- New custody law for equal time for dads begins today; some question law's relevance (8/28/16)5
- Former alt-rock frontwoman tells how she found Christianity (8/29/16)2
- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)13
- Bootheel lawmaker seeks probe into crop damage by illegal herbicide spraying (8/24/16)1
- Local priest met Mother Teresa, will attend canonization (8/31/16)
- Jackson girl stays planted on the farm (8/28/16)2
- Wal-Mart theft probe yields drug charges against woman (8/31/16)
- Newsmakers 2016: Liz Glastetter (8/15/16)
- Scott City School District introduces new preschool program (8/26/16)1
- Cape police: Illinois union president hit woman in head with rock (8/28/16)3
Looking for good solution to fall from the sky
To the editor:
Ancient Greek drama featured a convention called deus ex machina, which means "god from a machine." At the conclusion of particularly complicated plots, a god character would be lowered with a pulley to solve all unresolved problems. Everybody went home happy.
Similarly, Republicans in the Missouri Legislature seem to be touting such an occurrence: an infusion of nearly $400 million in federal funding. Simply plug in some of these dollars, and they have graciously restored education funding to 2001 levels. According to state Sen. Peter Kinder, this might result in the loss of only about 800 teaching jobs. Combine this with the proposed 538 jobs cut from state social services and other agencies, and that only puts about 1,300 Missourians out of work.
Thank goodness none of those corporate tax loopholes will be closed. Let's keep those so that the rich can sail their tax-deductible yachts right through them. Republicans remind us that if we close those, Missourians might lose their jobs.
The political endgame reached by partisan bickering is maddening. Is raising taxes the answer? No. Is ridiculously slashing the budget and destroying vital services the answer? No. What is the answer? I'll keep looking for that god to drop in and send us home happy.