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    Default The Globe Won (Round One at Least)

    The Globe Won (Round One at Least)

    by Anson Burlingame



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    Judge David Mouton said today in court that he would rule as the Globe request to approve a writ of Mandamus ordering the City of Joplin to release the entirety of the Loraine Investigation Report. Good news for those demanding transparency in government and bad news for people that want their privacy protected all the time, not matter what they say and against whom.

    In this case, I am one of the former, where transparency of events taking place within government is more important than protecting the rights of privacy for those advocating against certain people within government. Good work Globe to uphold that principle of demanding transparency in government.

    In the hearing the judge asked the attorney representing the City if his argument that anytime derogatory information of any sort was offered to government decision-makers about the actions of individuals should such information, testimony, statements officially made, should be withheld from the public view. The attorney said yes, as such is a matter of personnel records or performance.

    I leave to any sane reader to develop an example of how such a view, any and all statements about the performance of people in government, would be ridiculous, in the extreme. What if, for example, someone accused a policeman of being a pedophile? Should the accusation be withheld from public scrutiny? More important, what if the accusation was untrue? Should the accuser be held accountable for making such a statement for whatever reason? I don’t think so.

    There was more to the Globe position, argued quite well in my view by the attorney on behalf of the Globe and lamely countered by the attorney for the City. But all the details I am sure, or hope at least, will be reported by the Globe, thoroughly and soon.

    As to when the full report including all attachments will be released, who knows? This is only round one and appeals, etc. can further delay the legal process as I am sure some running for office on council certainly hope will happen.

    Wonder if their views on that decision by the judge will be asked tonight at the forum for all council candidates?


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    Our View: Donít delay disclosure

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    April 2, 2014


    Joplin City Council incumbents and newcomers alike were in accord Monday night at a candidate forum when asked about turmoil within the council and City Hall and its effect on the growth of Joplin.

    Virtually all of the candidates answered that they wanted to move Joplin forward, although most said they knew there were issues that had to be faced.

    The Joplin City Council could help the healing when it votes on whether to appeal a circuit courtís order to turn over documents from a taxpayer-funded investigation that so far have been kept secret from the public.

    Jasper County Judge David Mouton on Monday said he would issue a writ sought by The Joplin Globe and its parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., ordering public disclosure of a report the city has withheld regarding the former City Manager Mark Rohr along with its exhibits and testimony.

    The judge was direct when he said: ďI am not convinced that the records requested (by the Globe) fall within any exception under the Sunshine Law. And itís not just the case law. The Sunshine Law says itself that the exceptions are to be narrowly construed, and I donít find that these records fall within any exception.Ē

    If the council votes to appeal the judgeís decision, it kicks the turmoil on down the road, but it certainly doesnít clear the air or provide transparency.

    If council members are serious about wanting to get back on track, then they need to rip the cover off the festering wound and apply some much needed sunshine.

    Listen to the law, listen to the public. Release the documents.


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    Default Joplin City Council decides to make probe records public

    Joplin City Council decides to make probe records public

    By Debby Woodin
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    April 3, 2014



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    JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin residents are to find out today what is in the City Council investigation report that city administrators withheld from public view as a personnel record.

    The City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Circuit Judge David Mouton’s ruling ordering the city to disclose the pages of an investigation report regarding former City Manager Mark Rohr along with exhibits and witness testimony of the controversial probe.

    City Attorney Brian Head said that as a result, the documents will be made public today.

    Councilman Mike Woolston made the motion to not pursue an appeal and to disclose the records pursuant to a court order obtained by The Joplin Globe.

    Councilman Jack Golden seconded the motion. Those who voted in favor were Woolston, Golden, Morris Glaze, Gary Shaw, Mike Seibert and Bill Scearce. Those who voted against it were Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, Trisha Raney and Benjamin Rosenberg.

    Both the mayor and Raney said after the meeting that their reasons for voting against it were that they believed that city employees who testified in the probe should be protected.

