- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Sands Pancake House moving to Morgan Oak location (8/11/17)1
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Cape movie theater to feature recliners, new food and drink options (8/11/17)3
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
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