- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
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