• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • Earlier this week we reported that our City Council seems strangely opposed to putting city council meetings online. City Manager Bagby's comparisons are, well, you just have to watch the video. But here is a recap of reasons for not putting City Council meeting videos online are: 1. Citizens should just pay $15.89/month for City Cable Basic TV package rather than the city pay to upload it to YouTube.com 2. To upload to YouTube would essentially compete and take incentive of people to pay for City Cable 3. This might cause a City Cable rate increase. "A 1% sales tax isn't a significant cost but when you keep adding and adding, at some point Mr. Bach will be asking for

    Jan 29,
  • Late last year, and months after Doug Bagby filed his ridiculous lawsuit against Angela Pearson, Morse, Harwell & Jiles (MHJ) Insurance jumped into the ring and filed another slander suit against Pearson. MHJ Insurance is owned in part by Charles Moffitt. Mr Moffitt sits on the executive board of the same bank as Doug Bagby. In an interview in the St Louis Post Dispatch, Moffitt actually besmirched our fine city by stating he lived in one of the few desireable places to live in town. On Thursday, Councilwoman Angela Pearson's attorney filed a response and counter-claim to the MHJ Insurance's lawsuit. In her response, Pearson claims she is not guilty of the accusations because her statements were true, subject to absolute

    Jan 24,
  • ...let's, instead, conduct a $400 study! 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

    Jan 23,
  • A letter was sent today to the Secretary of States office regarding the Heritage Title Company and their illegal standing: SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER’s OFFICE STATE OF MISSOURI BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION P.O. BOX 778 JEFFERSON CITY, MO RE: HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY, 2008 NORTHWOOD DR, POPLAR BLUFF, MO To whom it may concern, The HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY, which operates out of 2008 Northwood Dr in Poplar Bluff Missouri, is operating without a corporate or limited liability license in the state of Missouri, nor without the proper registration as a fictitious name. According to your online records, the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY was notified on December 11, 2012 that their fictitious name had expired and they could no longer operate under that

    Jan 17,
  • SEMO.net has confirmed that the City Attorney is included in the City's health insurance program. We believe 100% of his personal medical insurance premiums are paid for by our city and 67% of his family coverage are paid for as well. How can that be? He's not a full-time employee. I called nine other Southeast Missouri city halls (Malden, Dexter, Sikeston, Farmington, Fredericktown, Jackson, Ste Genevieve, Kennett, Charleston) and NONE of them pay their attorney's medical insurance premiums. One City Clerk told me emphatically over the phone when I asked about medical insurance for their attorney, "Of course not, he has his own private practice!" Our City Attorney also has his own private practice at Duncan & Pierce Law Offices which is allowed by our

    Jan 16,

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