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World briefs 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Two U.S. troops killed; Afghan vote count goes on KABUL, Afghanistan -- A bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday, and an attack in an eastern province killed three children and two others. ...
Otahkians bounce back with victory (10/17/04)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team bounced back from a tough loss Friday night to pick up an Ohio Valley Conference victory Saturday afternoon. The Otahkians, one day after losing at home in five games to Jacksonville State, knocked off visiting Samford 30-26, 30-26, 27-30, 30-15 in front of about 125 fans at Houck Field House...
Nation briefs 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Former security adviser says Iraq 'a failing venture' WASHINGTON -- The national security adviser under the first President Bush says the current president acted contemptuously toward NATO and Europe after Sept. 11, 2001, and is trying to cooperate now out of desperation to "rescue a failing venture" in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...
Meyr, Peiffer pleased to be in same class (10/17/04)
The third class inducted into Southeast Missouri State University's Athletic Hall of Fame featured a unique connection. Ryland "Dutch" Meyr, a Southeast football star in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was an assistant coach for the Indians in the late 1960s and for much of the 1970s -- and one of the players he successfully recruited and coached at Southeast was Dan Peiffer, who went on to play for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins...
Cape Girardeau County officials discuss merit system (10/17/04)
Pretend for a moment you're a Cape Girardeau County employee. Every day you come in, sit at your desk and get to work right away. You stamp the files that need stamped; you file the 2-inch-thick paper pile that was dumped on your desk. You answer the telephones, greet the customers, go home every day with a bruised hand from all of the stapling you've done...
Rice group, Cuba call for increase in exports (10/17/04)
Rice grown in Stoddard County on the island of Cuba? It's true, and thanks to new agreement between the communist nation and the U.S. Rice Producers Association, the amount of rice grown in Missouri and throughout the country exported to the island may be increased in the near future...
Anti-drug campaign gets early opening in Cape (10/17/04)
Will wearing mismatched socks or a hat to school prevent students from using drugs? Maybe not, but local educators hope such activities during the coming week will at least catch their attention long enough to get a strong message against drug abuse through to them...
Missouri folklorists plan to gather at conference in Cape (10/17/04)
From Nov. 4 through 6, Cape Girardeau will be the center for Missouri folklore as between 120 and 150 folklorists descend upon the city to attend the 2004 Missouri Folklore Conference at Southeast Missouri State University. This is the second time the convention, which is open to the public, has been held in Cape Girardeau since it began 27 years ago; the first time was in 1985...
Show aims to be 'shopping adventure' (10/17/04)
More than 100 exhibitors displayed their wares aimed at women's spiritual and physical health, in addition to their beauty, decorating and practical needs at the Show Me Center on Saturday. "Vendors used to have the perception that it was just trick or treat for women," said Meg Davis, executive director of the show. ...
The Indians turned the ball over five times in a 38-13 loss (10/17/04)
Southeast Missouri State University lost another football game Saturday -- but you can't blame this one on the defense. The Indians' maligned, injury-riddled defense had by far its best performance of the season, allowing 372 yards and basically being responsible for giving up just 10 points...
Canvassing the county (10/17/04)
Jay Purcell won't be able to do a darn thing about the war in Iraq. Concerned about national security? Jim Bowers isn't your guy. But Purcell, Bowers and eight other local office seekers instead are fighting for positions that will affect Cape Girardeau County residents as much as anyone named Kerry or Bush...
Group accused of aiding terrorists focus of FBI interviews (10/17/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An investigation of a Missouri-based group accused of aiding terrorists has involved almost half the FBI's domestic field offices, a spokesman said. The FBI office in Kansas City asked 26 of the bureau's 56 field offices to interview from 80 to 90 people as part of the investigation into the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA, FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said Friday...
Man admits Branson scheme (10/17/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Tennessee man has admitted to marketing fake time-shares at two Branson hotels, bilking investors out of more than $20 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Dennis Ray Weaver, 55, of Jackson, Tenn., pleaded guilty Thursday to a mail fraud charge, according to U.S. Attorney Todd Graves...
