Dying with dignity
This is in response to Kathryn Lopez's article titled, "Assisted suicide's grave implications" in the Southeast Missourian dated April 21. In it, a terminally ill Maggie Karner glorifies the suffering of her quadriplegic father with phrases such as "he settled in very gracefully," "family greatly benefited from watching his struggle," "joy can still be found in just valuing every moment," "how to die with grace and dignity" etc. ...
April is often associated with volunteerism. The Points of Light organization celebrates National Volunteer Week every year in April, and many organizations have volunteer recognition events throughout the month. We want to use this opportunity to remind folks how important volunteering is to the overall health and well-being of our community and to thank our United Way volunteers for all they do...
Editor's note: This letter is in response to the story "Education majors caught in transition between exit exams for teacher certification" published on April 12. Paul Katnik from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education misled the public, stating candidates had 15 months to take the Praxis before phasing it out in August 2014. Actually, SEMO students were notified spring of 2014, leaving very little time to take the Praxis...
Medicaid expansion needed
Senator Wallingford, after reading your piece in the SEMO times, I can see you're on the right track, but let's cut to the chase. We need to have the conversation about Medicaid expansion. Your constituents are hurting every day Missouri goes without expanding Medicaid...
This moment in time
Every generation has its idols. The '60s and '70s had their share. I observed one on my annual golf trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, this past week. George Dorsey, better known to his legion of fans as Engelbert Humperdinck, "King of Romance," performed at the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino last Friday night...
Argument for D-III at Southeast
With the termination of its two basketball coaches, Southeast Missouri State has in the past 15 months paid out almost $270,000 to football and basketball coaches whose services were cut short. In addition, the school also incurs expenses of more than $1 million annually for the scholarships given to the athletes who play these sports. Put another way, studies indicate there is a 3-to-1 ratio between the amount spent per athlete as opposed to the smaller amount spent on the nonathlete student...
Salaries for coaches, professors
Unfortunately, the basketball coach's salary is not limited to that position. Southeast consistently ranks in the lower 20 percentile, often in the lower 10 percentile, in salaries according to the data collected by the American Association of University Professors. ...
Realtors endorse Prop 1
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at our monthly meeting, the directors of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors unanimously voted to support Proposition 1 on the City of Cape Girardeau April ballot. Realtors care about the education of our future leaders. ...
Vote 'no' on use tax
The use tax "question" is on the ballot again April 7th. Cape Girardeau County is currently collecting it. If this 1 percent tax doesn't pass by November 2016, it expires. We usually see the use tax employed to capture tax revenue on large purchases made in another state. Generally, out-state purchases that must be licensed locally (vehicles, i.e.) are immediately subject to the use tax when licensed. Missouri use tax is due after out-state purchases total more than $2,000 yearly...
Thanks to math-a-thon sponsors
I would like to think the most generous corporate sponsors for our Scott City school 2015 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-thon. The children did a great job in collecting for this worthy cause, as well as improving their math skills. However, our total would not have reached over the $5,000 it did if not for the help from the following corporate sponsors: Amick-Burnett Funeral Home, Interior Plus, Simpson Excavating, Don Sanders Insurance, Dakota Heating & Plumbing, Sam Glastetter Ecaxavating, Tangles & Knots Beauty Shop, Medicap Pharmacy, ISI Environmental & Recycling, Twin City Auto Sales, Sally Noon State Farm Insurance, Estes Auto Body, Bohannon Cleaners and McDonald Farmers Insurance.. ...
Restore funding for elder abuse hotline
Most Missourians are unaware that the state of Missouri maintains a "hotline" which can be used to report instances of abuse or neglect involving individuals who are elderly or handicapped. Most states operate the hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week...