The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 28, 2012

Our View: Tough enough

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — “Outstanding response to a catastrophic incident and leadership in fostering resilient and prepared communities.”

That’s why the residents of Joplin and Jane Cage, chairwoman of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, were honored on Thursday with the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, in announcing the award, lauded Cage for creating the “Listening to Joplin” plan. Our community of Joplin was recognized for deciding together to build more resilient schools, develop stronger standards for home construction and to develop shared buildings to use as storm shelters.

Tough stuff for sure. The recognition, of course, comes for Joplin’s response following the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed a third of our town.

But, the time for standing tall continues. In fact, the Joplin City Council today will make a decision that will affect the town for decades. It’s a decision that requires bold leadership and commitment to this town.

In a special meeting at 12:15 p.m., the City Council will consider ordinances that would establish a tax increment financing district and authorize associated tornado recovery projects.

It took the city nearly two months to get to this point. Negotiations and discussion went on until finally the funding plan was approved by all 11 members of the TIF Commission.

Council approval of the TIF district will set in motion recommendations of CART, the organization that brought together all the ideas of the residents of Joplin.

It’s why Cage and Joplin have been recognized with an honor that bears the name of a man who on Sept. 11, 2001, led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s 2,700-person work force located in the South Tower, saving the lives of many of his co-workers.

Is Joplin tough enough to live up to this honor?

Of course it is. But it will take continued forward movement on the part of city leadership.

That’s why we urge the City Council to approve the ordinances that will come before it today.

Text Only
  • Other Views Other Views: Eroding court’s authority

    While Kansans were focused on the twists and turns of school finance this past week, lawmakers made an unnecessary and historic change in how the state’s district courts operate, coercively tying the reforms to badly needed funding.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Travesty

    What a travesty that a terrific young man from Spain is on the verge of deportation even though he has proven his worth in America (Globe, April 13).

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: Astonishing transformation

    The transformation of the Republican Party in the last decade is astonishing.

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: The changing view

    It is heartbreaking to hear the decades old trees (which border on South Pennsylvania in Webb City) cracking and being bulldozed down.

    April 18, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Safe and sound

    Of the 7,500 Joplin and Duenweg homes hit by the 2011 EF-5 tornado, fewer than 20 percent of them had basements.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Funding for state’s roads

    Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Government without apology or explanation

    Americans feel closest to their Uncle Sam at this time of year as he extends his hand for his “fair share” to fund his numerous endeavors.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Step aside

    The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Serious drawbacks

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) lays out clearly and persuasively the serious drawbacks with so-called right-to-work legislation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Free choice

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) regarding right-to-work seems to assume that if workers are given the choice of joining a union, they won’t join.

    April 16, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, following Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine. Do you think we should deploy these troops?

     View Results
NDN Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest