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- Three out, including city administrator, at Scott City; two resigned, one fired (3/16/17)1
- Several tournaments already booked at Sportsplex (3/16/17)6
- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)9
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)20
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
Focus? Money, not environment
To the editor:
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson recently spoke at Southeast Missouri State University. Unfortunately, my suspicions were confirmed. Our representative is focused on money and big business at the expense of human and environmental health.
Emerson assumed everyone shared her views as she clarified what the Iraq War is about by arguing, "I am sure that you do not like being dependent on the Middle East or Venezuela for oil." In her defense of drug companies, she argued incorrectly that pharmaceutical agriculture is all-natural. Finally, she promoted greater oil company profits by arguing that environmental standards for oil refineries would be relaxed to allow more construction.
It worries me that our representative is focused on the satisfaction of affluent corporate constituents while exhibiting no concern for the long-term future of the land our great-grandchildren will farm or the planet they will inherit.
At the beginning of the presentation in a discussion about Brazilian agricultural production, Emerson revealed her environmental sensitivity by stating:, "I never thought I would hear myself be pro-environment." Apparently, Emerson sees a problem with leveling of rain forest for agricultural land, at least when this affects our ability to compete. It seems ironic that Americans would view this as a problem, considering we did the exact same thing in Southeast Missouri with the bald cypress. I have since rededicated myself to working against Emerson's re-election and reminding voters of the 8th District that we cannot eat money.
EMMA L. FRANKLIN, Cape Girardeau