- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)13
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
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