- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)5
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)2
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)12
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Homeless need a helping hand
Mayor Jay Knudtson, talking about the proposed homeless shelter opening in Cape Girardeau, is quoted as saying that Larry Rice wants to give "those people" an address. Years ago, "those people" were generally alcoholics, drug addicts or bums. Today, however, "those people" have a new face. They're mostly hard-working people, and a lot of them have families. But due to the economy they've lost their jobs. If you have few job skills when you apply for a job and there are 300 to 500 other applicants, it can take a long time to become employed again.
Giving "those people" things like an address, food and clothing and helping them to improve their interview skills means they would become self-sufficient again. I'm not so naive as to think that I could never become one of "those people" or that a few nights' stay in a motel would solve my problems. I think Knudtson is out of touch and should visit other shelters to see who "those people" really are.
KATHLEEN WILLIAMS, Cape Girardeau