The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 25, 2013

Your View: Wake-up call

By Bob Steere
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — “My goodness gracious” was the saying used by our neighbor lady back in the 1940s when she was showing her surprise or disbelief.

That same saying sputtered out of my mouth when I read Marsha Miller’s article (March 18) about Joplin citizens’ impending cost for leasing approximately seven acres for a new library.

Wow! Assuming Ms. Miller’s findings to be accurate, it is unfathomably difficult to understand why our city council would approve such an expenditure, regardless of the source of funding. Leasing 6.6 acres for $13,916 per month for 99 years, gulp, totals out to be $16,532,208. Oh my!

Admittedly, I know little about the agreement with Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners, but it appears to this old boy that our elected representatives and city manager have given David Wallace the right to decide Joplin’s future, plus a book of signed blank checks. We Joplin folks do hope this is not the case.

I find myself feeling like the youngster who tugged on the coat sleeve of his baseball hero, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, and asked, “It ain’t true, is it, Joe?” (Some fans believe the quote was “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”)

Ms. Miller, thank you for waking us up.

Bob Steere

Joplin