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Monday, Apr. 27, 2015
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Murray Bishoff: Small town safety still raises concerns (04/25/15)
In the last five weeks, the Monett community has seen two young men, ages 20 and 19, die of apparent drug overdoses. These conclusions come in part from well-placed social media comments, though the toxicology reports have not come back to confirm the cause of death...
Floyd Schad: Council dropping the ball in recent decisions (04/25/15)
Dear Editor: I think the city council has done a very good job of running our city, but I think they have really screwed up this time. Why in the world do you want to buy two old buildings on Broadway to build a car parking lot when most of the time you could throw a rock down Broadway and never hit a car? Then you want to build a new museum, which I think is a very good idea, but in a parking lot off Broadway? Next to a run-down old alley? Why not build it where you bought the two old buildings for a parking lot on Broadway? Or there is a big building at Fifth and Broadway, which is now an eyesore, that could be remodeled for a museum and it would bring a lot of people down to Broadway to shop.. ...
Murray Bishoff: It's time to get to work at ambulance district (04/18/15)
Over the years, I have spent many memorable evenings with the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District. The ambulance district is a microcosm of what can be done right, and what can go wrong, with a local organization. By the time I came on the scene in 1988, the ambulance district had endured more than one upheaval. ...
Murray Bishoff: Believe it or not, every vote counts (04/11/15)
There isn't much good that can be said for Monett's voter turnout this week. With the second lowest percentage turnout of any precinct in both Barry and Lawrence counties, it wasn't a very impressive day for democratic participation. Looking over school board elections back to 1999, a pattern emerges. ...
David Compton: Newly-elected board member shares his vision (04/11/15)
Dear Editor: I appreciate each and every person who made it to the polls to vote. Thank you for participating in the democratic process. A special thank you to everyone who supported me and helped me win the Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) board seat...
Murray Bishoff: Springtime is the dawn of a new day (04/04/15)
It seemed that suddenly this week around Monett, it was really spring. The Bradford pear trees burst into bloom. The purple redbuds blooms much more slowly emerged. In evenings after the rains had passed, like Thursday night, the birds sang -- not timidly, but fully and enthusiastically...
Deborah Schoen: Ambulance district employee's plan well executed (04/04/15)
Dear Editor, To the office manager who resigned after getting our Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) Board to pay her an additional $135,000 salary for an additional person's job she claimed to have done... Brilliant! Your plan was exquisitely executed, all the way down to the timing. Goal achieved just before the risk that new candidates not as easily manipulated might win over incumbents seeking re-election...
Murray Bishoff: Flooding in Monett remains a major concern (03/28/15)
The rain on Wednesday brought that old sinking feeling, one of complete helplessness when the rain keeps coming and coming. This time, the storms moved slowly across Arkansas and southern Barry County, sparing Monett from the kind of deluge-without-end that we saw on Sept. 19, 2009...
Murray Bishoff: Rocky local relationship with the Sunshine Law (03/21/15)
This is Sunshine Week, where the media and the public celebrate transparency in government. Sunshine laws provide access to government records and help the public to know how their leaders conduct business. Government entities, especially in small towns, have had a historically rocky relationship with Sunshine laws. In time, leaders generally find a way to live with public disclosure and discover relationships with the public go much better...
Murray Bishoff: Cancer from Ferguson must not spread (03/14/15)
There's an old social psychology experiment that shows up in all the old textbooks. A subject is supposed to oversee another participant hooked up to electric shock device. A supervisor tells the subject to shock the other person for giving a wrong answer, and apply more voltage as questions continued. The experiment showed that the subject consistently obeyed, submitting to the authority of the supervisor, even over the cries of the other person...
Murray Bishoff: In the eyes of the beholder (03/07/15)
A drive across the county this week gave another one of those object lessons for liking Monett. When other towns were starting their snowplowing, the Monett street department crews had engaged in final clean-up. The slogan "Pride and Progress" has characterized much of how the city of Monett has conducted itself with forward-looking thinking for many decades. ...
Torree Pederson: Kudos to Pierce City schools for forward thinking (03/07/15)
Dear Editor: As a 1996 Pierce City High School graduate, I would like to say kudos to Superintendent Russ Moreland and the Pierce City School Board for their innovative decision to change the status quo. Society, technology and business has changed dramatically, even since I graduated nearly 20 years ago. ...
