- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)2
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Insurance building's renovation part of Coalter family's commitment to region (12/15/17)3
- Three-vehicle wreck ends up with parked car crashing through business wall (12/16/17)3
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
Emerson's out-of-state earmarks
Let's re-evaluate congressional earmarks. Used to help local governments with projects, earmarks also fund private nonprofit organizations as well. Our own representative appropriated for two organizations outside Missouri.
The Congressional Hunger Fund is a scholarship program for post-graduate college students who "study" the hungry, not feed them. Originally a federal program eliminated by Congress, Bill Emerson converted it into a nonprofit organization.
Jo Ann Emerson is now co-chair of the board of directors. Fellow directors include notables like Sen. Al Franken. For the 2010 budget, she requested $3 million in taxpayer dollars to support this D.C.-based organization.
In a another instance, she requested $500,000 in taxpayer dollars for the New York City-based Girl Scouts of America to start a completely new program on "financial literacy."
We are going broke. Neither earmark was worth risking our grandchildren's financial future.
LARRY BILL, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755
Committee to Elect Lawrence David Bill for Congress, Daniel Ray Brown, Treasurer, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755