- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)91
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
U.S. leaders need a healthy dose of Show Me sense
To the editor:
I grew up in Missouri and value the common sense I learned from my elders. I think our leaders could use some Show Me wisdom.
If I look at the situation that might involve us militarily in Liberia, I consider the recent history that took us into Somalia. If I look at the huge military and human investment our country has made in Afghanistan and Iraq, I am not so sure we are making decisions that are completely well-considered for the long term.
I think we are still making decisions out of a position of fear and anger, driven by our continued focus on Sept. 11, 2001, and doing so in a manner that limits freedoms.
Our leaders portray our military as a swaggering adolescent taking-on all comers. I can only feel that a lot of this doesn't make any common sense. We are being arrogant and are employing a flawed judgment that remains tainted by an underlying fear.
We should enter a period of reflection and put our ideology to a test that considers history and common sense.
JOHN W. FORD