- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Speak Out 5/1/08
ETHANOL MAY be the cause of recent reports of bad gasoline. Why? Because all underground service-station tanks contain small amounts of water. This level increases when gasoline containing ethanol is added to these tanks. Some ethanol migrates to the water level, resulting in an increased ethanol-water content that is not combustible in car engines. Unless this increased level is properly monitored and handled, the result is more reports of bad gas. This is another case of unintended consequences caused by hastily mandating the use of ethanol in gasoline.
ONCE AGAIN columnist Mona Charen misses her mark. The biofuel ethanol has not been promoted by environmentalists or those urging climate protection, most of whom have long argued that it is a boondoggle that will not address the problem of climate change and has a wealth of other problems. Rather, her target should be agribusiness, the distillers such as Archer-Daniels-Midland, the mistaken Corn Growers Association and the Farm Bureau. These are the groups that have promoted corn ethanol at the expense of real solutions.
Building on farmland
SOME PEOPLE are all worried about rising food prices. If you really care about food, you need to stop building new subdivisions on farmland around the world. Most of the cities in the U.S. are built on good farmland near a river or a coast. All of these cities are expanding into surrounding farmland, which means less food can be grown. Does anyone care?
MY THREE roommates and I have been living in a rental property for five months with mold growing in the chronically moist basement. Our landlord has failed to fix the problem. I have tried to get some help by contacting the health department and also Cape Girardeau's inspection services. Both agencies claim no jurisdiction over the mold problem. Because my roommates and I are college students, I am sure the property management company and our landlord don't take us or our mold seriously, but perhaps if the city could figure out whose responsibility it is to assess the problem and even assist us, we wouldn't be writing yet another check for $1,200.
Pardon in order
IF JOSHUA Kezer's innocence is unable to be established because of bureaucratic bungling, Gov. Matt Blunt must issue him a pardon.