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December 18, 2011

Posted Thursday, December 22, 2011, at 2:56 PM

We will have a city council meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 P.M. It will be the last meeting of this year which proves that my father was absolutely correct when he told me, "After sixty, the years just fly by." 2011 has flown, and I am now in my sixty-seventh year.

A perusal of our agenda for the meeting leads me to think the most interesting topic may be our dog ordinance. A lady is listed as "guest," but she is on the agenda to speak to us as she did at our November meeting. In November she talked passionately about animals in general and dogs in particular. Particularly, the method the City of Malden selects to kill them. There is no humane way to kill anything because the outcome is death. We can select a method that will make some people feel better. Chocolate or Vanilla?gas or lethal injection?

I don't know if it is a coincidence or not but some woman from Jackson, Missouri left a copy of a model ordinance on animal control at city hall last week. Apparently, she thought it would be of use to us in our quandary. I read the "model" ordinance, and it is almost exactly the ordinance that Malden lives by. The accepted method for killing unwanted animals is to use the method approved by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The approved method is currently the gas chamber. I did note with some puzzlement that the model ordinance includes a three dollar a year registration fee for pets. The money is to be used to fund the humane office. A past city council dropped this three dollar fee for animals in the interest of ????

It is the Christmas Season, and I am not Ebenezer Scrooge, at least in my own mind. I would like to say thank you to all who participate in our local government in any way. Thank you to those who show up at our meetings to ask about animal control, utility bills, the fire and police departments, and whatever rubs the public in the wrong or the right way.

A very special Thank You, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my fellow citizens who volunteer themselves and their time to serve on our Board of Public Works, our Airport Board, the Park Board, the Emergency Management Board, the Arts Commission, the Public Housing Authority and all those who just give of themselves. We could not function as a community without you.

For those of you who don't believe we function very well, Harry Truman, a great Missourian, said, "Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship." If you think we are all that bad and don't participate then I suppose we can exchange lumps of coal.

We have some great presents under our community Christmas tree this year. Our Arts Commission gave us a beautiful gift that we received a little early, but, hey, we all like to open one before Christmas. Look at our new bandstand and the wonderful photographs outside our city hall. Thank you to all who worked so hard.

Our BPW has successfully rebuilt our electrical delivery system this year. It is supposed to be completely finished by the end of December. We will go into 2012 all new for the first time in the history of our town. In January, 2009, Godzilla came to town, but I believe, thanks to the BPW and Santa Claus (FEMA), Malden will be ready if he shows up again. Another great gift!

We have a big showy present from USA Drug at the corner of West Main Street and North Douglass Street. It's a big box with lots of pretty lights and the good folks who run it were kind enough to save the big oak tree on the corner. Many thanks for your act of kindness!

The Malden Alumni Association gave us another Homecoming Weekend to savor. It was the largest in attendance ever. A very sincere thank you and our deepest appreciation for all the alumni group does to make Malden, at least once a year, that hometown everyone has, and if you are from here you can come back and be welcomed.

I can hear Allan Black telling me that this is running too long, and it is time to cut and edit. I wish a Merry Christmas to Mr. Black in particular and to all of my fellow citizens a very Happy New Year!

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