The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 12, 2013

Your View: Giving credit where it’s due

JOPLIN, Mo. — Most of Anson Burlingame’s declarations in his latest column (Globe, July 8) fall into the category of generalized opinions that are consistent with standard left-wing talking points.

However, I do take issue with his lead-in paragraph. Speaking of the July 4 conservative rally in Delaware, Burlingame states: “Support of that rally implied that God had something to do directly with our recovery (from the May 2011 tornado). Frankly, in my opinion, God had nothing to do with it. Instead it was the Spirit of Joplin that helped us all.”

Really, Anson? Joplin received (and continues to receive) help from numerous volunteer groups, the vast majority of which are Christ-centered organizations. Did you not drive through Joplin after the devastation and see the many church buses that transported volunteers to our town?

These folks started showing up from all over the country the day after the tornado, and many of them continue their efforts even today, more than two years after the tragedy that befell our town that Sunday evening.

Local churches from all over the country, as well as other Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, banded together to provide all kinds of assistance that we desperately needed.

Per our Lord’s instructions (Matthew 6:2-4), they did not blow a horn before their arrival nor during the two-plus years that they have remained. They simply saw the need and came. I submit that God did indeed have much to do with our recovery through the selfless contributions of these, his humble servants. If you check, you will find that Oklahoma received the same reaction from the Christian community.

Certainly, I also salute the “Spirit of Joplin” that helped to facilitate our recovery, and I would submit that a very significant contributor to that spirit is the extensive faith-based community that resides here. To say that God had no part in our recovery is turning a blind eye to these volunteers who came to our community by the thousands. You seem to be fond of popular little sayings, so here’s one for you: “Give credit where credit is due.”

Charles McGrew


Text Only
  • Our View.jpg Our View: Lone holdout

    Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won’t allow a prescription drug database to be established.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anson Burlingame, guest columnist: Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years

    Does anyone recall the major economic argument during the 2000 presidential campaign between George Bush and Al Gore?

    July 22, 2014

  • Our View: Vote no on Amendment 1

    Proponents of Amendment 1 — the Right to Farm Act — have not made their case. We’ve met with advocates of this amendment to the Missouri constitution and listened to their arguments, but we don’t believe they have adequately answered the central question: Who is it protecting, and from what?

    July 13, 2014

  • Your View: Amendment 5 is deception of the highest order

    Amendment 5, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, “relating to the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms” provides that “any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

    July 21, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: No time to turn away

    With the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine and fighting that has now escalated to a ground war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it would be easy for most U.S. citizens to throw up their hands and turn their backs.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Power to defend

    The Globe’s editorial ‘More guns not the answer’ (July 15) was saturated with classic progressive blather.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: Thanks for the generosity

    Generally, all we hear about is the bad news, and obviously, there is plenty available. Our church felt this event worthy of public knowledge.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: How to upgrade your business

    Let’s see now. When some folks wish to improve the exterior of their properties and have other taxpayers pay for the improvements, they create a community improvement district.

    July 21, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our view: Street smarts

    If your daily commute has been shortened because you no longer have to wait at 26th Street and Connecticut Avenue for a train to pass, thank your own tax dollars.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Decision fails test

    With the announcement that the State Board of Education has decided not to release individual school test results because of cyberattacks and other problems this spring, educators are scratching their heads, as are taxpayers who footed the bill.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
NDN Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City