- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Sands Pancake House moving to Morgan Oak location (8/11/17)1
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Cape movie theater to feature recliners, new food and drink options (8/11/17)3
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)1
With freedom comes choices
To the editor:
I am awed by the courage of the Iraqi people. Until now, we have seen them primarily as victims of Hussein's tyranny, suffering from the savagery of insurgents and as collateral casualties of the war we are prosecuting in their country. But on Sunday they emerged into our view as truly valiant advocates of freedom. Their votes are a testimony to their longing for liberty and fearless dedication to self-determination.
Iraq's day of democratic process came at an enormous cost to our own nation. Sunday would not have been possible without the incalculable sacrifices of our servicemen and women and their families, along with the astounding mathematics of a burgeoning national debt. My hope is that the new Iraqi government will not only be viable, but sympathetic to the intentions and interests of the United States. The politics of Iraq are complex and unpredictable. We may have to live with only the satisfaction of having set at liberty those who were oppressed. The Iraqi people will be free to choose their own friends in the world.
JOHN RICE, Jackson