    At issue primarily were nine pages of an investigation report from a private investigator hired by the council to look into ethical questions about Scearce and Woolston. The investigator’s scrutiny expanded to Rohr and ultimately resulted in his firing as city manager on Feb. 4. Most of the report was disclosed, but the city kept nine pages dealing with Rohr under wraps, contending that they were personnel records. The Globe filed suit, contending that those pages and all records of the investigation should be made public. Mouton on Monday ruled just that.

    The council’s decision came after a two-hour meeting, with the first hour involving a public debate over whether to go into closed session.

    The meeting opened with the reading of the call to go into closed session. Glaze asked why it was necessary to go into closed session.

    Head said of the reasons, “You’re talking about legal strategy, and you’re discussing the merits of a case that could potentially go to the Court of Appeals.” He said the council would hear from all three of its attorneys — Head, assistant city attorney Peter Edwards and outside counsel Karl Blanchard — who would advise the members as to what could happen if they went forward with the appeal and ramifications if they did not.

    Scearce read a statement in which he said that despite his belief that the judge’s ruling is wrong, he would not vote to go into closed session and he would vote to release the records.

    “I fear that by going into closed session, it will appear we having something to hide,” he said.

    Glaze asked what would happen if the vote went in favor of holding an open session.

    Head said: “It does serious damage to communication between your lawyers and this council. It puts the city at tremendous risk. It places the city treasury at risk.”

    “By potential lawsuits?” Glaze asked. “Certainly,” responded Head.

    The mayor outlined a proposal to go into closed session and then disclose any votes taken.

    Blanchard, outside counsel for the city who represented the city in the case brought by the Globe seeking public disclosure of the documents, told the council that “I have this concern as your lawyer. That if you have an open session where you receive advice, you will have waived your attorney-client privilege perhaps and maybe certainly to all legal advice that you have received at any point in time on this issue.”

    Seibert said it was his understanding that it was an all-or-nothing decision: If the council decided not to appeal, the city would have to release the Rohr report and everything else in the investigation. He asked if that was correct, and Head told him that was the case.

    Golden said he did not want to go into closed session. “Every email I had today was asking for this report turned out. Every one,” he said. “And I had a substantial number of them.”

    Woolston made a motion to go into closed session and report any votes taken immediately after the session instead of waiting the 72 hours allowed by law to disclose votes. The motion failed 3-6, with Glaze, Golden, Rosenberg, Scearce, Shaw and the mayor voting against it.

    Shaw said he wanted to do what’s right for Joplin, and that he would prefer to go into closed session to listen to what the attorneys had to say. Shaw made a motion to go into closed session to hear the legal advice and then come back into open session to vote. The motion failed 4-5, with Glaze, Golden, Rosenberg, Scearce and Seibert voting against it.

    Seibert asked again if the judge’s order was to release everything. Head said it was, but that there might be ways to release the report but also appeal.

    Blanchard said the council could release the Rohr report and still preserve the right to appeal by redacting names from it “because I believe this decision is categorically wrong,” and that the report and testimony are personnel records about job performance.

    Golden repeated assertions that the public wants all the documents released.

    After debate about the options, Rosenberg made a motion to release the Rohr report with the names of employees blacked out, and to also release the transcripts of those who are not current employees.

    Head told the council that the investigator had assured employees that their testimony was confidential.

    “If you proceed to give up those, you are ensuring that you will never get an employee to give you truth about what’s going on — there will be a lot of people who don’t see anything — from now on,” Head said. “If you’re worried about corruption in government, if you’re worried about misdeeds, and if you’re worried about violations of policy, if you release these employees’ records you’re guaranteed that for a generation you will not get them.”

    Head told the council that he could see there being potential lawsuits from employees if the records are released.

    Shaw wanted to know more about the employees’ rights. Raney said it was not in the best interests of residents to open the city to the possibility of lawsuits.

    After more discussion, the council voted 6-3 to go into closed session on a motion by Woolston to discuss the legal issues and then return to open session to vote. Raney seconded. Those who voted in favor were Woolston, Raney, Seibert, Shaw, Colbert-Kean and Rosenberg.

    Meeting duration

    THE JOPLIN COUNCIL met from 5:15 to 7:20 p.m. Thursday.


