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Stories from Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cape police seek injured, missing woman (10/19/08)
Cape Girardeau Police Department is looking for a woman who disappeared from Maple Crest Manor on Saturday. According to a statement issued by police Sunday just before 1 p.m., safety concerns for the woman, Laurie J. Rose, 47, arise from the fact that she is recovering from a brain injury...
Economy, war will turn voters to Obama, Biden's wife says (10/19/08)
The state of the American economy coupled with costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be enough to turn local voters away from the Republican party and into the Obama-Biden camp, Dr. Jill Biden told supporters Saturday morning in Cape Girardeau. Biden, wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. ...
Scott City Halloween parade raises funds for children's Christmas (10/19/08)
About 15 floats and firetrucks participated in Saturday's Halloween parade in Scott City. The parade began at Assembly of God Church, proceeded down Main Street and the overpass leading to Second Street East in Illmo. Scott City Parks Department director Phyllis Crump believes Scott City is the only town around that has a Halloween parade. "I've been here 18 years that it's been going on. I think it's in its 25th year," Crump said...
42 businesses to attend Cape's seventh annual career fair (10/19/08)
With uncertainties plaguing the economy, Tuesday's Career Fair at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau may provide financial relief for some job seekers in the area. Sponsored by the Southeast Missourian and the city of Cape Girardeau, the career fair will include interviews with representatives from a range of industries and sessions with professional resume writer Samantha Nolan. Most employers present will have immediate jobs to fill...
Southeast planning forums to be held in Kennett, Malden (10/19/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Strategic Planning Steering Committee at Southeast Missouri State University will hold open forums in two Dunklin County communities this week. The first forum will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden...
Central now allows Alternative Education Center students on its teams (10/19/08)
An unspoken policy ruled over Alternative Education Center athletics for 13 years. A written prohibition never existed, but no alternative student played on a Central High School sports team. That is changing this year. With a new school and new leadership, administrators are encouraging students to participate, with the hope it will motivate them to raise their grades and behave...
Dexter man accused of printing fake money (10/19/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A 26-year-old Dexter man is in the custody of Dexter police following an investigation by Detective Trevor Pulley involving the passing of counterfeit bills within the city in recent days. Jerry Brandon Gross was arrested Friday and charged with the Class C felony of forgery...
Carter County sheriff's death investigated (10/19/08)
GRANDIN, Mo. -- Carter County Sheriff Greg Melton, 47, of Grandin was found dead in his garage from a gunshot wound Thursday night. The investigation is being conducted by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G based in Willow Springs. "We got the call at 8:16 p.m.," said Sgt. Marty Elmore, public information officer for Troop G. "The sheriff's wife found him."...
Police arrest three people suspected of selling alcohol to minors at stores in Cape Girardeau, Jackson (10/19/08)
Three people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of selling alcohol to minors following a check by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, according to a news release from the division. Nicholas McMackins, 22, and Gennifer Zang, 21, were arrested for selling to a minor at The Phat Cat, 731 Broadway. Pamela S. Brown, 44, was arrested on suspicion of selling to a minor at Kidds, 304 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson...
Four people injured in accident on South Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau (10/19/08)
Four people were transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital Saturday with "non-life threatening" injuries, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The two-car accident happened at South Kingshighway and Locust Street when one car pulled out in front of the other and was hit. The accident happened around 1 p.m. and stopped traffic for 10 to 15 minutes while police cleared the scene...
Severity of abuse in cases reported at Safe House for Women increasing (10/19/08)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national designation meant to educate Americans about domestic violence, reflect on the costs of crime to society and promote new legislation and policies, according to Lisa Quick of the Safe House for Women...
Southern Illinois feels forgotten in presidential race (10/19/08)
SHAWNEETOWN, Ill. -- Folks around this outpost a few miles from the Ohio River are used to feeling snubbed by political power brokers hundreds of miles away in Chicago or the Illinois capital. But Betty Smith feels especially slighted this election season...
