In a letter in Friday's edition, Burlingame offers the following thoughts:
I am a conservative independent and a resident of Joplin, Mo.
I thought the tone of part of your May 30 article “Obama tours ‘devastating’ wreckage in Mo.,” describing President Obama’s visit, was off the mark. I attended the memorial service and saw the turnout all over town welcoming the president with American flags and positive signs everywhere. I rose along with everyone in attendance when the president entered the auditorium and later spoke. He represented the American people in person and words — apolitical words of values and support.
.No, I don’t agree with many of the president’s policies, but such disagreement has nothing to do with welcoming him and thus welcoming all Americans into our midst in this “overwhelmingly conservative,” as the story stated, but now disaster-stricken area.
The tone of your reporting was far too political in my view and in the eyes of many in Joplin.