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    Default Globe wins city document fight, deliberately hid documents that made Mark Rohr look bad

    Globe wins city document fight, deliberately hid documents that made Mark Rohr look bad


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    When former Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr stood before the Joplin City Council recently, ripped the council members who fired him for their corruption, indicated that God would pay them back in the next life for voting against him, and decried the "good old boys" who were running the city government, the Joplin Globe knew this was not the first time he had publicly made such accusations against those who dared to stand against him.

    The Globe had the information, but for some reason chose never to share it with its readers.

    During the entire time the Joplin Globe has been fighting a successful battle to force the city to release documents related to Osage Beach lawyer Tom Loraine's ethics investigation, the newspaper has been sitting on documents that could have shed light on the problems that have been facing the city the past several months.

    The Turner Report has learned that Globe Editor Carol Stark has possession of documents that show that former City Manager Mark Rohr ran into City Council efforts to fire him at nearly every one of his previous stops, that he was consistently accused of bullying, and that when city council members stood in his way, he defended himself by claiming he was fighting the good fight against the "good old boy network."

    Globe sources indicate that the problem has been that Carol Stark has a tendency to get too close to administrators who make a show of taking her into their confidence, referring specifically to Rohr and Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff. Information that could put any of her favorites into a bad light has a hard time finding its way into the newspaper and when it does, it is generally watered down.

    The Globe had documents showing that Rohr almost immediately began having problems after he became city manager of Punta Gorda, Florida. Minutes of a Punta Gorda council meeting show City Councilman John Errett saying he "could not recall when he has been more convinced that a mistake was made in the selection of a city manager." Errett referred to Rohr as a "draconian, dogmatic dictator."

    Errett and another councilman attempted to have him fired, but withdrew the motion after providing Rohr with some suggestions on ways to improve his personal relations with employees, including controlling his temper.

    A second effort to fire Rohr in Punta Gorda also fell short.

    In a newspaper interview that the Globe also had access to, former Punta Gorda City Councilman Bruce Thompson said, "I think he was one of the worst city managers we ever had. It goes to his style of operation. He doesn't want anyone to tell him what to do. He doesn't like anybody to challenge his authority. I worked in public life all my life. You don't treat employees as harshly and nastily as he did.

    Rohr left Punta Gordon in 1998, telling a newspaper he had found "fraud" and "corruption" in the city. Efforts to get rid of him were "purely political," he said, "because I was taking on the good-old-boy network."

    Newspaper reports from Rohr's time in Newton Falls, Ohio, show that he fought with the mayor and a former city councilman. Rohr charged them with corruption, the same charge he leveled at Joplin council members. Just like in Joplin, Rohr never came through with any evidence that any corruption was taking place. The Globe was aware of the Newton Falls, Ohio, information, information that could have shined a different light on the Mark Rohr controversy, but sat on the information.

    The Newton Falls newspaper said the feud began when the former city councilman was looking into complaints from department heads that they were being mistreated by Rohr. The complaints were similar to ones that were heard in Joplin. The Globe had this information.

    When Rohr left Newton Falls to take another job, he left a divided city, with petitions supporting him circulating around the city, just like in Joplin.

    In the last job Rohr had before coming to Joplin, in Piqua, Ohio, Rohr's first years went smoothly, until people were elected to the City Council with the specific purpose of getting rid of Rohr, who was accused of overspending and mistreating employees.

    The documents that were in the possession of the Joplin Globe and Editor Carol Stark have already been used by the Globe...in 2004 when Andy Ostmeyer, who still works for the newspaper, did a thorough and well-written investigation of the man who was about to become Joplin's city manager.

    At that time, Mark Rohr's background was news.

    That was before he became Carol Stark's friend.

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    Default Rohr manipulated council factions, investigator contends

    Rohr manipulated council factions, investigator contends

    By Debby Woodin
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    April 5, 2014



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    JOPLIN, Mo. — Mark Rohr is center stage in an investigator’s report that describes Rohr as a vindictive manager who could not get along with department heads and pushed his wife around at City Hall.

