The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 20, 2013

Your View: Ill-informed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The recent flurry of letters questioning the City Council’s vote on Mark Rohr desperately needs to be put into perspective.

Though I no longer live in Joplin, I was raised there and have known Councilman Benjamin Rosenberg for half a century. Hands down, I can think of no finer example of a civic-minded, good-hearted individual, someone moved entirely by altruism and public spirit. The time and effort he has committed to Joplin, not only to the council but to the school board and a variety of local organizations, make him a person worth emulating, not disparaging.

There is no question, of course, that those who have voiced their opinion about the vote had every right to do so. But when their comments verge on character assassination, enough is enough. That is why I felt obliged to respond when I encountered words like “sneaky” and “underhanded” in Anson Burlingame’s bumptious rant (Globe, Aug. 13).

These qualities are the antithesis of the Benjamin Rosenberg I know. And if he is recalled from office, I sincerely hope that the few now clamoring for it are willing to step forward and take his place. That is not likely to happen, however, because doing so would require far more time than it takes to tap out ill-informed vitriol on one’s laptop.

Michael McKenna

Charlottesville, Va.

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