Rein in spending
The White House endorsed the Congressional Budget plan designed to head off another round of sequester cuts. The plan proposes reducing future cost of living adjustments for military retirees under 62 years of age. I'm under 62 and collecting a pension after nearly 22 years of active military service. ...
Minimum wage arguments
Missouri Sen. Jamilah Nasheed joined in lockstep with Barack Obama wanting to force private enterprise to increase minimum wage. Both pontificates say raising minimum wage will help minimum-wage workers, a majority of which they say are black. After five years of Barack Obama sabotaging our economy, black teen unemployment is about 40 percent...
Hunting's economic effects
I recently read a great story in your paper about deer season (Deer season means big bucks, Nov. 17). I want to thank you for publishing a story about the impact that hunting has on your local businesses. As you know, hunting is big deal, not only in Southeast Missouri, but across our state...
Thanks to newspaper staff
On Thursday, the Missourian online edition carried a story about the death of Nelson Mandela. That story prompted a flurry of comments from the lowest racists in our community. It was sad. Very promptly, the Missourian moved that online story to an area where it could be accessed but further comments could not be made. Trampling on the First amendment rights of racists? I think not...
Reintroducing Missouri elk
In response to Mr. Sullivan's Friday article regarding the elk reintroduction: This program was a cooperative one with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Much of the cost was born by this conservation organization, not just taxpayers. The Mission of the RMEF is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. ...
Support available for caregivers
Thank you for the article "Caregiver thankful for support of friends, Alzheimer's Assoc." Ms. Rinehart did a beautiful job depicting one family's Alzheimer's journey and also the importance of respite for the caregiver. Caregiving can be an arduous task, and without some time off, a caregiver's mental and physical health becomes affected. Please let your readers know they are not alone and that the Alzheimer's Association is available to help ease the burden of Alzheimer's...
No to right to work
Well, the politicians are at it again in Jefferson City. On the heels of a General Session in 2013 that failed to improve the lives and opportunities for working women and men, one of the first bills filed seeks to further undermine the standard of living so many Missourians strive for. ...
Losing local control
On Monday the Southeast Missourian printed an article by Phillip Elliott of The Associated Press, "Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class," where he attempts to disguise his opinions as "news." He obviously supports the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), referring to those who oppose them as "tea-party-aligned conservatives." If that's the case, I'll proudly wear that badge...
David Crowe is my hero
Years ago David Crowe and Taylor Bahn were on the Central High School wrestling team with me. I was a "mighty senior" and they were both juniors. I had had a dismal season my junior year but all that was forgotten because my senior year I had been fortunate enough to win a few matches. ...
‘We all knew'
Say it ain't so, Joe. Did Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand say on ABC's Sunday show "This Week": "We all knew" in reference to President Obama's false promise that we could keep our present health care plans, period? Does this mean she and her ilk conspired to lie to the American public? How much more must we suffer before the truth is borne out? Maybe Little Rock's resident Democratic columnist Gene Lyons could spin this one also...
Thanks for storm cleanup support
As we all know a bad storm came through our area Sunday afternoon. This turned out to be a tornado that destroyed several homes and business. One of the responsibilities of the highway department is to make sure all county roads are clear of debris...
Veterans Day thanks
Thank you to everyone who assisted in a very successful Veterans Day Parade and Patriotic Ceremony in Jackson. On behalf of the American Legion Post 158 and VFW Post 10495 of Jackson, we appreciate the community efforts and participation in this parade. The Veterans Day parade is a very special event in our community to honor veterans and their great dedication to our country...