they need to step aside and let the wounds heal. The people need to have trust in their city officials.

Dianne Slater


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