Hulshof, Nixon clash over money during gubernatorial debate (10/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof claimed Saturday that Democratic rival Jay Nixon's "grandiose plans and promises" would result in $2.6 billion in new spending -- resulting in a tax increase of $1,200 for every Missouri household...
November new target for finishing Mo. crime lab (10/19/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Structural issues have delayed completion of a new crime lab slated to serve Greene County and several other areas in southwest Missouri. The $6.2 million lab is now expected to be done by Nov. 18 and will likely begin processing evidence in January...
Video captures fight at Missouri high school (10/19/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Columbia high school resource officer is under investigation after throwing two female students to the floor during a student fight. A video from a student's cell phone recorded Hickman High School resource officer Mark Brote­markle subduing a student during Wednesday's fight...
Presidential candidates' Social Security plans lacking details (10/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama wants to raise taxes on high-income workers to ease Social Security's looming cash crunch. John McCain favors voluntary private accounts for younger wage earners, saying they can't count on the same government benefits as today's retirees...
Hawaii tourist trade rejoices over South Korea visa waiver (10/19/08)
HONOLULU -- Hawaii tourism officials rejoiced upon hearing President Bush has decided to lift visa requirements for South Korean tourists. Friday's decision means South Koreans -- like Japanese, Brits and citizens of other prosperous U.S. allies -- will no longer have to go through the hassle of obtaining visas before they travel to the U.S. for short-term visits...
Omar weakens to tropical storm (10/19/08)
CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Forecasters say a weakening Omar has become a tropical storm again, far from land in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was once a Category 3 hurricane but dropped to tropical-storm strength by Friday morning before briefly regaining hurricane strength later in the day...
Name change protests dissections (10/19/08)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- You can call her CutoutDissection.com, Cutout for short, but just don't call her Jennifer. The former Jennifer Thornburg -- whose driver's license now reads Dissection.com, Cutout -- wanted to do something to protest animal dissections in schools...
Bush wants to host leaders to discuss world financial crisis (10/19/08)
CAMP DAVID, Md. -- President Bush, looking for answers to an global economic emergency with three months left in office, will host an international summit to discuss ways to fix the world financial system but warned Saturday against reforms that threaten capitalism...
Suit against God thrown out over lack of address (10/19/08)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator's lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn't properly served due to his unlisted home address. State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God...
Carbon paper could be used to construct planes, cars (10/19/08)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's called "buckypaper" and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don't be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made. Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. ...
In swing states, McCain, Obama spar over taxes (10/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- In an outbreak of class warfare, John McCain and Barack Obama swapped sharply worded charges over tax cuts Saturday, each accusing the other of shortchanging middle-income Americans at a time of economic hardship for millions. McCain, trailing in the polls, fired the first volley, likening his rival to the socialist leaders of Europe and saying he wanted to "convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington.". ...
Medicaid growth expected to strain state, federal budgets (10/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Medicaid's growing strain on federal and state budgets is unlikely to abate over the coming decade as the cost of providing health care to the poor is expected to increase 7.9 percent annually, government actuaries reported Friday. Each year, trustees for the nation's Medicare and Social Security programs update the public on the financial health of the two entitlement programs. ...
Hamas' grip on Gaza hardens (10/19/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas' control of the Gaza Strip is now virtually complete. Since the summer, the Islamic militants have silenced and disarmed their remaining opponents, filled the bureaucracy with their supporters, and kept Gaza's economy afloat, even if just barely, despite a 16-month-old international embargo and border blockades by Israel and Egypt...
China makes deal to help build two nuclear plants in Pakistan (10/19/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan said China will help build two more nuclear power plants in the energy-starved nation, tightening its bonds with Beijing as rising militant violence strains its anti-terror alliance with the United States. The nuclear agreement was among a dozen economic cooperation accords signed during President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit to Beijing, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Saturday...
