Letter to the Editor

August 10, 2012 

Dear Editor:

According to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Democrat, the alleged nepotism charges of County Clerk Janet Burligame, Democrat, doesn’t warrant her removal from office according to the Missouri Constitution.

So how does he interpret Mo. Constitution’s Article 7, Section 6- Penalty for nepotism.- Any public officer or employee in this state who by virtue of his office or employment names or appoints to public office or employment any relative within the fourth degree, by consanguinity or affinity, shall thereby forfeit his office or employment.

That’s pretty clear! But unbelievably, Koster says a quo warranto cannot remove a public official from her current term of office for conduct during a previous term. But I remember just last year a quo warranto removed Herschel Young, who ran as a Republican, from office for a 1995 charge subjected to a 2007 change when he was elected in a 2010 election. Wow!

But if this is not enough, Burligame can also hire her own employees and pay them extra to do work they were expected to do anyway. Hey, do you think they got an opening for one more over there? I’d like to get paid again for work I already do.

This should be an electorate issue. But once again the Democrats have made it a Democrat issue. Because it appears that there’s two standards for Republicans and Democrats in this county. Republicans are looked at through a microscope and with Democrats they turn the other way. Both Burligame and Koster need to go.

Hypocrites, Scribes, Pharisees!

Chris Neff

Garden City


Dear Editor,

It is very disturbing to hear the attacks made against our current public administrator, Melody Folsom, as well as the total disregard of the individuals she supports. Having worked with these "wards," I can personally attest to their appreciation and support. She goes above and beyond her job description to make sure their needs are being met as well as being a confidant as many have no family support. To say that they feel threatened to support her is a direct attack on their freedoms. If anyone should have a say in who their guardian will be for the next four years, it is most certaintly them.

Crystal Osborn


Dear Editor,

As a Christian, I always want to stand up for what is right. Regarding a recent letter to the editor about Ms. Folsom, I improperly used my husband’s name. I did use our right address and phone number and did not intend to defraud anyone. I stand by what I stated in my original letter regarding Ms. Folsom. The facts are the facts, no matter what name I signed.

Rae Deane Lancaster


Dear Editor,

The City of Harrisonville lost one of their own this week, Steve Rauscher, who was the director of Codes for the City. He not only was my co-worker – he was my friend.

Steve had been with the City for nearly eight years, and in that time span had helped the city accomplish many things through his passion for his work, following directives set by the board of alderman and his overall dedication to help make our community a better place to live.

Steve lost his battle with cancer, and although his time was short, from the time he was diagnosed to his passing on Aug. 6, not only did he continue to work and be a viable part of our city ‘family’, he taught us to appreciate each and every day, to not take anything for granted and above all, how to die with dignity. Those lessons and many others we learned from Steve, along with so many good memories that will be with us forever. We thank him for that. He will be missed, but he will not be forgotten.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

Dee Shelton


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