- 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)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- 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)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Candidates' positions clarified
To the editor:
A Nov. 1 article in the Southeast Missourian over the battle in the 161st District state representative race between Democrat Steve Hodges and Republican Gary Branum stated that the Democratic Party sent out direct-mail pieces indicating Hodges opposes raising the minimum wage.
I live in this District, receive campaign literature from both parties and haven't received anything from the Democratic Party indicating that Hodges is opposed to raising the minimum wage.
In the Nov. 2 edition of the Missourian, an article states that Hodges supports increasing the minimum wage and that Branum disagrees with Hodges on the minimum-wage increase.
In fairness to both candidates, the position they take on this issue should be clarified for your readers in a format that can be easily identified. It would be a great disservice to both Branum and Hodges, as well as to us the voters, as we go to the polls on Tuesday voting on issues that are important to us and we choose a candidate based on information we read in the Missourian that was not 100 percent accurate.
CHERIE HILLMAN, Scott City