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Letters

Higher ed a personal expense (08/01/14)
Editor's note: The following letter to the editor was submitted in response to the letter "Other options to fund roads" that appeared July 25. Responding to Art Wallhausen: Our roads are important, but higher education is a personal expense. Higher education affects the child...
A frivolous issue on ballot (08/01/14)
Regarding Amendment 1, the Right to Farm ballot issue: It is perfectly described by this definition from the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary: "Frivolous, Adjective, [Latin Frivolous, meaning brittle, crumbling (cf. Friable), hence silly]. 1. Of little value or importance, trifling; trivial; paltry. 2. Not properly serious or sensible; silly and light-minded; giddy."...
More support needed for kids (08/01/14)
I read Tuesday's article about the 10-year-old who was held hostage with a knife during a domestic dispute with a heavy heart. That little boy will bear the emotional scars of that experience (as well as many others that I'm sure haven't made the papers) for years to come...
Sales tax is regressive (08/01/14)
I applaud the editorial position taken by this newspaper on July 27 in opposition to Amendment 7. In addition to being the largest tax increase in Missouri history, I feel that a sales tax is not the appropriate form of funding our transportation system...
Keep Cottonwood facility open (07/31/14)
I could see cutting back on mental illness budgets if we still were getting either no results or little results. But we are finally figuring out options for treatment. If we catch and start treating this at an early age (just as with any disease), although not curable it is highly manageable...
'No' to tax increases (07/31/14)
Please, please, please vote "no" on Amendment 7 and Proposition K on Tuesday, because your wallet depends on it. Amendment 7 is asking us for the largest tax increase in Missouri's history! This tax increase would be for the next 10 years (or more). ...
Reason to support Proposition K (07/31/14)
For years, there has been a decline in funding for mental health, substance abuse and social services in our county. We have an opportunity on Aug. 5 to ensure that we are caring for children in our county by investing in quality services. We know that there are more than 500 children going without necessary psychiatric services, more than 240 children who are homeless and 1,000 children who are abused or neglected each year. How can we tell these children that we "already have enough?"...
Prop K is needed for kids (07/30/14)
Recently, there have been letters to the editor opposing Proposition K. The opposition is sending a clear message that one penny for every $4 is not a worthy investment in the future of our children. How can we not afford this? We have children in crisis waiting eight weeks to see a psychiatrist and we should tell these families they should be satisfied because there are "plenty of services" in place? We should tell the 240 homeless children this is just "too bad?"...
'No' on Amendment 1 (07/30/14)
To propose a farmer protection Amendment 1 to the Missouri Constitution never to be infringed, the red flag went up. What is this bill protecting? Is it GMO seed companies, new biotechnologies the public would not want in their food supply chain? Why are citizens subject to a duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri in this clause?...
Increased sales tax bad for state (07/29/14)
On Aug. 5 Missourians will vote on Constitutional Amendment 7. For 10 years this amendment will increase the state's sales tax rate by 0.75 percent in order to fund improvements of roads, bridges and similar projects. I intend to vote against this tax for the following reasons:...
Prop K is good investment (07/29/14)
Proposition K is an initiative to establish a children's services fund for the county of Cape Girardeau. The fund is to assist in establishing prevention programs for children and families. In 2011 a needs assessment was conducted by Drs. Miller, Pope and Ward at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Opposed to sales tax increase (07/28/14)
I've been thinking. We have an election coming up on Aug. 5, and we are going to be voting on several taxes. I don't know about you, but I have been struggling in this economy. I lost my job a couple years ago and cannot seem to find another one, but I still have to pay my bills. I want to work, but I'm having no luck...
Other options to fund roads (07/25/14)
Our Republican Legislature once again is sending a mixed message, thanks to the influence of big-business lobbying. The message: "To avoid raising taxes, state services are to be paid for by those who use the services; but we'll make a big exception for big trucking."...
Red House speakers (07/24/14)
I attended a talk last Saturday at Cape's Red House on Mississippi and Ohio Valleys 1750-1830: A Chessboard of International Intrigue. I had never considered -- if Louis Lorimier was handing out Spanish land grants when Lewis and Clark came through, how was it that the U.S. government bought Louisiana purchase from the French a few months later?...
Opposed to Prop K (07/22/14)
On Aug. 5 the county is asking permission to raise our sales taxes. This will be to administer an unknown budget for a yet to be determined need, administered by an administrator who will be unaccountable. The "needs" I have heard of are already being addressed by other private or governmental agencies...
