- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Officials need to be accountable
To the editor:
I have never been afraid to ruffle a few feathers or rub the fur the wrong way when I saw inequities that needed to be addressed by our elected county officials and for years referred to the Southeast Missourian as Rust's Republican Rag for refusing to expose any of the goings-on that fellow Republican cronies were pulling in the county.
In light of articles the past couple of years, I have had to eat some of those words, seeing that the editorial staff at the Missourian has done an exceptional job of showing us how our county government has been operating. What is to keep commissioners Gerald Jones and Larry Bock from selling parkland to the next crony that comes along for a residential lot or cemetery expansion?
Thank you, Southeast Missourian, for finally exposing the kind of dealings that go on in our county. If the supposed moral religious right gets exposed enough, maybe it will clean up its act. It is time that all levels of all parties be accountable to the people they are charged with representing and work with.
If the park land sale is such a good deal, let everyone see it for what it is. If not, then the Cape Girardeau County Commission is doing a disservice by not opening it up to competitive bidding or letting the park board have its say. Now what about a rollback of the 911 tax that has carried a balance of millions of dollars for years?
DAVID SEABAUGH, Jackson