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January 29, 2012

Posted Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 12:02 PM

This may be the winter without winter weather. The sun is shining and jonquils and tulips are coming up. Seed catalogs are in the mail. It is the end of January and only six weeks until potato planting time. Pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Florida the end of next week.

Three years ago today we were all in the dark. The Great Ice Storm of 2009 was upon us and we were right in the middle of it. The temperature tomorrow is predicted to hit a high of 61 degrees. I think it was in the musical ANNIE that they sang the song TOMORROW. I'll take 61 degrees tomorrow on January 30th.

Our city employees and our people pulled together three years ago and we made it through a serious problem in good shape and with good spirits. Remember the folks who rigged the giant television in the school cafeteria so we could watch the Super Bowl, the ladies who fed hundreds of people every day for over a week in the school cafeteria, don't forget the workers who showed up from all over the USA to help us rebuild our power lines. Last but not least the members of the Missouri National Guard who arrived literally with the American Flag waving and offered their help in any way they could.

Some of that same spirit is being displayed in Malden right now. Our volunteer fire department, employees from the Malden Board of Public Works, people from the Malden Street Department, and others have pitched in to rehabilitate the fire station at the entrance to the Malden Industrial Park. I have driven by and have sometimes stopped to watch (I don't think they trust me with tools) and at times the building and grounds have resembled an ant hill with the workers swarming the job site. I would like to offer my sincere thanks not only for the work that has been accomplished but for the spirit in which it was done.

There is absolutely nothing we can't accomplish as a community if we want to do it. Winston Churchill spoke during World War II about the, "Power of an aroused democracy," and he was referring specifically to the American people. Malden is not fighting a shooting war but we are, like every small town in America, in a fight for our survival. I suggest to everyone that you pick your fight. Clean up the block that you live on, support our school system, volunteer for anything that you believe is important, if there is not a volunteer group for the thing you believe is important, then start one. We have a group trying to improve conditions for the animals in our dog pound. If you want to help with unwanted animals then call Sue Bostic. I'm sure she would appreciate your help. There is an organization called CASA and I don't know what the acronym stands for but they are seeking volunteers from all over Dunklin County to serve as mentors for children. Join the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the Lions Club or any organization you like. All I ask is that you get in the game. If you don't think you will be welcome, I wouldn't worry about it. I can paraphrase another quote from an early suffragist, "Well behaved people rarely make history."

The financial report is as follows:

January 20, 2012 Balance $1,258,180,26
Revenues $16,267.97
Expenses $47,716.60
January 27, 2012 Balance $1,226,731.63


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