Thousands line up in desperate bid for flu vaccine (10/17/04)
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Seventy-year-old Homer Fink spent eight hours sitting next to a supermarket Halloween display to get a flu shot that he wasn't able to get at five other places. "I've had five bypasses and six stents in me now. I need the shot," said Fink, who got the third spot in line by arriving at 1 a.m. Friday for a clinic scheduled to start at 9 at the Kroger store. It was the last vaccination clinic in the area...
Parties targeting absentee voter rolls (10/17/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Like fishing in a stocked pond instead of an ocean, some politicians are trying to catch votes by targeting phone calls and fliers at voters who have applied for absentee ballots -- a pool that's highly likely to vote. Under laws well-known to political strategists but perhaps not to the public, candidates in some states can ask local election officials for lists of people who have requested absentee ballots -- and then campaign directly to them...
Soyuz craft docks with space station (10/17/04)
KOROLYOV, Russia -- The Soyuz spacecraft closed in on the international space station at dangerously high speed Saturday, forcing the U.S.-Russian crew to put on the brakes, abandon autopilot and manually dock the Soviet-era capsule in an unplanned and tricky maneuver...
Militants hit churches, U.S. troops in Iraq (10/17/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two Army helicopters crashed late Saturday in Baghdad, killing two American soldiers and wounding two others, the U.S. command said. Explosions hit five churches in the capital as violence flared while Iraqi Muslims began marking the holy month of Ramadan...
Saint Bernard dogs out of work (10/17/04)
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Switzerland's Saint Bernard, famed for rescuing avalanche victims in the Alps, is finally bowing its massive head, the fabled barrel around its neck replaced with a "for sale" sign. Heavy and slow in the deep Alpine snow, expensive to feed and their jobs largely taken over by helicopters and heat sensors, the once-proud dogs have found themselves obsolete and a drain on the resources of the religious order that has raised and trained them for centuries...
Central loses, falls to 1-6 (10/17/04)
The Central football team's struggles continued Saturday in a 27-0 loss to Fort Zumwalt North in O'Fallon, Mo. The Tigers (1-6) begin district play Friday at home against Poplar Bluff (2-5). Fort Zumwalt North scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half, while Central managed only 28 total yards in the half...
ND runners win at North County (10/17/04)
Notre Dame had two runners apiece finish in the top 10 en route to a first-place finish in the varsity boys race Saturday at the North County Invitational at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. Notre Dame's Greg Kanneberg won the race with a 18:01, and Austin Critchlow finished seventh in 18:34...
Central bows out with 5-4 defeat (10/17/04)
Special to the Southeast Missourian The Central tennis team spent a long day in St. Louis on Saturday, falling to host Lafayette 5-4 in a Class 2 sectional match that lasted more than four hours. After splitting singles, Lafayette won two out of three doubles matches, ending the match with a win at No. 2...
Bulldogs advance to state for first time (10/17/04)
Sophomore Kristain Burger slammed a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to propel Notre Dame to its first final four appearance in girls softball. Those three runs were enough for the Bulldogs to defeat Lutheran South 3-1 on Saturday in a Class 3 state quarterfinal game at Kirkwood Athletic Association...
Kelly's seniors earn their first trip to state's final four (10/17/04)
The six seniors on the Kelly softball team were just one out away from reaching the state final four for the first time in their high school careers. One of those seniors, catcher Kristin Harper, had some last minute advice for another senior, pitcher Whitney Beggs...
FanSpeak Oct17 (10/17/04)
Media creates monsters IT'S VERY interesting to listen to the radio and read the sports reports in the newspaper. You should keep in mind that all this bragging on one or two players -- especially the really young ones -- you've seen what kind of a monster you create. You see what happens with those kids thinking they're above the rules. So you might want to be a little careful because some of these kids already have enough attitude as it is. Ask their classmates...
