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Stories from Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Insurer not liable for worker who borrowed vehicle (03/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- An employee involved in an accident while driving a company vehicle he had borrowed without permission for personal use wasn't covered by the company's insurance policy, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. A panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District unanimously reversed Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Judge William Syler's ruling that the employee had implied permission to use the vehicle, obligating the insurer to cover damage arising from the accident...
Cape tax talk gets few voters to come to Arena (03/19/03)
Cape Girardeau city officials preached the merits of four tax issues to a largely empty room Tuesday night at the A.C. Brase Arena Building. Three hundred chairs were set up for the meeting, but only about 30 people showed up, including nearly a dozen city officials and city employees...
Anticipating news, local military families, others turn to pray (03/19/03)
Here on the threshold of war, families of servicemen and servicewomen are anxious, church congregations pray for the safety of the U.S. troops and some still pray for peace. On Wall Street, the American economy thrown into shock by Sept. 11, 2001, has started showing signs of life...
Coffee-shop talk warms up over coming war with Iraq (03/19/03)
and Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian There's a place called Frontier Kitchen in Fruitland where opinions, on almost any topic, run as freely as the hot coffee. "We hash and we rehash, but we don't solve anything," said Dallas Niswonger, a member of the daily morning coffee group at Frontier...
Woman smashed in face with gun in robbery attempt (03/19/03)
A Cape Girardeau restaurant owner was smashed in the face with a gun during a robbery attempt Monday night, just before she managed to escape out the front door and to the safety of a busy Broadway. Zoi Mousadakos, 46, is one of the owners of the family-operated Dave's Bar-B-Que at 1865 Broadway. She told police that when she was taking the trash out at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, she was confronted by a man with a gun...
Club news 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you....
Sprint hires BellSouth's No. 2 exec as new CEO (03/19/03)
ATLANTA -- Hours after receiving permission from an arbitrator, Sprint Corp. named the No. 2 executive at rival BellSouth its new chief executive. The Overland Park, Kan.-based telecommunications firm said Gary D. Forsee, vice chairman of BellSouth and chairman of its wireless subsidiary, Cingular, will take over Wednesday. A former Sprint executive, Forsee will also take a seat on the company's board...
Missouri Legislature approves $275 million in extra spending (03/19/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature has approved an extra $275 million in spending in the current budget year to avoid cuts in programs for the poor and disabled, cross-state passenger train service and Capitol security. The supplemental appropriation bill, given final House and Senate approval Tuesday, provides additional spending authority for the 2003 fiscal year, which ends June 30...
Senate GOP rebuffs efforts to reduce, delay tax cuts (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans rebuffed a pair of Democratic efforts Tuesday to derail President Bush's planned new tax cuts, including one proposal to delay them until after he details the likely costs of combat with Iraq. The near party-line votes underlined a determination by majority Republicans not to let an imminent war alter their plans for boosting the economy with tax cuts. ...
'High risk' of chemical weapons use (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Intelligence reports indicate a high risk Iraq would use chemical weapons during a U.S.-led war to topple Saddam Hussein, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Those reports indicate Saddam has given field-level commanders the authority to use chemical weapons on their own initiative...
Relations among American Jews, Muslims, Christians at low point (03/19/03)
Some Christians say Islam promotes violence. Jews feel they are being scapegoated by opponents of a U.S. war on Iraq. A Muslim leader wonders if there's a divine message in the breakup of the shuttle carrying an Israeli astronaut. In the buildup to war, religious leaders say, interfaith relations in America have been poisoned, causing damage it may take years to heal...
Jury finds Bayer Corp. not liable in $560 million suit (03/19/03)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A jury cleared Bayer Corp. of liability Tuesday in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths. The jury deliberated for 2 1/2 days before returning the verdict. It was the first of about 8,000 cases against Bayer to go to trial...