Muqtada al-Sadr urges rejection of U.S.-Iraqi security deal (10/19/08)
BAGHDAD -- Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraq's parliament to reject a pact to extend U.S. presence in Iraq for three years as tens of thousands of his followers marched through Baghdad's streets Saturday to reinforce that demand...
Local flavor at final four (10/19/08)
Notre Dame dumps Affton 5-2 By Bill Hester Special to the Southeast Missourian BALLWIN, Mo. -- The dream still is alive for an undefeated season and a first state championship for the Notre Dame softball team. The Bulldogs get to make the long drive to St. Joseph next weekend after defeating Affton 5-2 on Saturday in a Class 3 quarterfinal game at Ballwin Athletic Association...
Kelly's offense delivers in 7-1 win (10/19/08)
BALLWIN, Mo. -- After Kelly beat Oakville in the Seckman tournament earlier this season, coach Rhonda Ratledge joked with her players that if they won the Class 2 state title, she might treat them to a steak dinner. Kelly beat Fatima 7-1 in a Class 2 quarterfinal softball game Saturday at the Ballwin Athletic Association to earn a trip to the state tournament and pull within two wins of a state title...
Oran falls to Walnut Grove in quarters (10/19/08)
The Oran softball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss in a Class 1 state quarterfinal Saturday. The Eagles fell to Walnut Grove in an attempt to reach the final four. Oran finished the year 12-8. CROSS COUNTRY Farmington meet Wynn McClellan paced the Notre Dame boys with a first-place finish, crossing the line in 16 minutes, 41 seconds. He didn't have to wait long to see a familiar face as teammates Logan Davis and Ryan Johnson took the next two spots...
State power sweeps Jackson in sectional (10/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Jackson senior Erinne Haff always will remember her final high school tennis match. Haff was aware of the reputation of St. Joseph's Academy junior Misia Kedzierski. Kedzierski is the top-ranked played in the six-state Missouri Valley Section of the United States Tennis Association and was a former high school state singles champion...
Gannon ready to help however possible (10/19/08)
Few people have invested as much of their lives in Southeast Missouri State as Cindy Gannon. That's why Gannon didn't blink when she was asked to lead the university's athletics department, which recently was racked by another round of allegations of NCAA violations in the men's and women's basketball programs...
Panthers fend off pesky Redhawks, 24-21 (10/19/08)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- For the first in Tony Samuel's three years as Southeast Missouri State's football coach, the Redhawks took Eastern Illinois to the wire. That simply added to Southeast's frustration in failing to upset the perennial Ohio Valley Conference powerhouse...
Defense puts together stingiest effort of season (10/19/08)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Despite missing four injured starters for at least a good part of Saturday's game, Southeast Missouri State's defense had its top statistical performance of the season. While the Redhawks' defenders were encouraged about that, they said the feeling was bittersweet because Southeast suffered a 24-21 loss to host Eastern Illinois...
Remember us? We can't wait to get back home (10/19/08)
Dispatch from Charleston, Ill. Dated Saturday, Oct. 18 Dear Redhawks Nation: Remember us. It seems like it's been forever since we played in front of the faithful at Houck Stadium. It was a loss to Missouri State, way back in the days when Don Kaverman still was the athletic director and Scott Edgar still was known as the men's basketball coach...
Skyhawks hold off Redhawks in five games (10/19/08)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team won two of the first three games, but host Tennessee Martin rallied to win the last two for the victory Saturday. The loss dropped the Redhawks to 5-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Skyhawks improved to 5-5 in the conference...
Scheible sees extensive time at QB (10/19/08)
CHARLESTON -- The quarterback of the future may be the quarterback of the present at Southeast Missouri State. True freshman Matt Scheible enjoyed the bulk of the playing time Saturday in Southeast's 24-21 loss at Eastern Illinois, taking over the reins for Southeast in the first quarter after senior Houston Lillard threw his first interception...