Illinois drops 12th straight in Big Ten (10/17/04)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Michael Hart rushed for 234 yards and No. 14 Michigan rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Illinois 30-19 Saturday, sending the Illini to their 12th straight Big Ten loss. The Wolverines, who struggled through the air in the first half, turned almost exclusively to a running game after halftime and outscored Illinois 20-2 in the second half...
Johnson wins Nextel Cup stop at Lowe's (10/17/04)
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson thought he needed a victory to jump back into contention for the Nextel Cup championship. He got it, and it still wasn't enough. Johnson won the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night -- leading teammate Jeff Gordon across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Hendrick Motorsports -- but gained almost no ground in the Chase for the Championship...
Yankees hammer Red Sox, lead 3-0 (10/17/04)
BOSTON -- The Yankees kept circling the bases, battering Boston's beleaguered pitching staff. By the time the long, long night ended with a devastating 19-8 win over the Red Sox, the dreaded New Yorkers were just one game away from a shocking sweep...
Els moves into final at tourney (10/17/04)
Defending champion Ernie Els beat Padraig Harrington 5 and 4 Saturday in England to stay on course for a record sixth World Match Play title. Els, who shares the record of five victories with Gary Player and Seve Ballestros, today will face Lee Westwood, a 1-up winner over Miguel Angel Jimenez in the other semifinal...
Missouri comes up short vs. Texas (10/17/04)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Cedric Benson rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 9 Texas shook off a post-Oklahoma hangover Saturday with a 28-20 win over Missouri. The Longhorns (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) won despite more shaky play in the passing game as quarterbacks Vince Young and Chance Mock threw for just 58 yards and two interceptions...
Missouri commences practices with new look (10/17/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Nearly everything about the Missouri basketball program is new this season. With a revamped coaching staff, five new players and the $75 million Paige Sports Arena, the Tigers opened practice Saturday with a new look. After struggling to meet lofty expectations and finishing 16-14 with a first-round loss in the NIT last season, the Tigers dealt with an NCAA investigation, the results of which will be announced soon...
Bulger's shoulder not a concern for Rams (10/17/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger took a regular load in practice Friday, having largely recovered from a bruised shoulder sustained in last week's victory in Seattle. Bulger, who threw for 325 yards and produced 17 points in the final six minutes of regulation, was listed as probable. Coach Mike Martz said he didn't know Bulger had been hurt until the day after the game...
Kline joins squad in Houston (10/17/04)
HOUSTON -- Although the index finger on his throwing hand was so stiff Saturday he couldn't bend it, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Steve Kline is still hoping to pitch again this postseason. Kline aggravated a torn tendon in his left index finger Thursday night in Game 2 of the NL championship series. An ultrasound exam Friday by a specialist in Indianapolis showed no further damage, so he flew to Houston to rejoin his teammates...
Clemens, Lidge silence Cards' bats (10/17/04)
HOUSTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals hit their home runs as usual but not much else Saturday, and this time that wasn't enough against Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. Early solo homers by Larry Walker and Jim Edmonds accounted for the Cardinals runs in a 5-2 loss that cut their lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series to two games to one...
Clemens helps Astros climb back into series (10/17/04)
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens hopped off the mound, pumped his right fist and muttered to himself all the way to the dugout. His work was done and the Houston Astros were exactly where they wanted to be -- right back in the National League Championship Series...
Southeast's defense did its job but turnovers prevented upset (10/17/04)
If you had told me that Southeast Missouri State University's defense would allow less than 400 yards for the first time all season and Eastern Kentucky's offense would basically be responsible for scoring just 10 points, I'd have bet on the Indians winning -- or at least coming very close...
Corrections 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
n In Thursday's edition, a wrong name was listed in the Notre Dame softball story. Jessica Dock was the player who laid down a bunt, reached base on an error and came in to score. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. Central junior varsity cross country runner Jeremy Jernigan's name was spelled incorrectly in the Oct. 10 edition. We regret the error...
Area digest 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Mets capture fall regular-season title The Mets swept the Rockies in a doubleheader on Oct. 9 to win the regular-season championship in the SEMO Fall Baseball League. The league, for boys ages 15 to 18, began playoffs in a double-elimination tournament Saturday at Jackson American Legion field. The tournament concludes this Saturday...