Vet who claimed Iraqi gas caused brain damage is executed (03/19/03)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A Gulf War veteran who raped and killed a female soldier was put to death by injection Tuesday after failing to win clemency with his claim that exposure to Iraqi nerve gas led to his crime. In a statement read by his attorney, Louis Jones Jr. said he accepted full responsibility for the "pain, anguish and the suffering" he caused the private's family...
Commanders recheck plans as soldiers prepare for battle (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. commanders rechecked their war plans, aircraft carriers loaded up on bombs and infantry soldiers waited for final orders Tuesday as the Pentagon pushed its battle preparations into high gear. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met at the White House with President Bush, who had given Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein until 7 p.m. today to leave or face an invasion...
Amber Alert bill pushed to House (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- A week after being criticized by Elizabeth Smart's father, House Judiciary chairman James Sensenbrenner pushed kidnapping notification legislation to the full House Tuesday, still attached to child protection measures unlikely to win Senate passage...
Bush calls Chinese, Russian leaders, fails to win backing (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- On the brink of war with Iraq, President Bush reached out Tuesday to the leaders of Russia and China, two countries that resisted setting an ultimatum for using force against Saddam Hussein. But Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao told Bush they still preferred a U.N.-brokered solution...
Fed waits for war before changing rates (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- With looming war making economic forecasting unusually difficult, the Federal Reserve decided Tuesday to leave interest rates unchanged at a 41-year low. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues held out the prospect, however, that they would move quickly to cut rates if fallout from military conflict should threaten to push the country back into recession...
People talk 03/19/03 (03/19/03)
Dire Straits singer injured, will miss show LONDON -- Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler broke six ribs and a collar bone in a motorcycle accident and will be unable to perform at a London concert later this month, his agent said Tuesday. Publicist Judy Shaw of Mercury Records said Knopfler was knocked from his Honda bike when it collided with a Fiat Punto in Belgravia, central London, on Monday morning...
Man on tractor holds police at bay near D.C. monument (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- A tobacco farmer who said declining subsidies were forcing him out of business held police at bay Tuesday from his tractor in a pond near Washington's monuments. Streets were closed for blocks, and traffic was snarled for miles. "I'm going to get my message out or die trying," Dwight Watson, 50, of Whitakers, N.C., said in an interview posted on the Washington Post Web site. "I've got the rest of my life to stay right here. I'm not going anywhere."...
Two charged with kidnapping, assault of Smart (03/19/03)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Prosecutors charged a self-proclaimed prophet and his wife Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, disclosing for the first time details of the girl's nine-month ordeal. Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee also were charged with burglary and attempted aggravated kidnapping -- a charge stemming from what prosecutors said was an attempt to later abduct Elizabeth's 18-year-old cousin...
'What-ifs' and other twists abound in war with Iraq (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Winning a war against Iraq seems a certainty, but the imminent conflict holds many possible hazards and unknowables for the United States. If U.S. troops bog down, that could trigger recession at home, place a huge burden on U.S. taxpayers, increase the risk of terror attacks in the United States and fan anti-Americanism abroad. Iraq could unleash chemical or biological attacks on Israel, touching off a wider Arab war...
Terror threat at chemical plants needs action, say auditors (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and lawmakers have not followed through on their own concerns that terrorists could turn the nation's chemical plants into weapons of mass destruction, congressional auditors said Tuesday. Congress and the administration concluded after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the plants were vulnerable, and the CIA warned a year ago of the potential for an al-Qaida attack on U.S. chemical facilities...
New formula helps figure out odds for cancer threat (03/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer. Scientists have come up with a formula that certain smokers and ex-smokers can use to calculate that risk -- one that could help people decide whether they really want a controversial test for lung cancer...
American, Canadian, Yemeni killed in murder-suicide (03/19/03)
SAN'A, Yemen -- A Yemeni man shot four oil company co-workers Tuesday -- killing an American, a Canadian and a Yemeni -- before shooting himself dead, the Interior Ministry said. A second Canadian was wounded. The assailant may have suffered from depression, and witnesses reported that during the attack he yelled he was taking revenge "against those who were filing reports about him," a ministry statement said...
