Congratulations to Alma Schrader
How very proud I was Wednesday morning as I attended Alma Schrader's Constitution Day and Heroes Recognition Assembly. Ruth Ann Orr, Julia Unnerstall, Rebecca Gentry and the entire staff at Alma Schrader are to be congratulated and recognized for their visible and measurable efforts in educating our young children, and instilling in them with a love for our country! As these children introduced their "Heroes" to all attendees, we were reminded of the tremendous sacrifice these men and women have provided for us and our city, state and nation.. ...
Speak truth on sin
In the book of Jeremiah, he complains that the more he passed on the word, the more the people would hate him. That is still true today. In today's society the more you promote moral values, the more trouble you get into. (Remember Matthew 5: 11-12)...
Thank you for food bank help
Thank you to all who participated in our fourth annual Party For the Good event to support the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and our BackPacks For Friday children's program. Thanks to the City of Cape Girardeau for hosting us at the Osage Centre facility and to the Isle of Capri for their sponsorship and helping hands. ...
Release Cottonwood funds
Gov. Nixon, During Wednesday's veto session, the Legislature sustained seven of the eight tax-exemption bills you vetoed earlier this summer. Throughout this year's legislative session you remained passively on the sidelines, refusing to work with lawmakers for much-needed tax relief. ...
Obama on terrorism
On Nov. 21, 2007, then-senator Barack Obama said the following on New Hampshire Radio: "I truly believe that the day I'm inaugurated, not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently. If I'm reaching out to the Muslim world, they understand that I've lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view. ...
Cottonwood is important
The Cottonwood Treatment Center helps children with serious psychiatric disorders. I know we have grown weary of government spending, but should we cut services to those who need them most? Democrats blame Republicans, saying the Republican tax cut forced budget reductions that included Cottonwood. ...
Gun control overdue
A common-sense discussion about gun violence is long overdue in our state. Let's step back from the drastic approach in SB 656 and begin a serious discussion concerning the proliferation of guns and gun violence. As a Vietnam-era veteran trained in the use of the M-16 rifle, I know that this weapon was designed for one purpose only, to effectively and efficiently kill the enemy. I see no rational reason for a non-military gun owner to possess such a weapon, let alone carry one in public...
Unions affect wages
With the shrinking of union membership in this country, the working citizens had little to celebrate on Labor Day. Since 1950, union membership has declined from 35 percent of the workforce to 11 percent of it. This has had a negative impact on the median family income. ...
Better ways to evaluate educators
This November voters will be asked to vote on Constitutional Amendment 3, the proposed initiative that will require Missouri teachers ("certificated staff") working at schools funded by state or local taxes to be evaluated "based upon quantifiable student performance data." This data will be used to determine whether an instructor should be dismissed, retained, demoted or promoted. ...
Early to bed, early to rise
We were delighted to see Laura Simon's lovely photographs of our home and business, Bellevue Bed and Breakfast. It was also a joy to meet Savanna Maue, a young, up-and-coming journalist who already has an Associated Press article under her belt. We were truly honored to receive recognition by the Keep Cape Beautiful Beautification Committee and appreciate the work that they and the parks and recreation department tirelessly do for our city. ...
Too much divisive talk
Radio personality Glenn Beck in a recent cable television interview, expressed regret for having contributed to the widening gap between Democrats and Republicans. He cited calling the president a racist as an example of "stupid" things he had said. ...
Follow Mrs. Missouri
On Aug. 22-29, I have the honor of representing our great state of Missouri as I compete for the title of Mrs. America in Tucson, Arizona. As part of the competition, I will promote my platform of women's empowerment, and I will also highlight an important part of Missouri agriculture. Showcasing the resources of our city, state and citizens on a national level is a responsibility that I carry with excitement and pride...
Impressed with competitor
Editor's note: The following letter to the editor was sent in response to the story "Brotherly competition helps young Zalma cross country program make strides." I want to take a moment to wish our competitor luck as we set to begin our 2014 Cross Country season. ...