- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- 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)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Voting for incumbents
As it happens from time to time, only incumbents are seeking to fill three vacancies on the Cape Girardeau City Council. But an election will be held anyway. Other governmental bodies, including school boards, have been exempted from holding elections when there are no races. Extending that option to cities would be just as sensible.
Another aspect of Cape Girardeau's council races could stand a closer look: the ward system. It was set up to encourage more candidates, but the trend has been just the opposite. Would citywide races make for better elections?