Readers' Mailbag -- Behind the big houses and camouflaged by the huge boats is a population of service industry folks who make a minimum wage and go on SNAP (Food Stamps) during the off season, which we expect is what you're used to in Puerto Rico.

Dear Editor and Dear Displaced Persons from the Natural Disasters in California and Puerto Rico:

This act of reaching out to you is not to make light of the impact of the disasters in your respective areas and the grief you have experienced over the loss of friends and families and dreams.

I am encouraging you to consider moving to rural mid-Missouri, especially Lake of the Ozarks, when you make your deliberations about where to go next.

For you from wine country, we are perfect. We already have vineyards growing and we already make some of the most delicious wines in the world. You can bring your own special knowledge and skills to make it work here in a new partnership.

And if you are not a vintner, rural Missouri Democrats will welcome your special and liberal points of view so we can wrangle the legislature out of the hands of the backward-looking Republicans who have placed our state in a mess.

It will be hard for you for a while, seeing all the Trump bumper stickers and even some confederate flags but the people are kind and good neighbors, defying the premise that anyone who voted for Trump has to be a misogynistic, racist, bigoted, mean-spirited thug. And in addition, I haven’t noticed as many Trump bumper stickers ... I’m thinking it’s from voters’ remorse but I’m not sure.

Our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico, we have much to offer you here. We know that when you come here you will probably lack financial resources. Never fear, your children can join the 61.5 percent of the population of Camden County school children who are federally financed for free or reduced lunches. Morgan County schools have 77.3 percent of children on free and reduced lunch programs and Miller County schools have 54.2 percent of their students on federally funded free and reduced lunch programs, according to Kids Count 2016.

Behind the big houses and camouflaged by the huge boats is a population of service industry folks who make a minimum wage and go on SNAP (Food Stamps) during the off season, which we expect is what you’re used to in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico and Lake of the Ozarks have a lot in common in that way.

Puerto Rican friends, we know that after the way President Trump treated Puerto Rico, you are going to be strong Democrats.

So, displaced persons of natural disasters, we Democrats of rural Missouri throw out the WELCOME MAT TO YOU!