Saturday, August 24, 2019

An apology for the crap that runs on the Turner Report, plus this week's most visited Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts

I hesitated before writing the headline to this post, knowing full well there are some out there who think everything that is written on the Turner Report is crap.

There has been some material that I have run on a regular basis that could often be termed as crap, at least by many of you, and I will continue to run that material- after all Jason Smith, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long are elected officials and their columns give us some insight into their thinking and into how the taxpayers' money is being spent.

So their columns and news releases will continue running on the Turner Report.

The same cannot be said for the columns of former State Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, and Ed Martin, the former chief os staff for Gov. Matt Blunt, who is now the head honcho for Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. And I apologize for subjecting you to it, even though I know there were a few of you who agreed with every word they wrote.

Their columns and news releases were always lightning rods because they had strong opinions on things they either clearly knew nothing about (Davis) or clearly knew better but knew the audience they were trying to reach (Martin).

I did not run them because they were thought-provoking, because it is difficult to provoke thought when so little thought went into the writing.

I have received complaints about Martin and Davis, but I had a selfish reason for continuing to run their columns and news releases- a lot of people visited the posts.

I have reached a point, however, where I simply cannot use that reason to justify running material that is so factually challenged, so divisive and often hateful.

So their days on the Turner Report have ended.

If they happen to run for elective office, or are involved in some legitimate news story, I will reconsider, otherwise, you will not see anything from Cynthia Davis or Ed Martin on this blog in the future.

Announcement of my new book

Though the publication of my next book is still a few months away, I will announce the subject of the new bo.ok in a column that will be published both in a local newspaper and on the Turner Report later this week.

The announcement is being made in conjunction with the anniversary of a historic event that is a major part of the book.

More information to come.

Thanks again to all of you who have supported the Turner Report, inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries though reading, commenting, sharing through social media, sending news releases and offering news tips, and of course, by taking subscriptions and making contributions.

Those who would like to make a financial contribution can do so through the PayPal links below or by sending your contributions to Randy Turner, 2306 E. 8th, Apt, A, Joplin MO 64801.

The most visited posts this week on the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries and links to each of them can be found below the PayPal links.

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The Turner Report

1. Trial date set for Joplin doctor on statutory rape, statutory sodomy charges

2. Cherokee County Sheriff arrests Joplin man two days after robbery, kidnapping charges against him dismissed

3. Former VA doctor charged with three counts of manslaughter, misdiagnosed dozens of patients while drinking on duty

4. Webb City man indicted on child pornography charges

5. Joplin man charged with felony auto theft two weeks after being given suspended sentence for felony auto theft

6. Missouri Supreme Court suspends Dee Wampler's license, places him on probation for three years

7. Plea hearing Friday for Joplin man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting female employees in store restrooms

8. Auditor: $124 million in taxpayer money given to corporations just for making timely sales tax payments

9. Deadline set for comments on Empire District Electric rate increase request

10. Jury trial begins Tuesday for Joplin man charged with assault in Watered Gardens stabbing that led to amputation

Inside Joplin

1. Carthage man killed, Carthage woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash on I-49

2. Joplin Police: Juvenile drowns after being swept away by current at 5th Street and Murphy Boulevard

3. Bomb squad headed to Royal Orleans Apartment Complex- Joplin Police ask that you avoid that area.

4. Police: Investigation continues into the death of 87-year-old Joplin woman

5. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests

6. Dead man found during check of home at 310 S. Forest, Joplin, autopsy to be conducted

7. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

8. Joplin Police Department Arrests August 22-23

9. Joplin man injured in crash on I-44 near Sarcoxie

10. Carthage woman injured after being hit by Neosho driver in Newman Road construction zone

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Travis Booth

2. Michael Vincent

3. Darla Robertson

4. Jordan Newman

5. Andy Compton

6. Cindy Cory

7. Rose Ford

8, Craig Hoagland

9. Wes Gilstrap

10. Janice Michael

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