- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
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.