- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- 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)
- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)4
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
How to explain what happened?
Most years I work during the Fourth of July fireworks. This year I did not. Did my wife and I want to stay up to watch a symbol of our independence and freedom as a nation? We decided to go home before the festivities began. I have always gotten tears in my eyes and a tight feeling in my throat and stood a little taller during Fourth of July celebrations. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to be proud of as a nation.
This year I had tears in my eyes and a tight feeling in my throat for a different reason. I would someday have to explain to our grandkids how this country got in such a mess. They might ask, "Grandpa, why did you start a business if you knew the government was going to take most of your money? Isn't that stealing?" Or, "Why did we cut our missile defense system when so many countries wanted to shoot missiles at us?"
And then I would tell them how we used to have the best health-care system in the world, but it wasn't any better than average now, and people were dying at younger ages for the first time in decades. Then would I dare show them one of my old rusty guns, or would that be too risky?
I don't know why anyone thought this country was broken, and I sure don't like how they're trying to fix it.
BOB HILL Jr., Cape Girardeau