- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Panda Express restaurant coming to Cape's Siemers Drive (2/14/17)2
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)3
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Conservation views get distorted
To the editor:
As a conservationist -- a word rooted in conservatism -- I will support, campaign for and vote for any candidate regardless of party so long as that candidate has views similar to mine. Although REPAmerica, the Republicans for Environmental Protection, holds views that I share, the unfortunate reality is that for the last couple of decades the Republicans Party leadership has abdicated concern for the environment, for conservation or for the quality of life that future generations will experience. Consequently with increasing frequency I find myself supporting Democrats.
In this spirit, I admire politicians of whatever party who take the lead in promoting legislation that addresses climate change and other critical environmental issues. However, my admiration sours when politicians abandon their previous sane positions and start pandering to voters as they seek re-election or election to higher office.
My admiration sours even more when such politicians sink to the lowest common denominator in our electoral system and abandon all semblance of serious discussion of the issues. When candidates -- as they so often do when their campaign seems doomed -- focus solely on smears, distortions, deceptions and outright lies about their opponents my attitude sours further.
Candidates and their parties should know that paid advertisements, automated telephone calls and mass mailings that simply convey lies and distortions are not persuasive. They merely communicate the abject failure of their campaign to have anything meaningful to say. Such tactics convey only a message of floundering failure and persuade many thoughtful voters to support their opponents.
ALAN JOURNET, Cape Girardeau