Iraqi Kurds head to hills with war deadline looming (03/19/03)
IRBIL, Iraq -- The merchant bolted the security gate on his shoe shop, loaded the last of his stock into a truck and watched the traffic Tuesday head out of town and into the hills. "I'm leaving, too," said Abdul Hurriani after closing his store at the base of Irbil's ancient citadel. "Soon this will be a ghost town."...
Complaint filed against former president (03/19/03)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Seven Iraqi victims of the 1991 Gulf War lodged a war crimes complaint Tuesday against former President Bush. The complaint centers on the Feb. 13, 1991, U.S. bombing of the al-Amiriya shelter in Baghdad, which killed 403 people. The U.S. military said it believed the site was a command center...
Palestinian parliament creates prime minister post (03/19/03)
JERUSALEM -- The Palestinian parliament created the post of prime minister Tuesday, taking a major step toward U.S.-sought reforms and rebuffing Yasser Arafat's attempts to retain a say in forming the next Cabinet. In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed two top Hamas fugitives accused in a string of shootings and bombings that killed dozens of Israelis. In a separate incident, an 11-year-old boy attending a Gaza funeral was shot and critically injured...
Troops' nonessential gear packed up, sent to the rear (03/19/03)
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- The order to be ready to roll within hours came down Tuesday and the U.S. Army infantrymen began taking apart their dusty camp in Kuwait's featureless desert. Not long after President Bush set a deadline for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war, the young men of "Attack Company" packed up nonessential gear -- including tents -- and loaded it onto trucks to be taken to the rear...
World briefs 03/19/03 (03/19/03)
House explosion in Saudi Arabia kills one RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- An explosion in a house in the Saudi capital Tuesday killed one person, and authorities were investigating the possibility he was linked to al-Qaida, the Interior Ministry said. The blast, caused by an explosive device, occurred in the al-Jazirah neighborhood in the eastern part of Riyadh, the ministry said in a statement...
In run-up to Iraq war, U.S. image fast eroding (03/19/03)
Dan Vlasin, a 23-year-old teacher in Romania, has no doubts that the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein. But he's just as certain that America doesn't have the right to overthrow the Iraqi leader. "America is acting as if it were God," says Vlasin, from the city of Cluj in Transylvania. "Saddam Hussein is a paid assassin, but it's up to the Iraqi people to get rid of him."...
Police arrest two suspects in killing of Serbian prime minister (03/19/03)
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Serbian lawmakers elected a new national leader Tuesday who pleged to carry out the pro-western reforms and anti-crime efforts spearheaded by assassinated Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. "I shall be decisive in carrying out Djindjic's vision," said Zoran Zivkovic, a close associate of Djindjic's, after parliament voted 128-100 to make him prime minister...
China's new leaders were shaped by communism, not revolution (03/19/03)
BEIJING -- Just three years after the founder of communist China died in 1976, Mao Zedong's policies and legacy were being rigorously rethought -- and in many cases scrapped. But the death of his successor, Deng Xiaoping, a generation later produced a very different result...
German doctors may have found clue to cause of mystery illness (03/19/03)
Doctors searching for the source of the mysterious flu-like illness spreading from Asia said Tuesday that some victims appear to be infected with a virus group that causes measles and some diseases in animals. Specialists at the Institute for Medical Virology at Frankfurt University in Germany said samples from two people there resemble a paramyxovirus, the family of microbes that causes measles, mumps and canine distemper. There is no treatment for that virus group...
Saddam mocks as U.S. prepares (03/19/03)
In an edgy prelude to war, Saddam Hussein mocked an American ultimatum Tuesday to surrender power, and the Bush administration claimed public support from 30 nations for its international coalition supporting Iraq's disarmament. The streets of Baghdad captured the moment -- panic buying by residents bracing for a fearsome U.S.-led attack, side by side with a government-prompted, mass demonstration in support of Saddam...
