The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 5, 2012

ELECTION LETTERS: Gov. Nixon has helped Joplin

Though I was a confirmed Republican until 2004, I urge all voters of all parties to vote for Jay Nixon, a Democrat, for governor this year.

He is, perhaps, the first governor to even be aware that Joplin is a city located in Missouri, much less an important one. No one else except Warren Hearnes in his promotion of Missouri Southern State University has done a single thing to help our city.

Nixon has placed his job on the line to promote Joplin, repeatedly, since its devastation due to the 2011 tornado.

One of the other top state officials sought to charge him with misappropriation of funds by allowing Joplin an extra share.

Many years ago my grandfather, a Democrat, was elected commissioner in Lawrence County. The Aurora newspaper commented at the time that this was a remarkable feat for anyone anywhere in Southwest Missouri — a rock-ribbed Republican area. I was unaware that this condition prevailed so many years ago.

In fact, I seldom vote in a primary election, considering it a waste of time and effort in a de-facto Republican election, unless there are propositions or amendments to consider. There are usually no names from which to choose, except Republicans.

Once again, I urge those of all political parties to vote for Gov. Jay Nixon for another four years in office. Nixon has been, as no other governor, a promoter of our fair city of Joplin.

Milo A. Harris

Joplin

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