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Missouri Arts Council likely to see dramatic increase in funding (04/25/07)
The Missouri Senate today approved an appropriation bill that dramatically increases state arts funding, a move that comes as leaders of the Missouri Arts Council are touring the state seeking public comments on their work. The arts council will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Friday at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 32 N. Main St...
House to investigate MSHSAA (04/25/07)
A special Missouri House committee will investigate the regulation of high school sports in response to repeated complaints about how the Missouri State High School Activities Association polices its members. The House panel will convene this summer after the regular legislative session ends, said state Rep. Gayle Kingery, R-Poplar Bluff. Kingery, a former high school football coach and retired principal, will chair the committee...
Security an issue for Cape business owners (04/25/07)
It's part of the price of doing business in downtown Cape Girardeau, some merchants say. Periodic vandalism. Windows broken, beer bottles smashed, fixtures destroyed. But one downtown antique dealer says if merchants band together they can put a stop to it...
Blunt: Policy brought job growth (04/25/07)
Government can create a good business climate, but claims of credit for increased employment as a direct result of government action are hard to support, a Southeast Missouri State University economist said Tuesday. Since Gov. Matt Blunt took office, Missouri employment figures show that 93,300 more people have jobs. ...
Chaffee man drowns in El Salvador (04/25/07)
Keith Ward and his wife, Karen, were three weeks into a three-year mission to help build a relationship between Missouri and El Salvador Baptist churches when he died Saturday while swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Pastor Mike Parry of the Fruitland Community Church said the 48-year-old Chaffee, Mo., man took a break from his mission work, got too far out in the ocean, developed cramps and drowned...
Business Reports (04/25/07)
Bankruptcies filed through February 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, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Learning to adjust: Life as an insurance claims adjuster has its ups and downs (04/25/07)
It's been said in times of crisis one's true character is revealed. Over the years Mary Clements has met some true characters. This month marks the 25th anniversary of Clements's career as an insurance claims adjuster. To many, an adjuster is nothing more than a company voice over the phone. ...
Jackson school bus drivers roll through stops, according to video (04/25/07)
Jackson School District officials have advised several school bus drivers to quit making rolling stops at rural intersections in Cape Girardeau County. Superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson said Wednesday that school officials recently cautioned the drivers to obey all traffic laws...
Better off insured than sorry (04/25/07)
Staff Reports Supplemental insurance is, as the name implies, a supplement to your normal insurance. It is not a smart decision to only have supplemental insurance. Supplemental insurances are extra insurance to cover what normal insurance will not cover. ...
Missouri Farm and Food Preservation Act: Protecting family farms? (04/25/07)
By: State Rep. Belinda Harris, D-Hillsboro Missouri Farm and Food Preservation Act, Senate Bill 364, is being promoted as a bill to protect our family farms but in fact it will do the opposite. Under current laws, third class counties have a right to use health ordinances to protect the health and safety of their communities. ...
How well do wellness plans work? (04/25/07)
Fitness programs. Smoking cessation efforts. On-site flu shots. Incentives to live a healthier life. Many companies offer their employees programs and incentives to get healthy not only for the employees' benefit but because a healthier workforce means increased production. A healthy employee has more energy and calls in sick less frequently. A healthy employee uses his or her insurance benefits less often, keeping health care costs, including mental health care, down...
Middle class discovers the cost of going uninsured (04/25/07)
By A.J. Barks Business Today The ranks of the uninsured are swelling, but the newcomers are not who most people would expect. Despite steady jobs and a solid income, the middle class is one of the fastest growing populations going without coverage in the U.S...
Home sweet home show (04/25/07)
A home is built in several stages. From laying the framework to decorating the interior, the 27th Annual Southeast Missouri Home and Garden Show had specialists to help. From March 23 to 25, over 200 booths filled the Show Me Center. The event, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Home Builders Association, welcomed 30 first time vendors, making the total number 120, according to coordinator Sarah Geringer...
Legislating health care (04/25/07)
Of the many bills filed in the Missouri legislature concerning health insurance, seven bills show some promise of making it to Gov. Matt Blunt's desk for his signature. State Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-155th District, says the top priority among lawmakers is SCS/SB 577, which would enact the Mo HealthNet Division. It will essentially be the new Medicaid...
Hidden costs of insurance hikes (04/25/07)
By A.J. Barks Business Today Something's got to give. That is the consensus among area employers when it comes to providing health insurance to their employees. Ann Brookman, President of Edgewater Glass Company in Cape Girardeau says her insurance costs have gone up about 25 percent annually for the last five years. "It is unbelievably expensive," she said...
