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Stories from Saturday, November 15, 2003

Leaf pickup program gets started Monday (11/15/03)
Piles of leaves sit stacked along Cape Girardeau streets as residents await city crews who will begin hauling away the foliage next week with the aid of giant vacuums, trucks and front-end loaders. The hauling is scheduled to last four weeks, with public works crews tackling a different area of the city Monday through Friday each week...
Jackson gets grant to pay off tornado damage (11/15/03)
Jackson business owners impacted by last May's tornado may soon have another source of funding to help rebuild their livelihoods. The Missouri Department of Economic Planning announced Friday it will provide a disaster relief grant of $200,000. The grant, applied for by the city of Jackson, will be allocated through zero-interest loans to businesses that don't have enough insurance to cover the tornado's damage...
Bridge's place in history -- on a shot glass? (11/15/03)
Excited about the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge? Want to propose a toast to it? There's perhaps no better means than a Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge shot glass. For teetotalers, there's a bridge coffee mug. But those are just two pieces of memorabilia slipping into Cape Girardeau-area stores in advance of the Dec. 13 bridge dedication. Others include magnets -- at 99 cents, the cheapest of the bunch -- paperweights, can coolers, key chains and miniature spoons...
Party's over after theft of Ronald McDonald (11/15/03)
The party's smiling, waving guest of honor had a familiar face, especially to the McDonald's employee in attendance. Thursday morning, Cape Girardeau police recovered the stolen Ronald McDonald statue in the basement apartment on North Park Street. It was wearing a sock cap. A cigarette had been taped to Ronald McDonald's mouth, and his body was marked up with uncomplimentary graffiti...
Army mobilizes Cape reservists (11/15/03)
Ten members of the Army Reserve's 348th Engineering Company in Cape Girardeau were mobilized for duty Friday, said Sgt. Larry Anderson. The group leaves from their homes early today to travel to five different units in the Midwest for training before ultimately arriving at Fort Riley, Kan., in mid-December, Anderson said. ...
Deputy power play in Scott County (11/15/03)
FRED LYNCH * flynch@semissourian.com Scott County reserve deputy Derek Wilson, laying down at left, and jailers Todd Surface and Rex DeRoush endure 50,000 volts of electricity pass through them from a new TASER M26 stun device at the county jail in Benton, Mo. ...
House clerk asks whether leadership posts in legislature qualif (11/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's ethic panel needs more time to figure out whether legislative leadership positions constitute "public office." Stephen Davis, chief clerk of the Missouri House, had asked the Missouri Ethics Commission for an opinion on the issue. If such positions are considered public office, candidates for them would be required to file periodic campaign finance reports with the commission...
Man gets life for wife's slaying (11/15/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- With the help of sign language and special courtroom modifications, a man unable to hear or speak was sentenced to life behind bars on reduced charges in the alleged love-triangle stabbing death of his deaf wife. As part of a deal with St. Louis County prosecutors, Scott Harper, 39, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and armed criminal action and was sentenced to consecutive life sentences...
Bankruptcies nearly double in decade (11/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Bankruptcies have nearly doubled in the past decade, including more than 1.6 million people who filed for personal bankruptcy this fiscal year alone in a hangover of debt from the free-spending 1990s. Continuing the record-setting pace of recent years, personal bankruptcies rose 7.8 percent in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, according to data released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts...
Region/state digest 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
Cape police seeking gas pump robbery suspect A Cape Girardeau man reported being robbed Thursday night while he was pumping gas at a Bi-State convenience store at 400 Morgan Oak and the suspect is still at large, police said. The victim used his cell phone at 9:55 p.m. ...
Jury orders Exxon Mobil to pay $11.9 billion in natural gas dis (11/15/03)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A jury ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $11.9 billion in damages Friday after finding the oil giant had cheated the state of Alabama out of natural gas royalties. The jury, which began deliberating Tuesday, awarded $63.6 million in compensatory damages and $11.8 billion in punitive damages, a record in the state...
Broad energy bill is drafted by Congress (11/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans on Friday finished a draft of a broad energy bill that would double Americans' use of ethanol, improve reliability of the nation's power lines and aim billions of dollars in tax breaks to energy industries. GOP lawmakers called it a path to "restructuring energy in this country" and said it would provide tens of thousands of jobs and bring greater stability into an energy sector stung by sharp price volatility, impending shortages and power blackouts...
