The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 24, 2012

Our View: Planning required

Did you really need to wash that half-load of laundry? Could you have waited until the dishwasher was full before hitting the “normal wash” button?

Do you really think there’s hope for your parched brown yard? No? Then turn off the sprinklers.

Missouri American Water Co. on Monday asked all of its Joplin-area customers to voluntarily conserve water. Even if you get your water through your own well or through another utility, the message is consistent.

We’re in a drought. Stop using water like there’s no tomorrow.

Shoal Creek, the main source of supply for Joplin, is currently down to a flow of 48 cubic feet per second, according to the United States Geological Survey monitoring system.

The normal flow this time of year is around 400 cubic feet per second.

That’s cause for concern, especially given a forecast that only teases us this week with the possibility of rain on Thursday.

Missouri American Water is asking residents to follow a defined outdoor watering schedule. People with odd-numbered street addresses should water only on odd calendar days. Those with even-numbered street addresses should water only on even calendar days.

The world will not end if your car is dirty. For that matter, the world won’t end if you’re a little dirty. Shorter showers are on the suggested list of ways to save water.

Right now, the conservation measures are voluntary.

Let’s keep it that way.

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    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

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    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

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  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

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  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

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  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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