- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Sands Pancake House moving to Morgan Oak location (8/11/17)1
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Cape movie theater to feature recliners, new food and drink options (8/11/17)3
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
Support for higher-education funding
To the editor:
Gov. Matt Blunt's proposal to increase the budget for higher education by $17.1 million is a significant and positive step in the right direction for Missouri's colleges and universities. As former members of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents and members of the Regent Emeriti Society, we understand the budget concerns that colleges and universities have across the state. Schools lost more than $100 million when then-governor Bob Holden withheld funds.
When the state budget is tight, higher education often takes cuts, and higher education administrators have been bracing themselves for massive cuts similar to those under the Holden administration. While Holden made cuts and withheld funds, Governor Blunt maintained spending on higher education, even in a tight fiscal year. Now, by proposing this $17.1 million increase, Governor Blunt is helping keep Southeast Missouri State University and other Missouri schools competitive in the Midwest and ensuring that we will be able to maintain the same high level of quality education for our students at an affordable rate.
Many students are the beneficiaries of hard-working parents who need tuition held to a minimum. I commend Governor Blunt for his actions and encourage legislators to support him in this endeavor.
MARK PELTS and DOYLE PRIVETT, Kennett, Mo.