JOPLIN, Mo. —
Dear City Council Members,
Let me first thank you for your service to our community. Regardless of whether we agree on all the issues, you are to be commended for your willingness to serve the people of Joplin. There is no doubt you have had to make sacrifices on our behalf. Thank you.
Thanks to the “forward thinking” of our community leaders, Joplin was prepared to respond to the disaster of May 22, 2011, in a way that set us apart from all other disasters.
Our leadership and our sense of community have been well-documented and heralded over the past two years. However, it appears that there is a departure from that feeling of cooperation and working for the “community good” within the ranks of the City Council.
I concur with the issues raised in the Globe editorial of June 2, 2013. It now seems that our leaders are caught up in “turf wars” rather than addressing issues on a case-by-case basis. Our council, it appears, has adopted the mentality of our national legislature by first asking to which side of the aisle do you belong?
The citizens of Joplin deserve better.
I am very proud to be a citizen of Joplin and prouder still of the way we have shown the world that Mayor Mike Woolston was right when he said, “no F-5 tornado is going to kick our ass.”
There is still much to be done to ensure Joplin’s recovery is full and complete. We can continue to raise the bar and serve as an example to other communities touched by disasters, but this cannot happen with a divided council. It is time to set aside personal agendas and differences.
There remain many issues ahead of us in our recovery — a recovery that is still in its infancy. The citizens of Joplin need your leadership. Perhaps the recycling issue before us now is an opportunity for you to collectively move our community forward in a direction that will benefit future generations. I would encourage the council to enact recycling and avoid placing it on the ballot. Both the Young Professionals Network survey and feedback collected by the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team reflect overwhelming support for this initiative.
Our city’s remarkable ability to respond to the tornado was no accident. It was a result of bold and insightful leadership. Now, as the rawness of the disaster of May 22 is thankfully beginning to wane, our leaders cannot afford to wane but must stay the course for a strong recovery. The citizens of Joplin are counting on you, our city council, for that continued bold and insightful thinking.
Editor’s note: The following letter was written and sent to members of the Joplin City Council. The author has edited it for use in The Joplin Globe.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Dear City Council Members,
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.
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.
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.”
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?
Your View: Power to defend
The Globe’s editorial ‘More guns not the answer’ (July 15) was saturated with classic progressive blather.
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.
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.
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.
Our View: Welcome additions
After Joplin voters failed to pass a curbside recycling proposal in the spring, the City Council said it would study alternate ways to make recycling easier for residents.
Your Letters: Be careful what you wish for on Amendment 1
The proposed Amendment 1 should have been called “Freedom to Farm Without Any Restrictions Whatsoever” because that is what it is. Do you really want a feedlot opening next door to you in Joplin? Or a hog-raising operation on your block in Carthage?
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