Ashamed of commencement
This past Saturday my wife and I were among several thousand guests attending Southeast Missouri State University's spring circus (commencement). Past programs were very refined and respectful. Even with periodic "cat calls" as the young graduates crossed the stage of honor, all was still respectful...
The case for Medicaid expansion
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows the states in this country to expand Medicaid eligibility for citizens who live on an annual income at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty limit. For a family of four, this is less than $33,000. Expansion would provide health insurance for Missourians who are childless adults, custodial parents, aged, blind or disabled...
Poor form at SEMO graduation
I was aghast at the entire SEMO graduation ceremony Saturday. Never have I been so disappointed in an event that should have been a dignified and uplifting experience for graduates, families and friends. It was more like a three-ring circus complete with even the concession stand selling refreshments...
Guest commentary: Excessive attachment to religion
The cliche, "Religion is opiate of people," has been around for over two hundred years. No doubt, religion has given solace to billions of aching souls for several thousand years, and has led people safely through wars, pestilence, famine, natural disasters and other calamities. Religion inspired and nurtured literature, poetry, architecture, sculpture, morality, culture, rituals and civilizations...
The prom queen
Sunday's (May 3) front page of the Southeast Missourian was the warmest, most beautiful story I've seen in the paper for a long, long time. Thank you for bringing to everyone's attention the wonderful young people we have in our own hometown. The students at Central made Carley's dream she and her family will never forget...
HOPE for Alzheimer's Act
I recently had the honor of joining more than a thousand advocates in Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer's Association's Advocacy Forum. I met people from across the nation who are passionate about changing the future of Alzheimer's. They shared their personal stories, journeys and struggles with getting an appropriate diagnosis and the lack of guidance following the diagnosis...
Another side to the story
Bob Miller is right. The Nixon Administration is very tight lipped. I worked for the state for 25 years (now retired) and the Nixon Administration controlled information flow more than any other I worked under. After Nixon took office, only certain people could talk to reporters. Regular staff weren't allowed to...
National Nurses Week
As we celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12, the American Nurses Association and its constituent member associations are saluting nurses across the country with the theme "Nurses: Ethical Practice
Quality Care." Nurses recognize the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledge the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession in advocating for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients...
Not a good Democrat or Republican
I ran for state representative twice as a Democrat, and although I lost both times, I enjoyed running and learned a lot. But honestly, I'm not a good democrat. I support women's rights but oppose abortion. I support worker's rights but oppose forced union dues. ...
Health for mothers, babies
Millions of Missourians benefit from coordinated systems of care. The collaboration among doctors, hospitals, insurers, government and many other institutions increases the quality and availability of healthcare for all throughout our state. The next step in improving our state's capabilities is coordinating care for all mothers and babies. ...
Lions state convention
More than 300 Lions attended the Missouri Lions 2015 State Convention this past weekend, enjoying the hospitality of the Cape Girardeau community. A lot happened, including a warm welcome from Mayor Harry Rediger and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. We were able to raise money that will help offset funds the Lions Clubs International Foundation has already set aside, helping our (Lions) boots on the ground in Nepal. ...
Restaurant owner responds to column
As a McDonald's owner operator and local, small business owner, I feel compelled to respond to Bob Miller's opinion [column] from Sunday, April 26, regarding partnerships with schools. I and hundreds of McDonald's owners across the country have a strong belief in supporting our local communities and those issues or projects that are important to them. ...