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- / 4A April 24, 2003 Opinion The Cuba Free Press i ! Should SARS scare you? Now that Gulf War II is over (the major part of it anyway), the national news media's attention has turned to the SARS (severe acute respiratory syn- drome) outbreak in Southeast Asia. Every day they report more deaths, more quarantines and more people infected. But is it really that big of a deal? Right now, I'd have to say no. It does, however, have the potential to become a much more serious problem than the media would lead you to believe it already is. 'Take a quick look at some of the facts: As of Tuesday, just 3,948 people have been diagnosed with SARS worldwide. Thirty-nine of those cases were reported in the United States. Total deaths worldwide as of Tuesday were 230. There have been no deaths reported in the U.S. The country with the most reported cases is China, with 2,001 infected and 92 deaths. The main symp- toms are high fever Just (greater than 100.4 F), Thinking combined with a dry - cough, shortness of " breath, or breathing Rob difficulties. Chest X- Viehman rays indicate changes compatible with pneumonia. Other possible symp- toms include headache, muscular stiffness, loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash and diarrhea. SARS appears to be less infectious than influenza. Experts believe it spreads through close contact with an infected person, such as between family members or between patient and doctor. The incubation periodnthe length of time between exposure and symptoms emergingnis estimated to range from two to seven days. Probably the key fact you want to remember is that SARS is less infectious than the flu. Why is that important? Because the flu kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year, but you never hear about it! In 1999, the flu and pneumonia claimed the lives of 63,730 people in the United States alone, accord- ing to a statistical report from the Center for Disease Control. In the previous year, more than 91,800 people died from the flu or pneumonia in the U...ear flu and pneumonia were the sixth mding cuses of death in this country. 'i  died from SARS in the United States, but more than 150,000 people in the U.S. died from the flu and pneumonia during 1998 and 1999. Which fact do you find more important? Although the national media might want you to think so, SARS is not a new plague. Like Legionaire's Disease, Mad Cow Disease and last year's West Nile Virus outbreak, interest in SARS will soon fade, even though the disease will remain. Just take a few simple precautions and you can minimize your risk of catching SARS, the flu and a host of other illnesses: Maintain good personal hygiene and good ventilation in your home and working environments. Wash your hands with liq- uid soap and use disposable towels. And, get that flu shot this fall. Stirrin' the Pot Wilson W Guest Editorial Are you Willing to lose state By Roy. Charles R. Jackson Those in control of the legis- lature ran on the idea of prom- ises to cut government. Who or what is government? To many citizens, government is a distant office filled with people not doing very much work and receiving a fat check. In reality, government is a number of low scale waged, dedicated employees who are providing direct services to many people. They are respon- sible for making sure bills are paid, and arrangements are made to make sure the needs of the citizens are taken care of. So when we cut government, we cut services to all citizens. The service(s) you or your fam- ily members now receive, such as assistance with purchasing medicines, food, housing, chil- dren and elderly care, fire pro- tection, law enforcement, and the many more services citi- zens have asked government to provide, are you willing to do without? Are you willing to pay for your medication or do without it; when you call for an officer are you will to wait hours and sometimes days? These are choices we will have to make. The debate continues as to whether Missouri State has a spending problem or a revenue problem. Governor Holden has already addressed spending issues. He has cut almost $900,000 from a $6.8 billion budget. We remain $1 billion short. Governor Holden believes it is now time to address the rev- enue problem. Missouri is 42nd in per capita state rev- enue, which means we bring in less revenue per person than 41 other states; we are 44th in total per capita taxes, which means that 43 other states have higher taxes on a per per- / son basis; and we rank 47th in per capita state spending which means we spend less per person than 46 other states. Missouri desperately needs to increase its revenue. We expect leadership from our elected officials, to act respon- sibly and do the right thing. The Governor has put forth a plan in