- Plans in the works to save Esquire Theater on Broadway in Cape (2/21/18)2
- Man transitioning to woman killed herself in Cape City Jail in June; news comes from architect's pitch in Kansas (2/15/18)2
- Bell City arrest, Scott City incident highlight high-alert status following Fla. school shooting (2/20/18)4
- Cape Girardeau businessman proposes redevelopment project; seeks taxing district to fund improvements (2/17/18)16
- TJ's Burgers, Wings & Pizza expands with dining area in Fruitland (2/16/18)
- Pence gets it right in response to attack on Christian faith (2/17/18)11
- As February winds down, Chaffee looking forward to reopening of ice cream shop (2/21/18)1
- Scott City puts school on lockdown; officials say alleged threat 'not credible' (2/21/18)2
- The heart of the matter: Clinic helps patients rise above congestive heart failure (2/17/18)
- Local foodies share most romantic places (2/22/18)
Payday loans help millions
In regard to the Nov. 15 story "Economist at foreclosure seminar in Cape predicts tough 2010":
Payday advances play a necessary role, providing hard-working people with a reasonable, well-regulated option for meeting unexpected or unbudgeted expenses and other short-term financial needs.
Payday advances are small, unsecured, short-term loans, usually due on the borrower's next payday. The average loan is $300, and the typical fee is $15 to $17 per $100 borrowed.
Payday advance customers are educated, hard-working, middle-class Americans who face unbudgeted or unexpected expenses between paychecks and want and need access to short-term credit.
Millions of customers across the country have used payday advance responsibly and appreciate having somewhere to turn when they need quick access to credit. Analysts estimate payday advances were used by 19 million households in 2008.
TOMMY MOORE, Executive Vice President, Community Financial Services Association of America, Alexandria, Va.