Muhammad jury starts deliberations, heads home without reaching (11/15/03)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Jurors in the murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad began deliberations Friday but went home for the weekend after meeting for about four hours. The jury sent one question to Prince William Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr., asking if they could have a tape recorder to review evidence on a 911 tape...
Radical pompom squad joins sidelines with activists (11/15/03)
NEW YORK -- They fight bombs with pompoms and kick high for consciousness. The Radical Cheerleaders, a loose network of young, mostly female activists, have put a new face on protest. Using the same moves performed by a high school pep squad, they've heckled for livable wages at an Alabama Taco Bell, chanted anti-war rhymes on Boston Common and marched in the Saskatchewan Pride Parade...
Michael Jackson's dad says he never beat son (11/15/03)
LONDON -- Michael Jackson's father says he never beat his son but admits in a TV interview to be broadcast Sunday that he whipped him. Joe Jackson told the British Broadcasting Corp. that he whipped Michael with a switch and a belt but says he never dealt out a beating...
U.S. officials- Violent Iraq tests resolve of America (11/15/03)
TOKYO -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday that guerrillas in Iraq have remained a deadly threat to the technologically superior Americans by studying the way U.S. troops fight. The final test, he said, will be, "Who's going to outlast the other?"...
U.S. soldier dies in Afghanistan (11/15/03)
JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- A U.S. special operations soldier was killed Friday when his vehicle struck an explosive device in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command said. The soldier died near Asadabad, in Kunar province, where coalition forces launched a large operation a week ago...
Kashmiris stuck between rivals Pakistan, India (11/15/03)
KOUMI, Pakistan -- Relations are improving between Pakistan and India these days, but the winds of peace have yet to blow toward Koumi and the other war-pocked towns along the Line of Control that divides the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Here in a cluster of neat houses on a steep mountainside, the mother of a 12-year-old boy killed last month by Indian shelling says she cares nothing what the politicians in New Delhi and Islamabad say about ending their 56-year standoff...
Former security leaders warnIsrael's Sharon of disaster withou (11/15/03)
JERUSALEM -- Four former Israeli security chiefs sharply criticized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's policies toward the Palestinians on Friday, warning in unusually bold terms that Israel is headed for catastrophe if it does not reach a peace deal soon...
U.S. to reopen diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia (11/15/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The United States will reopen its three diplomatic missions, including its embassy in Riyadh, today, an embassy spokesperson said. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and America's consulates in Jiddah and Dhahran were closed last Saturday following terror warnings, hours before suicide car bombers attacked a Riyadh residential compound housing mainly Arabs and Muslims. The attack killed at least 17 people and wounding scores more...
Rat poison becomes Chinese weapon of choice (11/15/03)
BEIJING -- Each story is ghastlier than the last. A shop owner poisons the snacks at a rival's store, and 38 people die. A widow spikes the lunch at her husband's funeral, killing 10. A man seeks vengeance against his married lover by targeting her children...
Central shoots for first state semifinal berth (11/15/03)
Central's boys soccer team will continue its drive into uncharted territory today. The Tigers, the state's onlyClass 3 unbeaten team at 25-0, heads to the Anheuser-Busch Conference and Sports Centre in Fenton, Mo., for its first-ever state quarterfinal game...
Otahkians miss out on upset in opener vs. Utah (11/15/03)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team made its first appearance in the Preseason NIT memorable with a near-upset of No. 19 Utah on Friday. The Otahkians ran the nationally ranked Utes all over the court in the first half of a 76-65 season-opening loss. Southeast forced Utah into several early turnovers and trailed by only a point, 37-36, at halftime...
Indians eye title shot (11/15/03)
A little more than a month ago, Tennessee Tech looked like one of the Ohio Valley Conference's top teams. Then quarterback Robert Craft suffered a season-ending knee injury against Tennessee-Martin on Oct. 11 -- a game the Eagles lost after leading by 16 points in the fourth quarter. That setback, which came right after a 25-point rout of Murray State, prevented Tech from beginning OVC play with two straight wins...
Tigers, Aggies look for a rebound (11/15/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Both Missouri and Texas A&M are coming off disappointing losses. That's where the similarity ends for the teams that will meet today. Missouri's aspirations for a Big 12 North title and appearence in the conference championship game took a major hit last week in a five-point loss at Colorado when Heisman hopeful Brad Smith negated a big statistical day with four turnovers...
Agency head calls new drug plan a 'joke' (11/15/03)
LONDON -- Baseball's policy on steroids is a "complete joke" and an "insult" to the fight against performance-enhancing drugs, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday. WADA chairman Dick Pound criticized the system and scale of penalties for steroid use that will start in baseball in March...
