- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)42
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)3
Projects should stand on merit
Who's responsible for the extra pork? We need the names of the people who put these things in the fiscal cliff deal line by line. Maybe if all of America knows their names, we can stop them from destroying America. When they can't hide, maybe they will do a better job if we hold them accountable.
Pass a law to prevent inserting porky projects and other unrelated provisions into major must-do bills. This pork is causing gridlock in Congress. No wonder things can't get done. This law should contain a time limit on when they can be submitted. That way Congress is not overwhelmed with numerous projects at one time or at the end of the year. Each needs an individual vote, not put in packages.
If these things can't pass on their own merit we don't need them. Quit forcing them down our throats. It will be fewer pages per bill and a quicker read. We won't need to pass them to find out what's in them.
CAROLYN PHELPS, Cape Girardeau