- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)15
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Mission of peace
Last week's report that members of a National Guard company was loading equipment at the Southeast Missouri Port Authority near Scott City is yet another reminder that the war in Iraq continues to involve this area and its residents.
Members of the 220th Engineering Company of Festus, Mo., whose members are from throughout Southeast Missouri, were loading 100 pieces of equipment that will be used for building roads and runways. The company will have several months of training in Georgia and California before heading for Iraq.
With Iraqi elections slated for the end of this money, and with troops being sent to Iraq to build things instead of destroy them, there are strong signs that the Mideast nation is heading for recovery, no matter how long it takes.
Headlines typically go to stories about destruction, insurgency, terrorism, suicide bombers and general mayhem -- all designed to thwart the efforts to build a democratic Iraq.
It's good to see some headlines for stories about U.S. efforts to make Iraq whole again. Best wishes to the members of the 220th and they endeavor to carry out a mission of peace.