- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)6
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
An opportunity to work together
To the editor:
"We are not red states or blue states but the United States." We have heard and seen this from the campaign trail to Cape Rock Drive. We live in a time when climate change and economic disruption threaten our future well-being while wars are being waged on two fronts. The claim that terrorists are around every corner confronts us every day.
Maybe we do not live in the happiest or most comfortable of times, but we can rejoice in one collective achievement: From all corners of the nation Americans have said "Enough!" to racial intolerance and racial bigotry. We have elected as president an articulate, intelligent, thoughtful man who just happens to be black.
In the years since I became a U.S. citizen, I have never been prouder to call myself American than I was on election night when the West Coast confirmed the result. I remain proud.
Although Barrack Obama's election by more than a couple of percentage points was convincing, he was not elected unanimously or by acclamation. Given the severity of the era, now is not time to waste this victory on acrimony, or for crowing and claiming a mandate, or for continuing the cultural divisiveness that was regrettably evident in the campaign.
Just as president-elect Obama and conceding Sen. John McCain stated in their own ways on election night, now is a time when we must overcome our differences, transcend old grievances and disagreements and reach out to one another to work together for the common good.
ALAN R.P. JOURNET, Cape Girardeau