- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)2
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
Socialism helps those in need
To the editor;
Joe Martin's letter implies that we are threatened by creeping socialism. Socialism is already here in the form of Social Security, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, free public schools and meal vouchers.
Socialism means the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor, often through taxes and government programs. In a pure capitalistic society, the old and poor would be left to fend for themselves, as they were so often in the past.
Martin is confusing socialism with the German National Socialists, a party hijacked by Hitler and twisted into a platform of hate, similar to how racist governor George Wallace tried to hijack Democratic politics in Alabama in the 1960s.
The message of socialism is helping those who are in need and cannot help themselves, quite similar to one of Christianity's key themes. Perhaps that's why so many socialists and Christians in Europe and South America vote for their respective Christian Socialist parties.
TANI BOHNERT, Cape Girardeau