Area calendar (10/17/04)
Golf Southeast booster tourney: The 15th annual Southeast Missouri Booster Club/River Eagle Distributing Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 29 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson. The 18-hole, six-person scramble begins at noon. Entry fee is $85 for an individual or $510 per team; the deadline is Monday...
tips on pediatricians (10/17/04)
Tips to finding a good pediatrician The Associated Press Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, a New York pediatrician, teamed with the Web site iVillage.com to suggest tips for parents looking for doctors who will be a "partner" for their families: Don't wait, start looking early. It's wise to begin looking for a pediatrician during the second trimester of pregnancy, allowing enough time to interview several candidates...
Outdoorsman's home becomes newest state park (10/17/04)
HENDERSON, N.Y. -- Sculptor, dog-breeder and outdoorsman Robert Wehle lived on a scenic hillside overlooking the entrance of Lake Ontario's Henderson Bay. His landscaped home and studio is perched high up on 80-foot tall limestone cliffs, and sits amid open meadows and patches of red and white cedar stands. The kennels he used to raise and train his champion English pointers are preserved, inhabited now by the bronze dog statues he created...
Survey asks Britons to name scariest things (10/17/04)
LONDON -- Spiders are more scary than terrorists -- at least according to a survey of a thousand Britons. Household creepy crawlies frighten Britons more than terrorist attacks, or even death, the survey released Monday found. Terrorism only came second on the list of respondents' top ten fears, according to the survey conducted by RSGB Omnibus for Universal Pictures UK Ltd. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,000 aged 16 to 55 across Britain on Sept. 22-26...
Magazine ranks family resorts (10/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Golf and a spa have become de rigueur elements of the resort experience. But what about golf for kids, or a spa for teens, in a setting where their parents can also kick back and feel pampered? Travel + Leisure Family magazine asked readers to name their favorite family-friendly hotels, and the top 50 places appear in the fall-winter issue. ...
Boomer grandparents offer guide to being hip and helpful (10/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Erase the image of grandpa in his rocker on the porch with grandma sitting nearby knitting baby booties while nursing a cup of tea. That was your grandparents' grandparents. Today, grandparents, many of whom prefer to be known by their other moniker -- "baby boomers" -- can be both hip and helpful...
Halloween hints (10/17/04)
Costume safety NEW YORK -- Most children have been thinking about their Halloween costumes for a very long time, debating the merits of princesses and pirates versus witches and vampires. As Halloween approaches, though, it's time for parents and caregivers to consider costumes, and, specifically, costume safety...
Pediatrician acts as parenting partner (10/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Parents approach the search for their children's doctors like it's a professional endeavor -- they research, they interview, they check credentials. Once pediatricians are chosen, however, parents treat them like part of the family -- calling at any hour and asking questions that really don't have anything to do with medicine...
Halloween Costumes (10/17/04)
~ From staff and wire reports Long gone are the days when Halloween costumes were cobbled together with old clothes, sheets or a costume-and-mask combination from a discount store. While kids have always wanted costumes reflecting popular culture figures, parents are likely to spend considerably more money nowadays than in the past...
Theme parks that'll make you scream (10/17/04)
Halloween events are nearly as big and as popular as the summer season's amusement rides. ~ From staff and wire reports John Taylor is a ringmaster of sorts, directing an assortment of ghouls and sideshow freaks in the shadows of Cedar Point amusement park's roller coasters in Sandusky, Ohio...
Dali-Disney film finally gets NY premiere (10/17/04)
NEW YORK -- A narrow-waisted, emerald-eyed brunette flits through a desert full of melting clocks and wacky perspectives, looking for her lover. Giant telephones levitate. Bicyclists with bread loaf helmets pedal by. No, it's not a delusion -- it's "Destino," a film by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. Only six minutes long, the fantastical jewel packs enough symbols to keep art historians and psychologists busy for years...
