- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)49
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Hopper Road to close for months during construction of Veterans Drive (04/27/16)9
Speak Out 1/24/13
It's not exactly democracy in action. Eighty-six people will get to cast 100 votes to choose the successor to Jo Ann Emerson and about 25 percent of those votes come from just 10 households. Beyond that, some in the nominating process don't even live in the congressional district. And then there's poor old Pemiscot County, an important part of the district wanting to help choose a nominee, that will be shut out of the process.
With the exception of the relatively small number of tea partyers and a few other malcontents, I think we're on the verge of entering another Era of Good Feelings. This was a period in American history when bitter partisanship gave way to compromise and a restoration of American unity and purpose. Pure conservatism and liberalism are giving way to a common sense pragmatism. Except for the purists, polarization is on the wane and none too soon.