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Letter to the Editor: Cape, Jackson need to explore warning system

Friday, May 9, 2003

To the editor:

Spring is here, and so is the tornado season. Cape Girardeau once again escaped the tragedy that others experienced May 4. Why do Cape Girardeau and Jackson not have storm-warning systems?

I remember Cape Girardeau considered a system many years ago, but it was decided that it wasn't feasible for whatever reason. This is a system that could save countless injuries and possibly many lives.

Some people argued the Show Me Center wasn't feasible, but it was built. Many people are still discussing the River Campus project and a water park. Some residents are of the opinion we do not need either, and some believe we need both. I cannot think of a reason why anyone would be opposed to a weather warning system.

I encourage everyone to contact his council representative and insist inquiries be made on the cost of installing a system for Cape Girardeau. This is probably an inopportune time to suggest spending thousands of dollars, but it should have been done years ago.

Maybe we can't afford a super deluxe system, but we should explore what is available. Anything would be better than what we have. After a storm hits, it will be too late.

JOHN CLIFTON

Cape Girardeau