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Stories from Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Override putting pressure on gun teachers, sheriffs (09/16/03)
More than 60,000 Missourians are expected to apply for permits for concealed guns beginning Oct. 11. And because training is a prerequisite, the expected rush for the right to bear hidden firearms could put tremendous pressure on Missouri's firearms instructors...
Woman devoted to teaching and promoting readable handwriting (09/16/03)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Just think about the time it takes to write "tomato." Kate Gladstone does. And she's happy to illustrate her point. Stepping up to her chalkboard, she writes the word out in a loopy cursive, coming back to cross her T's. Then she does it a bit faster her way, with a loopless "italic" script that allows the T's to be crossed as she writes...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (09/16/03)
Public hearings Held a public hearing to consider vacating the city's interest in a 15-foot alley in Monticello First Addition. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) Accepted general warranty deeds, permanent utility easements and temporary construction easements from various property owners in widening Silver Springs Road from Route 74 to Mount Auburn Road...
You're doing it 'thurr' again? (09/16/03)
Driving from Oran to Cape, I know at any given point Chingy will pop up with his renowned song "Right Thurr." What bugs me is that I've heard it so many times yet I can never quite spit out the lyrics in the chorus the correct way. It just sounds like I was born with a horrible speech impediment...
'Soul Caliber II' tops the fighting-game heap (09/16/03)
Fans of "Soul Caliber," one of the all-time best fighting games, should be dancing in the streets. The original, which made its debut on the late and not very lamented Dreamcast four years ago, is still beloved. Now, "Soul Caliber II," available from Namco for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, will reach a far wider audience and the applause will be heard across the country...
The organized student (09/16/03)
Students struggle to manage time and assignments to keep ahead of schedule By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian A month into the school year most students know whether they're on the fast track to failure or bound for academic achievement. The key to success, area students say, is in staying organized...
No rooms at the Holiday Inn (09/16/03)
Two weeks ago, 188 hotel rooms vanished from Cape Girardeau's tourism landscape. There's little mystery surrounding the disappearance -- the closing of the Holiday Inn will leave the city with 20 percent fewer rooms for a year, making it tougher at times for visitors to find a place to stay...
Cape man charged with statutory sodomy (09/16/03)
A 25-year-old Cape Girar-deau man was charged Saturday with statutory sodomy for having deviate sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12. Zachariah M. Martinez remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail at the county jail. He appeared Monday in the courtroom of Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp for an initial arraignment...
Man pretending to seek job robs bowling alley (09/16/03)
A man in blue shirt and a necktie pretended to be job hunting at a Cape Girardeau bowling alley Monday morning, but instead, he robbed the staff at gunpoint and made off with cash from the safe, police say. Shortly before 9 a.m., the man appeared at the door of West Park Lanes. The business was closed, but he was allowed inside after he inquired about employment, said police Sgt. Rick Schmidt...
Three face meth-related charges after arrests (09/16/03)
Three people face methamphetamine-related charges after being arrested in a joint investigation by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Kimberly A. Zimmerman, and Kurtis D. Zimmerman, both 36, of Centralia, Ill., and Joyce E. Taylor, 37, of Friedheim were arrested Friday. Each were charged with class B felonies for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and class C felonies for possession of a controlled substance...
Soccer supporters determined to light up fields (09/16/03)
They've never really had a place to call their own, but thanks to some grass roots fund raising, Central High School soccer players will finally know what it's like to have home field advantage. A group of Cape Girardeau parents calling themselves the soccer fan club have spent the past year selling car stickers and calendars, washing cars and drumming up donations to light the soccer fields at Central High School...
Officials strike deal to stock Jackson lake with trout (09/16/03)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen OK'd a deal with the Missouri Department of Conservation Monday night to bring trout to town. The board agreed to a cooperative venture that will bring rainbow trout to the city park's Rotary Lake, making Jackson one of just four Missouri cities -- St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia are the others -- to have a winter trout fishing program. Columbia will also begin its trout program this fall...
Thomas Jefferson opens history series in Thebes (09/16/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- After describing the hardships faced by Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, a French riverman Monday night suggested that President Thomas Jefferson must not be very clever to have believed that the Missouri River would lead them to the Pacific Ocean...
Cape City Council scraps residency for judge (09/16/03)
A divided Cape Girardeau City Council scrapped the residency requirement for municipal judge, backing a closed-door decision last month to hire an out-of-town lawyer for the post. The council voted 5-2 Monday night to give final approval to the ordinance despite objections from local lawyers and residents who said there was no need for the council to hire a lawyer from East Prairie when the other three candidates all lived in Cape Girardeau and were qualified for the job...
