- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)10
- Arrest warrants filed for six drug suspects in Cape (7/19/16)6
- Area groups working together to reintroduce elk in Missouri (7/18/16)1
- Suspect in downtown Cape shooting ID'd in court (7/20/16)2
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Hastings in Cape closing (7/22/16)5
- Governor signs Rep. Swan bill that equalizes child-custody criteria (7/6/16)5
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
- Jackson's former police dog euthanized Monday (7/21/16)2
- 'I want to see how far I can go' (7/21/16)2
Vote yes June 8 for fire sales tax
To the editor:
The evening of April 12, while most of us slept safe and sound in our Cape Girardeau homes, the emergency rooms of both hospitals were in a near riot situation, requiring every available Cape Girardeau police officer and state trooper.
The particulars of the situation involved a shooting from out of town, but the incident reinforced the fact that all too often our public safety departments are close to inadequate.
Cape Girardeau is truly at a crossroads as it relates to our police and fire departments. We are facing many challenges: not enough staff, far too high staff turnover, antiquated equipment and facilities.
I managed a retail business throughout my career. In doing so, I watched costs for everything continue to climb. The same thing has happened with equipment, facility and operational costs for our fire and police departments.
Recently you may have seen a report on KFVS-12 where area fire departments simulated reactions to a terrorist situation. Notably, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department did not participate. Our department does not have the resources to fund specialized training.
Last year the city council floated a multifaceted tax proposal that failed. This is different. It is focused. It is genuinely needed. And the funds generated will go into a trust fund to guarantee funding for equipping and paying our police and fire personnel.
I am asking that you join me in supporting this fire sales-tax issue.
Vote yes on June 8.
HARRY E. REDIGER