One such comment came this week from someone from Neosho who was upset with me because all i do "is write about all of the bad stuff about Neosho. You never write about any of the good things that are happening in our community.
"I am so f---ing tired of you p---ing on our community."
Accusing me of doing that to Neosho reminded me of something that happened almost 40 years ago on a Saturday night on the Neosho Square.
A group of us were on the west side of the square when Scott Harris, who was his late teens at the time, had to go to the bathroom. He and another friend walked down an alley to go behind a store and urinate. A few moments later, the rest of us had cause for concern when a Neosho Police Department cruiser pulled off the square and drove down the same alleyway.
A few moments later, the other friend emerged from the alley, but not Scott. We asked him what happened.
Apparently, the friend had already finished what he was doing, but Scott was caught right in the middle of relieving himself behind the store building.
The friend said the police asked Scott where he was from. Scott replied, "Stark City."
The policeman asked, "Do they teach you to do that in Stark City?"
"No, we always try to hold it until we get to Neosho."
How he kept from being arrested I will never know.
Back to the present, the commenter's complaint is one I have heard hundreds of times over the years, all through my times as a newspaper reporter and editor through the 14 years of the Turner Report.
Why do you only write about the bad things and never the good things.
While that characterization is not totally true, there is enough truth to it that I felt I should write about it.
For the most part, I do the investigative reports and the digging into crime and court cases because if I don't do it, it may not get done.
With the notable exception of Jordan Aubey at KOAM, the traditional kind of investigative reporting is just not done any more. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes a willingness to keep going even when you are threatened (and occasionally punched).
Investigative reporting is something I have been doing for the past four decades, so I have heard the complaint more than a few times.
I can understand the complaint. We all would rather hear good things about how our taxpayer money is being used.
When it is not the case and I have sources and documents that confirm that, I am going to run with it and let the other area media deal with whatever stories are coming down the PR pipeline.
This week, Neosho posts make up four of the top 10 Turner Report posts, but the top post once again, as it has usually been since the beginning of December, is connected to the murder of three-year-old Jayda Kyle of Carl Junction.
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The Turner Report
1. Gag order expected in Jalen Vaden murder case
2. Neosho mayor attacks liberals, modern culture and people who would ban AR-15, but not Girl Scout cookies and pitchforks
3. Carver Elementary principal's adminsitrative leave, removal of Finance Department illustrate toxic atmosphere at Neosho R-5
4. Extra police at Carthage High School after shooter threat
5. Neosho mayor: Overwhelming majority of southwest Missourians favor AR-15 rifle
6. Neosho R-5 responds to national attention on AR-15 story by blaming the fake news media
7. Jasper R-5 Schools on lockdown after threat
8. Federal grand jury indicts Joplin man who allegedly offered underage boys $200 apiece to let him video them masturbating
9. My thoughts on guns and those who fight for the right to own AR-15s
10. Greitens: Reckless liberal prosecutor is using her office to score political points
1. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
2. Jasper County Marriage Licenses
3. Citizen phone call leads JPD to recovery of stolen vehicle, confiscation of meth and woman with marijuana in her bra
4. Heavy rainfall expected for Joplin area
5. Joplin Police Department Arrests February 20-21
6. Joplin Police arrest man at 117 S. McKinley, meth confiscated
7. Highway Patrol Arrests February 21-22
8. Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
9. Joplin Police Department Arrests February 21-22
10. Joplin Police Department Holiday Weekend Arrests
Inside Joplin Obituaries
1. Cheryl Houston
2. Clint Hunt
3. Gene Schwartz
4. Jerry Clemons
5. Sue Carter
6. Judy Combs
7. Barbara Stewart
8. Charles Oplotnik
9. Larry Testerman
10. Ike Logan