January that does not require a general tax increase and asked the Missouri legisla- ture for support. If the legisla- ture continues to shun their responsibility, their actions will result in serious cuts in services and place an undue burden on citizens. Citizens, wake up! It is time to rise up and let your legisla- tor know the level of services you want. If you want to main- tain service, you have to agree to a tax increase. If you want services reduced, vote no to a tax increase: Legislators should support Governor NOW, LIT'S HIAR FRO/it ONe OF OUR DISU00ABI00DDI00D RIPORTURS... Your Thoughts Holden and at least the citizen, an decide. The level of service to you by state in your hands. legislators and ask work with our Editor's note: Roy. R. Jackson is the Guiding Light Baptist Church of Jefferson City. THAT'S RIGHT, PAULA, I'Ve JUST GONe FRO/ IBD TO IN --WAR ON TV SURge I$ I00XHAUSTING! Punishment unfair LETTER TO THE EDITOR Her only son, crucified on Easter week- end. This is not a Bible story. This is a story about a young man who also wasn't perfect. But he was a good stu- dent, A's and B's for grades. He volun- teered his time and effort to improve the sports facility. He got other people to donate money and material for the school. He is a junior in high school and is 17 years of age. Surely at that age, by now he will always make all the right choices and decisions. Right? And if not, should he be made an example of?. What if he is honest and truthful? Double the punishment? How about triple? How about we flunk him and ruin his chance for an athletic scholarship? This is happening in our school! Don't we elect our school board because they know the parents and students of our com- munity? Aren't they supposed to be under- standing and tolerant of our teens? Josh Hepperman is the upstanding son. He was involved along with several others in a drinking incident. All other students got 10 days out of school. Because Josh told the truth, our superintendent has rec- ommended that he be expelled for the rest of the year. Therefore he would fail the second semester. He has been told he is ineligible for summer school. This will in turn make it impossible for him to qualify to play football his senior year. His is scholarship material! At the school board meeting discussion on April 17, there seemed to be inconsis- tency on punishments. And in Josh Hepperman's case, punishment is too harsh for the crime. An.d for telling the truth his punishment will be officially over at the end of the school year. But the repercussion of the punishment will go on for about 4 1/2 years. Where is our school board? I believe the community as a whole wants our kids to "stay in school"! Instead of so many expulsions for first time offenders, how about some counsel- ing, community service, and make them do a lecture to the freshman class or the junior high on how it's not cool to drink or smoke, especially on school property? Tina Sanders Cuba Community helps LETTER TO THE EDITOR The Cuba Arts Council would like to thank the community for being so sup- portive of us this past year. We thank you for your financial and in kind donations, for visiting the "Taste of Cuba" and the Wine Tent at Cuba Fest, and for eating out with us at our Gourmet French Dinner. Your backing has helped the Cuba Arts Council promote the "Arts" in our area. Through your help, we once again gave our Christmas gift to the community wrapped up as the Imaginary Theatre Company. You helped us send the sixth grade class to the fabulous Powell Hall to hear the world renowned St. Symphony. In March, we were bring the Metro Theater schools, so that our most could experience live theatre. students also participated in later in the day with Metro's you see with your help, we "Arts" to over 1000 people As you may have heard, the Missouri is cutting back on programs. One such is the Council. In the past, we have monies from MAC to help fund grams. At present, MAC's question, however, Cuba Arts not. We are alive and well, secure, and not planning on any from MAC. Incidentally, for ia buffs, the Cuba Arts Council is older than the Missouri Arts Neat, huh? So, thank you once again port. We are truly nothing Keep an eye out for our summer Cuba Fest activities, and our musical production, Memories" We would love to see yo9 Sincerely, For the Cuba Share your views... The Free Press welcomes comments and suggestions from our will consider for publication any letter or article submitted. To be letters must be signed and include an address and daytime phone The publication of any letter or article does not necessarily reflect the ion of this newspaper. We reserve the right to edit any letter or letter or article submitted. Letters should be 200 words, or less. 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