Briefly (11/15/03)
Baseball
  • Cardinals second baseman Bo Hart and Kansas City Royals shortstop Angel Berroa have been chosen for the Topps All-Rookie Team. In voting announced Friday, Hart and Berroa join Mark Teixeira of Texas at first, Ty Wigginton of the New York Mets at third, Miguel Olivo of the Chicago White Sox as catcher, and outfielders Rocco Baldelli of Tampa Bay, Cleveland's Jody Gerut and Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik.. ...
  • Area digest (11/15/03)
    Otahks volleyball team loses at Murray State MURRAY, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team fell in five sets Friday night at Murray State. The Racers reserved a spot in the OVC Tournament by defeating the Otahkians 24-30, 30-23, 30-27, 20-30, 15-9. The win snapped Southeast's 12-match winning streak against Murray State...
    Of giving ways... (11/15/03)
    Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." This is true no matter how grand or modest a contribution you can afford. And the fact is, your gift or bequest can have a significant and beneficial impact on the lives of others - if you know how to give most effectively...
    An estate plan you can live with (11/15/03)
    Sound estate planning should be more than a means for maximizing the amount you pass on after your death. It must also be a process you are comfortable with during your life. Ideally, an estate plan should balance requisite financial and legal considerations and strategies with intensely personal decisions, decisions that take into account your personality and philosophy toward life, as much as your passbooks and portfolios. ...
    A light-hearted plan for success (11/15/03)
    I thought it might be time for a little more light-hearted article as a follow-up to last month's article regarding strategic planning, I had some unusual thoughts lately while mowing the yard. I must admit it has been awhile since I have cut our yard. But, since my oldest is now away at college, and my daughter is busy after school with band, the job has occasionally fallen into my hands...
    Keene - Financial planning for life's surprises (11/15/03)
    Life's full of financial surprises -- and many of them we can see coming. Many people prepare -- if not always adequately -- for life's unexpected financial surprises: insurance for health problems or an auto accident, estate plans for death, an emergency fund for the unexpected loss of a job. ...
    Tips for planning year-end gifts (11/15/03)
    Part 1 of a 2-part series By Trudy Lee director of planned giving Southeast Missouri University Foundation As the end of the year approaches, the giving pace picks up. This is true for the nonprofit world in general. Many people simply wait for the closing of the tax year - and the barrage of financial appeals - to make their major gifts...
    Business center holding counseling sessions (11/15/03)
    The Small Business Development Center will be conducting counseling sessions for area small business people planning business ventures. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, 1267 N. Mount Auburn Road. Call 335-3312 for an appointment...
    Guest editorial - Medicare reform (11/15/03)
    (Minneapolis) Star Tribune When President Bush called a news conference Nov. 5 and asked congressional leaders to speed up their glacial negotiations on Medicare reform, he sounded like the anxious homeowner who asked his contractors to install one simple appliance and now finds that they are remodeling the whole house -- with incessant quarrels...
    Animal hospital introduces laser surgery (11/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Puppies are happier, kitties too, so are their owners when they visit Hillcrest Animal Hospital at 1904 South Westwood Boulevard for routine or major surgery. Veterinarians James Richardson and Michael Shepard recently purchased a $50,000 Lumenis Accuvet Novapulse laser...
    Group says Stoddard County ripe for agritourism (11/15/03)
    Business Today PUXICO -- An Agritourism Conference was recently held at the Mingo Job Corps Center just outside of Puxico. Agritourism is anything that happens in a rural area that is agriculture-related and brings in tourism money. Examples of agritourism are rodeos, pumpkin patches, dude ranches and fee hunting areas...
    People news (11/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI David Dalton, former senior vice president, has been named chief executive at Kennett National Bank in Kennett. Felicia Morgan has been named vice president for mortgage for Union Planters Bank's 16 offices in Southeast Missouri. She is based in Cape Girardeau...
    American Liver Foundation to sponsor program (11/15/03)
    As a service to the community, the Missouri Chapter of the American Liver Foundation is sponsoring a "Liver Update,",an education seminar for anyone interested in learning more about hepatitis and other liver diseases. The seminar is Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Conference Room at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Advance registration is preferred...
    Stoddard County tax liens (11/15/03)
    Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 568-3444...
