Sunday, November 30, 2014
Joplin Globe supports expansion of JHS Performing Arts Center
That is probably at least four days more than it took the Joplin Globe to decide it is fully behind the proposal.
The means for financing the expansion were left a bit iffy- a mixture of grants, donations, and wishful thinking appeared to be the plan, but nevertheless, the Globe, which has also supported every proposal these people have come up with, whether it be in their guise as Connect2Culture, or in their other identities as the Joplin Progress Committee or CART (Citizens Advisory Recovery Team) is 100 percent behind this one, even in its birthing stage.
Considering the lack of progress on the development of the tornado-stricken part of the city, you would think the Globe's Editorial Board might be a bit more cautious in its praise of this proposal- at least to the extent of taking a wait-and-see approach.
Instead, it was two thumbs up.
The headline should have said "Spoiler Alert," instead of "This makes sense."
The editorial begins in this fashion:
There is no doubt that Joplin needs a performing arts center. We need a place where the community could gather to view small Broadway productions, national theatrical touring productions, contemporary and classic rock, jazz, dance troupes, opera, and an entire melting pot of the arts like Joplin has not been able to attract for years.
The Globe Editorial Board continues with its praise for the project, noting most tellingly that it will give a jump start to the development of 20th Street.
The editorial ends with this comment:
Yes, we're still a long way from the final vision, but not that far away from opening the curtains on something we think is the solution to a big cultural void in Joplin. We're excited for the possibilities.
The city would be better served with a solution to the big newspaper void in Joplin, but that would be too much to hope for. These people who have attempted to control the city by commandeering the development of the tornado zone, choosing the "proper' candidates for city council and school board, and have provided us with Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners and its well of endless promises have needed a news source to keep an eye on it.
Instead, the Globe has chosen to wave his pom-pons and cheer every outlandish idea that has come down the pike.
This Connect2Culture plan is lacking in details and seems destined to be just another proposal that the taxpayers will pay for, perhaps not in local taxes, but state and federal. Those grants have to come from somewhere.
I am all in favor of more culture for Joplin.
I am also in favor of keeping an eye on Connect2Culture and the Joplin R-8 Board of Education and making sure that tax money is spent wisely and not thrown away on costly ideas that look great on the resumes , but leave the rest of us paying the bills.