SEMO District Fair attendance tops 95,000 (09/16/03)
The final attendance figure for this year's SEMO District Fair in Cape Girardeau ended higher than organizers anticipated. Publicity chairman Pete Poe said Monday the count came in at 95,488, well above initial estimates of 95,000. He credited better musical acts -- the Marshall Tucker Band, Phil Vassar and three-act Operation Redneck -- with the increased attendance. It was more than 4,000 over last year...
Crime fund supporters to try again after override fails (09/16/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After the General Assembly last week failed to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of legislation that would have meant new funding for local law enforcement, supporters plan to draft a revised bill they hope will address the governor's concerns...
Suspect charged in Illinois shooting death (09/16/03)
ULLIN, Ill. -- A weekend shooting that left one man dead has resulted in first-degree murder and kidnapping charges in Alexander County, Ill. Charles J. Smith, 32, of Tamms, Ill., was charged Monday with five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of kidnapping. His bond was set at $250,000...
Faces of 2morrow 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Miller named to dean's list at Quincy University Zach Miller of Cape Girardeau was named to the dean's list for the spring 2003 semester at Quincy University in Illinois. Miller, who graduated in May, is the son of Mitch and Diane Miller. Advance student receives leadership award...
Authorities use Internet to catch suspects who target children (09/16/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Six men have been charged in a St. Louis County Internet sting of suspected sex predators, with prosecutors preparing charges against others. Detectives are posing as children on the computer, but they say it's the adult suspects on the other end who are arranging meetings...
Steel sheets fall; no one injured (09/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Four large steel sheets fell from the 20-story Millennium Center in downtown St. Louis Monday, barely missing passers-by. No one was hurt. Two of the panels fell from the 40-year-old building at around 11 a.m., according to stltoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. About an hour later, two more panels fell...
Guard members sent to Middle East face possible pay cuts (09/16/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For spouses of Missouri National Guard soldiers called to active duty in the war on terrorism, loss of companionship is bad enough. Then there's the loss of income many face because the military doesn't pay as much as the soldiers made in their regular jobs back home. There's uncertainty about how long the soldiers will be gone, and constant fear that a husband or wife will be harmed in the line of duty...
Motorist finds wandering toddler (09/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A motorist in East St. Louis, Ill., early Monday found a toddler wandering the street wearing nothing but a diaper, police said. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. The motorist took the child to St. Louis television station KMOV, where police were called. Investigators found the child's mother at about 6 a.m. and took her into custody. She had not been charged by mid day...
To change fatty habits, feds try going local (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Some Indian tribes in Michigan are about to urge a return to traditional menus like wild rice and fresh fish, in hopes of fighting soaring obesity-caused diabetes. Boston-area schools will begin teaching students why 100 percent juice is better than soda, and urging parents to limit children's TV time to two hours a day...
Temperature range changes on weekend, scientists find (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Life is different on weekends, a distinction that seems to affect Mother Nature as well as people. Climate researchers studying records at thousands of locations have discovered that, in many communities, the temperature range between the daily high and low changes on the weekend...
Nation digest 09/16/03 (09/16/03)
Texas session opens with all Democrats present AUSTIN, Texas -- A Democratic lawmaker broke ranks with his colleagues Monday and showed up for the opening of a special legislative session, giving Republicans the quorum they need to vote on a congressional redistricting plan. The rest of the Senate's Democrats joined him...
Court postpones California recall vote (09/16/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court threw California's tumultuous recall campaign into turmoil Monday by postponing the Oct. 7 election, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore in ruling that punch-card ballots could lead to some votes not being counted...
Country music entertainers pay respects at funeral for Cash (09/16/03)
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- Family, friends and musicians gathered at Johnny Cash's funeral Monday to pay tribute to a giant in American music. "He represented the best of America; we're not going to see his like again," said singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, who wrote Cash's 1970 hit "Sunday Morning Coming Down."...
Smart tags moving rapidly -- too rapidly for some (09/16/03)
Backers of new radio-tagged product codes, a kind of souped-up bar code, are heralding this as the week the technology finally moves off the drawing board and into the real world. Unlike traditional bar codes, radio frequency identification tags do not need to pass under a laser reader. They are already commonly used by drivers with "speed passes" at toll booths, by U.S. military quartermasters and by ranchers tracking livestock from "farm to fork."...
