- 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
Wrong priorities on fighting
To the editor:There are some things I just don't understand. We have been hearing a lot recently about people being arrested for letting game chickens fight. Also, one of our star athletes was charged with letting pit bulldogs fight and is facing fines and jail time if convicted.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I am an animal lover. Even though it happens all the time in the wild, I still do not enjoy seeing animals fight.
The thing I do not understand is that it seems to be OK for people to fight. If you have watched much television lately, you probably watched brutal boxing where two men get in the ring, kick and batter each other until one is knocked down, kicked and beaten to a pulp. This apparently is OK because people pay to watch it.
Then there is this matter of the U.S. sending sons, fathers, mothers and daughters to a country to kill thousands of people who, although they hate each other, have done nothing to harm us. As a result, our soldiers, who are the bravest and greatest people on earth, are getting killed or maimed for life. It seems a lot of people think this is OK too. But letting a couple of chickens fight? Put 'em in jail. Give me a break.
JACK KNOWLAN SR., Jackson