Amendment 3 not good for education
Amendment 3 is on the ballot in November. If approved by voters, it will impose a standards-based performance evaluation system for teachers, the majority of which shall be based upon "quantifiable student performance data..." (sos.mo.gov/elections/2014petitions/2014-024.pdf). Yes, there are pros to standardized testing, but the cons are damning...
Keep program for mammograms
As a five-year survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness Month means more than a pink tradition. It's a time to raise awareness about the importance of lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment services associated with the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Missouri women; of the estimated 4,610 women who will be diagnosed in the state this year, 910 will die from the disease. ...
Support fire tax on ballot
Cape Girardeau's Fire Department is a team of professionals, dedicated to protecting the quality of life and economic stability of our community in the most effective, efficient, safest manner possible. As a proud citizen of Cape Girardeau, I support the extension of the fire tax. Our Cape Girardeau Fire Department does far more than responding to fires...
Empty Bowls event helps with hunger
Last season, thanks to community support, we received over $5,800 in donations towards the Salvation Army's community meals. This year, our 9th annual Empty Bowls banquet will be from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope. Admission is $12 at the door for a soup meal and handmade ceramic bowl with all proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army's meals with friends program...
Court undermines the family
America is no longer on a slippery slope. We are simply hanging on to the edge. The latest slip was the Supreme Court disregarding the will of the people and states' rights regarding homosexual marriage (a contradiction in terms). It seems that our government, for the people, of the people, and by the people, really is nothing more than tyranny of the minority. ...
Let fire tax sunset
There is, yet again, another tax question on the Nov. 4 ballot. The city "proposes" that we continue the 1/8-cent tax that was sold to us as "going away after 10 years." The "tax and spend" bureaucrats are hoping you forgot that it was supposed to go away. ...
Extend fire sales tax
To the concerned citizens of Cape Girardeau:The Cape Girardeau Fraternal Order of Police Regional Lodge 51 does unanimously support the continuation of the fire tax. We encourage the citizens of Cape Girardeau to cast their vote on Nov. 4. We have reviewed the proposal and ask for the citizens to continue their support of the fire department. ...
Caring students in Jackson
To the administration, coaches, faculty and students of Jackson High School:Last month we lost a family member and he has a son in your senior class as well as on the varsity soccer team. Over the years, we have observed many young people of high school age, but never have we seen young people exemplify what your Jackson High students did. ...
U.S. strategy in Iraq, Syria
This is a comment on the op-ed piece by Jack Dragoni which appeared in the Oct. 3 Southeast Missourian. Mr. Dragoni expressed the point of view that air attacks alone would not defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He further opined that the ground forces which take advantage of these air attacks to fight ISIS should be composed of troops from the Middle Eastern countries which have the most to lose from the existence of the Islamic State...
The online education system
Editor's note: Michael Devaney is an economics and finance professor and author of the book "A Plague of Experts: Intellectual Hubris and the Failure of Expertise." The academic achievement of American public school children continues to lag, partly because of a vast network of education experts who impose their ever-changing theories on teachers and students...