Russ Moreland: Monett Times columnist's claims insulting, unfounded (02/28/15)
As a public school superintendent, I realize that with the job comes public scrutiny and criticism for decisions that are made regarding the school district. Although I don't particularly enjoy this part of the job, I accept it for what it is and try to keep moving forward...
Murray Bishoff: The magic of Roaring River (02/28/15)
Tomorrow morning, it starts again. Trout season at Roaring River State Park is like the convening of church. There is a cordiality combined with the excitement of a kid at Christmas, plus a religious awe standing in God's temple. The pre-dawn atmosphere is like nothing else: a combination of shock from the cold with the novelty of the place and the hour, the thrill of the hunt and participation in a decades-old tradition. ...
Murray Bishoff: 4-day school and the abyss (02/21/15)
Government leaders who make bold decisions often receive praise in this space for bravely advancing new and different ideas. At the same time, extraordinary actions that don't measure up also deserve scrutiny. That brings us to the Pierce City School Board's decision to go to a four-day school week...
Murray Bishoff: Making it old and new to preserve the future (02/14/15)
John Kleiboeker, at Arvest Bank, recently discussed attending an agriculture conference where the speaker asked if the farmers still grew the same corn they used in the 1970s. No hands went up. Then, he asked how many of them still had the same grass in their pastures that they had 40 years ago, and why...
Murray Bishoff: It's winter, or so the calendar says (02/07/15)
It's been two weeks since the robins flew back into the Monett area. On Thursday morning, if you were standing in just the right place, you would have seen a female Monett High School student running between the high school and Scott Tech, without a coat, wearing her gym shorts. To her credit, the young woman was not dawdling in her passage...
Murray Bishoff: Transportation questions in your future (01/31/15)
This week, the Monett City Council got busy and interviewed three engineering firms in search of a consultant for the transportation plan. Council members plan to ask voters in August to replace the sales tax that built the Justice Center. The old tax expires once the building is paid off in April 2016...
Murray Bishoff: The terrorists amongst us (01/24/15)
In 1942, Monett had air raid drills and black-out night drills. These were greeted with a certain degree of skepticism. After all, what enemy would be stupid enough to waste ammunition bombing a totally non-strategic spot on the map like Monett? Yes, it might inspire terror, but there were so many better places for the Axis powers to bomb between Berlin and Toyko that it seemed laughable for local people to worry...
Peter Henderson : Tea Party group invites local participation (01/24/15)
Dear Editor: The South-West Missouri Tea Party started in Shell Knob more than five years ago. The leadership group is made up of five people -- four from Shell Knob and one from Golden. We are all senior citizens, some a little more senior than others. ...
Murray Bishoff: Opportunity knocking for new leaders (01/17/15)
When was the last time you heard a young person -- someone in their 30s, or even their 20s -- get excited about the idea of taking on a leadership role in the community? You can fall back on excuses like everyone is too busy for stuff like that. But is that true, or just an excuse to stay away?...
Murray Bishoff: Attention sorely needed at First and Broadway (01/10/15)
Back in the summer, a committee assembled to look at livable streets in Monett. Participants came up with some startling observations, such as slowing traffic on Broadway below 25 miles per hour, or essentially walking speed. This has obvious benefits for merchants and creating an overall friendly atmosphere, except for agitated motorists trying to get from here to there...
Don Johnson: Commentators defend Freedom of Speech selectively (01/10/15)
Dear Editor, Since the tragic events in Paris, I have heard several commentators extol the victims as martyrs of free speech. And they are. No matter how obnoxious a person's views are, they have the right to express them. What I don't understand is the same progressive people who laud the staff of Charlie Hebdo are quick to call for the resignation, boycott, or ostracizing of those in the U.S. whose speech or actions do not agree with their own...
Murray Bishoff: Winners and the rehab center's future (01/03/15)
It took courage this week for the Mt. Vernon City Council to wrap up a deal to take over the venerable Missouri Rehabilitation Center and make a lease with the Veterans Administration to keep the Gene Taylor Veterans Clinic in town. It may have been more a matter of blind hope or a lack of options. It still took guts...
Murray Bishoff: Are clouds on the horizon for 2015? (12/27/14)
You know what they say about the weather in southwest Missouri. Just because the crystal ball for 2015 sees storm clouds on the horizon doesn't mean the storm will arrive or last for long. It just seems like sunny weather has lasted a long time and a change has to come...
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