- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
Emerson and the drug companies
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's Nov. 13 op-ed column bemoaned the drug companies' influence over health care reform. She claims that Congress is in the pockets of the drug companies, that they are the ones steering reform.
I am not sure how Emerson could do this, considering she herself is in their pockets. In 2003, when the Republican Congress was considering expanding Medicare to prescription drugs, Emerson voted for the legislation, giving the drug companies millions of new customers. With these new customers came new profits, and Emerson saw the profits in the form of campaign contributions.
DAVID MITRANI, Rolla, Mo.