You might think I am referring to the comments on posts concerning the Jayda Kyle murder case, but those I find understandable- in those, the readers are commenting on the murder of a three-year-old child. It is the type of crime that shakes us to our core and commenting on public forums, even when the comments are sometimes cruel and hurtful, provides readers with a partial antidote to the helpless feeling that comes over us when this kind of unimaginable act occurs.
I have seen some who comment that people need to keep their comments to themselves because this is none of their business.
And while I would prefer that the comments be toned down, please do not tell me that the Jayda Kyle murder is not our business. That heinous act, just like the murder of Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey only a few days earlier, are everyone's business. When a child is taken from us in such a senseless fashion it affects all of us.
We wonder what kind of evil exists in our community, we all take a look at our own loved ones and it makes all of us wonder if we ever really know the person who lives next door.
Those comments are understandable.
What I have a hard time understanding are some of the comments that have been made on political stories.
The Eric Greitens charges
There is no witch hunt against our governor.
I am sick of these people to put a partisan spin on every story that comes along.
The Eric Greitens story is not a case of Democrat vs. Republican, it is a case of right versus wrong.
The Greitens sympathizers point to the prosecuting attorney who has filed charges against the governor in St. Louis and she certainly is a Democrat, but let us not forget that the House committee that released the damning report on Greitens behavior and said that his alleged victim was credible, was heavily Republican.
The attorney general who investigated the suspected misuse of Greitens' veterans charity The Mission Continues is a Republican.
The attacks on the woman Greitens allegedly blackmailed are way out of line. House members from both parties found her testimony credible and while Greitens is quick to say everyone is out to get him and is already warning people to watch out for more bad stuff to be revealed by his enemies (not a good sign), he never comes out and says that he would never do such a thing.
Apparently the only mission he wants to continue is to the White House.
Billy Long, Las Vegas and meals
Some of the same people who are backing Greitens and label anything Republican as a beacon of light have been criticizing my coverage of Seventh District Congressman Billy Long's financial campaign reports.
First, a clarification- I have never written that Billy Long is using taxpayer money to go to Vegas or to wolf down these meals. In each post, I clearly state that the people who contribute to his re-election campaign are the ones who are footing the bill.
I write these posts because they give us an insight into how Billy Long is representing us. Since he took office in January 2011, his donors have paid for him to take approximately two dozen trips to Vegas.
There is no indication that any of these trips are for campaign events or for educational purposes, both of which are allowed under federal law. He did hold a Weekend in Vegas campaign event a couple of years back, which was noted in the Turner Report, but the campaign report filed the next quarter did not show any contributions that were made to him during that time period.
Even more importantly, while he has made about two dozen trips to Las Vegas since he took office, he has yet to have even one town hall meeting.
Long did hold one telephone town hall meeting, which consisted or four pre-screened calls, addressed no issues and is an hour of my life I will never be able to get back.
One comment said everyone does this stuff and that I was wasting time writing this.
That is nonsense. Everyone does not do what Billy Long does.
I have looked at the campaign reports for Missouri's other members of Congress. They don't fly off to Vegas for regular junkets and charge it to their contributors. They charge meals, but most of tAhem appear to be for genuine campaign events.
I write about this because it is abnormal, it gives an insight into Billy Long's character and because somebody has to write about it.
Top Posts for This Week
What do these area news stories have in common?
-Jeff Koch leaves the Joplin R-8 Board of Education
-Jarub Baird is sentenced to 12 years in prison
-Attorney General Josh Hawley says there is enough evidence to charge Eric Greitens with felony computer tampering
These are all Turner Report posts that received thousands of views and in past weeks might have ranked number one, or at least in the top five of the weekly list. This week, none of those posts even made the top 10.
The Top 10 lists for the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries are printed below with links to each of the posts:
The Turner Report
1. In jailhouse letter, accused Jayda Kyle killer says "I've never been a part of anything so wrong and so corrupt"
2. Neosho Superintendent Dan Decker placed on leave, cleans out office
3. Request for speedy trial for accused Jayda Kyle killer withdrawn
4. Contributors foot the bill for Billy Long to take two more trips to Vegas, eat nearly $8,000 in meals
5. Joplin City Councilman after resignation: I am so very sorry I let you down
6. Joplin area Starbucks stores, stores nationwide to close May 29 for racial sensitivity training
7. Greitens indicted on second felony charge, charged with using veterans charity donor list to finance campaign
8. Rebecca Sears appointed acting supeintendent for Neosho R-5 School District
9. Settlement apparently reached in Exploration Station lawsuit
10. Neosho R-5 PR director offers no reason to News-Leader for Decker being placed on leave, but sends information about Goodman project
1. Galena man killed in crash at corner of Murphy Boulevard and Connecticut Avenue
2. Man arrested by Joplin Police says he found cocaine on the ground, which is fortunate because cocaine is his favorite drug
3. After chase, JPD arrests man who claimed to be federal agent, yelled for people to "kill the officers"
4. Joplin man killed in residential fire at 2902 McConnell
5. Jasper County Marriage Licenses April 2-17
6. Detective's work in removing child from potentially abusive situation earns him JPD Officer of the Month honors
7. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
8. Joplin woman arrested for auto theft
9. Joplin Police Department Arrests April 16-18
10. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests
Inside Joplin Obituaries
1. Chance Jewell
2. Kai Williams
3. Ambra Magee
4 Mike Blood
5. Stephen Newcomer
6. Donnie McKeehan
7. Carol Ryan
8. Paul McCoy
9. Tony Greenwood
10. Mike Cole
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