Melissa Jordan (10/17/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Melissa Marie Jordan, 93, of Wyatt, Mo., and formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary, La. She was born April 26, 1911, at Bardwell, Ky., daughter of Arther and Melissa Watson Ellis. She was married to Doyle Jordan. He died June 26, 1990...
Erika Adams (10/17/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Erika M. Adams, 78, of Perryville died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Kirschdugen, Germany, daughter of Karl and Lina Henman Hans. She and Claude "Bud" Adams were married Aug. 28, 1948, at Kaufberen, Germany...
Hildred Whitehead (10/17/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Hildred A. Whitehead, 67, of Anna died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at the City Care Center in Anna. She was born Jan. 25, 1937, at Kalamazoo, Mich., daughter of Roy Elmer and Opal B. Morford Hulet. She and William Thomas Whitehead were married June 1, 1957, at East St. Louis, Ill. He died Oct. 22, 1975...
Kenneth Hutchison (10/17/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Kenneth Wayne Hutchison, 67, of Mounds, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill.
Lisa Poston (10/17/04)
Lisa G. Poston, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery...
Dorothy Fuhrmann (10/17/04)
CONCORDIA, Mo. -- Dorothy Ellen Davis Fuhrmann, 82, of Concordia, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs, Mo. She was born Feb. 8, 1922, near Randles, daughter of Harrison and Grace Lape Davis. She and Earl Fuhrmann were married Aug. 10, 1941, at Cape Girardeau...
The Rev. Wilbert Bruns (10/17/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. Wilbert H. Bruns, 82, of Perryville died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 4, 1922, in St. Charles, Mo., son of Clarence A. and Evelyn Schindler Bruns. Bruns was a retired Catholic priest. He was ordained at St. Mary's of the Barrens in Perryville on May 20, 1951...
Floyd Brown (10/17/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Floyd Edgar Brown, 79, of Marble Hill died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Marble Hill, son of Roy and Eula Belle Nanney Brown. He and Virginia Crites were married Sept. 28, 1944, in Paragould, Ark...
Willard Roth (10/17/04)
WITTENBERG, Mo. -- Willard H. Roth, 78, of Wittenberg died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Wittenberg, son of Leo and Linna Mueller Roth. He and Elvira Klaus were married Aug. 20, 1950...
correction on births /drum (10/17/04)
Drum Daughter to Spencer J. and Diane Marie Drum of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:21 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, 2004. Name, Demi Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Drum is the former Diane Zieba, daughter of Jim and Margret Zieba of Cape Girardeau. She is a homemaker. Drum is the son of Larry and Jody Drum of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Plaza Tire Service...
Hobeck-Tucker (10/17/04)
Heather Renee Hobeck and Tommy Lee Tucker were married March 20, 2004, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. The Rev. Robert Henrichs performed the ceremony. Organist was Lois Fehrmann of Jackson, soloist was Brittney Fowler of Advance, Mo., and bag pipes were played by Laurel Martin of Advance...
Kelley-Wilson (10/17/04)
Shanna Kelley and Shawn Patrick Wilson were married July 31, 2004, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson. Monsignor Ed Eftink performed the ceremony. Candlelighters and scripture readers were Rachael Schlosser of Cape Girardeau and Laura Hoffman of Springfield, Mo...
Allen-Haupt (10/17/04)
Nicole Courtney Allen and Thomas Steven Haupt were married April 26, 2004, in a sunset ceremony at Kona Village Resort in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The bride is the daughter of Eddie and Gail Allen of Broken Bow, Okla. The groom is the son of Johnnie and Kathie Haupt of Fruitland...
Arnold-Wilkinson (10/17/04)
Andrea Leanne Arnold and Kevin Richard Wilkinson exchanged vows July 24, 2004, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson. Monsignor Ed Eftink performed the ceremony. Parents of the bride are Preston D. Arnold of Sikeston, Mo., and Kathryn G. Drury of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Martha Wilkinson and Eric Wilkinson of Jackson...
