- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)26
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Local businesses can jump-start economic activity
To the editor:
I am writing as a business owner to address a growing concern for Missourians and Americans: the state of our economy. The recent dip in consumer confidence demonstrates that more and more Americans, Missourians included, have lost a measure of faith in corporate America and the financial institutions that form the backbone of this country. Fortunately, businesses across the nation, as well as Wall Street firms, are making great efforts to restore the faith of the American consumer. For example, the steps put in place by Merrill Lynch -- altering the compensation structure for stock analysts, instituting oversight committees to monitor the effectiveness of reforms, and more -- are all meant to benefit not only their specific customers, but to encourage timid investors to get back to business.
Though Wall Street is hundreds of miles away and may feel worlds away from our daily lives, reforms like those of Merrill Lynch can have a real effect here in Missouri. By working to jump-start the stock market and replenish confidence in corporate America, more reforms like these will help to bolster our local economy. By returning to spending in our local establishments, we can restore confidence in our economy. It is up to us, the leaders of smaller business throughout Missouri, to follow the precedent for reform set by Merrill Lynch, and in doing so, restore the health of our own communities.
PHILLIP A. ORSCHELN
Kansas City, Mo.