Joplin Museum – Rich or Poor?

On Sunday, April 18 I sent the following e-mail to the Joplin Globe editor, Carol Stark:

“Carol, I submitted this through the Globe site, but it was generic as to addressee, so I wanted to be sure you saw it, particularly in light of two recent guest columns bemoaning the defeat of the Joplin Museum proposition.  Last week Channel 7 noon news carried a very brief interview with a lady said to be a “volunteer” at the museum.  She stated that the Museum had recently received a “huge, just huge” monetary gift and that she had “no idea whatever became of it”.  If it is true that the Museum has a substantial endowment, it was not apparent to the public in the weeks and months leading up to the election.  Clearly that should have been a factor to be considered in deciding the issue.  If the Museum has nothing to hide they should have no problem with a simple inquiry.  Do you agree?  —  Jim Wheeler”

I am still of the opinion regarding the Museum issue that the opposition to the issue had little to do with raising taxes and everything to do with a knee jerk reaction to opposition by a group viewed sympathetically, the Veterans.  This was only underscored by the guest column in today’s Globe by Leland Browne and in a similar column by someone else last week.

I don’t think this issue is going away, which makes it all the more important that the Museum clear the air about its resources.  As a publicly-funded organization I believe it has an obligation to do so.

I did a google search for the Museum’s financial records and came up empty.  Hmm.  Sunshine, anyone?

About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Democratic.
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