Family insurance (04/25/07)
Ten hours was further than Angie Umfleet wanted to be from home. After graduating from Oral Roberts University and teaching in Oklahoma for a year, she headed back to Scott City. She continued to teach fifth grade for seven years before deciding to join her family's business as an insurance sales agent. The career change, she says, had been coming for some time...
The commercial corridor (04/25/07)
The road to commercial development is being built to connect Jackson and Cape Girardeau with I-55. Cape Girardeau plans to extend LaSalle Street to connect with the proposed interchange that encircles property Southeast Missouri State University will develop into a technological park...
Program helps former prisoners (04/25/07)
Nine years ago Lorrann Hatchett sat in the Missouri Department of Corrections on a drug charge. Initially released after 120 days on condition she stay away from illegal drugs, Hatchett was forced to serve the full two-year sentence after breaking probation by getting caught with cocaine, the drug that got her into trouble to begin with...
Looking for life (04/25/07)
April Layton, a student at Sacred Heart School in Ozara, Mo., used a net to find small living creatures Tuesday in a pond next to the Missouri Conservation Campus Nature Center. April and her classmates examined and researched their catches during the school's field trip to the nature center...
Citizens for Missouri's Children to hold forum tonight at Show Me Center (04/25/07)
Southeast Missourian Citizens for Missouri's Children, authors of the annual Kids Count survey, will hold a forum tonight to discuss the State Child Health Insurance Program. The forum will cover the latest data from the Kids Count survey and the ongoing legislative debate on overhauling the Medicaid program...
Career center accredited for post-secondary classes (04/25/07)
The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center has received accreditation for its post-secondary programs, center director Rich Payne said Tuesday. The accreditation is for five years, he said. The center pursued the accreditation from the North Central Association as a result of a change in federal regulations, Payne said. As a result, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education could no longer accredit the vocational school's post-secondary courses...
Religious meeting to feature music and speakers (04/25/07)
Organizers of Saturday's Promise Keepers event hope to fill the Show Me Center. "Our goal is to have 6,000 people in the Show Me Center," Jackson businessman Jason Wray, a member of the Heartland Promise Keepers group, said in an earlier interview...
Area teachers to learn history from Yale professor at seminar (04/25/07)
For area history teachers, a weekend seminar will offer the chance to learn about American history from an Ivy League professor. But more importantly to organizer and retired history teacher Linda Nash of Jackson, it's an opportunity to help the region's high school and junior high teachers make history come alive in the classroom...
Cape woman injured in car accident (04/25/07)
A Cape Girardeau woman was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center with moderate injuries Monday evening after the 1994 Ford vehicle she was driving ran off Highway 177 and overturned in the roadway, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report...
Counterfeit bills found in Advance (04/25/07)
Police believe four counterfeit $100 bills that surfaced in the Cape Girardeau area in the past few days were probably printed by the same individual. Two of the bills surfaced at Cingular in Advance, Mo., and another at Cingular in Cape Girardeau, said James Bohnert, assistant special agent in charge of St. Louis Secret Service field office...
Club news 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
Arnsberg 4-H; 140th National Guard; Cape Girardeau Lions Club; Oak Ridge FCE; VFW Post 3838 Auxiliary; Town & Country FCE; American Legion Post 158
Judge upholds ban on Valley Park's immigration law (04/25/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Once again, a judge on Wednesday upheld an order banning enforcement of a St. Louis suburb's law aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out of the community. But the legal fight is far from over. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crancer upheld a temporary restraining order that prohibits Valley Park, Mo., from enforcing its law prohibiting landlords who rent to illegal immigrants...
Group pushing for Missouri ballot measure (04/25/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former college administrator wants Missouri to adopt an anti-affirmative-action measure to end what he calls race-based "preferential treatment" in state-sponsored programs. Tim Asher, a former admissions director at North Central Missouri College, is behind a group that believes Missouri should follow the lead of California, Washington and Michigan in passing a ballot measure that addresses public contracting, education and employment...
Audit: Mo. worker disability fund will run out of money in 2008 (04/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state audit released Wednesday predicts a state fund to compensate disabled workers who suffer additional work injuries will likely run out of money by 2008. The audit blames the state Second Injury Fund's potential insolvency partly on a 2005 law that caps employer contributions into the fund and a 2007 court case that required disability benefits to continue to be paid even after the injured worker died...
Vandals work to fix damage at historic St. Joseph cemetery (04/25/07)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- The six teenagers who did thousands of dollars of damage to a historic cemetery have helped repair most of the destruction and perhaps learned some lessons at the same time. The six vandals, ranging in age from 13 to 17, did more than $70,000 damage at Mount Mora Cemetery last Sept. 28 after tipping over headstones, crosses and obelisks, and scattering funerary materials from tombs...