Jansen-Branson (10/17/04)
St. Mary's Cathedral was the setting Sept. 4, 2004, for the wedding of Kristy Jansen and Steven Branson. The Rev. Patrick Nwokoye performed the ceremony. Readers were Katie Jansen of Atlanta, Ga., and Stephanie Horrell of Cape Girardeau, cousins of the bride...
Cradduck-Clark (10/17/04)
LaShonda Cradduck and Will Clark were married Oct. 9, 2004, at the home of her parents. Jack Leathers performed the ceremony. Jerry Cradduck of Campbell, Mo., father of the bride, was soloist. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Monica Cradduck. The groom is the son of Bob and Lydia Clark of Bernie, Mo...
Sanchez- White (10/17/04)
Gona Salo and Maria Lina Sanchez of Morungaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, announce the engagement of their daughter, Silvana Sanchez, to Robert Bryan White, both of Valinhos, Brazil. He is the son of Bob and Wylene White of Cape Girardeau. Sanchez is a graduate of E.E.P.G. Monsenhor Honorio Henrique Bernades Nache, and received a doctor of dentistry from Universidada Paulista in Campinas, Brazil. She is currently taking advanced dental courses...
Fire report 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Friday: At 5:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of William Street. At 5:51 p.m., an extrication at 1589 County Road 618. Firefighters responded to the following items on Saturday:...
Police report 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Friday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Antonio D. Short, 25, of 1002 Stoddard St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear. Bruce K. Huffman, 44, of Route 2, Advance, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of failure to maintain property free of weeds...
Out of the past 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
25 years ago: Oct. 17, 1979 Speaking before a National Bank's hearing officer, the attorney representing First National Bank of Cape Girardeau contends the bank must move its main office from downtown Cape Girardeau to the western part of the city in order to expand necessary services and to stay competitive...
Strange behavior (10/17/04)
The behavior of candidates often reflects what they are seeing in their private polls. That being so, I suspect that the Kerry-Edwards private polls look pretty grim, unlike the public polls which purport to show them running neck-and-neck with the Bush-Cheney ticket...
Why the election is tough to call for many voters (10/17/04)
If the people of the United States hand him victory in the 2004 election, George W. Bush could emerge as the Deng Xiaoping of American politics. Mr. Bush would become the leaders who sent his people forward into a world both uncertain and inevitable...
Ten Commandments (10/17/04)
Step into city hall or a state or federal building and you're likely to see a copy of the Ten Commandments hanging from the wall or etched in a marble sculpture. But should those religious displays be there? The The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider just that question...
Fiscal responsibility (10/17/04)
Los Angeles Times Here's one thing John F. Kerry and George W. Bush have in common: neither is sufficiently concerned about those growing federal deficits and their threat to the economy. Where is Ross Perot when we need him? Both candidates say they have a plan to halve the deficit over the next four years. But as exasperated moderator Charles Gibson pointed out in last Friday's debate, it's hard to see how Bush or Kerry would get us from here to there...
Bush policy changes frightening (10/17/04)
To the editor: If you listen closely to what George Bush says, you should be frightened. First, he changed U.S. military policy from a focus on defense to one allowing pre-emptive strikes against potential enemies. Now, he has turned it into a policy that allows the U.S. to attack a foreign country if maybe at some stage in the future it could develop weapons that pose a threat to the U.S. Is there any country on the planet for which this could not be claimed?...
Time to reject Bush's ideology (10/17/04)
To the editor: For George Bush, political ideology always trumps evidence and reason. He has consistently suppressed scientific consensus when this denies his ideology. Appointments to scientific panels that advise the government on critical issues pertaining to human and environmental health and national defense, he ignores candidates with expertise, credentials, and reputations in favor of political allies who pass his ideological litmus test...
Speak Out 10/17/04 (10/17/04)
Cemetery complaint MY PET peeve for the day is graveyard attendants who do not know how to read. It is clearly posted on a sign at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson that seasonal flowers will be removed from the graves the first week in October. This year they were removed promptly on Oct. ...
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