- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Wind brings down Wendy's sign in Cape Girardeau (12/11/17)2
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
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.