    Missouri Chamber survey confirms health care cost woes (11/15/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY -- Rapidly rising healthcare costs are forcing employers across Missouri to pay double-digit premium increases, and in turn, employers are scaling back benefits and passing a larger share of the rising costs on to employees. This is according to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry's latest annual survey of employers' compensation practices, and emphasizes the growing need for employers to find alternatives to traditional health insurance plans in order to keep coverage affordable for employers and employees.. ...
    I.T. WerX staff attends WISPCON IV in Dallas (11/15/03)
    Larry Dush and Francis Ivanovich of I.T. WerX in Cape Girardeau recently attended a three-day conference for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPS) in Dallas, Texas. The seminar, held in the American Airlines Training and Convention Center, focused on new and existing technologies in the wireless high speed Internet market...
    Scott County tax liens (11/15/03)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 545-3551...
    Tech firm receives Cisco certification (11/15/03)
    Element 74 of Cape Girardeau has recently completed all certification requirements by Cisco Systems Inc. to become a Cisco Premier Certified Partner. Cisco Systems is the world leader in networking and has built its foundation on the AVVID (architecture for voice, video and integrated data) framework...
    Tech tip - Who is watching you on the Internet? (11/15/03)
    By Larry Dush operations manager I.T. WerX in Cape Girardeau Privacy is something everyone neglects thinking about until it is invaded. A few days ago, a client called complaining that his new computer was running very slow on the Internet. After examining the computer for hardware and software configuration problems, we downloaded ADAWARE, a program developed by LavaSoft, and scanned his computer. We soon discovered the problem. More than 350 instances of spyware were on his computer...
    Local security firm opens office in Joplin (11/15/03)
    Business Today Security Services of America recently opened a satellite office in Joplin, Mo. The current Missouri branch headquarters is in Chaffee and has more than 100 employees in Missouri. Security Services of America, based in Morehead City, N.C., is the 10th largest private security agency in the United States and employs more than 4,000 people nationwide...
    Drury Inns to build new hotel near I-55 (11/15/03)
    Business Today Drury Inns Inc. of St. Louis has announced plans for a new 180-room hotel in Cape Girardeau. A seven-story Drury Inn & Suites is being planned for a seven-acre tract at the southeast corner of Interstate 55 and Highway 74 on property that also will include three yet to be named restaurants, said Eric Strand, vice president of marketing and sales...
    Editorial - On the road to economic recovery (11/15/03)
    The recent news about the nation's economic growth during the third quarter of 2003 was heartening, to say the least. The Commerce Department said the gross domestic product grew at a 7.2 percent annual pace from July through September, the fastest rate of growth in more than two decades...
    Restaurateur joins NFIB billboard campaign (11/15/03)
    Business Today DEXTER -- The nonprofit National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is leading a campaign to make more small businesses aware of the benefits NFIB can provide them. This is a national campaign that is starting in Southeast Missouri...
    Business briefs (11/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CAPE GIRARDEAU Sunset Grill has opened at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. The owners are Chuck Kaminsky and Kevin Brannock. Rent A Center has purchased Show Me Rent to Own. The new manager is Packy Ayers. Raben Express Tire & Auto has opened at 2000 Independence...
    Visiting Nurse Association reaches into 15 counties (11/15/03)
    New program supplies home medical equipment By Jim Obert Business Today SIKESTON -- Thirty years ago, the directors of county health departments in Mississippi, Scott, New Madrid, Stoddard, Pemiscott and Dunklin counties saw a need for broader health services at low cost. They applied for and received a state grant from then-Gov. Kit Bond to start the first regional home healthcare program in Missouri...
    Recognition (11/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Peggy Bender, payroll administrator for Robinson Construction Co. in Perryville, received the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) in October 2003. She is one of approximately 588 practitioners throughout the United States to be certified by the American Payroll Association (APA). ...
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens (11/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information contact the recorder's office at 243-8123...
    Bankruptcies for November 2003 (11/15/03)
    Bankruptcies filed through Nov. 10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
    C.M. Welker (11/15/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- C.M. Welker, 76, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at his home. He was born May 19, 1927, son of Charles Milas and Nancy Long Welker. He and Sarah Fulbright were married Dec. 5, 1959, in Lutesville, Mo. Welker was a logger and attended Liberty Congregational Methodist Church...
    Wilburn Colyer (11/15/03)
    Wilburn "Wib" Colyer, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1927, in McClure, Ill., son of Moses and Dona Johnson Colyer. He and Rosalie Burris were married Aug. 19, 1944, in Cape Girardeau...
