- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
Voters let down Jackson schools
To the editor:
It's hard to believe that an important issue like the future of our kids' education actually requires a higher percentage for passage then that of the future leader of our country. On Tuesday the Jackson School District bond issue received a 55 percent yes vote and still went down in defeat.
In the last election there were 7,000 to 8,000 votes in favor of this issue. This time only 3,664 voters said yes. So where were the rest of the yes voters? It was a beautiful day to get out and vote. They couldn't spare 15 to 30 minutes to help improve our high school?
For those of you who voted against this issue, please enlighten me as to why you don't want a safe school. Don't you make house improvements? We probably have the most dedicated music directors in the area, and our coaches work in antique facility, yet they continue to produce outstanding kids. The cafeteria can't even accommodate all the students, so many just have to make do.
The school board and faculty can only do so much. It's up to the community to see that they have a safe and modern facility to teach our kids in. We let them down. Thanks to those voting no and all the no-shows, it'll be at least another year before we even get another chance to improve the high school and bring it into the 21st century and out of the 1950s.
SANDY HASTINGS, Jackson