- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Environment, health threatened by recent voting
To the editor:
Here are some hard numbers to demonstrate that elections really matter: 70 and 10.
Seventy was the average League of Conservation Voters lifetime score of senators who chaired environment-related committees in the last Congress. Ten is the average score of the chairs to be sworn in on Jan. 7. That means the people who will have power over our energy policy, our national parks, our health and our air and water pollution laws voted against us nine out every 10 chances they got.
For whatever reason, of the 40 percent of the American electorate who bothered to vote in the recent election, about half voted against us, our health and the environment occupied by us and our children. Enough voted against us that the Senate and House are now held foursquare by a Republican Party that has taken itself away from mainstream America and to an extreme where only corporate profit counts for anything, where the only constituency represented is the board room. Their history suggests that in the coming months our environment and our health will be threatened in ways that we never dreamed possible.
ALAN R.P. JOURNET