East Coast residents bracing for Hurricane Isabel's arrival (09/16/03)
TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. -- Residents up and down the East Coast boarded up windows with plywood, hauled their boats inland and stocked up on generators, batteries and flashlights Monday as a fearsome Hurricane Isabel churned toward land with winds howling at 125 mph...
Carter on Mideast - U.S. must push harder for peace (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration must push harder -- and be evenhanded -- to revive sagging peace hopes in the Middle East, former President Jimmy Carter said Monday. In an Associated Press interview 25 years after the Camp David accords, Carter said Israel and the Palestinians had not only abandoned the U.S.-backed road map for peace but had violated it -- Israel by threatening the "removal" of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. ...
Adviser - Ex-general's bid for president almost certain (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- On the verge of running, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark on Monday summoned his fledgling political team to Arkansas to discuss strategy for mounting a Democratic presidential campaign. The small group of legal, financial and political advisers were invited to today's session in Little Rock, Ark., after being told Clark was ready to seek the presidency. ...
Asbestos settlement plan unleashes lobby war (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- As a child in Montana, Mike Switzer played around the local vermiculite mine, swinging off a rope into dusty piles of insulation and pushing toy cars through asbestos-laden dust in nearby yards. Now, at 65, Switzer has asbestosis, one of the asbestos-related illnesses blamed for more than 200 deaths in the area near the W.R. Grace mine and mill in Libby, Mont...
Analysts believe economy poised for strong growth (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, buffeted by everything from recession and terrorist attacks to a collapsing stock market and corporate scandals, is finally poised for stronger growth. Even jobs, a notable no-show in the recovery so far, will gradually start to improve, a national economists' group predicted Monday...
People talk 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Swampstock combines country music, charity RAYVILLE, La. -- Thousands of people converged on this north Louisiana town for Swampstock, the annual charity event that country music star Tim McGraw sponsors. McGraw, Faith Hill, singer Chris Cagle and actor Rick Schroeder were among those who participated. Events included a celebrity softball game and a Sunday afternoon concert...
Symantec exec selected as chief of national cybersecurity (09/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday selected Amit Yoran, a software executive from Symantec Corp., as the nation's new cybersecurity chief for the Department of Homeland Security. Yoran, who is hardly a household name but well known within the cybersecurity community, will be the government's evangelist for persuading Americans to improve their computer defenses against hackers, disgruntled employees, commercial rivals and foreign governments...
Police said to have DNA of person who killed foreign minister (09/16/03)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Investigators collected DNA from a baseball cap apparently left behind by the man who killed Sweden's foreign minister but found no match in a national criminal database, police said Monday. The investigators also evaluated tips after releasing photos of a man who they said matched witness descriptions of the person who attacked Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in an upscale department store -- a crime that shocked the nation and cast a shadow over a weekend referendum on whether to adopt the euro.. ...
Guinea-Bissau leaders promise transition to civilian government (09/16/03)
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau -- Guinea-Bissau's army chief of staff won political leaders' backing Monday for overthowing the unpopular and erratic president, who remained in military detention after an apparently bloodless coup. In talks, army Chief of Staff Verissimo Correia Seabre also secured political party leaders' agreement that he should have presidential powers in the impoverished former Portuguese colony until elections can be held...
Swedish vote on euro brings more questions to EU discussions (09/16/03)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Sweden's "no" to the euro dents the prestige of Europe's shared currency, already tarnished by powerhouses Germany and France ignoring rules on government spending and the public perception that the euro caused prices to rise...
Powell visits Kurd mass graves in Iraq (09/16/03)
HALABJA, Iraq -- Standing near rows of white grave markers, Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday honored 5,000 Iraqi Kurds who died in a chemical weapons attack and pledged such brutality was gone along with Saddam Hussein. With relatives of victims standing before him, Powell said: "I can't tell you that Saddam Hussein was a murderous tyrant -- you know that. What I can tell you is that what happened here in 1988 is never going to happen again."...
Israel backs away from statements on killing Arafat (09/16/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel backed off Monday from threats to kill Yasser Arafat, while the incoming Palestinian prime minister ceded control over many Cabinet appointments to Arafat's Fatah party despite Israeli demands that the veteran Palestinian leader be stripped of authority...
Iraqi police chief killed in Monday ambush (09/16/03)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Three assailants in red-and-white Arab headdresses gunned down the police chief of a city west of Baghdad Monday in an ambush that underscored the perils for Iraqis who join U.S.-backed security forces. The Americans hope those forces will gradually take over security from U.S. ...