Proposed bill could lead to an overhaul of MSHSAA (03/19/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The governing association for high school sports and other student activities would be required to drastically overhaul its regulations or effectively be forced out of business under legislation considered by a House committee Tuesday...
Central students combine their minds, funds for lacrosse team (03/19/03)
Spring offers a virtual smorgasbord of sports. Baseball, softball, boys tennis, track, girls swimming, golf and girls soccer make it the busiest time of the high school year. The spring array starts Monday when the games begin just two days after the official close of the basketball season in Columbia, Mo. And two days after the start of the lacrosse season...
Tournament games will go on, NCAA says (03/19/03)
The NCAA will not postpone the men's and women's basketball tournaments if the United States goes to war with Iraq this week, the organization's president said Tuesday. The tournament will go ahead as scheduled after tournament officials consulted with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, NCAA president Myles Brand said...
Alvarez, offense click in Indians' sweep (03/19/03)
Continued timely hitting, solid defense and another win by Tim Alvarez -- plus the first victory when Alvarez wasn't on the mound -- added up to a banner Tuesday for Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team. The Indians had three home runs among their 17 hits as they swept a doubleheader from Lipscomb, winning 9-3 and 6-5 in front of more than 500 fans at Capaha Field...
Pitino back in the hunt after a six-year absence (03/19/03)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino was never far from the NCAA tournament, even when he was coaching the Boston Celtics. His players would debate their brackets on bus rides, and Pitino joined the fray. One ritual during tournament time was the good-natured ribbing of Paul Pierce, who played for upset-prone Kansas before entering the pros...
NCAA will not postpone games if war breaks out (03/19/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will not postpone or move any men's and women's basketball tournament games or other events if the United States goes to war with Iraq. "From everything we know right now, it's in the best interests of the country to go forward," NCAA president Myles Brand said Tuesday, a day after telling reporters the NCAA was still exploring options...
MLB cancels Japan opener as war looms (03/19/03)
PHOENIX -- Major league baseball canceled the season-opening series in Japan between Seattle and Oakland because of the threat of war in Iraq. "Given the uncertainty that now exists throughout the world, we believe the safest course of action for the players involved and the many staff personnel who must work the games is to reschedule the opening series," commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday. ...
Split-finger fastball may help bullpen candidate (03/19/03)
JUPITER, Fla. -- A new pitch is giving Dustin Hermanson new life in his quest to secure a spot on the Cardinals' staff. The seven-year veteran has always been intrigued by the split-finger fastball. But he wasn't motivated to give it a try until he gave up seven runs in one inning of relief earlier in spring training...
Blues rally, win with three late goals (03/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Osgood wasn't overly pleased with his home debut with the Blues, but he'll happily take the win. Osgood managed to earn his second straight victory with the Blues, despite saving only 21 of 25 shots Tuesday in St. Louis' 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks...
FanFare 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Ichiro Suzuki insists there would have been no trouble once the Mariners and Athletics actually arrived in Japan. Getting there might have been the risky part. Major league baseball took no chances, deciding Tuesday to cancel next week's season-opening series in Tokyo between Seattle and Oakland because of the threat of war in Iraq...
  • Staircases help homeowners pull down more storage space (03/19/03)
    Homes come in a host of shapes and sizes. There are tiny abodes and large baronial estates; compact condos and roomy townhouses; spacious apartments and functional flats. Each has its own style, design and idiosyncrasies. One thing, however, is common to virtually all living spaces -- they are "storage challenged" -- there's never enough storage space...
    Creating the happiest of couch potatoes (03/19/03)
    The Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- Couch potatoes, your day is coming. Endeavoring to create the consumer entertainment system that does it all, computer companies are battling gadget makers for control of what can best be described as the home's digital nerve center...
