Ep. 9 KRPS Presents Bert Patrick, working towards creating greater understanding in SEKS, Stephanie Garland of the BBB & Fletcher Powell’s weekly film review

Click this link for Ballotopedia.org; the site thoroughly examines the ballot question.

The forum on Wednesday July 13 regarding the amendment of whether abortion should remain legal in Kansas will be live streamed by KOAM TV and posted to their YouTube page at KOAM News Now.

EDIT – Late Friday afternoon 07/08/2022 Jay Byers, Assistant City Manager for the city of Pittsburg announced that the forum would be live streamed and available on-demand through KOAM.

Through the public would NOT be allowed to enter the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center to watch the roundtable in-person due to the possibility of protesting during the discussion both inside and outside of the Pittsburg Police Department.

Edit – Sunday morning 07/10/2022, forum organizer Bert Patrick contacted me saying that he expects the forum to take place at the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center this Wednesday at 7 pm. Though audience members but obey the following guidelines to be able to enter the facility .

1) No signs, placards, T shirts with messages, or any other types of visual messaging will be allowed into the Law Enforcement Center for the Forum.

2) All audience members will be asked to write down their names and a brief description of the clothing they are wearing.

3) Audience members must agree that they will not applaud, cheer, boo or jeer during the forum.  The purpose is to listen to, and hopefully learn from, the panelists’ comments.

4) Our success in having a civil, respectful presentation of different points of view depends on the audience agreeing to and abiding by these guidelines.  Furthermore, the success of this forum will help insure the success of future forums in which other issues that face our city, state and nation will be discussed. Let us seek first to understand, rather than judge another who has an opinion that differs from ours. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Episode 9 complete
Bert Patrick Segment

Primary day is largely just at polling places throughout the U.S. Primary. Though not in Kansas on Tuesday, August 2, when, in addition to voters selecting candidates who will go on to the general election this November, they will also cast a ballot in a special election that will decide whether to overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision.

The vote in Kansas next month has put the state front and center in the debate over abortion rights in the U.S.

Seeking to build greater dialogue and more understanding about what’s at stake on August 2, Pittsburg, KS resident Bert Patrick is spearheading a live, in-person forum on Wednesday, July 13, at the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center at 7 pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by longtime KOAM-TV news anchor Dowe Quick. In addition, Patrick has invited three individuals to speak on behalf of the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ sides of the possible amendment to the Kansas constitution. Patrick says that he hopes this forum will lead to a continuing series of dialogue on local, state, and national topics.

“I began to think about what is missing in our public discourse and decided that what we need to do or try to do is listen to those who may have an opinion that is different from ours.”

Patrick says he has high expectations for the roundtable that will include a format and a timekeeper so that all three members of each panel will have their fair say.

“We’ll begin with some preliminary remarks and guidelines by Dowe Quick. Each participant then will be given a two-minute time frame to introduce themselves and make their opening statement. Then we’ll go to the questions.”

To discuss the so-called “Value Them Both” amendment Patrick has assembled individuals who reside in southeast Kansas who have decisive feelings on the topic of abortion. The six panelists include Jim Fredent, a retired Church of Christ Reverend, Cheryl Mayo, the Director of Pittsburg (K.S.) Mother to Mother Ministry, former mayor of Pittsburg, and current councilperson Dawn McNay, she is also a longtime volunteer with organizations that support families. Also among the participants will be Dr. Michael Nagle, who is a semi-retired surgeon and physician. In addition to Father Jerome Spexrath, a pastor from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg. And Dr. Emily Watlers, a doctor at Freeman Health System in Joplin and adjunct faculty member at Pittsburg State University.

The forum, Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm at the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center located at 201 N. Pine St in Pittsburg, KS is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Garland, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, MO

If you’re in the market to purchase a new home or rent an apartment, it’s very competitive to do so right now. When markets become overly competitive, and people are willing to go outside of their comfort zone to buy or rent a place, scammers step in and look to take advantage of the situation. This month Stephanie Garland of the Better Business Bureau shares the story of a Webb City, MO resident who visited a trust apartment website.

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Screen shot of BBB Scam Tracker report
BBB real life example of fake house rental in Joplin, MO

Stephanie also shared information about a gas gift card scheme and what to watch out for if you’re searching for university or college scholarships this summer.

She also shared the story of a southwest Missouri resident who thought that she had found a job that allowed her to work from home. Though when she received the check, she realized that the opportunity wasn’t what it appeared to be.

July is known for being a patriotic time of the year in the U.S., but what is less well known about the month is that it is also Military Consumer Month. The Better Business Bureau is warning service members and their families to be aware of scams that target those who serve in our Armed Forces.

And, the simple act of saying ‘yes’ can get you into trouble you had no idea you were getting into. Recently, Stephanie’s BBB office in Springfield got an intriguing story about a scam involving a telephone call and the word ‘yes.’

Actual fake check example from a recent bogus job reported to the Springfield, MO BBB

Film review Fletcher Powell has high expectations when he sits down to watch a movie. This week, he reviews You Won’t Be Alone.

Fletcher Powell film review

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