- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Legislators need to hear concerns
To the editor:
I am writing in regard to the recent article about legislators objecting to getting calls from constituents. According to the article, legislators complained to the Department of Social Services about receiving calls from people whose Medicaid health coverage was cut or eliminated. Their complaints resulted in a memo announcing a gag order. Caseworkers for the poor, elderly and disabled were instructed not to tell their clients they could contact their legislators to voice their concerns.
Isn't it the business of elected officials to listen to and represent the interests of the citizens of his or her district? Common sense would dictate that important decisions about people's lives should not be made without significant input from the people affected.
I urge our governor, other elected officials and the Department of Social Services to rethink this gag order. Who is more appropriate for legislators to hear from than those whose lives are changed by their decisions?
CYNTHIA KEELE JOHNSON, Jefferson City, Mo.