- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Children's exposure to meth via parents is growing; Mo. Children's Division seeing effects (9/18/16)8
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
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