    City administrators on Friday afternoon released full copies of the report and its supporting documents by special investigator Thomas Loraine, an Osage Beach attorney.

    The investigation assigned by the council was intended to focus on the conduct of Councilmen Bill Scearce and Mike Woolston, and to determine how a note regarding Scearce was removed from Rohr’s desk.

    Rohr on Friday called allegations that he screamed at and shook his wife in City Hall as “pure fiction. That did not happen.”

    Loraine contended that incident, described by Jack Schaller, a former public works employee who resigned after part of the council made a failed bid in August to fire Rohr, lends credibility to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance at the Rohr home. Loraine included an audio copy of the call as well as the testimony of former Police Chief Lane Roberts, who said that no charges were pressed against Rohr because the family recanted the information given in the call. He made no mention in the report of Rohr’s explanations.

    Rohr said Schaller resented him for not promoting Schaller’s wife to direct human resources.

    “It is hard to tell which is more flawed, the Loraine report or the process the city followed” in conducting the investigation, Rohr said.

    Loraine questioned Rohr about the disappearance of the sticky note that had details of Scearce’s former involvement with a convicted bookmaker. Rohr tells Loraine he received information about it from the police chief. Loraine repeatedly asked Rohr to disclose details Rohr did not want to disclose, saying he did not want to violate a law by disclosing investigatory information the chief had given him to protect city interests.

    “I would love to tell you, but I just don’t want to get myself in trouble by doing so,” Rohr told Loraine. Loraine pressed him on the details of the meaning of the words in the sticky note.

    “I’d like to get some professional counsel before I do so. And I’m a little troubled because to me, the issue is how did the note get removed, not what’s in the note,” Rohr said.

    Loraine reads Rohr the assignment from the council for the investigation and said it involved the nature of the note. Rohr disagreed. “I remember the council meeting, it was the nature of the circumstances of the disappearance of the Post-It note,” Rohr told him.

    Loraine told Rohr: “I’m going to tell everybody how that happened at the end of this investigation, but one of the things I need to do is I need to have answers to the questions. If everybody came in here and said what you said, I wouldn’t be able to tell anybody anything.”

    The report pins some of the council’s disharmony on Rohr. “It became evident to this investigator from the testimony fairly quickly that the council was divided into two camps, and that City Manager Rohr manipulated this problem and encouraged the state of division in the council,” the report reads.

    “I didn’t ‘manipulate and encourage’ this divide,” Rohr wrote in an email to the Globe on Friday. “It made my job and my life much more difficult. I did not create it as Mr. (Richard) Russell indicates. It was created by the majority bloc meeting and plotting and implementing the installation of the mayor in early 2012.”

    Loraine’s report says there was a chasm between City Attorney Brian Head and Rohr that impeded city work and fueled the council’s divisive feud, illustrated by the council’s split 5-4 vote to fire Rohr after the Feb. 4 report was disclosed.

    Head had made complaints to the council that he was being excluded from contract talks early on with the Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, the firm that became the city’s contracted master developer after the tornado. Head said Rohr shouted at him for going to the council about the issue during a meeting involving Wallace Bajjali staff. He also said Rohr did not know how to work with the city’s licensed professionals and did not allow them to have much input into the crucial early stages of project planning.

    Replied Rohr: “Mr. Head expressed dissatisfaction early on about his not being involved in nonlegal decisions as apparently he was allowed to participate in by the past city manager.” Rohr said he and other department heads saw Head as “an impediment” who did not get his work done.

    “I constantly received complaints from other department heads about him not doing work they needed. He has a poor work ethic and is constantly off work for a variety of aches and ailments.”

    Head also testified that Rohr accused him of operating a “shadow government” during one of the city’s ice storms. He said Rohr had sent out an email on how city staff should respond to residents in need of help and Head sent out an email saying city employees also had been victims of the storm.

    Former director of public works, David Hertzberg, who was demoted last year as the result of a discovery that uncollected department fees amounted to $150,000, told the investigator that the reason cited for his demotion was missing tires in the city garage and billing problems in the code division. Hertzberg didn’t agree with the way he was demoted, though he thinks a boss should be able to pick his own team. But, he didn’t like his name associated with thievery in the process. Hertzberg said Rohr did not want constructive criticism.

