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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Letters

Cord blood donations help others (04/18/14)
Compassion and generosity are hallmarks of motherhood. As we look forward to this Mother's Day, there is a singularly meaningful way that expectant mothers can show compassion and give hope to people in need: by donating umbilical cord blood. Cord blood, normally disposed of after birth, is unlike any other blood donation. It can be the only potentially life-saving treatment option for thousands of patients suffering from truly devastating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma...
Employment for individuals with autism (04/16/14)
April is Autism Awareness month. Last month we lost Dr. David Crowe who was instrumental in bringing autism awareness to our community. One of Dr. Crowe's aims was to find meaningful employment for those with high-functioning autism through The Tailor Institute. ...
E-cigarettes are tobacco products (04/16/14)
Tobacco companies are selling E-cigarette LTEs, which resemble cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate them as tobacco products. However, the tobacco industry is going to great lengths to ensure that e-cigarettes are called anything but tobacco products. Because doing so exempts these unregulated products from current tobacco control laws...
Tax credits and education (04/15/14)
Three cheers for Jay Nixon for standing up to those who want more public buildings at the expense of our children's education and welfare. For too long politicians of both stripes have talked about the importance of education, but then given tax credits for various "economic development" schemes and allocated money for new buildings that yield construction jobs but little public good. ...
Junior high musical was wonderful (04/15/14)
I would like the thank the cast and crew of "Once Upon a Mattress" for a most enjoyable evening on March 22. Mike Dumey has a reputation, a gift, for directing many plays at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School. It is amazing how he can organize this many seventh- and eighth-graders and pull off a very professional production. This year's play, "Once Upon A Mattress," was no exception of the quality of talent that resides within the student body at Central Junior High School...
Library taxes increased (04/14/14)
I am writing in regard to the community center that was to be built in Jackson. I refer to an article that appeared in the Southeast Missourian on Thursday, April 13, 2006. It states both of the city's libraries would merge and be part of the community center. Also that a longtime Jackson couple, Shelby and Mildred Brown, who are now deceased, left their estate to provide funding to create and support the facility for historical purposes...
Thanks for hospitality (04/10/14)
In March I was involved in an accident due to icy conditions on I-55 around the 109 marker. Rain turned to ice, and I slowed down as I noticed a car in front of me swerving. I tried to get over to the right to avoid other drivers. I tried to turn into the turn and apparently ended up sharing space with a semi. ...
Utility rates and special deals (04/10/14)
Noranda Aluminum operates a smelter plant near New Madrid that employs 500 or so of our neighbors. Noranda claims that Ameren Missouri must cut the rate it charges for electricity used at the New Madrid plant by approximately 25 percent or those jobs might go away...
Court wrong on campaign donations (04/07/14)
On April 2, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. By a vote of 5 to 4 the court struck down limits on the total amount of money an individual may spend on political candidates as a violation of free speech rights, a decision sure to increase the role of money in political campaigns...
Missouri and the ACA (04/04/14)
Recently, the Southeast Missourian updated its Facebook feed with negative stories and an editorial about the Affordable Care Act. I'm not sure if our local newspaper is obligated to be "fair and balanced," but as someone who writes for its special publications and teaches health communication, I thought I should provide the rest of the story...
Use tax hurts middle class (04/03/14)
In a recent essay in the Economists' Voice, Edward Lazear and James Poterba of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform wrote the following:"Given the political process that determines the tax code, special provisions are likely to depend more on an interest group's lobbying efforts than on careful estimates of social externalities or other considerations."...
No to local use tax (04/03/14)
In reply to the Southeast Missourian guest column of March 27, "Use Tax will help support local business," I'd like to add another dimension to the discussion. Messrs. Mehner and Gerau stated that approving the use tax measure on the April ballot would "put our local businesses on the same competitive footing as out-of-state businesses."...
Laws that punish people (04/01/14)
Sometimes I think Republicans try to punish women by inventing new obstacles to abortions when a multitude of restrictions already exist. I've never met anyone who is comfortable with abortions, but they are legal and women who seek them shouldn't be punished. ...
Common Core and basic facts (04/01/14)
The Common Core State Standard Initiative is a national effort which influences specific teachings in schools. By school year 2014-2015, 85 percent of local school district's choice of curriculum must align with the copyrighted standards. The word ‘curriculum' is defined by www.edglossary.org as the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn; the units and lessons teachers teach; the assignments and projects given to students; the books, materials and readings used in a course; and the tests, assessments, and other methods used to evaluate student learning. ...
Nothing fair about use tax (03/28/14)
The Chamber of Commerce, county and city officials say we must enact a use tax to "level the playing field" because of some fabricated inequity crisis. Why does leveling the playing field always cost the middle class and small businesses more money, while growing governmental budgets? "Leveling the playing field" is an excuse for raising taxes while pretending that it will make things fairer. The taxpayers are always the ones who lose as governments grow out of control...
New SEMO marketing approach (03/28/14)
An article in the March 24 Southeast Missourian details how a marketing and communications study must be done to better reach prospective students and the folks that steer them toward Southeast Missouri State University. In this article, it is stated that there is not enough staff and that the staff they do have don't have enough expertise to conduct these surveys. ...
Thank you to Dickey Nutt (03/28/14)
With March Madness upon us it is easy in the excitement of the brackets to forget the young people wearing the uniforms. What happens to them after it's all over? Our local team, the SEMO Redhawks, is coached by Dickey Nutt whose philosophy is to "win games, recruit young men with outstanding character and graduate young people."...
The cost of Medicaid expansion (03/25/14)
In response to an item in Speak Out on Thursday, I feel it is important to set the record straight. The Speak Out section allows area residents to vent, but no fact-checking is done for this part of the paper, and those reading it might take the March 20 lead item as fact when it is not...
Need more liberal columnists (03/25/14)
I recently visited Cape Girardeau for a few weeks and read the Southeast Missourian daily. I noticed that your op-ed page is almost exclusively conservative, Donna Brazile apparently the sole liberal. As a reader of The Washington Post, I am used to seeing a wide diversity of opinion...