Weird tales at 'Odd Wisconsin' exhibit in Madison (10/19/08)
MADISON, Wis. -- There are the extraordinary items: the poster announcing the auction of serial killer Ed Gein's items, Orson Welles' 156-page typed script for "Citizen Kane" and an original speech Abraham Lincoln gave in Milwaukee. All have an exceptional or weird story to accompany them and are featured in the exhibit "Odd Wisconsin," which opened Oct. 3 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison. The show will run for two years...
FYI 10/19/08 (10/19/08)
Drug-free week promoted Drug-free work week, Wednesday through Sunday, will be promoted by Complete OCC Drug Exams LLC with drug-free testing the entire week. Call Rocky at 579-0625 for more information. Old Town Cape announces release of Christmas ornament...
Monday deadline for digital scrapbooking class (10/19/08)
The reason people sign up for Linda Ewbank's digital scrapbooking class is because of lack of time. The process is simple. "If you can do email you can do this," said Ewbanks. An upcoming class sponsored by Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. ...
Club members attend state conference (10/19/08)
The Cape Girardeau County FCE members attended the 72nd Missouri Association Annual Conference recently at Drury Lodge, Cape Girardeau. The 22 members in attendance represented six clubs. The conference theme was "FCE...Celebrate in 08." Educational workshops included Mexico, Living with Osteoporosis, and leadership training...
Pet therapists (10/19/08)
Cocker spaniels Chancellor (Chance for short), Dusty, Midnight and Moonbeam stroll through the halls at area nursing homes, adding a bright spot to the lives of people who reside in nursing homes and cannot have a dog. Chance, Dusty, Midnight and Moonbeam are members of the Pet Pals program, owned by Cape Girardeau resident Marlene Dudley...
Walter Britt (10/19/08)
Walter Britt CANALOU, Mo. -- Walter Britt, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in Columbia, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete with Ponder Funeral Home.
James Lynn (10/19/08)
James Lynn CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James Audrey "Jim" Lynn lived a troubled 64 years and finally found the peace he longed for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, when he passed away surrounded by those who loved him. He was born Sept. 27, 1944, to the late Audrey James Lynn and Iva Jewell Whorton Lynn who survives of Chaffee. He married Marilyn Kaye Lankford on Nov. 8, 1963. They were married 34 years...
Dorothy Fricks (10/19/08)
Dorothy Fricks JONESBORO, Ill. -- Dorothy McCloud Fricks, 91, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 25, 1917, in Reynoldsville, Ill., daughter of Ernest and Mae McCloud. She and John Henson Sinks of West Frankfort, Ill., were married in 1941. He died in 1942...
Gilbert Blasiney (10/19/08)
Gilbert Blasiney Gilbert F. Blasiney, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born May 6, 1927, in St. Louis, son of Frank and Elsie Schindler Blasiney. He and Estelle Baumann were married Oct. 16, 1954 in River Aux Vases, Mo. She survives in Cape Girardeau...
Dorothy Lacy (10/19/08)
Dorothy Lacy PATTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Madge "Dot" Lacy, 88, of Patton passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at the Madison Memorial Medical Center/Stockhoff Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo., where she had been a resident for the past 10 years. She was born Oct. 1, 1920, at Bernie, Mo., the middle child of William Elijah and Nancy Schell Whitener. She married George Lacy on May 17, 1940, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Oct. 15, 2005...
Births 10/19/08 (10/19/08)
Miles Daughter to Allison Kathleen Miles of Friedheim, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:52 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008. Name, Berklee Elyse. Weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Ms. Miles is the daughter of Kevin and Andrea Kester of Friedheim and Tommy and Missy Miles of Winfield, Ala. She is a technician at Procter & Gamble...
Bilek - Nicholas (10/19/08)
Lacey Nichole Bilek and Casey Carter Nicholas were married Aug. 4, 2007, at Jackson City Park. Jerry Sander performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Lisa Bilek of Millersville. The groom is the son of Steve and Kathy Nicholas of Jackson...
