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Letters

The legal process (08/22/14)
Some public figures have called for the prosecution of the Ferguson police officer whose actions, lawful or unlawful, caused the death of a young person. For so doing, these public officials have been roundly criticized, particularly by the leading lights of talk radio, who are only too willing to take to their bosoms any Euro-American accused of unjustly shooting an African American...
Suicide is not the answer (08/19/14)
Robin Williams' suicide has brought into sharp focus the increasingly common incidents of suicide in the U.S. The common denominator in all suicides is victims' inability to cope with intolerable emotional pain. Most of them had been through incredible numbers of emotional/physical traumas during their early years. ...
Becoming informed (08/18/14)
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." --Plato When I first heard that quote, I thought, how true! We have so many problems in this country that seem fixable with plain old common sense. The people in elected positions, both locally and nationally, at times, are unable to apply common sense and do what's right...
Congrats to baseball team (08/17/14)
The citizens of Jackson can stand tall and proud! Their American Legion Junior League baseball team has returned from the plains of Kansas victorious. They have claimed the title of regional champions. This is the highest pinnacle that can be achieved in the junior league. ...
Port welcomes elected officials (08/14/14)
Thank you for the good coverage of events at Semo Port. The port authority always welcomes visits by our elected officials, regardless of political party. We are glad to have Sen. Blunt visit, as he and Sen. McCaskill have both done before at different times. We appreciate the bipartisan support for Semo Port's development efforts...
An attendance culture (08/14/14)
Dear 5th and 6th graders, Your amazing teachers need you in school each day. You are part of our Central Middle School family. If you are sick or have a family emergency, please stay home but rejoin us as quickly as you can. Otherwise, come to school. We need you...
Jackson schools and evaluations (08/13/14)
Tuesday, July 14, based on the recommendation of superintendents, the Jackson R-2 Board voted to tie teacher evaluations to student performance including standardized tests. In an article in the Missourian on Thursday, Aug. 7, district superintendent Dr. ...
Thanks for good start at CHS (08/12/14)
Last week Cape Girardeau Central High School hosted a very successful freshman orientation. It was successful because of so much hard work and dedication by many. Assistant principal Nancy Scheller and teacher Crystal Cerny spent months planning this event. ...
Volunteer with CASA for kids (08/08/14)
What are your thoughts on volunteering, on giving back to your community, on paying it forward? Do you think about it on a regular basis? Is a little voice inside you telling you that you need to help someone to improve their lives? CASA of Southeast Missouri Inc. ...
Celebrating Boy Scouts Troop 4 (08/07/14)
Boy Scout Troop 4, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau, celebrated its 90th birthday at a reception on Aug. 2 at the church. Troop 4 is one of the oldest scout troops in the area. What a patriotic and heartwarming occasion it was to see the scouts "Present Colors," to see the numerous exhibits of past Troop 4 achievements, and to remember the Troop 4 Scouts who have become leaders both locally and nationally in many fields of endeavor...
Baseball memories 20 years later (08/05/14)
I want to thank the Southeast Missourian for the story they ran on our 20th reunion of our 1994 American Legion baseball state championship team at Capaha Park. I also want to thank KFVS television and ESPN radio 1220 for their coverage; Jess Bolen, who allowed us to introduce our players during his Capaha game; and River Eagle Distributing for providing their hospitality room for our banquet...
Poor tax policy (08/03/14)
Your editorial about sales tax holidays -- "State, counties, wise to offer sales tax holiday" (July 30) -- encourages consumers to participate in the upcoming sales tax holiday, but your readers should know that holidays aren't really worth celebrating. These holidays are poorly targeted, costly and represent a lost opportunity to get tax fairness right...
Higher ed a personal expense (08/01/14)
Editor's note: The following letter to the editor was submitted in response to the letter "Other options to fund roads" that appeared July 25. Responding to Art Wallhausen: Our roads are important, but higher education is a personal expense. Higher education affects the child...
A frivolous issue on ballot (08/01/14)
Regarding Amendment 1, the Right to Farm ballot issue: It is perfectly described by this definition from the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary: "Frivolous, Adjective, [Latin Frivolous, meaning brittle, crumbling (cf. Friable), hence silly]. 1. Of little value or importance, trifling; trivial; paltry. 2. Not properly serious or sensible; silly and light-minded; giddy."...
More support needed for kids (08/01/14)
I read Tuesday's article about the 10-year-old who was held hostage with a knife during a domestic dispute with a heavy heart. That little boy will bear the emotional scars of that experience (as well as many others that I'm sure haven't made the papers) for years to come...
Sales tax is regressive (08/01/14)
I applaud the editorial position taken by this newspaper on July 27 in opposition to Amendment 7. In addition to being the largest tax increase in Missouri history, I feel that a sales tax is not the appropriate form of funding our transportation system...
Keep Cottonwood facility open (07/31/14)
I could see cutting back on mental illness budgets if we still were getting either no results or little results. But we are finally figuring out options for treatment. If we catch and start treating this at an early age (just as with any disease), although not curable it is highly manageable...
'No' to tax increases (07/31/14)
Please, please, please vote "no" on Amendment 7 and Proposition K on Tuesday, because your wallet depends on it. Amendment 7 is asking us for the largest tax increase in Missouri's history! This tax increase would be for the next 10 years (or more). ...
