reply to post by Mercenary2012
Well, first off, let's be abundantly
I have no agenda, I have a deep-seeded love for Joplin, and Jasper county. My youngest son is named, Jasper for that very county where I grew up!!
My first, and oldest son is named Jack, in honor of my grandfather, the solid-rock foundation of that community, and the minerals they mined
I was last in Joplin, on June 4, 2010 spent 4 days, and I was back for a full week before Christmas 2010. Took my wife to see the Christmas lights
in Carthage, went to Precious Moments, and even went out by ol' Hornet, and got to see the Spooklight! Before that I was there at least every 4
months going back to 1999, and I lived there full-time from 1974 to 1999. I will be there the second week of August this year if you'd like to by
me a beer.
My mother and father still live there, and so does my brother. My brother is a high school math teacher, my father is a consultant for 6 or 7
businesses in town. My ex-wife lives there, and we are still very close. Everything that makes me...me, is in Joplin, MO! I had 2 very close
personal friends on that FEMA list of missing, and I know many, many others that were directly affected. The first home I ever bought was at 20th and
Harlem and it is now gone, along with a very nice woman that lived just down the road. Pizza By Stout is the first place I eat every time I come into
town, and all of my buddies would pile in there to see me. I used to own the Sinclair Station on the corner of 20th and Rangeline, directly across
from the Home Depot! I ate at the IHOP on my way out of town this last Christmas. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE NOW GONE!!!
Now for the meat and potatoes of it.....
Also his Info about the demographics for Joplin is completely wrong as i showed with the 2000 census data. I'm still looking for the 2010 data
but I'm pretty sure it will also prove him wrong.
I quoted census figures the same as you did,except mine did include the
2010 Census Numbers you were looking for!
. Joplin is below the
national average when it comes to growth in all areas, especially when it comes to the younger demographics. Joplin is above the national average in
unemployment, and one of the lowest in the nation when it comes to average income.
Joplin does not have diverse employment opportunities. According to this source
over 50% of the jobs are management and sales. That means retail, not manufacturing. Retail and Service industries cannot survive alone, they need
another base to....service.
Production and transportation combined only provided 17% of the employment, and the majority of that is the trucking
industry. Those truckers are on the road, not in Joplin, and not necessarily even from Joplin, they just work for Joplin companies. That leaves
about 20% of the population to try and make enough money to keep the 50% service related jobs in business. It is a recipe for disaster. Then,
consider the fact that a big part of those 20% were professionals employed at St. Johns hospital, and the dire situation gets even more clear. From
the same source, consider the average salary of a job in Joplin:
According to government data, the average salary for jobs in Joplin, Missouri is
Unemployment is above the national average (2009 numbers):
***As for Meth.....***
Joplin Unemployment Rate
Joplin has an unemployment rate of 7.8%, compared the national average of 5.8%.
I don't know a single person in Joplin that hasn't been affected by the Meth problem! One of my best high school buddies is currently in jail over
meth, and he has lost his kids permanantly now. Two of my cousins have also been in and out of jail over it. When I visit now, I constantly see the
telltale signs of bad teeth, gaunt look, sores on the skin. My parents watch the news at night, and it is a nightly subject. I already posted links
showing Missouri to be the worst state in the country for Meth, and Jasper county to be the worst county in Missouri, but I will give you a few more
if it helps.....
MIssouri's Meth addiction out of control.
While Missouri might be number 1 on the list of states with a meth problem there are actually other counties in Missouri where the Meth problem
is worse than it is in Jasper county.
(And you were entirely wrong) because Law Enforcement says this....
ordinance: Prescriptions for Cold Medicine?
Missouri the Meth State
Missouri needs Meth solution soon.
Chief Roberts says Jasper County has been ranked the number one meth producing county in Missouri for the past 10 years. That is a statistic he
plans on bringing down because of the danger meth labs pose to public safety.
Now, as for who has Agendas..................
I am not one to call out a shill. I am not one to be overly skeptical of somebody's intentions with their posts. Clouds has some serious concerns
with your intentions on this board, and it seems they are not unfounded. I can guarantee there is not a better expert on Joplin, Webb City, Carl
Junction, Carthage, Neosho, Galena, or Riverton than me. As for you, you seem to just be a cheerleader for FEMA and the Joplin area. It is becoming
clear that you have no real connection. If you had a connection, then you could be honest with yourself about the situation.
I am vested there. I love it there. I miss it there, and sadly, even when I visit these days, I still miss the old days when I believed that
community was the best place in the entire world.
I have a very good friend here in Florida that I met by harshly disagreeing with him over the oil spill. We got together and worked it out. Clouds
has offered you an invite several times, but you ignore him? I am now offering you an invite. Are your opinions bought and paid for, or do you have
a real investment in that community? I have to say, that if you are being paid, then they are throwing away their money, because you are not very
good at this. If your opinions are your own, then you need to get out and get some better information!
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