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- 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
Choosing the time, circumstance
To the editor:
He joined a law firm in Illinois after gaining a law degree by working hard without help from an upper-class family.
He won election to the Illinois Legislature and served four terms.
He was considered to be a great orator and inspirational speaker. A series of speeches on important issues of the day transformed him into a national political star.
He spoke out against a looming war he attributed to a president's desire for "military glory."
He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won, serving one term.
Then he decided to run for the presidency of the United States after serving only eight years in the state government of Illinois and two years in the federal government.
Who are you thinking about? Think again. This is part of Abraham Lincoln's biography.
Sometimes a man chooses his own time and circumstances, and sometimes the times and circumstances choose him.
BARBARA CAMPBELL, Cape Girardeau