Johnson's Shut-Ins will not be open this summer (04/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park will not be open this summer because of damage from the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse, a move that could hurt a region economically dependent on tourists drawn to the popular park. Johnson's Shut-Ins was devastated in December 2005 when Ameren Corp.'s reservoir failed and sent one billion gallons of water rushing through the area, injuring a family of five and burying much of the park under five feet of soil...
House OKs more severe penalty for selling drugs near parks (04/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House members passed legislation Tuesday that could make the penalty for selling drugs near a park the same as that for murder -- up to life in prison. The House voted 124-26 for legislation making it a Class A felony to sell heroin, cocaine, LSD, amphetamine or methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of city, county, state or private park...
Senate leader vows to push for vote on expanded gambling (04/25/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Vowing to overcome filibustering foes, a Senate leader pressed forward with legislation Tuesday to repeal Missouri's unique gambling loss limits in response to new casino competition from Kansas. When Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields laid aside his bill late Monday night, six hours after the chamber began debating it, he had said his effort likely was over for the year. But after getting some sleep, he came back renewed and determined to reach a vote on the measure...
Court rules in favor of property owners in condemnation case (04/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The state appeals court Tuesday sided with small businesses in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton that challenged the taking of their property for redevelopment in an eminent domain case. The ruling was the first appellate decision in Missouri that has overturned a finding of blight by a legislative body, in this case the Clayton City Council, said Gerard Carmody, attorney for the small business owners...
Court throws out conviction in grisly slaying (04/25/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An appeals court Tuesday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing another man and then chopping off the victim's head and hands. A three-judge panel from the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District unanimously threw out the conviction and sentence for Chester E. James, ruling that his defense lawyer was ineffective during jury selection...
Astronomers find potentially habitable planet (04/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earthlike temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for "life in the universe."...
Campus shootings cast long shadow over colleges (04/25/07)
KENT, Ohio -- The bullet scars are faintly visible on the University of Texas clock tower that served as a sniper's nest more than 40 years ago. Kent State University students still field questions from strangers about the four people slain there by National Guard troops in 1970...
Ranger who saw shooting said he was ordered to conceal details (04/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when the former football star died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman's brother. "I was ordered not to tell him," U.S. Army Spc. Bryan O'Neal told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform...
Victims of food poisoning help shine spotlight on food safety (04/25/07)
WASHINGTON -- Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter put a human face on recent high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness Tuesday, urging lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of the nation's food supply. "I can't protect them from spinach -- only you guys can," said Michael Armstrong, as he and his wife, Elizabeth, cradled daughters Ashley, 2, and Isabella, 5...
Ethiopian rebels attack Chinese-run oil field (04/25/07)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Ethiopian rebels who have fought alongside Islamic militants in neighboring Somalia stormed a Chinese-run oil field at dawn Tuesday, killing 74 people and destroying the exploration facility in a restive border area. It was the first such attack on a foreign company in the Horn of Africa nation, in contrast to Nigeria on the western side of the continent, where rebels frequently attack international oil concerns...
Al-Qaida-linked group claims suicide bombings that killed 9 paratroopers (04/25/07)
BAGHDAD -- An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility Tuesday for double suicide truck bombings that killed nine U.S. paratroopers in the worst attack on American ground forces in Iraq in more than a year, saying it sent "two knights" for the attack...
Six world powers consider letting Iran keep partial atomic program (04/25/07)
ANKARA, Turkey -- The United States and other world powers may be ready to allow Iran to keep some of its uranium enrichment program intact instead of demanding its complete dismantling, foreign government officials said Tuesday. Officials said some willingness to compromise might advance talks today in the Turkish capital between top Iranian envoy Ali Larijani and Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief...
Junior and Co. rip Cards (04/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ken Griffey Jr. moved past Reggie Jackson into sole possession of 10th place on the career home runs list, and Alex Gonzalez tied his career highs with two homers and five RBIs in the Cincinnati Reds' 10-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Notre Dame settles for tie with Jackson (04/25/07)
Notre Dame coach Jeff Worley felt his team was held in check in a 2-0 loss to Jackson on April 2. The loss was the last the Bulldogs have suffered, as Notre Dame rode a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Jackson. Notre Dame more than made up for its previous poor showing against Jackson, dominating the play through much of the second half and overtime...
