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?