Using letters as indicator
Judging from the recent letters to the editor in the Globe, one would think the whole town of Joplin has joined the public outcry over the Joplin City Council’s vote to fire City Manager Mark Rohr.
There were at least seven letters supporting Rohr in Sunday’s edition alone and not one letter supporting the council’s vote. I have trouble believing that the citizens of Joplin as a whole are as united in their support of Rohr and in their condemnation of the council’s action as these letters might suggest.
I particularly take issue with the idea, as stated in at least a couple of the letters, that the faction of the City Council that voted to fire Rohr represents the “good old boy network.” If either faction represents the good old boy network, I would suggest that it is the side that is rising with such vehemence to Rohr’s defense. Trisha Raney and Melodee Colbert-Kean certainly weren’t part of that network when they first got elected, unlike some of the council members on the other side who were elected with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. Raney and Colbert-Kean were elected through grass-roots support and organization. Besides that, they’re not even boys.
I find it interesting that in Sunday’s online Globe, the daily poll asks readers whether they agree with the recommendation of the special investigator hired by the City Council that all business under contract between the city of Joplin and Wallace Bajjalli should be stopped and, as of this writing, the vote is 100 “yes” votes and only 41 “no” votes. It was the findings of this same special investigator that apparently prompted the City Council to take its action against Rohr. I realize that just because people support the special investigator on the Wallace Bajjalli issue does not mean that they necessarily support the firing of Rohr, but it does make one wonder whether the public outcry against the council’s action is nearly as great as the avalanche of letters to the editor would indicate.
Vote on April 8
The citizens of Joplin have the opportunity to change the dangerous path our city is being led on by five little people.
On April 8, two of the five, Jack Golden and Trisha Raney, will be on the ballot for re-election. If you disagree with their role in secretly firing City Manager Mark Rohr and impeding Joplin’s recovery, do not vote for them. This will instantly break the negative bloc now controlling the council.
Think of it: Within five weeks we can get back to where we need to be, a new mayor and mayor pro tem can be elected, and maybe, with a little luck, Rohr can be persuaded to be rehired. Vote on April 8.
Time to go
I’ve long supported limits on the number of terms congressmen and senators could serve because no such limit leaves it to their personal interest to decide when enough is enough.
To suggest that Congress is capable of deciding this question is naive. We the people must take the matter into our own hands, as difficult as that might be.
I could not help but see a parallel for the problem so capably illuminated by Anson Burlin-game’s column (Globe, Feb. 7, “Council members must explain vote to public.”)
On wonders why it is so easy for people who have served the city for so long to have failed so miserably to see that it’s time to go.
Dedicated to service
I have had the pleasure to work with Mike Woolston for many years at our office at Pro 100 Realtors. Mike was always a kind and gentle man.
His dedication to serve our city with the city council made me proud to have him affiliated with our company. I was very honored to travel to Columbia to see Mike receive his prestigious award for serving our city so well as mayor during the many months after the tornado.
I want to say thank you, Mike. I hope your tireless efforts do not go unrewarded.
Pro 100 Realtors
We deserve better
The citizens of Joplin deserve better from their City Council, and it is up to us to rectify this bad situation. The current council needs to be recalled, and a new council, one that reflects the will of the people, needs to be installed. I do believe that this bunch has left the tracks of good government and are acting like they own Joplin.
The Public Works Department was hard to deal with, and we never could get a straight answer out of that department. The shakeup instituted by City Manager Mark Rohr was justified, and I am sure he stepped on some toes of certain council members. Maybe they liked the old setup, but it was a joke.
I want the five council members who voted to fire Rohr to stand before the citizens and explain their votes. I am sure it was nothing more than a personal vendetta against him, since it is obvious he was not a yes man. Once we have their reasons, we could make a decision about their fitness to serve the city of Joplin.
We need to vote out the members who want to run Joplin like a personal fiefdom and install better members who are responsive to the citizens.
Vote every chance you get. By doing so, we will eventually get a council that will do what is right for Joplin.
Roy and Bev Winans