- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)12
- 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
Cape should become a job magnet
To the editor:It's heartbreaking to me that in the age of economic growth, Cape Girardeau has yet to step up. I'm a native of Cape yet choose to live elsewhere to survive financially. I would love to reside in Cape and be closer to my family. However, there are no jobs to keep residents afloat and offer viable wages. Why does Cape continue to live in the Dark Ages? There is a college in town, yet many graduates move elsewhere after graduation. Why is this? I want to move closer to home once I graduate college, but I don't want to live in St. Louis or Kansas City. I would have to live there if I want to make what my degrees state I should make.
The leaders in power need to take a long, hard look at the current economy of Cape and stop talking about it. Do it. Bring in the industry to support your citizens that offer competitive wages and benefits. A new restaurant here and there is growth, but is it growth that your citizens desire? Look outside the box and go to the table with the big boys. Tell them why Cape is a great place to locate their business.
Citizens are willing to work hard if they feel valued and part of something bigger. Once Cape realizes that it needs to fight for better, it will truly become the city it longs to be and not just known as the town between St. Louis and Memphis.
TERESA LYNN, Tempe, Ariz.