- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
It's time to lead by example
The president has said and it is being reported by much of the media that the majority of Americans are supportive of the currently debated stimulus bill. I respectfully submit my opposition to this bill. I oppose it for many reasons, but here are just a few:
As has been demonstrated in the banking bailout bill, government is not an effective distributor of money. Tracking appropriate use of the money is poor, and waste is rampant.
A huge portion of the current bill includes spending for items not directly related to stimulating the economy. These are appropriations that should be separated from this bill and debated in separate legislation on its own merit. Legislators should not use this as an opportunity to clear their desks of appropriation legislation that has little or nothing to do with the immediate problem.
This bill is spending money we don't have and creating an insurmountable burden that we will be passing on to future generations. I find this immoral and intolerable. The reason the United States has gotten into this mess is the rampant desire for all of us corporately, governmentally and individually to live above our means. The only way to get out is with fiscal restraint. Balance the budget. Start paying down the debt. The U.S. government should lead by example.
BRANDIS L. KNIGHT, Cape Girardeau