WTO looks for way forward after Cancun (09/16/03)
CANCUN, Mexico -- World Trade Organization leaders, crippled by two major defeats in four years, are searching for a way to win back the trust of poor nations and cobble together a global trade treaty that will shape the world's economy for years to come...
World briefs 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
India rebuffs Pakistani offer for high-level visit ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- India rebuffed the Pakistani foreign minister's offer Monday to travel there, scuttling what would have been the highest-level visit between the two South Asian rivals in more than two years...
Tourism drive disrupts Buddhist temple life (09/16/03)
LHASA, China -- The Jokhang Temple, one of Tibetan Buddhism's most sacred sites, has endured theological feuds, political upheaval and widespread destruction at the hands of ax-wielding communist Red Guards. Yet nothing in the temple's rough history prepared its monks for what may be the biggest threat yet to their monastic existence -- tourists...
Notre Dame spikers sweep aside Scott City (09/16/03)
After an early exit in the B.A. Sports Volleyball Classic over the weekend, Notre Dame Regional High School showed no lingering effects in a 25-13, 26-24 sweep of the Rams Monday night at Scott City High School. The Bulldogs lost to Notre Dame of St. Louis in the quarterfinals of the B.A. Sports Classic after making it to the finals two straight years...
Indians' latest loss has several positives (09/16/03)
Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings had to discuss another loss at his weekly media conference Monday morning -- but at least this one was a bit easier to stomach. After being dominated by Southern Illinois the previous week, the Indians stood toe to toe with Division I-A Arkansas State Saturday night during a 21-3 road loss...
Mizzou, Kansas enjoy rare success (09/16/03)
DALLAS -- Missouri or Kansas have finished at the bottom of the Big 12 North Division standings in each of the past four seasons. The perennial cellar-dwellers haven't had a chance yet this season to improve their conference standing -- that won't happen until they play their Big 12 opener against each other Sept. 27. But they are having some early success...
Raven running back predicted a record-breaking day (09/16/03)
BALTIMORE -- Jamal Lewis was never one to set modest goals for himself. Upon joining the Baltimore Ravens as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft, Lewis began a quest to earn a place among the league's greatest running backs. Breaking the single-game rushing record was never part of the plan...
Redbirds brew up potient to end skid (09/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Brett Tomko allowed six hits over eight innings and drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night. Tomko went 2-for-4, including a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the third, as the Cardinals moved within five games of idle Houston in the NL Central...
Bulger bumps out Warner at QB (09/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner's two MVP awards were of absolutely no use to him on Monday, when Marc Bulger was named the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback. Coach Mike Martz made his choice a day after Bulger's strong play after halftime in a 27-24 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers, but emphasized it wasn't necessarily a long-term decision...
Troubled WUSA folds after three-season run (09/16/03)
ATLANTA -- The cash-strapped WUSA called it quits Monday just five days before the Women's World Cup, bringing an abrupt end to a soccer league built on the success of the 1999 tournament. The decision was made by the league's board of governors at a meeting in New York...
Blitz happy as a lark after getting reprieve (09/16/03)
MONTREAL -- Blitz, the Montreal Alouettes' mascot, received a reprieve -- and a stern reprimand -- after being given a penalty for pecking an official during a Canadian Football League game. Alouettes head coach Don Matthews wanted the bird mascot cut after drawing a 15-yard penalty for knocking an official on the head during a touchdown celebration in Montreal's 30-10 victory over the Ottawa Renegades on Sunday...
MacInnis becomes permanent captain as Pronger steps aside (09/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Chris Pronger relinquished his role as captain of the St. Louis Blues on Monday to defenseman Al MacInnis. MacInnis, 40, was the acting captain last season when Pronger was recovering from off-season wrist and knee surgery. "It was a total surprise," said MacInnis on the first day of the Blues training camp. "It's not an easy thing for him to do. I'm sure it's not something that just came to him. I'm sure it's been on his mind for a long time."...
Sideline chatter 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Whippersnappers get Triplett talk Kirk Triplett looked at his age (41) and his career PGA Tour winnings ($10 million-plus) and suddenly realized he's no longer one of golf's youth brigade. As the Pullman product told The Associated Press: "I feel like the old geezer out here now talking to some of these guys."...
Horror writer Stephen King gets honorary book award (09/16/03)
NEW YORK -- Stephen King doesn't have the literary reputation of Philip Roth or Arthur Miller, but now all three authors have something in common: an honorary National Book Award for lifetime achievement. King, brand-name writer, master of the horror story and e-book pioneer, is receiving this year's medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters. The prize, worth $10,000, was announced Monday by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors the awards...
