At Tuesday night’s (1/22/2014) City Council meeting, Councilwoman Pearson requested that the Council move to post their City Council meeting videos online as well as the council packet which explains to the councilmembers in depth what each agenda item is about. Both of these requests are fulfilling her campaign promise for more transparency in our local government, and both of these requests are very good ideas.
As reported earlier this year, Pearson has been posting City Council meetings under the YouTube handle TransparentLocalGov. The city is requiring her to buy copies of the Council’s meetings on DVD at $30/month so she can upload them.
What followed Pearson’s request was comical from multiple points of view. Most importantly, and as confirmed by the DAR, Bagby actually said it would be “a minimum charge of $20 to $30 to put it on YouTube” (DAR page 2A, 1/23/14). Even though he said it, I just can’t bring myself to think Mr. Bagby is that uninformed; YouTube doesn’t cost any money to post videos. I have to say, though, his quote has been great fodder around the office.
My son, Ben, posted a video of his cover of a One Republic song on YouTube yesterday and my staff laughed “…not many 15-year olds have $30 to burn on a youtube post.” This morning after reading my blog about Local Producer’s Reality TV Series Released Online article, someone cracked about the $90 charge to put those three videos online.
For those who missed it, the Chamber crowned Doug Bagby last week as 2013′s “Citizen of the Year.” But even if Bagby meant $20 to $30 in manpower, it is still laughable. Not only is it a gross exaggeration of the manpower cost to click a couple of buttons the day after a council meeting. The process could be done with a YouTube Live stream at the same time the show is being broadcast on City Cable. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to live stream using YouTube Live recorded by what looks like a 12 year old. Honestly, this would not cost the city any additional funds.
But even if there is a cost, in a sad twist of government spending irony, rather than spending even $30 per month for the manpower, our City decides to conduct a study. What? That study will cost us between $400 and $600 in manpower costs since it will involve the City Attorney’s and City Manager’s time.
You can also scratch your head as you counter the concern for spending $30/month with the fact that the City overspent $250,000 on a single bid for catalytic converters. Honestly, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to because no one would believe me. This is prime grade, government logic:
We can overspend by $250,000 on mufflers
but we can’t spend $30 on transparency.
Honestly, this city opposes technological convenience and advances just slightly less than they turn tail and run from transparency.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE POLITICAL OPINION OF BRIAN BECKER:
Wake up Poplar Bluff, throw these bums out in April. DO NOT VOTE FOR Susan McVey, Robert Smith or Ron Black. They are all part of the system. They all oppose transparency. They use the City’s money to control the citizens. Ron Black is a Bagby-ite just like Smith and McVey. Ron Black sits on the same Good Old Boy Bank Board as “Welfare Dunderheads” Schalk, “No Good Places To Live In PB” Moffitt, “City Engineering Company” Smith and “Citizen of the Year” Bagby. Ron Black has been on council before. Ron Black has been Poplar Bluff mayor before. He’s an insider, don’t give him the chance to prove it-again.
Elect the three who support transparency in our local government to City Council in April:
Jack Rushin, At Large
David Johnson, At Large
Peter Tinsley, Ward 5
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the [...]
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the 14th and 15th) The winner of 2013′s Band Competition, The Puxico Rhythm Steppers, will be the lead band for this year’s parade.
Immediately after the parade in Arena A there will be youth games and chicken catching; while Arena B will host the Queen’s Contest.
Bill Hulvey and the Side Street Band will entertain on the Midway at 7pm and Prof. Farquar and Polecat Annie will perform nightly.
At 6pm Wednesday, Tyler Feller and Kryst Lyke will offer a youth ministry on the Midway.
Thursday will be armband night; the brave may ride all the Midway’s mechanical attractions as often as they like from 5:30 to 10pm for $25. At 6pm in Arena A cattle, hogs and equine judging will take place, followed at 7pm by a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Tractor Rodeo in Arena A and karaoke in Arena B.
New this year at the Stoddard County Fair on the Midway is a state-of-the-art mechanical ride dubbed “The Cliff Hanger.” Daredevils who enjoy this attraction range in ages from nine to ninety. The Cliff Hanger was built by Dartron Industries of Salem, Oregon and is brought to the fair by Tinsley Amusements. Tinsley provides all the carnival features on the Midway.
Friday’s featured Midway entertainer at 7pm will be Rickie Lee Tanner. Simultaneously in Arena A, the Bootheel Tractor Pulls will be followed by karaoke at 8pm in Arena B.
Saturday from 1to 5pm will be armband afternoon; armbands for all rides are $20.
Saturday’s list of events includes at 8am a Buyers Breakfast; at 9am at the Livestock Barns a 4H and FFA Livestock Auction; at 10am on the Midway the Stoddard County Youth Pageant; at 2pm on the Midway the 4-H/FFA Public Speaking Contest; and at 3pm in Arena B will be Youth Games.
At 7pm on Saturday in Arena A will be the Demolition Derby.
Midway entertainers for Saturday 4pm will be Anna Catherine DeHart; at 6pm Maggie Thorn; and at 8pm Neil E. Boyd. Karaoke will be at 8pm in Arena B.
The parade is free. However there is a $2 charge to enter the Stoddard County Fair. For more details see StoddardCountyFair.com.
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1h 46m - Drama Review - 7.1/10 - IMDb 38% - Rotten Tomatoes Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would [...]
1h 46m – Drama
Review – 7.1/10 - IMDb 38% - Rotten Tomatoes
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
Release date: August 22, 2014 (USA)
Director: R. J. Cutler
Adapted from: If I Stay
Story by: Gayle Forman
Music composed by: Heitor Pereira
(Friday) 7:00 pm
Pine HIll Drive-In Theater
2 miles East of Piedmont on Hwy. 34
Written by F. Andrew Leslie (based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) Directed by Amy Pfeffer View info on The Stage Company's Website. September 12, 13, 19, 20, 2014 [...]
Written by F. Andrew Leslie (based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Directed by Amy Pfeffer
View info on The Stage Company’s Website.
September 12, 13, 19, 20, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
September 21, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Perhaps the most famous and popular of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this gripping tale deals with the curse of the Baskerville family – and the fiendish killer-hound which stalks its members. As the action begins Sir Charles Baskerville has died under mysterious circumstances, and his nephew and heir, the young Sir Henry, has been threatened even before his arrival at Baskerville Hall. He enlists the aid of Sherlock Holmes and his trusted colleague Dr. Watson to trap the diabolical killer who stalks Sir Henry and to unravel the fascinating mystery which accounts for his evil actions.
Tickets: $8/adults, $5/children 12 and under
Buy tickets online.
(Friday) 7:30 pm
The Rodgers Theatre
204 North Broadway St, Poplar Bluff, Mo
The Stage Company