Another subject we addressed was Genetic Alterations. It has suddenly come into the spotlight that genetic alterations must be "bad". Really? Who wants to go back to grapes or watermelons full of seeds? How about an ear of corn that's 5 inches long? When I was a kid, Angus and Hereford cattle were about 4 feet tall. Hybridization and genetic alterations have been with us for hundreds if not thousands of years. With our growing worldwide population, we must continue to look for ways to grow better, faster, safer food. No matter how you look at it, we really need to eat!
We've set a date for our listening post for those with comments on Children's Services. On Tuesday the 8th of October at the Pineville Community Center starting at 9:00 A.M. we will have several hours to hear from area folks. I am asking anyone who wishes to speak to call my office at the capitol and ask Elaine to put you on the agenda. Because we expect there to be several folks who wish to speak, we will limit times to 5 minutes each so that everyone has a chance to express their opinions.
The number is 573-751-9801. I would like for there to be time for questions as well, but we'll just have to see. I intend to hold more than one meeting in the district and I am working on arrangements to hold one in Seneca also.
I just heard that a State Patrolman in St. Louis was shot but because he was wearing a protective vest, he is O.K. Those guys as well as our local law enforcement sure deserve our thanks for the job they do! I also just heard that Governor Nixon is shooting for Vice President. Do you suppose that's why he traveled all over the state in his new airplane at a cost of 780.00 per hour supposedly campaigning against a tax break? Nah, surely not! Who knows what next week will bring, until then I am and remain in your service.