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Dear Editor:

Travis McMullen, this letter is directed to you. I hope you have the guts to print it as I have written, but I strongly doubt that your boss will allow it. My first question is this. Are you related to Doug Kneibert? You know, long lost son, second cousin. Why would I ask such a question? He worked for the paper at one time, blindsided me the same way you have done a few months ago. I was allowed to respond to his attack (he got off my back, as I think you had better). You seem to pat me on the back in one sentence while bringing your foot up to kick me in the ass in the next.

Let me tell you in plain everyday English what I stand for. I am (and always will be) for the underdog. Yes, I fought hard against Sedalia’s smoking ordinance (was able to keep the private clubs — American Legion, Elk’s, Moose, VFW — exempt. Proud of that). Yes, I fought hard against parts of the downtown inspection ordinance. As you know, several of the merchants live about or in the back of those buildings. This is their home, and no one (I mean no one) has the right to enter without special permission. Would you want a city official entering your home? Think about it. My answer is plain and simple — hell no.

I did not run for a seat on the city council to be a “wallflower” as you seem to think I should be. Vocal — yes. Loud — at times. Respectful to my fellow councilmembers and to the general public — yes, but willing to take a stand.

Your remark, “and even if his time on council is short” etc. What do you have in mind — trying out the new code of conduct ordinance on me? Sir, I also voted in favor of that. Think it has merit.

Larry Stevenson

Sedalia City Council Ward 4

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