(From blogger and frequent Joplin Globe guest columnist Anson Burlingame)
Hopefully Randy will not censure this reply. Simply because my blog is down for now for unknown reasons, I post this comment herein.
First someone that created controversy herein in recent comments (I was accused of being that person, the 10:51 commentor on a previous blog) strikes me as very similar if not the same individual poosing as Pastor "someone" of some crazy, Nazi like "church" that has posted on my own blog infrequently. The style of writing and virulence is the same. He posted recently on my blog and I asked him to stop. Rarely do I censure people but in his case I would if he continued. Now it seems he is dropping bombs herein, at least with the words "piss on both of them". He is a well known jerk, Nazi, racist, etc., etc. to Joplin Police and I filed a police report to them when he threaten me several years ago. Another underbelly of the worst sort if you ask me.
All of you can disagree with me all you like. But the opinions expressed, and they are opinions, not facts in most cases as alleged by Randy, are just, well bad thinking in my view. I refrain from using stronger language or names.
This blog and its anonymous commentors have called Huff and others many names for years now. I would run out of space listing them. One that strikes me as really inane is when Randy ran the headline "opinion" that Huff was a coward for abusing women, in reference to his comments about Dr. Fort. All of you may feel that way but others can certainly disagree with equal strength. But to debate such views is impossible against anonymous and strongly opinionated commenters or Randy for that matter herein. All one gets back is a "wall of text" of the worst sort.
I decided to fight fire with fire from my own blog against those herein, at least the vast majority of those herein including Randy. While Randy encourages all to ignore me, he takes me on in whole blogs and look what results, again.
Most of you don't know me at all. Some of you do and don't like me at all. That is fine but it is hard to defend myself against anonymous onslaughts and people that may well know me in other venues and still not like me. I speak of AA where I have gone to meetings in Joplin for 15 years. And yep some therein don't like me. Imagine that. Former drunks trying to get sober but hating one another or at least attacking one another for political reasons in a blog. How else could people accuse me of writing blogs ("bourbonic writing") while drinking which I have NEVER done.
I may be dumb, old, ignorant, you name it. But never drunk when I write or any other time for that matter for almost 16 years. No Randy has not taken that tact but some have herein, anonymously. If that is not an underbelly, I don't know what to call them. It also violates the living hell out of anonymity in AA.
As for teachers I know only a few in Joplin, by name at least. Same with most administrators. But some of them, teachers and administrators in R-8 I know well enough professionally to not like them at all, professionally. They, one in particular, know who I speak of. Other administrators and some teachers I know rather well and believe they are good men and women in a terrible situation right now and I support them whole heartedly. Go ahead and scream at me again for doing so, supporting people that I believe are good men and women in a terrible situation right now.
Now for Jennifer and other members of the BOE, even Jim Kimbrough. I do not know any of them personally but have spoken with all of them about the professional tasks related to education. Some I agree with and others I don't, but only for professional reasons. Before the election I exchanged emails with Jennifer and they were professional, non-confrontational. She willingly exchanged them with me and provided insight into her goals, etc if she was elected. In the case of Jeff Koch and even Dr. Fort a year ago, we met face to face to do the same thing, share ideas about education. They got to know my views and I got to know theirs. Honest exchanges, not virulence, etc.
Of course I disagree with some of their views, just as you in here disagree with Huff, and many others, me included. So what. Do we really need to stoop to such levels to tear apart the other person, personally, as happens herein all the time. But I will, if I chose to do so on my own blog, fight fire with fire if I decide to so engage.
One last point. Your side won some seats in two elections. Good politics, good knocking on doors, good job getting out the vote or simply said, good campaigning on the part of all that won seats. But now they must govern and everyone gets to have a view on how they govern, even me.
Jennifer is working hard to get up to speed with the details of governing as a member of the BOE. Even in comments herein she has been criticized for asking lots of questions, taking up valuable time, etc. (I am trying to be polite in case you did not notice.) So is Jeff Koch. I did not intend sexism in calling a new member struggling in a tough new job, cupcake. Instead I used the term to disparage her lack of ability to step up to a hard job and do it professionally for now. Jennifer and Jeff as well have a ton of heavy homework to be able to govern R-8. A lot of work is needed by them. Can they stop being "cupcakes" and become real and effective "governors"? I hope so but they aren't there yet, the current debacle on the BOE being all the "proof" needed for now.
Finally, I will not stop fighting fire with fire on my own blog. Leave it to be said that I don't like "you" (in here) any more than you like me. If any of you really know me outside of local blogs I will be glad to talk with you if you want, which you won't want to do for sure. I will begin by telling you to your face to "Fill your hands you son of a bitch"!! How's that for not liking you even if I already "know" you. As for others in here acting like underbellies using my definition like it or not (basically uniformed, dumb as hell and anonymous) we should just go our own ways and leave each other alone. I will reject you face to face just as you will reject me. Enough said on that point.