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November 17, 2012

Posted Friday, November 23, 2012, at 10:07 AM

The federal election is over, and we have retained most of the incumbents. Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and we are in the midst of the Missouri Firearms Deer Season. Thanksgiving Day and deer season are signs of a return to normalcy in the body politic. The vast majority of us accept the results of the election and get on with our lives with only our usual American grumbling about government. I have noticed something a little unusual this year. There is talk from a very tiny fringe about secession, as in secession from the United States of America. I thought that issue was settled with the deaths of more than 600,000 Americans in the years 1861-1865. I suppose that the present day secessionists could make a trip to Lexington, Virginia and dig up Robert E. Lee and his horse Traveler from their respective tombs on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Our modern secessionists might be shocked at "Marse Lee's" opinion of their antics.

Your local government meets on Monday evening the 19th at 7:00 P.M. at your city hall. I don't believe that secession from the City of Malden will be a topic. It's not on the published agenda, but amending the budget to purchase a snow plow is. The thought that Malden may need a snow plow this winter should give everyone a shiver. Arguably, Spoonerville could go its separate way, but they joined with Malden peaceably some years ago, and there is no mechanism for sending them on their separate way. If the hand of local government doesn't please you, the remedy is just the same as at the federal level; you can vote the rascals out.

The filing period for candidates in the next Malden local election opens on December 11th. The office of mayor will be on the ballot, four of your city council positions will be available, the municipal judge position, the city collector, and the Chief of Police. The election is in April, 2013. You may file for these positions at the Malden City Hall until, I believe, January 16th 2013.

The financial report is as follows:

November 9, 2012

Balance $1,256,286.19

Revenues $67,184.32

Expenses $0.00 (HOORAY!)

November 16, 3023

Balance $1,323,470.51

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