- 3 charged with burglarizing Scott City bar (10/14/16)4
- West Park Mall to be closed Thanksgiving (10/14/16)2
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Cape Girardeau County: A great place to grab a bite (10/14/16)1
- Man charged after cops try to cuff him in his sleep (10/14/16)9
- Three weeks and then what? (10/18/16)1
- Suspected attacker of Southeast student apprehended (10/19/16)5
- Mom jailed with daughter after mailing drug to her (10/16/16)
Defund National Park Service
The following letter to the editor was sent in response to the letter "An unacceptable plan."
Through the regulation of the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways, the National Park Service is claiming ownership of specific natural resources in Missouri. In order to claim ownership of something one must be able to control it. In several cases over the decades, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that the federal government can regulate that which it subsidizes.
The service's budget has increased 2.5 percent annually on average over the past 10 years to a current budget of $3.3 billion in fiscal year 2012 (source: National Park Service budget website). Congress has the enumerated constitutional power to defund federal government agencies like the National Park Service. I believe that this is a viable solution that will allow Missourians to have more control over this particular local issue, while simultaneously providing the funding for outdoor recreational activities on the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways by the individuals who enjoy and benefit from them.
RICK VANDEVEN, Chaffee, Mo.