- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
Iraq- Good news too
When the cabinet of Iraq's first democratically elected government was filled out more than two weeks ago, many Americans hoped the announcement would help curb the mounting violence. Instead, insurgent attacks in Iraq have intensified. Much of the fighting has been Iraq-on-Iraq violence. But 14 American troops died in Iraq last week. That brings the total to more than 1,600 members of the U.S. military that have died since the war started in March 2003.
The violence is unfortunate and tragic. But General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is right when he calls for patience. He said the insurgency could last for years.
A lot of good work is still being done in Iraq. The Iraqi government is now employing 1.2 million Iraqi people. More than 3,100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are being rehabilitated, 263 schools are under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq. The Iraqi Navy is operational. Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a commando battalion. The Iraqi Police Service has 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers. Ninety-five percent of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first two series of polio vaccinations. More than 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid-October.
Getting the new government in place is a good start. The heightened strife is part of the process of reclaiming the country from despotism.