Looking for ‘Gone Girl' items (07/22/14)
The Cape River Heritage Museum is looking for artifacts of old Cape movie theaters for inclusion in an exhibit to coincide with the opening of "Gone Girl" in October. Anyone willing to loan or donate items is asked to call Margaret Ford, director, at 335-56459...
‘No' on Proposition K (07/20/14)
Aren't we taxed enough already? For those who think you are not, please feel free to donate to a great cause. Because I, for one, am concerned that Prop K, albeit sounds like a great cause, is just another reach into the public's pocket to fund yet another great service...
The use tax continued (07/17/14)
If you voted no last April regarding the use tax, your vote did not count. I found this out while registering my recent purchase of a used truck from the commonwealth of Kentucky at the Cape License Bureau. When I mentioned the tax should only be 4.225 (state tax only), I was informed that was not the case; I would pay the city and county tax also. ...
Founding Fathers on gov't (07/17/14)
A recent letter called "America's founding revisited" took some liberties with historical fact. In 1787, the 55 founding fathers met in Philadelphia and after 89 days of heated debate and unparalleled compromise emerged with one of the most important documents in the history of mankind. ...
Fund roads without sales tax (07/16/14)
On Aug. 5 voters will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment 7 (SS HJR No. 68) that will raise the Missouri sales and use taxes by three-fourths of 1 percent "solely to fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and 'transportation projects' for ten years, with priority given to repairing unsafe roads and bridges." Just what are "transportation projects?" They will "include...but [are] not limited to aviation, mass transportation, transportation for elderly and handicapped persons, railroads, ports, waterborne commerce, intermodal connections, bicycle and pedestrian improvements.". ...
America's founding revisited (07/14/14)
We're living in treacherous times under corrupt government rule from the White House right down to local school boards. A time where power trumps principle! Ordinary, law abiding, working citizens, feel slighted, ignored and maligned by what radicals of the '60s called "the establishment." Today, sentiments and political philosophies of those '60s radicals now hold sway over political power now ruling over and overruling us...
Opposed to Proposition K (07/13/14)
Proposition K will be on the ballot Aug. 5. It's another tax increase professing to provide for unmet needs. I'll agree that nobody wants children/youth to suffer a lack of services, but there will always be very plausible reasons to increase taxes, i.e., raises for firefighters/policemen, services for children, helping veterans, funding schools, saving puppies and kittens, etc. ...
Budget cuts hurt Missourians (07/13/14)
I'm troubled by the governor's cuts to the Missouri budget, particularly because his list includes programs I've watched help Southeast Missouri citizens live independent, healthy lives as contributing members of their community. For Cape Girardeau and the rest of Southeast Missouri, the governor's cuts mean the Cottonwood treatment center, the Cape Tax Assistance Office and the nearby Poplar Bluff Regional center are all closing. ...
Budget cuts hurt Missourians (07/11/14)
I'm troubled by the governor's cuts to the Missouri budget, particularly because his list includes programs I've watched help Southeast Missouri citizens live independent, healthy lives as contributing members of their community. For Cape Girardeau and the rest of Southeast Missouri, the governor's cuts mean the Cottonwood treatment center, the Cape Tax Assistance Office, and the nearby Poplar Bluff Regional center are all closing. ...
Obama redefines Constitution (07/10/14)
Loyal Obama Democrats will call this letter just another conservative rant, but our 44th president has publicly declared he has no need for the legislative branch, and no fear of the judicial system. The "separation of powers" is in dire straits. When House Speaker John Boehner recently threatened to sue our president for government overreach, Obama just shrugged it off with a smile and replied, "So, sue me."...
Solving the sales tax issue (07/08/14)
Sales tax is mostly a hidden tax and has been in the news lately. We will soon be asked to approve its increase for the well-recognized need of transportation infrastructure. Supporters point out that food, medicine and fuel will be exempt from the added tax. Recently a local radio station featured a segment about revising Missouri's current sales tax exemptions. A revision is surely needed...
Unaffordable rate increase (07/07/14)
Thirty-one percent gas rate increase is being requested by Liberty Gas Co. The Public Service Commission held a hearing at noon Monday in Jackson for the public to have input as to the legitimacy of this rate hike. Five local consumers showed up to question a dozen or more state and Liberty personal upon the merit of this 31 percent rate increase. ...
