- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
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?