Carr - Ralls (10/19/08)
Teri Marie Carr and Adam Paul Ralls were married May 10, 2008, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Thomas Kiefer performed the ceremony. Lectors were Judy Griffaw of Cape Girardeau, godmother and great-aunt of the bride; Cindy Rawlins of Blacksburg, Va., godmother and aunt of the groom; and Julie Duenne of Benton, Mo...
Lane - Smithey (10/19/08)
Alynda M. Lane and Dustin V. Smithey were married June 21, 2008, at the Presbyterian Church in Brazeau, Mo. Craig King Sr. performed the ceremony. Pianist was Linda Boxdorfer. The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Kelle Lane of Jackson. The groom is the son of Kim Smithey of Oak Ridge...
McClain - Ralls (10/19/08)
Kasie Marie McClain and Andrew Patrick Ralls were married April 12, 2008, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. Scriptures were read by Larry McClain, uncle of the bride. Organist was Betty Ressel, and soloist was Renee Reinagel. Altar servers were Tyler, Brooke and Blake Schlitt, cousins of the bride. Giftbearers were Dave and Georgia Carman, godparents of the bride...
Myracle - Althoff (10/19/08)
Marci Leigh Myracle and Landon Ross Althoff were married May 10, 2008, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Mo. Dr. Scott Seidler performed the ceremony. Organist was Barry Bobb of St. Louis, and soloists were Donna Bobb of St. Louis and Bryan Lee of Columbia, Mo...
Myers - Stone (10/19/08)
Elizabeth Meghan "Lizzy" Myers and Kenneth Darrin Stone exchanged wedding vows June 14, 2008, at Morley Church of God in Morley, Mo. Mike Worrell performed the ceremony. Pianist was Debbie Wright of Sikeston, Mo. The bride is the daughter of Eugene and Frances Myers of Jackson. The groom is the son of Carolyn McBride of Morley, and the late Kenneth Stone...
Vaughan - Obermann (10/19/08)
Jami Vaughan and Brian Obermann were united in marriage Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee, Mo. The Rev. Ralph Duffner performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Sheri Vaughan of Leopold, Mo., and Mike and Diann Vaughan of Sikeston, Mo. The groom is the son of Thomas and Marti Obermann of Chaffee...
Morrow - Sexton (10/19/08)
Bill and Carol Morrow of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Nicole Morrow, to Travis Tanner Sexton. He is the son of Kingsley and Jill Mainer of Wolf Lake, Ill., and the late William Sexton. Morrow is a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She expects to receive a degree in mass communications/public relations from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2009. She is employed at Worry Free Transport LLC...
Prihoda - statler (10/19/08)
Katie Amber Prihoda and Daniel Arthur Statler announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Bernie and Sue Prihoda of Owatonna, Minn. Statler is the son of Pete and Judy Statler of Jackson. Prihoda is a 2005 graduate of Minnesota School of Business. She is office manager at Riverview Counseling in Cape Girardeau...
Vallero - welker (10/19/08)
John and Cheryl Vallero of Smithton, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Vallero, to Justin Patrick Welker. He is the son of Jim and Terri Welker of Cape Girardeau. Vallero is a 2003 graduate of Freeburg Community High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007. She is a second grade teacher with Cape Girardeau School District at Franklin Elementary...
Brune - Koerber (10/19/08)
Steve and Angie Brune of Sedgewickville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Renne Brune, to Justin Paul Koerber. He is the son of Paul and Bernice Koerber of Gordonville. Brune is a 2002 graduate of Meadow Heights High School. She received a degree in office systems technology from Mineral Area College in 2004. She is employed at Safety-Kleen Inc. in Cape Girardeau...
Davis - 50 years (10/19/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Dareld Davis of Jackson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Davis and Geraldine Nash were married Aug. 30, 1958, at Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna, Ill. The couple has two children, Brad (Leslie) Davis of Jackson, and Nora (Greg) Duffy of Hayti, Mo. They have five grandchildren and a great-grandchild...
