- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)22
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)6
Floyds made honest effort to help Clemons
To the editor:
Using our 20-20 hindsight, it is obvious that Ricky Clemons was a lot more trouble than he was worth. Coach Quin Snyder at the University of Missouri-Columbia passed his problem on to Elson Floyd, UMC president, who apparently is not skilled in handling athletes with an exaggerated sense of their importance. Not all coaches can either, and it is their job.
Floyd tried to do what was right but made the mistake that the student wanted to succeed. Mrs. Floyd, in advising Clemons to stop dating white women, sounded like a mother giving her wayward child good advice. She was not attempting to be politically correct. She was not thinking of how this would look in the newspapers.
And then she sees her words termed "unfortunate and misguided" and "disgraceful and inappropriate." Show the Floyds the consideration and respect they deserve for honestly trying to help. Editorial boards like the Southeast Missourian's have added another hard lesson to a decent pair of people.