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4A Opinion May 6, 2004 The Cuba Free Press Commission should do some software research The Crawford County Commission was pitched what appears to be a good idea this week by a soft- ware company which specializes in writing code designed to track and manage inmates in the coun- ty jail. Given the St. Louis jail&apos;s track record on releasing wrong inmates in recent years, such a system is a great idea, but it might pay to shop around. Securepoint, LLC quoted the commission a price of about $29,000 for their software and some required hardware for its system, claiming it could be provided at no cost the county. Well, that's not exactly true. In order to pay for the system, the county would have to increase its boarding fees charged by the court to certain prison- ers by $10 per day. Just Since the county could Thinking increase that fee even without this new sys- tem, I contend the Rob county will indeed be Yiehman paying for the system. And in addition, Securepoint would continue to col- lect $5.50 per day, per inmate after the system has been paid offi Now just what's that for? Tuesday afternoon I did a quick Google search for "jail inmate tracking software" and found 10 rec- ommended software companies on Microsoft's web- site alone. Securepoint was not among them. One I quickly looked at called VisionJAIL records and tracks inmate records, bed assignments, and medical data. Additionally, it records and tracks account information, visitation records, and other functions. Bar-code printing and scanning function- alities are available, and they allow agencies to eas- ily track inmate movements, perform cell checks, and log cash transactions. It claims to be highly flexible and configurable, even allowing agencies to set up the system according to their own specifica- tions, precisely matching the layout of the entire facility. The company will even help with grants to fund the purchase of their software. No prices were quoted on their website. All that in atut 30 seconds of research! Imagine wi/0000ne: might:f00 with a little more effort. I certainly hope the commission puts forth a little more effort on this project. Stirrin' the Pot By Bob Wilson m "Me...molest boys? Do I look like a WEIRDO?." m Thanks for help::-:" LETTER TO THE EDITOR At the risk of becoming repetitive, I wish again, on behalf of the family of Chelsey Martin, to express our gratitude to the staff of the Free Press. A great big thank you to Mr. Rob Viehman, publisher and editor, for the front-page story and also the op-ed on the Bone Marrow Drive. We feel that the response on Saturday was beyond our expectations. Also a big thank you for the generous donation to the expense involved. We thank all those involved. The people who helped do the "paper work" on Saturday and especially to those who were kind enough to be tested. Even if a match isn't found for Chelsey, the results of the tests will go into the data bank of the National Bone Morrow Registry and may help save someone else. Thanks to those who donat- ed money and food and worked so hard to make this a success. Thanks to the Rolla Radio sta- tion and the local banks in helping to publicize the drive. We can now only pray to God that one of those tested will be the perfect match for her. Ivan Martin (grandfather) Cuba Serious somewhere LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hey Rob! After a little closer look than normal, I could not help but notice, right there on the front page, your local rag has been the winner of 97 awards in journalism. Must have been some serious jour- nalistic effort somewhere along the line. That is just a little over two awards per year aver- age since 1960. But I don't know if that information is important enough for the front page. Maybe you should check with Mr. Cappiello. He seems to be the expert. I can't add much to what you said in your "editor's note  con- cerning Olin's "Fear Factor  worm-eating stunt. Anyone who has ever lost family and friends to this terrible sickness should be very proud of these two ladies, and all of the employees at Olin or anyone or any group who works very hard to raise funds to try to find a cure for cancer. Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with you very oRen, but choosing the girls pic- tures and the story for the front page was the right call this time. Maybe Mr. Cappiello would be interest- ed in an old proverb that I read some- where, sometime ago. It's better to keep your mouth closed and appear ignorant than to open it and remove all doubt. Ken Staples Cuba Proud brother-in-law of Tammy Dorf "One of the worm eaters" Stand together LETTER TO M EDITOR Recently at one of our local schools there was a situation where several of the students were questioned by school offi- cials. The children were told their state- ments were for "police reports." These stu- dents were not told their theR Miranda Rights prior to questioning and they were not informed they had the right to request a parent or guardian be there while they were being questioned. Some of these children were told they had to produce other students' names or they would be talked to by the police. Is this a threat? Please, let them talk to the police, rather than a school official that questions children by himself, behind closed doors and acts as judge, jury and hangman! This is an out rage! Our public officials should not and do not have the authority to govern as our police depart- ment when it comes to our children, with- Your Thoughts out Us,a3parents, knowing what they are being sulected to. Do not let this happen again! Please let your school know in writing (please keep a copy for your records) that you want to be notified prior to any questioning or cross examination of your child when the state- ments may later be given to the police. Just because they are children does not mean they do not have rights. We as par- ents and guardians must stand together and not only support our schools but also make sure that what is going on behind closed doors is right and just! Sincerely, Linda J. Pyatt Davisville Keep county clean LETTER TO THE EDITOR River City Cement has been running a legal notice in your paper for permission Those folks are entitled to ions as I am mine. However signed by Nannette Doff response. Near the beginning of her states she knows nothing then proceeds to place me in of the folks from trashed Steelville several Further on I am referred to as tive idiot and later a fool. Whatever happened to discourse and debate? Nowhere in my letters the idea of fund raising. I to the means, I suppose in ends have justified the embrace the juvenile. What is sad about her not so pleasant folks who Friday night) is the idea that agree with someone, never HAPPY MOTHEI00'S DAY... Things they never tell morns before they <=re morns to expand its clay mining operation in Crawford County until 6/1/2007. In the legal notice the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public com- ment on whether to grant the permit. River City Cement is one of the largest cement producers in the United States. It is owned by an Italian conglomerate, Buzzi Unicem SpA. It saddens me to think of this company conducting mining opera- tions in Crawford County. A brief internet search showed this company and DNR entered into an agreement in April 2003 to clean up hazardous waste. I understand the need for mining or taking resources from the environment to meet local demand. I'm opposed to an international company taking resources from the environment on a large scale basis to meet the demand for a large geo- graphical area. I think the latter situation can readily lead to abuse of the environ- ment and our resources. The Big River experienced serious dam- age due to mining in the area. The Meramec River is highly regarded and a wonderful resource in Crawford County. ! hope the county government is morti- toring the mining and in contact with the company. Possibly the county government could form a committee to look into the mining operation to find reason to request the DNR to deny the permit. I think the message is we want to keep Crawford County's environment clean. Kevin McGrath St. Louis Say sweet words LETTER TO THE EDITOR As a rule I have refrained from answer- ing letters that are critical of my own let- ters. structive argument, discussion: resort to name nize the other person, issue with unpleasantries and assassination. Nannatte Dorf has Captain I worked with years fire department; his words sweet words, you may have to Maybe she should take her ows Respectfully submitted: Rafael St. Don't just LETTER TO M EDITOR My name is Shelby Dorf and I sixth grade. I am the Dorfwho was pictured the paper eating the worm. She husband and I lost my dad to thought what the people at great and fun way to raise pie with cancer. I think stories about trying cure for cancer are more trash on the side of the road. worms was not immature. It wl get people involved with the cancer fund-raiser. Instead about the newspaper maybe have been helping raise money. Cub Send your letters to: Cuba Free Press PO Box 568 MO 65453 CUBA FREE PRESS I I0 SOUTH BUCHANAN CUBA, MISSOURI 65453 PHONE 573-885-7460 Publisher & Editor ROB VIEHMAN Circulation JANICE RANSOM Advertising SANDY MORICE Printing RUSS NEW Post Office Publication No. 565-180 May 6, 2004 -- Volume 44 Number 50 Cuba Free Press www.cubafreepress.com Address all communications in care of the Cuba Free Press, P.O. Box 568. Periodical Class Postage paid at Cuba, Missouri. Published weekly each Thursday morning at Cuba, Mo. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CUBA FREE PRESS, RO. Box 568, Cuba, MO 65453. . SUBSCRIPTION RATES CRAWFORD CO. MISSOURI