    Rohr said Hertzberg was not well-equipped to be a department manager.

    Councilman Scearce and council candidate Jim West told the investigator that Goodyear lost city business in tires and tire alignments after the tornado because Rohr directed city staff to stop using the business. Rohr said Goodyear would not fix his tires, which were damaged when he was driving after the tornado.

    The investigator concluded that meant that Rohr did not permit competitive bidding for city services.

    “It had to do with the guy not helping us during the tornado,” Rohr said, because he was trying to drive from point to point for meetings related to rescue and recovery when he stopped at Goodyear and asked if his tires could be fixed quickly, but was told he had to wait in line.

    “I asked city staff if we had a contract with anyone else and was assured we did,” Rohr said. “I am quite comfortable with that decision and it had nothing to do with a bid.”

    Staff writer Susan Redden contributed to this report.

    911 report

    Investigator Loraine’s billings showed that he focused on Rohr’s 911 report in the first days of the investigation, though that was not part of the charge given to him by the council to investigate.


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    Default From October 2004 -- The Joplin Globe's investigation of Mark Rohr

    From October 2004 -- The Joplin Globe's investigation of Mark Rohr


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    In a short time, if it has not done so already, the Joplin Globe will post either articles about the release of the full ethics investigation that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr, the complete report itself, or a combination of the two.

    KOAM led its 5 p.m. newscast with the revelation that the report contains testimony from current and former city employees about Rohr's intimidating behavior.

    That should come as no surprise to the Joplin Globe since it reported on Rohr's long history of that kind of behavior in its October 10, 2004, edition, an investigation that took up a large part of page one and nearly all of an inside page. The report, done by the Globe's award-winning reporter Andy Ostmeyer was complete and was thoroughly documented. It could have served as a blueprint for what has happened to Mark Rohr and the City of Joplin.

    As I noted in a post last night, the Globe had all of this information at its disposal, information that would have provided its readers with a better understanding of the events that have had the city in turmoil for the past several months.

    Instead, it sat on the documents.

    I have been perplexed today by the number of comments that the Globe did not sit on the documents because it printed them 10 years ago. That may make sense to those who said it, but it certainly makes no sense to me. Many Joplin residents did not live here in October 2004 and many others did not read that particular investigation. Another commenter noted that the article is available on the Globe's website. That is true, but how was anyone supposed to know enough to be looking for it.

    A reader contacted me about the article and mailed it to me a couple of days ago. As I looked over the articles, I could remember reading them, but as I read them, I was amazed at how accurately they predicted what is going on in Joplin now. Accusations of intimidation and brutality, abuse of city employees, Rohr accusing those who oppose him of being corrupt, but not providing any information to back it up, even the reference to those who oppose him as being part of a "good-old-boy network.

    All of this was pertinent. Whether to include it or not was a decision that was made in the Joplin Globe newsroom. That in itself, is a major part of this ongoing story.

    I await your comments.

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    Default Carol Stark: Something's wrong when public becomes 'opponent'

    Carol Stark: Something's wrong when public becomes 'opponent'

    By Carol Stark
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    April 5, 2014



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    JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the Joplin City Council met Thursday night with their legal counsel to decide if it would appeal a decision by a circuit court judge ordering the full release of an investigator’s report and related transcripts and documents.

    The judgment had come down Monday in The Joplin Globe’s lawsuit seeking records that had been held in secret by the city since a Feb. 4 closed door meeting which resulted in the firing of City Manager Mark Rohr.

    The City Council, on Thursday, was trying to decide whether it should make the decision in an open session or claim the litigation exemption and go behind closed doors to hash out whether it would appeal.

    One of the attorneys in the room told the council he could not be “candid” with them in open session and then looked pointedly at our reporter Debby Woodin, who was there to cover the council’s decision. After all, she worked for the “opponent.”

