Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good week. Things continue to go well at city hall and at work.

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good week. Things continue to go well at city hall and at work.
My wife received a good report at M.D. Anderson last week. All indications are that the brain surgery accomplished its goal. The tumor is gone and things are functioning as expected. Thanks again for your prayers.
This week’s Iowa caucus certainly was a nail biter. In the days leading up to the caucuses and more so since, it appears once again that some things got said that, in hindsight, may have been a slight misrepresentation of the truth.
While I’m no professional politician, I’ve learned a lot about misinformation and politics. People will say things for no other purpose than to hurt another candidate.
As I’ve written before, the misinformation game is real. More often than not, the information source purposely will mold the message to fit an agenda or a purpose.
Combine that with the person being a “respectable” member of the community and poof – the misinformation gets legs and becomes the “fact.” People make decisions and form judgments based on false facts. It repeats and the spiral continues.
Luckily for those at the national level, there are news channels that take some time to filter out the mud and debris and dig down to the truth. At the state level, that filter is less effective. At the local level, I think time and resources (and maybe interest) simply aren’t there.
Despite my efforts early on, I’ve also learned that fighting misinformation is a never-ending battle that, over time, can consume you. I had given up long ago trying to correct every misquote in the newspaper or every misrepresented fact on the street.
However, when you tell someone personally how the facts are and that same person later goes on to continue to misinform, it’s very frustrating. Knowing an election is coming (and thank goodness I’m not in it this year), my antennas raise a bit to listen for those comments.
Yesterday, I heard the broken record of how the city council (and myself) are adamantly opposed to the proposed intermodal/rail development that’s been discussed on and off for several years. My only thought was “here we go again.”
It’s unfortunate at any level of politics that people work so hard to say things that misinform. Imagine if the same effort was put toward solving a problem or making a community better.
I have tremendous respect for those who can stand by their principles and state their position regardless of how popular or unpopular it is. If that sometimes means you fail or make a decision that is wrong, so be it. At least you stand for something.
For those that simply wish to complain or blame others, I simply don’t understand.
Until next time, stay the course, keep the faith, and may God continue to bless Neosho.

The opinions in this column are those of Mayor Richard Davidson and not necessarily of Neosho City Council. Davidson is a weekly columnist for the Daily News and is in his third term on council.