- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Veteran benefits, defense shouldn't be party issues
To the editor:
House Resolution 303 would eliminate the law that forces disabled military retirees to forfeit a dollar of their retirement pay for every dollar they receive in Veterans Administration disability compensation. About 670,000 veterans have their income cut in this way. HR 303, which has 326 co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. The Republican leadership refuses to schedule a vote.
A petition to force a vote on HR 303 needs 218 supporters. As of June 19, there were 182 representatives who had signed the petition -- 181 Democrats and one Republican. Where do Missouri's representatives stand?
A recent debate in the House Appropriations Committee over reducing tax breaks for those making over $1 million a year to put $1 billion more into the 2004 military construction budget resulted in defeat by a 34-24 party-line vote. Why are such things as the defense of our country and veterans care such partisan subjects?
Poplar Bluff, Mo.