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March 27, 2011

Posted Friday, April 1, 2011, at 12:39 PM

We had a city council meeting last Monday evening the 21st of March. There was a pretty good crowd for the meeting at least as compared to the usual attendance. We only had one speaker during the period reserved for public comment. A very polished young lady asked for permission from the City of Malden to hold a "right to life" rally. I told her she didn't need permission, and The City of Malden could not stop her rally even if we wanted too.

This is still the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights is still a part of our constitution and has been since 1789. We still have the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the freedom to peacefully assemble, and all those freedoms are guaranteed by the power of the United States Government. Just within the last month the United States Supreme Court ruled as illegal a law which banned those jerks, who call themselves a church, from rallying at the funerals of military personnel killed in combat. The group from Wichita, Kansas is, "in your face," confrontational about their claim that our soldiers die because God hates America. Our constitution says they have a right to say this but that also means if we don't agree with them we have a right to disagree.

The young woman who asked for permission for her rally was perfectly gracious, well spoken, very much a lady, and in no way confrontational. I want to make that plain.

We approved scheduling contracts between the City of Malden and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Jonesboro and Paragould, Arkansas and, also with the United States Government in the form of the Southwest Power Administration. The contracts allow the Malden Board of Public Works to purchase and sell electricity on the "grid" as needed. It's a complex business, and we have a scheduling agent known as Westar to assist us. Electricity is a commodity traded by the minute just like cotton, corn, and soybeans.

We approved a license for a new business in Malden. It will be a restaurant which will also sell liquor by the drink, and you can dance if you want. A far more controversial law for me would be one that required you to dance. Mark Twain said that, "human beings are the only animals that blush, or have need to." Very few of us want to make a spectacle of ourselves. Maybe that's why liquor is involved. Anyway, the whole process of approving a license is academic for the City Of Malden. Our license is only valid if the State of Missouri, in its infinite wisdom, approves a license for the proposed establishment.

The city council approved a clean-up day for the entire community sometime in the near future. The city, in conjunction with the chamber of commerce and Allied Waste Services will pick up any items and dispose of them. Our individual city councilpersons will encourage their constituents to band together and clean up their block or street. If we can get enough people to volunteer their time on some future Saturday just to clean up their block and get the trash to the street or alley I promise you the City of Malden will see it's disposed of. This is our home. Malden is where we live. I believe the vast majority of the people I live with in this town do not want to live in a dirty house. Watch this space or your local access channel for further information about the clean up day.

The financial report is as follows:

March 18, 2011

Balance $1,407,967.55

Revenues $45,024.73

Expenses $73,930.18

March 25, 2011

Balance $1,379,062.10

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