    American Girls doll series inspires recipes (03/19/03)
    smcclanahan Now that the weather is warmer and days are longer, we are having our neighborhood children playing at the house more often. Each afternoon, as we arrive home from school, it is a race to see who can get their creek clothes on first and head to the creek on their bicycles. ...
    Cartoons, pennants are man's decor (03/19/03)
    Editor's note: This column originally was published on Jan. 7, 1998. Ladies, there are certain rules for a peaceful marriage. First, realize that while your man loves you, it's best not to stand in front of the television during the professional wrestling program known as "Monday Nitro."...
    Robert Amelunke (03/19/03)
    Robert Lee "Bob" Amelunke, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1934, at Dutchtown, son of Leo and Elma Paintor Amelunke. He and Adrianna Messmer were married May 12, 1962, at Kelso, Mo. Amelunke was warehouse manager and dispatcher 47 years with Rhodes 101 Co. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville and its Men's Club, and Cape Evening Optimist Club...
    Dorothy Kettel (03/19/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Dorothy L. Kettel, 72, of Cairo died Monday, March 17, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 24, 1930, in Cairo, daughter of Anthony and Blanche Williams Kettel. Kettel was a retired insurance secretary. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella...
    Kenneth Davis (03/19/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Kenneth W. Davis, 81, of Anna died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born June 16, 1921, in Balcom, Ill., to Hugh Oscar and Effie Jane Corzine Davis. He married Billie Lee Walker on May 10, 1947. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna, worked 28 years at International and Florsheim Shoe and 20 years at the Anna State Hospital. He was a World War II veteran, receiving two bronze stars...
    Sindy Pohlman (03/19/03)
    FROHNA, Mo. -- Sindy K. Pohlman, 41, of Frohna died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at her residence. She was born Aug. 29, 1961, in Perryville, the daughter of Kenneth and Barbara Braun Buchheit. She married Roger D. Pohlman on May 19, 1990. She was the business manager for Pohlman Trucking Firm, a member of Brazeau Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, and was an advocate for breast cancer, participating in Relay for Life and other events...
    Woodrow Snell (03/19/03)
    THEBES, Ill. -- Woodrow W. Snell, 89, of Thebes died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 16, 1914, in Commerce, Mo., son of Peter and Donna Huddelson Snell. He and Marie O. Simmons were married Nov. 20, 1935, at Thebes...
    Mable Caldwell (03/19/03)
    EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Mable Marie Caldwell, 87, of East Prairie died Monday, March 17, 2003, at East Prairie Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Green County, Ark., daughter of John W. and Maggie Marrow Hedges. On Feb. 14, 1928, she married Amos Ray Douglas. He died Oct. 28, 1954. She later married Theodore R. Caldwell Feb. 12, 1960. He died Aug. 7, 2000...
    Marjorie Jobe (03/19/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Marjorie Ann Jobe, 75, of Chaffee died Monday, March 17, 2003, at her home. She was born May 13, 1927, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of William Henry and Virgin Minnie Slinkard White. She and Fred Jobe were married June 7, 1943. He died Feb. 15, 1999...
    Eugene Cresto (03/19/03)
    COBDEN, Ill. -- Eugene P. Cresto, 46, of Cobden died Monday, March 17, 2003, at his home. He was born June 23, 1956, in Chicago, son of Eugene R. and Doris Somers Cresto. He was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include his mother of Cobden; two sons, Eugene Cresto of Hammond, Ind., Joseph Cresto of Ohio; a daughter, Christina Hileman of Cobden; two brothers, James Cresto of Crete, Ill., Paul R. Cresto of Momence, Ill.; and a grandson...
    Louise Kiefer (03/19/03)
    Funeral Mass for Louise M. Kiefer of Dittmer, Mo., will be held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in House Springs, Mo. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at Cedar Hill, Mo. Chapel Hill Mortuary at Cedar Hill is in charge of arrangements...
