- Missing Jackson woman found dead in Bollinger County pond (06/23/16)3
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Village of Zalma must disincorporate, law says (06/23/16)5
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- I want an angry president (06/21/16)17
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)
- Man allegedly kicks woman, punches man after denied a sexual favor (06/23/16)
- Witness says he saw suspect kill his best friend (06/24/16)
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Voters distrust state's spending
To the editor:The story in Saturday's paper about the tobacco study was a prime example of why the statewide tobacco tax failed to pass last month. Missouri receives annual payments of $140 million to $160 million from the Big Tobacco settlement, yet this study is only being conducted because $1.4 million is being given to the state Department of Health and Senior Services by the Missouri Foundation for Health, a public-benefit not-for-profit corporation.
Our state is not willing to spend even 1 percent of the money it receives annually from the tobacco industry to perform this study.
Missouri is more addicted to tobacco money than smokers are addicted to nicotine. I don't trust the state to spend tax money as promised, and apparently a majority of voters agree.
JEFF POOLE, Jackson