    I wondered if he, as well as members of the council, had stopped to consider that the “opponent” in this case was not the Globe or Debby but rather the thousands and thousands of people who live in Joplin. They are the taxpayers who foot the salaries of city workers and who got stuck with an $80,000 plus bill for an investigation they had barely seen. They will also pay the bill of the outside counsel the city hired. So when we filed the lawsuit against the City of Joplin, it certainly wasn’t for ourselves but on behalf of the public as a whole.

    The council, in a 6-3 decision, chose not to appeal on Thursday. And I applaud them for making the decision known immediately and then ordering the release of all the documents by the end of the day on Friday.

    That’s why you can go to www.joplinglobe.com and read the full 62 pages of investigator Tom Loraine’s report about the ethics of two council members and a missing sticky note — the original three charges presented to Loraine. And there, you will find transcripts of interviews taken by Loraine.

    On Monday, we will add the documents that Loraine used when he made his recommendations to the council. What you read is exactly what was released by the city. The documents belong to the public — a judge ordered it so — and it is not our place to edit or release them selectively. That’s what we were fighting in the first place.

    The real irony is that in trying to get documents released on behalf of the public, it ends up costing taxpayers.

    It shouldn’t have to be that way.

    Before we hired Joplin attorney Charles Buchanan to represent us in court, we spent a lot of time talking with Jean Maneke, an attorney for Missouri Press Association members. It was during those conversations that we had hoped to avoid the suit.

    Maneke works with a lot of reporters and editors. But she also works very hard trying to interpret Missouri’s open-meetings and open-records laws for government bodies making efforts to interpret the Sunshine Law.

    “Frequently, through informal discussions we are are able to resolve any confusion about the law,” Maneke told me.

    There are plenty of online resources available, and the attorney general’s website has Sunshine Law interpretation.

    But at some point, when a public body digs its heels in, then there’s the courtroom — the place of last resort.

    Many states have created an Office of Public Counsel related to the Sunshine Law. The platform uses a mediator for the public and takes away the prohibitive cost of a lawsuit. Maneke believes it would be a good thing for Missouri.

    I do too, if it would help keep more government meetings open and more public officials concerned about their responsibility to those they serve.

    But I also think the law is very clear. Council members, school board members, county commissioners and other govening boards should consider who they work for and put information into the hands of those they serve. Open-meeting exemptions should be used sparingly and with the broadest of interpretation. And those who create meeting agendas should immediately stop listing what I call “placeholder” closed session notices at the bottom of the agenda.

    Ask your elected officials why they are shutting you out. If they see you as the “opponent,” maybe you need new representation.


    Carol Stark is editor of The Joplin Globe. Address correspondence to her, c/o The Joplin Globe, P.O. Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802 or email cstark@joplinglobe.com.


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    Default Carol Stark lectures about open government, but bars public from school board forum

    Carol Stark lectures about open government, but bars public from school board forum


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    In the second day of its release of documents from the Loraine investigation, the Joplin Globe followed the same pattern it established in the first.

    The Globe printed three articles and a self-congratulatory column by Editor Carol Stark in today's edition.

    One article centered on Loraine's contention that Rohr was crossing the line and usurping power that should belong to the City Council. Another concentrated on the testimony of city council members.

    The third article was a full page devoted to Joplin contractor Charles Kuehn, who refused to answer Loraine's questions, but apparently was happy to sit still for friendlier questions from the Globe. The article seemed designed to give Mike Woolston a boost right before the election, especially since the Globe has yet to bring in the testimony of people interviewed by Loraine who did not make the city councilman out to be squeaky clean.

    It was Carol Stark's preachy column on the opinion page that should leave people grumbling. We absolutely appreciate the fact that the Globe went to court to get these documents opened, even though it doesn't appear they plan to do much with them, other than to steer readers to their website. Perhaps not even that, since many readers have cut the website off since the five-article limit was implemented.

    Mrs. Stark concluded her column by writing, "Ask your elected officials why they are shutting you out. If they see you as the "opponent," maybe you need new representation.

    What a fine, noble message coming from someone who deliberately barred the public from attending the March 24 Joplin R-8 Board of Education candidate forum.

    What is it they say about glass houses?

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