Thanks to Hardesty
A Memorial Day service presented by the Scott City VFW has always been held at Lightner's Cemetery. During the week of May 20, it was brought to my attention that Scott City's VFW had quietly decided to not hold this service. Late on Friday evening, I shared this upsetting information with David Hardesty of Cape Girardeau. ...
Story lacked appropriate focus
In response to the article written by Emily Priddy dated Friday, June 14, 2013: Ms. Priddy, I read your article, "Monia indicted on fraud charges; check was made out to George Joseph." What prompted your article? Was it some new development with the "Monia" case? Or was it with reference to George Joseph? Because it seems to me, and I am only Mr. Monia's older sister, the article is negatively directed toward Mr. Monia...
Our government fears nothing
Is this the transformational government our forefathers dreamed of -- and our soldiers died for? Our government now can assassinate American citizens -- all without due process -- because these people are deemed a threat to national security. Their names were included on a government "Kill List," and, to date, numbers four...
A return to capitalism?
Today doctors have a number of dilemmas with Obamacare, including eroding autonomy, hospital/doctor relationship glitches due to risks complying with hospital "meaningful use standards," and falling incomes. Paperwork, increasing at a rapid pace already, is set to take off to stratospheric proportions with Obamacare...
The Iowa example
With its 435 elected members and terms of only two years, the U.S. House of Representatives is intended to correspond to the political views of the country's citizens. However, due to the partisan manner in which districts are drawn, this purpose is thwarted...
Thanks for supporting Fort D
On behalf of the Friends of Fort D, I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who supported Fort D Historic Site on May 25-27 during the Fort D Days Timeline event. Fifty-six re-enactors representing eras of history from the 18th to 20th centuries, 1,200 visitors from the states of Mississippi, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Utah, Illinois and Missouri, a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cape Girardeau, and the beautiful weather made this fifth celebration of Fort D Days a huge success.. ...
Towels near bathroom doors
A big thank you to all public places, restaurants, hospitals, doctor offices, etc. for having a wastebasket near their bathroom doors. Why wash your hands only to touch a dirty door knob? Should you see a paper towel near a wastebasket on the floor where someone missed, that could be me, as it doesn't make sense to open a dirty door with clean hands. Thank you...
Cape native a great author
I read with interest the recent fine article by the Southeast Missourian regarding Richard Flentge and his book relative to the mule being named our state animal. It brought to mind another author of the same generation as Richard with local roots who has recently authored a couple of novels that are now being read on Amazon Kindle...
Congrats to Austin
It is with delight I write this letter to publicly congratulate our friend, Doug Austin, on being awarded the Senior Service Award by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. As was noted in the article, Mr. Austin is active in nearly 20 organizations. However, Doug Austin and his lovely wife, Fran, are constant encouragers to countless adults and youth throughout the community...
In a recent Missourian Perspective article, contributor Sharon Sanders provided comparison between the tornado in Moore, Okla., and the 1949 twister that struck Cape Girardeau. What stood out in my mind in the accompanying editorial was the attitude and spirit of the survivors of the disaster 63 years ago and, let us say, the 2005 New Orleans catastrophe. ...
A tired theme
"After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. ...
Let the kids play ball
The front page article in the Southeast Missourian on Friday, May 25, regarding Jackson setting goals to curb street ball prompts me to write this letter to the paper. Jackson was built on the natural terrain -- the hills and valleys that give much of the beauty that the residents enjoy. ...