- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)
First Steps was on the right track
To the editor:
On March 15 at the hearing of Senate Bill 500 (the First Steps bill), some remarkable data was shared. Since July 1, when a new model for running Missouri's First Steps started up in three regions of our state, there has been an average cost savings of 33 percent. We are talking about a potential statewide annual savings of over $7 million in the First Steps early intervention program if the program is left alone. Please don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself at:
Since Gov. Matt Blunt proposed cutting funding to First Steps in early February, I have been devoting lots of time and effort toward saving this program. I am sad to say that the governor seems to have his heart set on making significant changes to the way the program is run. In four weeks his staff came up with a plan, and now they are looking to use it to replace the current design that took six years and over $1 million to develop and implement -- a design that is saving our state money. Whatever happened to "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"?
DOUGLAS RIGGS, Kirkwood, Mo.