The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 23, 2013

Your View: Where's the virtue?

JOPLIN, Mo. —  I believe most people agree with Don Goetz (Globe "Voices," Aug. 22) regarding the service of Joplin's council members and that, generally speaking, most have the best interest of the city in mind and serve with integrity virtually for free and often with little thanks. However, there will always be those who, for their own reasons, belie the concept of public service as a virtue, and one can only speculate at their motives.

The issue at hand does not involve the entire council - just those who decided their view was the correct and only view and sought to accomplish it in an underhanded and dishonest manner. As in any station in life, there will always be those who view themselves as the ultimate authority and have the mistaken belief that any means to reach their goal are valid.

All of us can recall acts committed by people that were not the norm for their chosen professions - people are not always going to be who we expect them to be or act in the manner their job titles would lead us to expect from them.

To my knowledge, no one has criticized the behavior of the entire council - just those who chose to act outside the charter and make their own rules.

One lied and two admitted knowingly acting without a majority vote, and the city manager had never been given direction or guidance by the council so only those few made the decision that he should be terminated.

I'm hard pressed to view this as virtuous public service.

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