Sample - 60 years (10/19/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sample of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 17, 2008. Sample and Ruth Kasten were married Oct. 17, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, by Pastor Jank. Members of the wedding party were Junie Landgraf, Shirley Young, Virginia Kuecker, Evelyn Kasten, Gene Kasten, Charlie Ross, Norman Swan, and Bob Landgraf...
Cherry - 60 years (10/19/08)
Leon and Lola Cherry of Cape Girardeau observed their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 3, 2008. A dinner and dance was held in their honor Oct. 18. Hosts were their children and spouses, Barbara (Phil) Bungard of Chillicothe, Ill., Elizabeth Wilhelm of Cape Girardeau, and David (Melissa) Cherry of Scott City...
Hemman - 50 years (10/19/08)
BRAZEAU, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Alvert Hemman of Brazeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner Aug. 30, 2008, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo. Hemman and Dorothy Schmidt were married Sept. 6, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, by the late Rev. A.O. Kaltwasser...
Fire Report 10/19/08 (10/19/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 1:39 p.m., illegal burn at 1018 N. Missouri Ave. n At 6:21 p.m., a citizen assist in the 1900 block of Herman Street. n At 10:02 p.m., an alarm sounding at 2102 William St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Police Report 10/19/08 (10/19/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Laura M. Finger, 25, 1530 New Madrid St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and making an illegal U-turn. Arrests...
Out of the past 10/19/2008 (10/19/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 19, 1983 Southeast Missouri Hospital's plan to provide open heart surgery at Cape Girardeau has been approved by the Medical Facilities Review Committee, clearing the way for the surgery to be performed here for the first time by next summer...
Spouse blames himself for marriage breakup (10/19/08)
Dear Dr. Dobson: When my wife left me for another man, I felt like the whole thing was my fault. I still feel that way. I had never even looked at another woman, yet here I am taking the blame for her affair. Rationally, I know I'm being unfair to myself, but I can't help it. Or can I?...
His & Hers: Little miracle came with an asterisk (10/19/08)
By Bob and Callie Clark Miller Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. SHE SAID The Coen Brothers couldn't script our life. That was the thought running through my head this afternoon as I paced back and forth across the nursery, 19-pound Dawson propped on my right hip, clutching my T-shirt, which was splattered with bright orange carrots. ...
Why I'll vote for Rock Finch (10/19/08)
If Jay Purcell is re-elected as county commissioner, I look forward to his following through on his campaign theme of fair, open and transparent government. As he stated in the candidate forum with Rock Finch on Thursday night, "The basis of everything good or bad in government" is transparency and openness. It is a worthy theme, and I wish Jay well if re-elected...
The 1952 campaign: Some lessons for bewildered voters (10/19/08)
The first presidential campaign I remember was the 1952 Eisenhower-Stevenson race. There are, it seems to me, some similarities between that contest and the one we are about to decide. In 1952, President Truman's popularity was in a nosedive. The Korean War had tapped the nation's military resources with no end in sight. ...
Proposition B falls short (10/19/08)
By Marc D. Smith In today's uncertain economy, the last thing Missouri residents need is a new state agency that has no oversight of how it spends public money. Proposition B would do just that. Voters should reject this effort. In promoting Proposition B, its supporters imply that the elderly and disabled could no longer live independently in their homes without its passage. ...
Watch out for one-issue efforts (10/19/08)
To the editor: One-issue voters, don't be fooled. All candidates need money where they can get it to harvest votes, but the easiest and cheapest votes to accumulate are from the single-issue crowd. These politicians aren't beholding to easy votes. They owe their favors to hard money (bankers, oil, medical and lawyers) who actually watch the politicians' actions, not just their rhetoric...
Speak Out 10/19/08 (10/19/08)
Runners trump golfers IMAGINE MY surprise when I found out that I could not play golf at the Jaycees Municipal Golf Course on Friday because it was being closed in order for Southeast Missouri State University to hold a cross-country meet there. Southeast Missouri State University, municipal golf course, open to the public, tax-supported. I won't even go into all the reasons this was wrong. I hope the parks and recreation board will not do this again...
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