Alma Schrader and character (07/07/14)
How very proud I am of the leadership from Ruth Ann Orr and Julie Unnerstall at Alma Schrader School. They continue to seek out new methods to involve their students in ways that will develop these young lives into responsible, contributing adults in our great city on the Cape. Two programs recently recognized were Tigers Across the Ages and Courtyard Crashers...
Vote ‘no' on tax increases (07/06/14)
On Aug. 5, state and county voters will be asked to add two more taxes to the ever-increasing list. Proposition K is a new tax, giving control of up to $3 million to an unelected board to dole out to selected people -- many who made bad life choices. ...
Paid election letters
Former county employee supports Blattner (07/31/14)
Having worked in the recorder of deeds offices for 33 years, including during the current recorder, I strongly support Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. It was a pleasure to work with Drew in interoffice dealings between the recorder's office and the archive center...
Clark is enthusiastic leader (07/31/14)
I supported Scott Clark four years ago for the office of recorder of deeds because of his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the SEMO Pachyderm Club, an organization to inform and develop leaders for our republic. Scott received the Pachyderms' highest award, the Tough Tusk award, this year...
Victor Gunn: Right man for Ward 3 (07/31/14)
Although I am not a resident of Ward 3, I do have a vested interest in our great city and the Ward 3 City Council position. I am a Victor Gunn fan, and I have been for many years. Victor has a sincere interest in our city, with family roots going back more than 100 years...
Progress made in county records (07/31/14)
On Aug. 5, Cape County voters will face an important decision in the recorder of deeds election. I believe voters should make that decision based on facts, with knowledge of the progress made within the office in the past three and a half years. My first term as recorder has been dedicated to enhancing access to records. ...
Why I'm running and what I stand for (07/31/14)
I'm a democratic candidate for state representative, and I've been out knocking on doors, talking to people, and handing out fliers almost every day now for about two months. The most common questions I get are: Why are you running? and What do you stand for?...
Clark is customer-focused (07/31/14)
I've seen how Recorder Scott R. Clark has helped people needing access to public records, and I've heard others speak of similar experiences. Scott's focus on customer service and accessibility are obvious. Whether you're recording or searching for a document, Scott and his staff are always pleasant and customer-focused. ...
Blattner very knowledgeable (07/31/14)
As a former employee of the recorder's office, and having worked for the current recorder, I am writing in support of Drew Blattner for recorder of deeds. Drew puts serving the public first. He is very knowledgeable in his field and has the most experience in proper preservation, storage and management of records. ...
Gardner has the experience (07/31/14)
Michael Gardner has the right experience for circuit judge. I strongly encourage you to vote for Michael Gardner as our next circuit judge. He has the right experience for the job. Michael graduated second out of 180 students in his law class at the University of Missouri. ...
Allen Moss: Trusted by law enforcement (07/28/14)
I am a supporter for Allen to be our next Circuit Judge, Division 1, because of his servant leadership and experience. I have known Allen, worked with Allen on various committees, and seen Allen in action professionally. Allen is a man with the experience: 27 years of experience as an attorney, experience as assistant attorney general, experience as a trial lawyer and experience as a municipal judge...
Clark is effective recorder (07/24/14)
I am writing to voice my support for Republican Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape County recorder. As a fellow officeholder, I enjoyed working with Scott. He has proven himself to be both capable and effective in leading the recorder's office. I have seen firsthand Scott's work ethic. He is committed to serving the community and improving the office for those who utilize the recorder's services and the county as a whole...
I will listen (07/21/14)
I'm a Democratic candidate for state representative, and I know how to listen. I've had training on listening, and I know about active listening, body language, tone, etc. I've worked at jobs where listening is critical. I believe elected officials are tools people can use to shape their government and solve their problems. And the better the officials listen, the better they can serve. I will listen, and I will respond to your inquiries, even if the response is not what you want to hear...
Clark a knowledgeable recorder (07/21/14)
I am writing to support Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds. As a former chief deputy recorder working in that office for more than 46 years, I was trained by a recorder of deeds, and in my time there I trained three other recorders. Of all of them, Scott was the most knowledgeable about the office and what's happening within this field. The improvements he has made over the past three years have been tremendous...
Position on unions (07/10/14)
Most of us agree that we need government, even if parts are flawed. But if given the choice, would we all pay our taxes? No! I think similar statements can be made about labor unions. Like parts of government, some unions have been flawed, but unions in general have served workers well. ...