Murray Bishoff: Repurposing downtown
Last weekend's Repurposed Faire introduced a whole new idea in local festivals and saved Monett from going a year without a festival at the same time. Ann Saunders, chairperson of Monett Main Street's economic restructuring committee, came up with a nifty idea for an event drawing people downtown. ...
Murray Bishoff: Police and race relations
Developments in Ferguson have raised questions about police responses and ethnic relations. Putting those issues on the table, Monett sizes up relatively well. Ferguson has shown that a police department that does not represent the demographics of its community can create antagonism. ...
Hobson: Monett Times editor owes police officers an apology
Dear Editor: As a subscriber to your paper and the mother of two sons who chose law enforcement as their career, in other cities, I was very offended with your cartoon in last Weekend's Aug. 16 paper. It was very disrespectful of you to print that police officers just go to work and shoot innocent people because of the color of their skin. ...
DeLay: Cartoon offends sheriff
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to a cartoon that was published in your paper this past weekend in the Viewpoint section. I am appalled that your paper published a cartoon depicting officers in general as bad. I understand freedom of press regarding what you are doing. However, as a society, we have gone down the toilet bowl by letting things that bother us and offend us just go by the wayside by doing nothing...
Murray Bishoff: Fighting for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center
Once a challenge turns into a political football, the future becomes very questionable indeed. So the closing of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC) in Mt. Vernon has turned into a nightmare from which there may be no return. There's plenty of blame to go around, but at this late date, little of that seems to matter...