- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- 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
Federal workers enjoy job security
The U.S. House decision to keep airport security guards in the private sector rather than making them federal employees has its detractors who argue that national security is a federal responsibility whether it's at airport security checkpoints or ground forces in Afghanistan. But the experience of other countries, where terrorism has been prevalent for years, has shown that private security -- done right -- works better.
An interesting sidelight of the debate prior to last week's vote on the House airport security bill was a concern expressed by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau. Without a special provision, she said, there would be no way of firing federal employees at airports who fail to do their job.
This is a telling assessment, given the large number of federal employees in this country -- all safe, for all practical purposes, from ever being fired regardless of the quality of their work.