- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
Cape Girardeau has many minorities
To the editor:
Today I read in the newspaper about minority folks serving on the city boards. But the only minority people mentioned were blacks and women. "By comparison, 2 percent of the city's boards and commissions consist of black residents and 18 percent of the seats are held by women." With delight I read Nancy Jernigan saying that she "would also like to recruit a Hispanic resident to serve on the board in recognition of the small but growing Hispanic population in the community." I would add that there are three Hispanic churches in town.
Yet this is not enough. Within our city live folks who are oriental (Korea, China and Japan), who are from Southeast Asia and India and who are Native American. There are folks from the Middle East and Eskimos too. Therefore, when the issue of minority representation serving on the city boards comes up, it seems logical that attention would be given to the fullness of our population. My hope is that when the newspaper speaks again on this issue, all the minorities of Cape Girardeau would see the paper acknowledging their presence and value.
The Rev. PAUL KABO Jr., First Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau