- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Committee to start planning process for indoor aquatic center in Cape (6/20/18)1
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Southeast to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm (6/19/18)6
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)1
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- Mother, child reportedly hit by car in Cape Girardeau (6/18/18)
- Neal Boyd blessed us all with his God-given talent (6/19/18)
Jetton's London trip
The public perception of politicians is eroded when they act in ways that look irresponsible to the taxpayers and voters they profess to serve, even if those actions don't violate any laws. Such is the case with a trip to London taken by Rod Jetton of Marble Hill, Mo., who rose to political prominence as speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Jetton, now a lobbyist in Jefferson City, appointed himself while still speaker to the Missouri State Employees Retirement System board, which oversees billions of dollars in investments that generate revenue for the millions of dollars paid out every year in retirement benefits to former state employees.
While it is unusual for a speaker to appoint himself to such a key position, it apparently isn't prohibited. But what sticks in the craw of practical Missourians is the trip to London, which is where some of the MOSERS investment firms are located. Jetton missed most MOSERS board meetings and did not report back to the board the findings of his London visit.
Some might call Jetton's tenure on the MOSERS board -- he no longer is a member -- arrogant or irresponsible. At a minimum, he owes fellow board members and the state's taxpayers an explanation of his MOSERS service -- or lack of it.