- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
Eliminate government waste
I first learned about government budgeting while flying B-52s back in the 1980s. Military vets know the significance of Sept. 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year.
As that date approached, our crew was completing a mission too long to conduct additional training like practicing approaches back at base. Asking for permission to land early, the CP responded that the wing commander directed us to fly out our time so he could meet the annual flying hour budget. We sat in holding over the base for 45 minutes, burning about 3,000 gallons of JP-4, just to make the numbers work.
It is a common perception in government culture that if you don't spend your budget, it will be reduced next year. This wastefulness should not be tolerated or encouraged. Texas congressman Ron Paul set the example this year. His congressional staff came in $100,000 under budget.
LARRY BILL, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755