- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Not duty-bound to finance Iraq war
To the editor:I consider military personnel to be doing their duty admirably by being available if circumstances should require their bravery, their valor, their prowess and their skills. And, from the bottom of my heart, I thank them. On the other hand, I would like to point out that the defense establishment -- of which they are a part -- does not make national policy. This will explain why I am left cold when I hear members of the armed services tell the willing ears of Rightist Talk Radio that their morale is devastated whenever they hear that the home front is coming to the opinion that the Iraq invasion is a debacle.
An individual serviceperson certainly has the right to his opinion as a citizen. However, he should realize that his opinion is not given special cachet because of his being in the military. If and when Congress cinches the strings of the Iraq-invasion purse, then that effectively will end the argument, and our military must then come home. The Iraq invasion is not a hobby that we are duty-bound to finance in order to indulge our military.
DONN S. MILLER, Tamms, Ill.