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Editorial: Race faceoff

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This week's tussle over state funding of the Tour of Missouri bicycle race was mostly a political spitting contest.

The race, scheduled for early September and including a stopover in Cape Girardeau, is a pet project of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. a Republican who also serves as the chairman of the Missouri Tourism Commission.

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has a responsibility to make sure the state's budget is balanced and has considerable discretion over withholding or vetoing funds.

The flap over funding for the bike race is an indication of what to expect for the next three-plus years.

The Tour of Missouri draws top cyclists from around the world. Both of Cape Girardeau's hospitals, Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital, have generously donated a total of $40,000 to local organizers who say they still need to raise almost that much more.

The governor could have satisfied his concerns about how the state's money is spent by simply asking. Instead, he made a big deal of cutting the funding and then changing his mind. This is one faceoff that didn't need to happen, particularly at the risk of compromising an event that has turned into a good boost for the state both in image and revenue.

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With the astronomical amount of money the two hospitals spend on advertisement with the SEMissourian and Pete's ties to the paper , it is no surprise you would take up with their side. Had Nixon been a repub, you would be praising his efforts to save money. Get off your hypocracy horse please.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 8:23 AM

"Both of Cape Girardeau's hospitals, Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital, have generously donated a total of $40,000 to local organizers".

This statement, more than any other blabbed by any number of idiots on either side of the healthcare reform debate, sums up the problem better than anything printed or broadcast.

The goddamn hospitals are in the healthcare buisness. They should not be funding pork barrel projects, I don't care who is on their board of directors.

Instead of building fountains and rotunda's, perhaps they should be investing in medical advancements, and maybe, just maybe, call me crazy here, I know I'm ******* nuts....


This kills me. Literally.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 8:31 AM


Private enterprise can sponsor whatever they want. When will cape's free market conservatives get that through their head?

-- Posted by Ike on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 10:54 AM


The hospital's are far from being a private enterprise. Their not for profit, tax exempt status pretty much shoots your lame *** argument down.

Either the quality of the tax gobbler and looter crowds' arguments is seriously degrading, or I am good!

Whatever, next feeble argument against me that is built on toothpicks in the middle of a sandboil, please.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 1:50 PM

That's what I thought.

****, I'm good!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Jul 19, 2009, at 9:52 AM

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