- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- 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)35
- 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
Proposition A would address critical needs
To the editor:
I have been reading with great interest the news coverage of Proposition A, the tobacco excise-tax proposal. This initiative on the November ballot is critical. This proposal will address many of Missouri's most pressing health-care needs.
I am struck by the negative comments about this proposal from Ron Leone of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. Incredibly, this organization, according to its own Web site, is financially supported by Big Tobacco. They oppose Proposition A for one reason: They want to sell more cigarettes in Missouri. Shame on them for putting their collective greed ahead of the health of our children and senior citizens.
Through a 55-cent increase in the excise tax on cigarettes and a 20 percent increase in the tax on other tobacco products, this initiative will generate critically needed funding for five health-related efforts: helping people kick the deadly smoking habit and keeping our kids from taking it up in the first place, making prescription drugs more affordable for our seniors, providing quality health care for Missourians who need it most, supporting health-related research efforts and improving early-childhood care and education. All of the proceeds will be invested in the Healthy Missouri Trust Fund, separate from the rest of the state budget.
Without question, this initiative will make Missouri a healthier place for our children, our seniors and our families.
DR. CARL R. KRUSE
Missouri State Medical
Jefferson City, Mo.