- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)15
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)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