- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- 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
- 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)34
- 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)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Major projects benefit someone; question is who
To the editor:
The controversy surrounding the Prestwick Plantation project and the obtaining of tax increment financing by its developers is, in my mind, a matter of seeking to gain advantage for purposes not originally intended. The development of Prestwick and the Dalhousie Golf Club will better the lives of some but not the general public as a whole.
Whether the project has merit in that respect is not the subject of this comment, however. Rather, it is the inference in your Sept. 9 article that Cape Girardeau is losing out to other communities because it is not making use of TIF funding and that going forward with Prestwick would somehow even the score. To compare the possible benefits of Prestwick with the attraction of businesses like those mentioned in the article is absurd.
Whether it be Prestwick, the Show Me Center, the River Campus, billboard regulation, liquor-sales regulation or anything else of the sort, such projects do, indeed, benefit someone. The real question is who. Jim Drury presupposes our interests and the type of entertainment we who live here wish to enjoy. Cord Dombroski seeks advantage but did not foresee controversy.