Redhawks split softball doubleheader with Memphis (04/25/07)
Southeast Missouri State's softball team split a home doubleheader Tuesday with Memphis, winning the opener 4-3 before falling 10-1 in the nightcap. Megan McDonald and Michelle Summers had solo home runs in the win, and Stacia Dopudja and Lindsay Pickering added RBIs for the Redhawks...
Sikeston gets top seed in SEMO Conference tourney (04/25/07)
A familiar team is back in the role of favorite in the SEMO Conference baseball tournament this year. Sikeston (12-4), which has played in the tournament championship game in each of its six years, is seeded first heading into this year's tournament. Opening-round play-in games will begin Thursday with Kelly hosting Poplar Bluff and New Madrid County Central playing host to Kennett...
Notre Dame baseball squeezes past Sikeston (04/25/07)
Blake Gaddis brought home Brett Heischmidt with a squeeze play for the game-winning run in the sixth inning as Notre Dame's baseball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning Tuesday for a 3-2 home win over Sikeston. Chad Friend tied the game with an RBI double, and Dylan Drury started Notre Dame's three-run sixth with a solo home run...
Memphis hammers Redhawks 12-6 (04/25/07)
By Kevin Winters Morriss Southeast Missourian Brennon Martin was one pitch away from getting out of the third inning with the lead. The Southeast Missouri State starting pitcher had a 3-2 count on Memphis' Josh Irvin, with the bases loaded and two outs...
Backup center Perry will not return (04/25/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program is losing another player and assistant coach. As had been rumored, junior backup center Dionte Perry has decided to transfer after one season with the Redhawks. In a move that had not been rumored, assistant coach Scepter Brownlee is leaving Scott Edgar's staff after only one season to take a similar position at Georgia State...
Cards' Carpenter begins to test elbow (04/25/07)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter played catch for the first time in two weeks on Tuesday, testing an elbow injury that has sidelined him since the season opener. Carpenter, a 15-game winner last year and the NL Cy Young winner in 2005, made about 45 throws from flat ground while gradually increasing the distance to 120 feet. If all goes well, he'll play catch today, more long toss on Thursday, and then throw off a mound Saturday...
Raptors' Mitchell wins coach of year (04/25/07)
TORONTO -- Sam Mitchell was honored as the NBA coach of the year Tuesday after leading the Toronto Raptors to a franchise-record-tying 47 victories and their first Atlantic Division title. "It's a great honor," Mitchell said. "It floors you. You're thankful. Words just can't express it."...
Prior undergoes exploratory surgery (04/25/07)
CHICAGO -- Mark Prior had exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder Tuesday, and it was unclear how long the Cubs pitcher would be sidelined. The team had no immediate information on the procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., before Chicago's game Tuesday night with the Milwaukee Brewers...
Treasure from trash: 'Found' art can be a source of creative and cheap garden ornaments (04/25/07)
You maybe a first time homeowner pinching pennies to make the mortgage. Or perhaps you're just a garage scale junky who can't pass up a good bargain. Those with artistic natures have been known to hoard odd stuff to get creative with one day...
Around your house 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
Gardening Things to do this week Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems help you save water and money. Hummingbirds return from their winter home in Central America. Wasp and hornet queens begin nesting. Mole young are born in chambers deep underground. Honeybees are swarming. Notify a local beekeeper to find a new home for these beneficial insects. -- www.mobot.org...
Speak no evil (04/25/07)
It's part of the code of the streets. "Don't Snitch." A mantra that prevents witnesses and victims of crimes from coming forward and threatens vengeance on those who cooperate with police in any way. Glorified by gangsters, rappers and even athletes, it boils down to an "us vs. them," mentality. Better to rely on vigilante justice than the men in blue, say many in America's innercities...
Russian recipes from new cookbook (04/25/07)
Once again I'm so excited to have a new cookbook. My niece Tarah and her husband, Steve, live in a small Southern Illinois community, where in the center of town is the Russian Orthodox Church. My nephew's family, the Mitroka family, is an integral part of the community and especially the church...
Marilyn Sharp (04/25/07)
Marilyn Arlette Sharp, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 23, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born June 24, 1930, in Middletown, Ohio, daughter of Herschel and Nervesta Powell Watson. She and Kenneth David Sharp were married Nov. 8, 1952, in Reno, Nev. He died Dec. 20, 1991...
Terry Obermann (04/25/07)
Terry Leon Obermann, 53, of Dutchtown died Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his home. He was born March 28, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, son of Earl Leon and Virginia Marie Estes Obermann Sr. Obermann was a foreman with Columbia Construction in Cape Girardeau...
