- 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)33
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)11
- 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
Purcell's cost to county
Recently the Cape Girardeau County Commission held its budget meeting. I could not help but notice that several items budgeted could have been mostly paid for by Commissioner Jay Purcell's frivolous lawsuit of 2010.
To refresh everyone's memory, Mr. Purcell incurred legal costs of $26,350 to the county by suing himself and losing three times in state courts. Instead of taking the high moral road and paying the bill himself, he has decided to place this burden on the taxpayers.
Tight government budgets call for frugal measures. Here are some examples of wiser spending. The 2.5 percent COLA for county employees could have been reduced to just $37,100. Purcell could have paid for over half the bill for the roof replacement at the courthouse. He could have paid most of the bill for the painting and caulking repair at the administration building. He could have paid for over half the repair bill to the damaged excavator. Finally, his legal bill could have paid for all but $65,000 for the North Park lake repair.
Just some thoughts to keep in mind for 2012.
JAMES C. ROCHE, Jackson