- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- 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)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
'Inalienable' has a precise meaning
To the editor:
I'm an old man. When I was in the third grade, we struggled through the Palmer Method of penmanship, copying in ink such important documents as the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. I have no idea how many times we wrote the phrase "inalienable rights," so you can imagine how I feel watching TV, reading newspapers and magazines or having a politician or a gaggle of university Ph.D.s discuss our "unalienable rights."
While "unalienable" is a word, it was not used in the preamble. Perhaps "inalienable," derived from the French word meaning "that may not be taken away or transferred," was used because the French had helped us gain our freedom from the British.
IRA J. HUDSON III, Mound City, Ill.