Reason to support Proposition K (07/31/14)
For years, there has been a decline in funding for mental health, substance abuse and social services in our county. We have an opportunity on Aug. 5 to ensure that we are caring for children in our county by investing in quality services. We know that there are more than 500 children going without necessary psychiatric services, more than 240 children who are homeless and 1,000 children who are abused or neglected each year. How can we tell these children that we "already have enough?"...
Prop K is needed for kids (07/30/14)
Recently, there have been letters to the editor opposing Proposition K. The opposition is sending a clear message that one penny for every $4 is not a worthy investment in the future of our children. How can we not afford this? We have children in crisis waiting eight weeks to see a psychiatrist and we should tell these families they should be satisfied because there are "plenty of services" in place? We should tell the 240 homeless children this is just "too bad?"...
'No' on Amendment 1 (07/30/14)
To propose a farmer protection Amendment 1 to the Missouri Constitution never to be infringed, the red flag went up. What is this bill protecting? Is it GMO seed companies, new biotechnologies the public would not want in their food supply chain? Why are citizens subject to a duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri in this clause?...
Increased sales tax bad for state (07/29/14)
On Aug. 5 Missourians will vote on Constitutional Amendment 7. For 10 years this amendment will increase the state's sales tax rate by 0.75 percent in order to fund improvements of roads, bridges and similar projects. I intend to vote against this tax for the following reasons:...
Prop K is good investment (07/29/14)
Proposition K is an initiative to establish a children's services fund for the county of Cape Girardeau. The fund is to assist in establishing prevention programs for children and families. In 2011 a needs assessment was conducted by Drs. Miller, Pope and Ward at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Opposed to sales tax increase (07/28/14)
I've been thinking. We have an election coming up on Aug. 5, and we are going to be voting on several taxes. I don't know about you, but I have been struggling in this economy. I lost my job a couple years ago and cannot seem to find another one, but I still have to pay my bills. I want to work, but I'm having no luck...
Other options to fund roads (07/25/14)
Our Republican Legislature once again is sending a mixed message, thanks to the influence of big-business lobbying. The message: "To avoid raising taxes, state services are to be paid for by those who use the services; but we'll make a big exception for big trucking."...
Red House speakers (07/24/14)
I attended a talk last Saturday at Cape's Red House on Mississippi and Ohio Valleys 1750-1830: A Chessboard of International Intrigue. I had never considered -- if Louis Lorimier was handing out Spanish land grants when Lewis and Clark came through, how was it that the U.S. government bought Louisiana purchase from the French a few months later?...
Paid election letters
Former county employee supports Blattner (07/31/14)
Having worked in the recorder of deeds offices for 33 years, including during the current recorder, I strongly support Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. It was a pleasure to work with Drew in interoffice dealings between the recorder's office and the archive center...
Clark is enthusiastic leader (07/31/14)
I supported Scott Clark four years ago for the office of recorder of deeds because of his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the SEMO Pachyderm Club, an organization to inform and develop leaders for our republic. Scott received the Pachyderms' highest award, the Tough Tusk award, this year...
Victor Gunn: Right man for Ward 3 (07/31/14)
Although I am not a resident of Ward 3, I do have a vested interest in our great city and the Ward 3 City Council position. I am a Victor Gunn fan, and I have been for many years. Victor has a sincere interest in our city, with family roots going back more than 100 years...
Progress made in county records (07/31/14)
On Aug. 5, Cape County voters will face an important decision in the recorder of deeds election. I believe voters should make that decision based on facts, with knowledge of the progress made within the office in the past three and a half years. My first term as recorder has been dedicated to enhancing access to records. ...
Why I'm running and what I stand for (07/31/14)
I'm a democratic candidate for state representative, and I've been out knocking on doors, talking to people, and handing out fliers almost every day now for about two months. The most common questions I get are: Why are you running? and What do you stand for?...
Clark is customer-focused (07/31/14)
I've seen how Recorder Scott R. Clark has helped people needing access to public records, and I've heard others speak of similar experiences. Scott's focus on customer service and accessibility are obvious. Whether you're recording or searching for a document, Scott and his staff are always pleasant and customer-focused. ...
Blattner very knowledgeable (07/31/14)
As a former employee of the recorder's office, and having worked for the current recorder, I am writing in support of Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. Drew puts serving the public first. He is very knowledgeable in his field and has the most experience in proper preservation, storage and management of records. ...
Gardner has the experience (07/31/14)
Michael Gardner has the right experience for circuit judge. I strongly encourage you to vote for Michael Gardner as our next circuit judge. He has the right experience for the job. Michael graduated second out of 180 students in his law class at the University of Missouri. ...
Allen Moss: Trusted by law enforcement (07/28/14)
I am a supporter for Allen to be our next Circuit Judge, Division 1, because of his servant leadership and experience. I have known Allen, worked with Allen on various committees, and seen Allen in action professionally. Allen is a man with the experience: 27 years of experience as an attorney, experience as assistant attorney general, experience as a trial lawyer and experience as a municipal judge...
Clark is effective recorder (07/24/14)
I am writing to voice my support for Republican Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape County recorder. As a fellow officeholder, I enjoyed working with Scott. He has proven himself to be both capable and effective in leading the recorder's office. I have seen firsthand Scott's work ethic. He is committed to serving the community and improving the office for those who utilize the recorder's services and the county as a whole...