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The Gadfly
The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette, 2004 Archives

This page contains the archives from 2004

For other year postings, see the Archives for
Current Postings - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999

Letters from 2004

Gadfly 272 Published 12/30/2004, looks at some of the top local tax-and-money related stories, especially the county "deficit."

Gadfly 271 Published 12/23/2004, asking just what is meant by the effort to spend $60,000 to "brand" Warrensburg.

Gadfly 270 Published 12/16/2004, advocates the "Fair Tax.".

Gadfly 269 Published 12/9/2004, contrasting Warrensburg with Sedalia on use of the tourism room tax, to Warrensburg's detriment.

Gadfly 268 Published 12/2/2004, talking about the property tax burden and hidden taxes.

Gadfly 267 Published 11/25/2004, questioning the decision of the GWACC&VC to seek to operate the License Bureau in Johnson CoOunty.

Gadfly 266 Published 11/18/2004, advocating an urban deer hunt in Warrensburg.

Gadfly 265 Published 11/12/2004, with messages from the election, for everybody.

Gadfly 264 Published 11/4/2004, on political discourse and demagoguery, especially with respect to the Fair Tax, Social Security and the electoral system.

Gadfly 263 Published 10/28/2004, associating CMSU Homecoming, Halloween, greed, and big-box stores.

Gadfly 262 Published 10/21/2004, comments on editorial rantings against concealed carry.

Gadfly 261 Published 10/14/2004, discussing Amendment 3, ending the gas tax diversion, on the 11/2/ballot.

Gadfly 260 Published 10/7/2004, a rather tongue-in-cheek proposal to turn Trash Day into a festival.

Gadfly 259 Published 9/30/2004, tells a bit about 3rd parties and describes how to vote a 'split ticket'.

Gadfly 258 Published 9/23/2004, talks about historical partisanship of the press in view of the "Rathergate" scandal.

Gadfly 257 Published 9/16/2004, discusses the President's visit to Warrensburg, tax support for AMTRAK and tourism dollars.

Gadfly 256 Published 9/9/2004, my annual lament on the lack of a fall festival in Warrensburg.

Gadfly 255 Published 9/2/2004, comments ont eh poor attendance at the Farm Bureau's candidate forum and the reasons people affiliate with certain parties.

Gadfly 254 Published 8/26/2004, congratulates the Johnson County Board of Services for reducing their tax levy.

Gadfly 253 Published 8/19/2004, reports on the new changes to the Sunshine Law.

Gadfly 252 Published 8/12/2004, discusses local election results and gives advice for the next time the jail comes up.

Gadfly 251 Published 8/5/2004, talks about how the NIMBY ("Not in My Back Yard") attitude affects economic decisions locally.

Gadfly 250 Published 7/29/2004, discusses the growth of bureaucracy as specifically related to the "threat" to Whiteman AFB

Gadfly 249 Published 7/22/2004, comments on the Warrensburg "economic summit" that left out county officials.

Gadfly 248 Published 7/15/2004, discusses ballot issues for the August 3 primary.

Gadfly 247 Published 7/8/2004, reports on tourism efforts in other areas as noted on a recent vacation and wonders why Warrensburg won't use its Old Drum hook

Gadfly 246 Published 7/1/2004, discussing some rumors about the jail and advocating informed voting. See Gadfly 242 and Gadfly 200

Gadfly 245 Published 6/24/2004, the Blind Boone festival and wondering if Warrensburg will ever have a city-wide event.

Gadfly 244 Published 6/17/2004, discusses the situation of downtown Warrensburg and options for the Jackson Appliance property

Gadfly 243 Published 6/3/2004, relating to the "wetland" controversy involving Culp Park and Lowe's.

Gadfly 242 Published for 5/27/2004, discussing the proposed new jail. See also Gadfly 200

Gadfly 241 Published 5/20/2004, a follow-up to my comments published April 29 on tax breaks for developers. See Gadfly 238

Gadfly 240 Published 5/13/2004, on KMOS (CMSU's PBS channel) move to HDTV and the cost to consumers and the taxpayer.

Gadfly 239 Published 5/6/2004, discussing the need for the legislature to pass reforms of the Sunshine Law (SB1020) and eminent domain (HB1085).

Gadfly 238 Published 4/29/2004, questioning the approximately $1/2 million in tax incentives for the Lowe's project in Warrensburg.

Gadfly 237 Published 4/22/2004, in reply to an letter attacking me published in the 4/8/04 Gazette, by Mr. Kim Green, administrative asistant to Sen. Caskey.

Gadfly 236 Published 4/15/2004, identifying some heroes and villains in the fight for concealed carry.

Gadfly 235 Published 4/8/2004, talks about taxes, advocates the "fair tax" and compliments the Library Board on acquiring a new faciltiy without a new tax.

Gadfly 234 Published 4/1/2004, on the April Fools smorgasbord of legislation sponsored by area legislators.

Gadfly 233 Published 3/25/2004, on Linda Eaton's service on the Board of Services

Gadfly 232 Published 3/18/2004, discussing the City's sudden decision to collect room tax on tax exempt motel guests and pointing out that no proof of effectiveness is required of the Chamber.

Gadfly 231 Published 3/11/2004, regarding the resignation of the Main Street Director and the need for Main Street to get some focus before hiring someone else.

Gadfly 230 Published 3/4/2004, comments on the upcoming municpal elections and offers some advice for those appointed or elected to boards.

Gadfly 229 Published 2/26/2004, on the latest Blue Book, with state employee numbers.

Gadfly 228 Published 2/19/2004, recommending people file for office, especially precinct committeeman.

Gadfly 227 Published 2/12/2004, advocating reforms in the Missouri Sunshine Law to make it stiffer.

Gadfly 226 Published 2/5/2004, regarding the lack of administrator cuts in the Warrensburg R-VI school board's retrenchment plans.

Gadfly 225 Published 1/29/2004, on the bills to rename Southwest Missouri State to MSU and suggesting some tongue-in-cheek names for CMSU.

Gadfly 224 Published 1/22/2004, on Warrensburg's omission from a Midwest Traveler article on cities with murals, in relation to the tourism room tax.

Gadfly 223 Submitted for 1/15/2004, on the road tax renewal issue on the February ballot

Gadfly 222 Published 1/8/2004, on the February Presidential Preference Primary ballot.

Gadfly 221 Published 1/1/2004, regarding a proposal to allow archers to hunt deer within the Warrensburg city limits.

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