The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 11, 2014

Your View: Critical issues

JOPLIN, Mo. — The people have spoken, loudly. The Joplin City Council, specifically the newest members, should bear in mind that they are not there for their agendas but rather to serve the people’s agenda.

Folks, this city was badly served, and the damage that has resulted goes way, way beyond the boundaries of Joplin, Jasper County or even the Four-State Region. Major companies have been scared away, jobs lost, revenues lost, and our civic reputation nearly destroyed.

Our No. 1 priority is to restore faith in the City Council, and this will only be accomplished by total transparency in its efforts.

Our secondary priorities are to replace the incompetent adviser(s) in the city attorney’s office as soon as possible with someone who really knows the world of city governance and to locate, attract and hire a well-qualified city manager, a task that will be a problem of massive proportions because the best person for that for that job has gone elsewhere.

Only after these issues are adequately addressed can we begin to take up the issues of the fifth anniversary of the tornado or anything like curbside recycling.

Now is the time for everyone to pull together, join hands and move forward to correct these issues.

Now our leaders must focus on the critical issues in our immediate path.

 Kim Seavy

 Joplin

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