Happy memories

from Vaile Mansion

Earlena Finken


To the editor:

When I was reading about the Vaile Mansion on North Liberty Street, it reminded me of the many times my mother, Josephine Smith Ebeling, during the 1970s, would go and play the piano for the residents of the nursing home.

She would call ahead to let the staff know she was coming, and she requested that they bring them down fully awake, not sedated, because they loved the old music she played, blues, jazz, honky tonk and their old favorites. They would clap their hands, tap their toes, nod their heads and sing if they could in rhythm.

Yes, they loved it when Ms. Josephine came to play.

Why pay more for

meds than needed?

Wayne Wagner


To the editor:

The biggest error early on was barring Medicare from the ability to push for drug discounts as Medicaid and the VA system can. These discounts would save billions of dollars. To force Medicare to obtain discounts would be a good thing.

However, drug makers continue to have their way with Congress. If this was Wal-Mart dealing with Mexican officials, it would be called bribery. Congress however, made laws legitimizing this form of bribery. Just go through a lobbyist.

We as voting citizens approve this by allowing it to be.

What is best way

to pay for our roads?

Stanley Robinson

Princeton, Mo.

To the editor:

A recent AP article by David A. Lieb highlighted the differing opinions held by Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Mike Kehoe on the proposed sales tax funding for transportation.

The governor opposes funding through the sales tax because a sales tax is regressive in nature and would fall disproportionately on lower and fixed-income citizens. The senator supports the plan because MoDOT needs the money and the sales tax increase would create “tens of thousands of good, high-paying jobs.”

Gov. Nixon recognizes the needs of MoDOT and he is aware of the stimulative effect of investing tax money to improve our transportation system.

The need of increased funding is agreed to by both governor and senator. The economic stimulus from meeting these needs is also mutually recognized. The disagreement is in where the funding should come from.

I tend to agree with Mark W. Hendrickson, a renowned Republican cheerleader, when he states, “… why shouldn’t motorists, the users of roads, be the ones to pay for the repair and upkeep of those roads?”

Another attempt

to rip off teachers

Edwin Woolsey

Willow Springs, Mo.

To the editor:

Many of your readers, who are retired educators from the state of Missouri, need to be forewarned to prepare for another fight to protect their meager pensions from just another bureaucratic “fat cat” on the prowl for public retirement funds!

On June 12, I received the following message from the Public School Retirement System of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS):

“The Show Me Institute funded by St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield requested PSRS/PEERS CAFR’s (Comprehensive Annual Financial Audit) and other information from 1991 to the present. We can expect another of their ‘research reports’ attacking PSRS/PEERS in the near future.”

The Show Me Institute is methodically working to privatize public pensions. This includes Kansas City PSRS, PSRS of St. Louis, and PSRS/PEERS of Missouri. In Missouri, the Show Me Institute is working to put education new hires into a 401(k) system. As an example, if this happens, it will eliminate the 14.5 percent employee contribution and also will eliminate the 14.5 percent contribution from the school district in to the PSRS/PEERS systems. If they succeed in changing this, the PSRS/PEERS pension and COLAs cannot be sustained much more than 20 years. Plus, PSRS retirees do not have Social Security to fall back on. All education retirees must join together to protect the best educator retirement benefits in the nation, or go begging after our funds have been stolen.

Once again, it’s time to contact our elected representatives concerning the actions and motives of “The Show Me Institute” and Sinquefield.