    Frank Delatorre (03/19/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Funeral for Frank Delatorre, 51, will be at 3 p.m. today at Clyde L. Choate Center Chapel with Chaplain Greg Bittle officiating. Burial will be in Choate Cemetery. Delatorre, a resident of Choate Mental Health & Development Center in Anna, died Sunday, March 16, 2003 at Union County Hospital in Anna...
    Myrtle Luhnow (03/19/03)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- Myrtle Albertina Luhnow, 101, of Tamms died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Southgate Health Care Center in Metropolis, Ill. She was born Feb. 5, 1902, in Chicago, daughter of Frederick and Martha Kuehenbecker Luhnow. Luhnow was a member of Mont Clare Chapter 845 Order of the Eastern Star in Chicago and had served as past worthy matron...
    Cape/Jackson police report 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, March 19 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Danny Ray Reed, 21, 538 S. Maple, was arrested Monday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
    Cape fire report 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, March 19 Firefighters responded to the following calls on Monday: At 11:56 a.m., an illegal burn at 312 S. Hanover. At 4:45 p.m., smoke in an apartment at 510 N. Fountain At 5:58 p.m., a request for emergency medical service at 1105 Linden...
    Out of the past 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
    10 years ago: March 19, 1993 Proposed $25 million school bond issue drew much of attention last night at forum for Cape Girardeau Board of Education candidates; about 60 people turned out for forum at Central Junior High cafeteria; bond issue would enable school district to build new elementary school and middle school, construct addition to Jefferson School, retrofit existing buildings to withstand earthquakes, and provide existing schools with air-conditioning and electrical system updates...
    Children find ways to learn about each other (03/19/03)
    We all know children who are brighter and better looking than most other children. We call them sons and daughters. Or grandchildren. But then we have to admit that most children can be pretty amazing at times, particularly when it comes to learning ideas and concepts that some adults find hard to grasp...
    Senate shows its worst side in filibuster (03/19/03)
    In this day of partisan politics, when any issue can be used to stake out a political position, there continue to be disappointments as well as a few surprises. The most apparent disappointment is the U.S. Senate's handling of federal judicial nominations. Disruptive stalling tactics are not new, and both Republicans and Democrats have used this ploy on a number of occasions...
    Reasons for going to war in Iraq remain unclear (03/19/03)
    To the editor: There remains great confusion about the Iraq war. Is it about disarmament? If so, this is under way. Is it about regime change? If so, without U.N. approval, military action designed to achieve this would be a breach of the U.N. charter...
    World is better place to be if we are considerate (03/19/03)
    To the editor: Sunday afternoons must not be good days to be out. It makes me wonder if the rude people I notice went to church that morning. A woman in a supermarket parking lot left her shopping cart behind the car next to hers. I put the cart away on my way to put mine up...
    Our greatness is being eroded by our policies (03/19/03)
    To the editor: I disagree with the advocates of diversity and multiculturalism who believe all cultures are equal and feel we should accept them to the detriment of our own country's institutions and our way of life. The war on terrorism is really a war on ideas resulting directly from two completely different cultures...
    Put prejudices behind, support our president (03/19/03)
    To the editor: I'm distressed to read so many negative comments in Speak Out about our president. It's easy to say we would do things differently, but how do we really know what we would do in any given situation? I can't say I would hold up too well to the stress he is under, and I will pray for him every day...
    Human rights are paramount in Iraqi war (03/19/03)
    To the editor: As war becomes more real, I would like to represent Central High School's Amnesty International Group and voice its concern over the human rights of the Iraqi citizens. Indiscriminate weapons should not be used. Heavily populated areas and cities should not be bombed. And Iraqi refugees should be allowed to enter any nation bordering Iraq...
    Speak Out 3/19/03 (03/19/03)
    TO THOSE who think teenagers are mature enough to handle drinking at 18: Most adults have trouble handling alcohol. Laws would save lives WHEN ARE we ever going to learn about these deadly fires? If mandatory inspections were required every six months, we wouldn't have a problem. I think someone needs to get busy and create some new laws...
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