Rebecca Lambrou (09/16/03)
Rebecca Lambrou, 53, of Scott City died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at the home of her mother near Advance, Mo. She was born July 23, 1950, in Hillsboro, Ore., daughter of William and Gloudena "Billy" Baker Finnigan. She and Dr. Thymios Lambrou were married Dec. 29, 1997, at Chaffee, Mo...
Wilma Barks (09/16/03)
Wilma M. Barks, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, at Fruitland, daughter of Otto and Caroline Loos Heider. She married Raymond Barks June 3, 1939, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He died Jan. 3, 1997...
Lowell Bartruff (09/16/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lowell E. "Skinny" Bartruff, 82, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at UMC Hospital in Las Vegas. He was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Anna, son of Ernest and Leona Irwin Bartruff. He and Fern Brown were married July 4, 1950, in San Bernardino, Calif...
Lois Unverferth (09/16/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lois Jean Unverferth, 69, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at Select Specialty Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 26, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Guy V. and Thelma E. Dillingham Rose. She and Thomas "Pete" Unverferth were married Feb. 11, 1956. He died Dec. 13, 1983...
Charlotte Sherfield (09/16/03)
Charlotte Sherfield, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Morrow Son to Jason Scott and Jill Eileen Morrow of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:46 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2003. Name, Carson Frederick Wayne. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Morrow is the former Jill Kelpe, daughter of Don and Diane Kelpe and Diane Karraker Kelpe, all of Cape Girardeau. Morrow is the son of Barbara Morrow of Jackson. He is a Toyota production system engineer at TG Missouri Corp...
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Sept. 16 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael D. Wheatley, 36, of 639 S. Gordon Road, Mableton, Ga., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Sept. 16 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following item: At 5:54 p.m., medical assist at 121 S. Sprigg. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 7:08 a.m., fire alarm at 1050 Greek Drive. At 7:42 a.m., vehicle fire at Interstate 55, mile marker 84...
Out of the past 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
10 years ago: Sept. 16, 1993 Jefferson City, Mo. -- Legislative package proposed by Gov. Mel Carnahan for members of General Assembly to consider in trying to deal with flood damages across Missouri has been well received by area legislators; some of controversial proposals floated several weeks ago by Carnahan and some legislators aren't part of package because state share of flood damage costs will be less than once thought...
Education or tug of war? (09/16/03)
By James Nall While I was doing some work on a former teacher's home, she and I got into a discussion about my cousin, who preceded me by a year in her class. She said he would often challenge her on government and history and that sometimes he seemed to know more on the subjects than she did...
The stop-Rush campaign (09/16/03)
Republicans love to complain that they don't get a fair shake from the elites running the nation's airwaves and newspapers. Which has us wondering why they're helping their political opponents muzzle the likes of Rush Limbaugh. Ever since the Federal Communications Commission's June decision to allow broadcast TV owners to own a few more stations, liberals have been channeling George Orwell -- claiming Big Brother broadcasters are a "threat to democracy" that will stifle "diversity of view." With the aid of many Republicans, they've already blocked the new rules in the House and may pass a resolution this week to do the same in the Senate.. ...
Big pay increases for federal workers (09/16/03)
The cost of the war on terror, which is being fought on numerous fronts, is still going up, and the economy still hasn't made a full recovery from the recent recession. Unemployment rates nationally are high. Time for frugality, right? Not for the U.S. House of Representatives, which recently voted for the fifth consecutive year to give congressional lawmakers a 2.2 percent pay raise, which amounts to about a $3,300 boost over last year...
Blunt challenges fees for state workers (09/16/03)
Missouri's secretary of state, Matt Blunt, is questioning the legality of a proposed rule that would force some new state workers to join a union and pay dues or pay the union's service fees as a condition of employment. Blunt says it's not right...
IRS shows how feds might handle health-care plan (09/16/03)
To the editor: Your editorial on the IRS accuracy rate is pretty scary. If this government agency can't perform any better than even its own stated 67 percent accuracy rate, how in the world can reasonable people think that a government-run national health-care plan would work any better or instill confidence in citizens?...
Speak Out 9/16/03 (09/16/03)
Support school tax NOW IS the time to pass a tax increase for Jackson schools. Most people in the Jackson area can well afford it, and Bob Holden has let our school system down by taking away much-needed funding. Fairness in taxing means everyone pays and, as a result, you may very well benefit from it. Support your public schools and you'll have a healthier society...
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