The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 6, 2013

Our View: Joplin’s capital

The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — “Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”

— Thomas Jefferson

Third president of the United States


It seems fitting that Joplin’s first city rebuilding project in the tornado-scarred area will be a new library.

If you, like us, agree with Jefferson that a library book is  capital, then it appears a new library is a wise way to invest in this community.

The Joplin City Council’s approval Monday of a resolution to move forward with the first of $806 million in tornado redevelopment projects and an agreement to provide a new $25 million building for the Joplin Public Library on 20th Street sets the stage for a new blueprint for the town.

As the two-year anniversary of the May 2011 tornado draws close, it’s important that this town make commitments to its future. Even as homeowners are reinvesting, so must the city.

The library proposal was well-explained, and residents were given ample opportunities to weigh in with comments and concerns.

This new library will be different from others of Joplin’s past. Since a commercial movie-theater will be part of the project, it’s bound to be different.

We look forward to the project and await public discussion on what will come next.