- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)4
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Government taking our liberties
To the editor:I see the hypocrites (legislators) of Illinois have passed into law a smoking ban with the chief hypocrite (governor) signing on. I remembered a column by Walter Williams (one of the more intelligent people of our planet) some time ago warning that our government, encouraged and prodded by special-interest groups, would be coming after the populists in other areas that should be off limits to their meddling.
Congress' approval rating is several points lower than that of our embattled president. If our president has any points of approval at all, it is above my rating of the legislators, state and federal. Now I know there are good, honest, hard-working people in these hallowed halls from both sides of the aisle, but God knows they are in a distinct minority.
Additionally, and for the record, I do not smoke. My conversion experience at almost 18 years of age in 1943 brought deliverance of a two-pack-per-day habit. My habit was well entrenched, and even though I wanted to be free, I was powerless to break it.
Also, I wonder if our elected hypocrites (legislators) have ever considered the curse of alcoholism? The record speaks for itself. For shame.
Finally the article mentions the consideration of an additional tax of 75 cents per pack making a grand total of $1.75 per pack thievery. Have these people no shame?
Thank you, Southeast Missourian, for giving me an opportunity to speak out. Only God knows how much longer we will be able to voice our opinions.
CHARLES J. LANCE, Scott City