    Ron Miller (11/15/03)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- Ron Miller, 62, of Tamms died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born June 23, 1941, in Diswood, Ill., son of Charles and Leota Nelson Miller. He married Marilyn McWilliams. Miller was a bus driver for the Egyptian School District. He and his wife had managed the Stop-N-Go in Elgin, Ill., and Arby's in Charlottesville, Va. He was a lifelong member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church...
    Elsie Albright (11/15/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Elsie Cordelia Albright, 104, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, in St. Petersburg. She was born Jan. 12, 1899, in Centralia, Ill., daughter of Charles and Mary Jane McRaven Schilling. She and William Albright were married in 1924 in Alexander County. He died Dec. 18, 1946...
    Births 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    Moyers Son to Scott Ray and Lori Ann Moyers of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003. Name, Max Allen. Weight, 8 pounds 7 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Moyers is the former Lori Ferguson, daughter of John and Shirley Ferguson of Cape Girardeau. She is a physician at Care Family Practice. Moyers is the son of Scotty and Vicky Moyers of Cape Girardeau. He is a staff writer at the Southeast Missourian newspaper...
    Sheriff's report 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Tammy J. Hanners, 34, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Nov. 8 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Fire report 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Medical assist at 2346 Rust. Medical assist at 407 Fitzgerald. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Medical assist at 1850 Martin. Medical assist at 2518 Ford. Medical assist at 531 Boxwood...
    Police report 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Derek S. Miller, 18, of 2224 Belleridge Ave., Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 15, 1993 Emergency workers were busy yesterday afternoon and into the night trying to repair damage caused by tornado, high winds and flash flooding that struck region earlier in the day. The city council votes to move forward with a plan for soliciting proposals and selecting an excursion gambling boat operator by March 7...
    Rep. Emerson's Mideast journal- Part 1 (11/15/03)
    U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau recently visited the Middle East. She kept a daily journal. Here is the first installment: By Jo Ann Emerson Saturday, Nov. 8: We arrived in Amman, Jordan today. I was very impressed with the country. Jordan is definitely a place I would like to visit again when I have more time. It is surprisingly Westernized...
    Canada's cheap drugs (11/15/03)
    Americans are footing the bill for the rest of the world's prescription drugs, as shown in an Associated Press price check released last week. The comparison was with Canada, a neighboring country where it's easy to find the same medications available in the United States. And the lower costs in Canada cause many Americans to look north to save money...
    A dog for Josh (11/15/03)
    Josh Ghiz is a prisoner in his own body. Because of a genetic disorder, every cell in the Jackson 9-year-old's body is flawed. He is blind and deaf and can't walk, and he is painfully thin despite the expensive growth hormones he takes. But there is something that could make his life better: a golden retriever mix dog named Chrissie...
    Look to Bible for guidance on leaf burning (11/15/03)
    To the editor: You can find a solution to any problem, but sometimes the solutions do not always come out the way we want them to or to our own advantage. The answers are revealed in the Bible. You may not see them even after years of reading the Scriptures. Many answers can be found in Proverbs...
    Author used faulty data in book on guns (11/15/03)
    To the editor: Peter Kinder's Oct. 26 column claims that John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime," "hasn't been effectively refuted." I beg to differ and will be happy to provide the Missouri Legislature with details of the growing body of evidence to the contrary. I have been deeply involved in working with the FBI's crime data for a number of years...
    Most Christians are faithful to their Savior (11/15/03)
    To the editor: In a recent Speak Out comment, someone said there are Christians who go to church on Sundays and are unfaithful to their spouses during the week, implying that Christians do not live up to the profession of their faith. Do such critics ever think about the fact that such sins have been going on at all times? There was Judas the traitor, one of the 12 apostles, who shamefully betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Yet there were 11 apostles who remained faithful...
    Why not put all of government in private hands? (11/15/03)
    To the editor: State Sen. Peter Kinder correctly recognizes that private firms are more efficient than government. But why limit private concerns to cleaning and operation of prisons? Why not privatize government itself, if non-government entities operate so much more efficiently? Or better yet, why have government at all? Much of the security in this country is already handled by private firms. Why not all of it?...
    Speak Out 11/15/03 (11/15/03)
    Other considerations OK, SUPPOSE the stock market goes up and jobs pick up. Fine. That's great. But there are some other things to consider. How long are our fighting men and women going to be over in Iraq, a war that 50 percent of the people didn't want. What are our chances of getting a strong national health-care bill for senior citizens and drugs paid for by Medicare? What about increasing the minimum wage to a livable wage?...
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