For those who have sampled frequent Joplin Globe guest columnist Anson Burlingame's blog, one thing you will quickly notice is that his responses to comments are just as long, and sometimes longer, than his posts, which are also quite lengthy.
Today, in one of those responses, Burlingame, who is a confidant of C. J. Huff, Mark Rohr, David Wallace, and others he considers to be above reproach. once again lashed out at me, the Gang of Five from the Joplin City Council, and anyone else who does not worship at the altar of those who have been deemed heroes of the Joplin Tornado, or who have pushed the master development of the city:
Thus, today in Joplin, political stalemate is all around us. The only way out of it is good, great leadership. And we fired the best city leader I have ever seen in living around the country for decades, Mark Rohr, simply because he was a “bully” for Christ’s sake!!!
As well Turner and his supporters want to do the same thing to another great leader, C J Huff who literally brought about five different schools out of the ashes in three years, got public approval to raise taxes, etc. Absolutely crazy thinking in my view to rid our city of good leaders, honest men and hard workers. And yes, I put David Wallace in that camp as well. I have met the man, talked at length with him, challenged him strongly and always gotten solid answers, answers that make sense to me, right back from him. I have also done the same things with Dr. Huff, thanks to his willingness to even speak with me, an old rabble rouser of sorts with strong views on education.
At the national and international level there is no way I can go one-on-one with leaders or want-a-be leaders. I have to rely on the internet, the media and other sources to form my views. But locally, well sit down with the likes of Bill Scearce, listen to him for over three hours and then decided, him or David Wallace or Mark Rohr. The choice to me was very simple after doing exactly that, look men in the eye and deciding for myself just what kind of men they might be.
As well I have been doing exactly that with Carol Stark, C J Huff, etc. for several years. They come out so far ahead of Randy Turner, in my view, that there simply is no contest.
And thus I write my opinions on such things, about local matters. Leadership is what counts to me Ben and when I look someone in the eye I can form my own judgments about their ability to lead. You can read all about that opinion, anytime you like, right here in this blog, the goal of which is clearly stated, “to find solutions to vexing problems…..”.
One last shot. I hate writers that simply cherry pick the information now available online. There is enough out there, now, to make Christ himself look like the devil!!. Linking a whole bunch of “stuff”, “reporting” things found online with a decided slant intended well before ever looking online for the “truth”, etc. is just more politics of the sort that I don’t like.