- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
As New York Times science columnist John Tierney suggested on this page Tuesday, there is a tendency among what he calls "availability entrepreneurs" to take a social-science rather than a scientific approach to long-range weather trends. As a result, weather events like the warm temperatures we're had this week are cited as part of a major weather shift.
Every time there are unusual storms, floods, hurricanes, heat waves or cold snaps, you can count on a spate of gloomy forecasts by those who have one agenda or another to promote. To paraphrase those commercials of a few years back for margarine that supposedly tasted like butter: It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.