- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)48
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)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)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says copsí good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- 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
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Speak Out 6/26/08
Need new faces
THIS IS a voting year. Let's get some new faces in our government. These inexperienced people will be welcome. The old legislators and ideas are not working, except for themselves. Come on, people, let's get out and vote. What happened to a government for the people and by the people?
School torn down
SHAME ON you, Oak Ridge School District administration, for not letting the public know that the old Oak Ridge High School was being torn down. We could have taken pictures. The news media should have been notified.
THE ARGUMENT that we need to drill for more oil and develop nuclear plants illustrates the problem with a "short-term profits at the expense of future generations" mentality. The Faustian bargain, a pact with the devil for a few more years of pleasure, has long been attractive. Unfortunately, we still know not what to do with nuclear waste, which is toxic for thousands of years, and oil companies are showing us on a weekly basis that they cannot drill and transport oil without causing environmental disaster. It is clear U.S. Sen. Kit Bond has no ability for long-term vision.
YOUR EDITORIAL cartoon June 24 asked why we have a 500-year flood every 15 years. The answer is easy: It's the levees, stupid. If you squeeze a two-mile-wide river into a half-mile-wide channel it's bound to run higher. Clear all the forests upstream and you have a man-made disaster waiting to happen. Then you build outside the levee and you'll be flooded out.
ANOTHER NICE evening ruined by someone burning trash. It's bad enough in the fall with everyone burning leaves, but having to put up with it all summer is wrong. It is time that Jackson stopped being a hick town and banned burning.
OK, OLD Town Cape, the huge flower pots on Main Street are looking pretty bad. Some have no flowers, and some have weeds. Can't downtown merchants at least water them and do a little routine maintenance? It's a good thing Libertyfest will not be down there.
YOUR STORIES about Sprigg Street were scintillating, but your follow-up editorial was an egregious disappointment. There's a Sprigg Street in every community. It reflects the de facto socio-economic and, to some extent, racial segregation that is common to communities across America. Instead of issuing a rousing clarion call for an end to this apartheid, your editorial seemed to gloss it over by simply saying that's the way it is and will, by implication, always be.
Making a choice
AM I missing something? People voluntarily choose to purchase property in rural areas with gravel or dirt roads and then go on a campaign complaining about the dust and blame the county commission for not paving their road. What did they expect? Go figure.
Treatment of pets
I AM horrified at the treatment of pets in Missouri. You would think people would be ashamed that Missouri leads the U.S. in the number of puppy mills and dogfighting. Everyone knows this and apparently chooses to ignore it. Until laws are made stricter against puppy mills and dogfighting, the abuse will continue. Until people demand change, whether with drunken drivers or animals or children, it will all stay the same.