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- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)49
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
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- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Hopper Road to close for months during construction of Veterans Drive (04/27/16)9
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