Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

To the Editor:

With the election over, it's a new day in Washington. Or is it? We have the same players: same president, same GOP House and Democratic Senate. They realize that they're staring at fiscal disaster by year's end if no deal is reached on the deficit, taxes, and spending.

Yet a new day could happen for a couple of reasons. One would be that President Obama no longer faces re-election and will be more willing to lead in trying to arrive at a settlement with the congressional leaders. House Speaker John Boehner called the President personally the day after the election, offering to work out a responsible fiscal compromise, realizing that both sides may be in for some tough choices. A second reason for probable progress this time involves the President once again. He has an added incentive to "make this work" for he has his legacy to consider, his place in history. He knows that he has four years to get this country on the right track and it will require working with Republicans in a positive way to secure results.

As Americans, we stand to benefit from any specific compromises that they achieve. We should pray for their success.

Marcel Normand


To the Editor:

On the evening of Nov. 7, 21 Fort Scott businesses hosted open houses. Without exception, it was an event unmatched ever in our city.

Indeed, it would challenge any such event held in much larger cities.

Decorations were just short of spectacular. Food provided by the merchants was unmatched. My friend and I had planned to tour and then go out for dinner, but were so "stuffed" we decided to keep shopping. The stores had thought of every possible item for decorating or gift giving.

Parking was at a premium (lots of out-of-town cars) and stores and streets were packed.

Once several years ago, I decided to all my Christmas shopping in Fort Scott. It turned out to be quite easy and I think that it would be even easier this year.

So, thank you, the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and the merchants of Fort Scott.

Let us hope this becomes an annual tradition and continues to grow.

Bernita Hill

Fort Scott

To the Editor:

An everyday hero in the small mid-America town of Nevada, Mo.

The driver of a 1996 Freighliner truck (hauling a load of soybeans) had an Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra (with two young men) run a stop sign into the truck's path.

The truck driver pulled to the right to avoid hitting the car's driver side and immediately shut the motor off and "locked it down" as it ran inside a restaurant at the highway's side. He locked it up and hit the horn.

The trooper said the truck driver probably saved the life of the car's driver by locking his brakes and shutting it down.

P.S.: Life is so fleeting. One life in the restaurant was taken and two in the car were saved. (Editor's note: Another person later died from injuries suffered in the accident).

Ruth Wells

Fort Scott

To the Editor:

"Frank James Coming to town"

Thank you for the front page article titled above in last Thursday's Tribune. I plan to attend the program because I have enjoyed other programs by Mr. Higginbotham in the past and find him to be an excellent and very knowledgeable historian. His performances are suited and tailored for the entire family and he always seems to be asked some very interesting questions, especially by the youngsters in attendance. I am sure that it will be an excellent program and I am looking forward to hearing about Frank James!

Clara Schofield

Fort Scott