Letter to the Editor

Beware of too many degrees

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Regarding the Jan. 27 article "Swingle's books to stay on county website," one sentence particularly attracted this reader: "Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones, reminding everyone present his three college degrees included a history major focused on the Civil War, said the books reflected an accurate portrayal of events in Cape Girardeau's history."

The presiding commissioner should be cautioned against acquiring more degrees. I have seven, including a master's of law in law and government from American University's Washington College of Law. I learned in the last election that Southeast Missouri residents resent a fellow resident expending the time, energy, money and intellect to achieve seven. The fact that our economy is in recession-depression was of little moment.

BILL D. BURLISON, Advance, Mo.