Education name is misleading
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is still trying to deceive the people, in my opinion, by boldly calling the Common Core State Standards, Missouri Learning Standards. Let it be known that these common standards are to be fully implemented in more than 40 states by 2014-2015 and are copyrighted by two national private trade organizations who claim their development and ownership. ...
State should expand Medicaid
State Sen. Wallingford and state Reps. Lichtenegger and Swan served on interim legislative committees examining Missouri's Medicaid program. Sadly neither committee recommended expansion of Medicaid to cover more needy Missourians. Very recently, however, two Republican House members have introduced a Medicaid expansion proposal. It is time for our area legislators to get on board...
Thanks for support of Carson event
On behalf of 'The Dr. Ben Carson Event Committee' I would like to say thank you to all who attended and supported the Dr. Ben Carson Event on Feb. 22 in Sikeston. Many prayers were offered up over the past year in planning, preparation and working through the maze to arrive at a fantastic and well-attended event featuring Dr. Carson. We saw the Lord's hand move in support of our efforts often, and a major roadblock would melt away after sincere prayer and one more attempt...
Yes to Wallingford's bill
Honorable state Sen. Wayne Wallingford's bill would protect small business owners from being forced to deny their religious identity. Discrimination should not be legal, in any form. To mandate that a business person participate in something which is contrary to their religious beliefs denies their religious identity. For instance, would you force a kosher caterer to serve ham? If so, you would be denying the practice of his Jewish faith, which is discrimination against him...
Response to Lowry on defense cuts
Last Wednesday, the Southeast Missourian published an op-ed column by Rich Lowry criticizing Secretary Hagel's proposed budget for the Department of Defense (DOD). Mr. Lowry contended the size of the armed forces should not be reduced. In our present situation, it is possible that the United States may get involved in a conventional war, counterinsurgency, cyber warfare, and/or small unit operations against terrorists. ...
Disappointed with SB 916
State Sen. Wallingford:Having spent my 25 years as a Missourian, I must express my disappointment over the introduction of SB 916. While you may not represent my district, you represent the state I call home. I support everyone's right to practice religion. ...
What does postponement solve?
So the U.S. Postal Service postponed closure of the Cape Girardeau regional mail-processing center. What does that mean? Since it (partially?) closed, mail to my home is delivered in the morning instead of afternoon. That's good. But all outgoing mail from my home mailbox or a blue postal drop box must be sent to St. Louis for sorting, even if I would live in a small town and send to my next-door neighbor. But this still should allow next-day delivery...
No to Wallingford bill
State Sen. Wallingford's bill that would allow discrimination against gay persons under the guise of religious freedom represents a step backward. The clear arc of civil liberties in America throughout our history is for expanded liberties. In the case of gay citizens, this trend has been rather spectacular in recent years...
Broaden Arizona law
I've been thinking about the religious freedom bill passed in Arizona that would allow any business, church or person to refuse service to homosexuals if they firmly believe homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of God. A proposition that could be broadened considerably with a little work...
Jensen on climate change
The insipid drivel presented in Mike Jensen's column "The folly of global warming (or climate change)" demands a response. After the obligatory, inane "Hey, it's cold! Where's my global warming?" remark, Jensen suggests Secretary of State Kerry must be drunk or stupid to suggest climate change is a national security threat...
Thank you to Scott City crew
I would like to comment about a situation I found myself in on my birthday Feb. 5. I was scheduled to have surgery on my birthday and snow and ice began to fall Feb. 4. I live in Scott City on a dead-end street at the base of a hill; so when snow or ice come a calling, I am not moving...
School and winter weather
Recently I read complaints in the paper about school being canceled due to the weather. These folks were complaining because, as they stated, they "had no trouble driving on the roads." May I offer a word of defense for the school administrators who must make these decisions? Currently being involved in education, though not an administrator, I see the no-win situation they are in when it comes to making a weather decision. ...
Brazile claims unbelievable
The column written by Donna Brazile and published Monday in the Southeast Missourian is astounding. I found it very difficult to believe such good news as she shared regarding monetary surpluses in several states and especially President Obama's cutting by one half the federal deficit being kept silenced. She pointed to the deficit declining yearly since 2009, and I must admit I am one of those gullible and ignorant public figures who think the deficit hasn't shrunk at all! Amazing...