- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)4
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Learning to think for yourself
To the editor:In response to the story "House seeks to rein in 'rogue' teachers": This House bill against rogue teachers sounds vaguely familiar. It reminds me a great deal of Hitler and Saddam Hussein's idea of a curriculum for a college education. There are too many closed minds in society now. Missouri, please don't legislate narrow-mindedness into law.
A college is supposed to expose students to broader horizons and expanded thoughts. If the student is so insecure that he can't listen to new ideas and form his own adult beliefs and opinions, then it's the student who has the real problem. A college is supposed to educate its students to think and believe on their own.
I am a Southeast Missouri State University graduate and am thankful I had the opportunity to learn to think for myself. I was never taught the arrogance that only one way of thinking is acceptable. I don't consider this a "liberal" or "conservative" attitude. I call it being a responsible citizen. The teachers who imposed their beliefs on students with low grades and forced signatures should be censured, but we don't need this law.
LYNN BOLLINGER, Camilla, Ga.