Issue There needs to be discussion in the community.   


Our view Residents shouldn’t be afraid to speak up.


Issue There needs to be discussion in the community.   

Our view Residents shouldn’t be afraid to speak up.

Osage Beach
Residents and business owners in Osage Beach will have the opportunity to speak out about an often-controversial subject — banning smoking in public places — at a public forum May 12.
The city of Osage Beach is hosting the open meeting to gauge the public’s mindset about a topic that has generated considerable discussion not only at water coolers but also in the halls of the legislature. Several communities in Missouri including Springfield, Columbia, Jeff City and St. Louis have implemented various types of smoking ban ordinances. The city of Osage Beach has decided to test the waters here.
City Administrator Nancy Viselli said the city does not have any specific details in mind, but will probably use ordinances from other communities as a guide if the decision is made to proceed.
We encourage business owners and residents to share their opinions. The city wants to hear what you have to say, and will make a decision based on the feedback it receives at the forum. As the saying goes, speak now or forever hold your peace.
We are confident there will be some heated debate over the issue that, in other places, has polarized segments of the community into two groups — those who believe it is their right to smoke in public places against those who believe it is an annoyance and infringement of their personal liberty to share restaurants, bars and other places with smokers and the danger posed by secondhand smoke.

Sunrise Beach
We have heard from more than a few lake area residents this week since publishing a story about one man's experience with the Sunrise Beach Police Department. After listening to them, we have come to the conclusion that it may be time for the police chief and Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees to take a serious look at the perception that seems to be pervasive in the community. We know that there are always going to be some who disagree with the police no matter what.
On the other hand, there seems to be a common theme to the stories. That's what concerns us.
Running a police department is a thankless job, even one as small as Sunrise Beach were the chief and one full-time officer handle the majority of the law enforcement responsibilities with two part-time officers to help.
For many locals and visitors who never set foot in the village hall, it is the officers who are out on the roads, meeting people and serving as public ambassadors of Sunrise Beach.
We would hate to the image of the small community tarnished needlessly.