At the request of sheriff Rick Walter, Scott County homeowner Rick Hoskins removed a Halloween display in front of his home Wednesday that's the subject of much controversy in the Sikeston area.
The display, which featured a Ku Klux Klan figure alongside an effigy of a black man hanging from a noose, could be seen by drivers on Interstate 55.
Walter said his office had received several complaints about the display, so he contacted the office of prosecuting attorney Paul Boyd to see if it was within the sheriff's department's rights to remove it due to the problems it could cause.
Boyd encouraged Walter to discuss the matter with Hoskins and to ask Hoskins to take it down. Hoskins complied, but indicated he would contact his attorney with the intent of putting the decorations back up.
"There's been a bunch of people that's stopped by since I put them up," said Hoskins. "Said they want to shake my hand. They said they're glad to see a little white pride is still left in this country."
This man has the right to his hateful, racist bigoted opinion. This man also has the right to vote despite that opinion and his demonstrated rancor. His vote counts exactly the same as everyone else's vote. I cannot imagine him voting for a party that elected a black President, either.
So keep Rick Hoskins here in mind when someone tells you "Well I'm not going to vote in order to punish the Democrats." Rick Hoskins will vote. And if only people like Rick Hoskins vote, we'll get people like Rick Hoskins running the country.
It's that simple.