The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 22, 2013

Your View: Disagree respectfully

MONETT, Mo. — In reading letters about the present conflict between the Joplin City Council and the city manager, it disappoints me that people personally attack the volunteers who serve on the City Council when they do not agree with the council member(s) opinion on particular issues.

I understand that not everyone will agree with all the decisions they make. I don’t always.

Each citizen definitely has a right to disagree. But keep this in mind: A city manager is hired by the council to manage the day-to-day operations of the city.

Although they should support him as much as possible, our council members’ first duty is to oversee the policies that will ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely and that the employees of the city provide the best possible service to the citizens of Joplin.

Joplin is a great stepping stone for a professional city manager’s career. Most managers stay about eight to 12 years then move on to a bigger city.

However, your council members are fellow citizens who live in Joplin and are concerned enough to take time out of their personal lives to work for the city’s future. Contrary to some of the remarks made about them, none of your council members get any personal benefit in questioning the performance of their employees.

In fact, it is much tougher to stand up against the popular view on an issue.

Although you may not agree with a particular council member’s view, please respect the courage exhibited for taking a stand on what they believe to be right.

Don R. Goetz

Former Joplin mayor

Webb City

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