Clara Feldmeier (04/25/07)
Clara Goeddel Feldmeier, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 7, 1914, in St. Louis, daughter of Louis H. and Ida W. Nobbe Goeddel. She and Robert L. Feldmeier were married Nov. 11, 1939, in Waterloo, Ill...
Lea Wilder (04/25/07)
Fannie Lea Wilder, 63, of Glen Haven, Colo., died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Roy and Dixie Fulenwider Goodwin. Wilder was raised in Jackson. She graduated from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis in 1961, and was a graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill...
Dale Brown (04/25/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dale W. Brown, 53, of Russellville, Ark., formerly of Perryville, died Friday, April 20, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1953, at St. Clair, Mo., son of Melvin R. and Thelma Fassold Brown. He married Connie Minks. He graduated from Russellville High School in 1972, and Arkansas Tech University in 1976 where he served as student government president and was a founding member of Sigma Phi Epsilon...
Gilbert Winchel (04/25/07)
Gilbert Winchel of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Mary Hall (04/25/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Mary F. Hall, 94, of Carbondale, formerly of Jonesboro, Ill., died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Helia Healthcare of Carbondale. She was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Galatia, Ill., daughter of Joseph Frank and Bertie Capel Lewis. She and Joseph L. Hall were married Oct. 23, 1931. He died Feb. 28, 1990...
Mable Gray (04/25/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mable Gray, 94, of Anna died Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born June 18, 1912, in Bertie County, N.C., daughter of Joseph John and Pearl Ralls Outland. Gray lived most of her life in St. Augustine, Fla., where she retired as head of environmental services at Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge. She moved to Anna Vista in 1997...
Frank Dye (04/25/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Frank A. Dye, 76, of Marble Hill died Monday, April 23, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 22, 1931, at Fulton, Mo., son of William and Ruth Fletcher Dye. He and Alba Gaudin were married Dec. 22, 1989, in Cape Girardeau...
Cape/Jackson fire report 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
n At 6:27 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Fountain Street. n At 7:15 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Main Street. n At 6:11 a.m., emergency medical service on the corner of Broadway and North West End Boulevard...
Cape/Jackson police report 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
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Out of the past 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
First Assembly of God congregation in Cape Girardeau holds a celebration honoring the second anniversary of its pastor and family, the Rev. and Mrs. K.C. Grams. The doors of the new $2 million Trinity Lutheran Church opened yesterday afternoon to a large crowd for the first service there; formal dedication of the church, situated on the site of the old edifice, is planned for May 2...
Utility exemption (04/25/07)
By Ray McCarty I represent Associated Industries of Missouri, the group that has taken the lead in asking the Missouri Legislature to approve the manufacturing sales-tax exemption that is the subject of your April 11 article "County seeks deal to protect tax base."...
More livable city (04/25/07)
A group of cycling enthusiasts plans to approach Cape Gir-ardeau officials with a sensible proposal to establish bike lanes and improve trails for cyclists. A total of 23 bicycle-vehicle accidents were recorded in 2005 and 2006. They resulted in 17 injuries and one death. Nine of the bicyclists involved in accidents were under age 16...
Send items for children in Iraq (04/25/07)
To the editor:Our Marines are asking for your donations, which will go a long way in winning the trust of future generations. Iraqi children have known nothing but war and heartache their entire lives. We hope this can help show them there is kindness in those they thought were the enemy. We can help develop trust and hope with the help of many caring Americans...
'Gun-free' doesn't guarantee safety (04/25/07)
To the editor:Southeast Missouri State University president Ken Dobbins recently touted the safety of the campus. Department of Public Safety director Doug Richards stated that one reason for this safety was, "We are a gun free campus. ... No firearms are permitted on campus anywhere." So was the Virginia Tech campus supposedly gun-free. That is what made it so safe for the killer to kill people at will without fear of resistance...
Big Lie techniques push agendas (04/25/07)
To the editor:Debate abounds regarding origins of political correctness and the Big Lie technique, mostly focusing on pre-World War II Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. I've settled on the assertion that PC was institutionalized in 1923 at Frankfurt University by Marxists who wished to call it the Institute for Marxism. ...
Sticking up for Second Amendment (04/25/07)
To the editor:I want to thank Gov. Matt Blunt for standing up for the Second Amendment and saying what happened to victims during Hurricane Katrina will not happen here in Missouri. The governor respects the rights of Missourians to protect themselves and their families, especially in emergency situations when it is most important. Good job, Governor...
Speak Out 4/25/07 (04/25/07)
Look with compassion; Foolish funding; The gun argument; Charges, inquiry?; Loss of service; Respect on the road; Outstanding musical; Ambulance rage; Shocking opposition; Taxes and art; Sikeston's better
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