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Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
Don't take El Dorado Springs recyclables, get towns outside Nevada to do hauling, sorting of their recyclables (02/28/15)
Don't take El Dorado Springs recyclables, get towns outside Nevada to do hauling, sorting of their recyclables Dear Editor: There has recently been two columns in the Daily Mail concerning the local recycling center and problems of help and cost of operative...
Celebrating creativity (02/28/15)
Hi neighbors. Although we've had little snow this year so far, we have had frigid temperatures and some snow. We have not always been so lucky and our neighboring states have been suffering through a mini ice age. So I thought I'd review some tips for getting into your house when there is snow and ice and you have no garage...
Give a smile, say hello, and change a tire (02/28/15)
You gave on the way a pleasant smile, and thought no more about it. It cheered a life that had been dark the while, which might have been wrecked without it. And so for that smile that was given there, you'll have a reward sometime-somewhere. You spoke one day a cheering work, and passed to other duties...
Hard boiled eggs can be essential (02/27/15)
I have always loved eating hard boiled eggs. Actually I like eggs in any form, but some recipes call specifically for hard boiled eggs. Can you imagine trying to make deviled eggs if the eggs were not hard boiled in the first place? My children liked them in their school lunches and I like to take one or two at the Chinese buffets in town. But there is one bad thing about them. The chickens don't lay them hard boiled. You have some work to do before you can eat a hard boiled egg...
Is time really on our side (02/27/15)
(Editor's Note: This is the fifth installment of a series of articles on education) Fifty years ago last September, the Rolling Stones released one of their all time greatest singles, "Time Is on My Side." Recently, there are questionable ideas and plans being proffered at all levels of government in our country regarding education. Fortunately, like the title of that great old rock and roll song, we may still have time to prevent much of this from happening...
District student groups visit at the capitol (02/24/15)
Missouri's 126th District It was a recent honor to welcome students and their guests from Adrian, Bronaugh, Miami, Rich Hill and Nevada to the Capitol, representing TSA, FCCLA, FFA, and WMCA. It was also a pleasure to visit with many groups, businesses and associations that have recently held legislative events or stopped by our office...
Smoked Yankees (02/24/15)
During the Spanish American War in 1898, Kansas responded to the "Call for Volunteers" by supplying several regiments of soldiers in the volunteer services of the United States Army. One of these regiments was the 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry which was comprised of African Americans. ...
Want art and entertainment? Plenty available here (02/21/15)
Hi neighbors. Although the weather is cold and maybe a little icy now and then, there is a lot to see if you get out and about this coming week. Tonight at Cottey College enjoy "Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe" presented by the Cottey College Theatre Department. It is in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts auditorium. Also featured is a costume contest for the best Steampunk contest; so attendees are encouraged to dress up...
Law enforcement is a story of numbers (02/21/15)
Awhile back someone asked me what they needed to start studying if they wanted to get into law enforcement someday. I named off a few of the obvious subjects, criminal law, civil law, the Constitution, but was quick to also add, English, grammar, and math to the list. I then explained how much writing a law enforcement officer does, and how much of our attention is placed on some type of numbers every day...
The Keystone Pipeline -- A common sense approach (02/20/15)
By U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill During my career, I've never been afraid to pick a fight -- including with the leaders of my own party -- because we can't let politics trump good policy. And for the last several years, that's the approach I've taken with construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. ...
Who's driving the bus of state in Jefferson City (02/20/15)
I was still in grade school when I asked that question, with some degree of trepidation. The actual situation was quite serious, and to this day I am surprised it never resulted in a serious accident. Teachers and retired teachers in Missouri often experience the same fear and ask the same question...
Our diet is changing each decade (02/20/15)
Recently I have been a little awkward when cooking due to tremors and being unsteady on my feet. To help us out with this situation, many of our church family, club members, neighbors, and relatives have helped out by bringing food occasionally. Often the dish brought to us was some type of casserole. They are so good, easy to transport, and usually have meat, potatoes or rice, and some vegetables so very little more is needed for a balanced meal. We appreciated them very much...
Father daughter dance an evening of magic (02/14/15)
And they kept coming. Saturday night's annual father-daughter dance at the community center was well attended, very well attended, with over 600 participants. A steady line was the norm as the event opened and that line continued for the first hour and a half of the three-hour event...
Happy Valentine's Day! (02/14/15)
Hi neighbors. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have lots of romantic plans for the day and the evening. Often this holiday is attributed to Romans who would draw names on this day to determine who their 'friend with benefits' would be for the following year...
Remembering the sacrifices of those who served as president of the United States (02/14/15)
"For more than half a century, during which kingdoms and empires have fallen, this Union has stood unshaken. The patriots who formed it have long since descended to the grave; yet still it remains, the proudest monument to their memory. . ." Those words were spoken by Zachary Taylor (1849--1850), the 12th president of our United States. Monday is President's Day and I think this is a day that is widely overlooked by many, considering how important it really is...
'Helter Skelter' is not a good plan for education (02/13/15)
There is an idea being put forth, that would allow for parents to move their children from one school district to another. While this may seem reasonable to many, such a change in policy, could have a "Helter Skelter" effect. One course that every teacher in the state of Missouri is required to take in college is: "The History and Philosophy of Education." It gives each prospective teacher insights into the nuts and bolts of our country's educational systems...
Technology provides companionship even when alone (02/13/15)
My friends have noticed that lately I haven't been going out as often as I formerly did. Even trips to the grocery store or to refill the gasoline in the car haven't happened as often anymore. I really haven't minded very much because I have various ways to increase my partnership in a mature conversation even when I am alone, at home...
'Who really governs' (02/10/15)
Dear Editor: In a Letter to the Editor Jan. 21, Walter Cochran comments, "Missouri voters defeated a Constitutional Amendment 3 this past November by nearly 70 percent of the voters." Each county's vote, in our area, was reported on this amendment. ...
'Thank a Farmer' Week (02/07/15)
Vernon County Farm Bureau Join the celebration of agriculture as Farm Bureau members across the state share the important contributions of agriculture during Thank a Farmer Week, Feb. 8-14. Agriculture is everywhere! Take a look around and ask, where did this come from? Whether it is food, clothing, shelter, transportation, personal and household items, medications, or school supplies, what we use in our daily lives has a connection to agriculture...
Celebrating the many special days in February (02/07/15)
Hi neighbors. February has lots of reasons to celebrate. As a month it is designated as: American Heart Month, An Affair to Remember Month, Black History Month, Canned Food Month, Creative Romance Month, Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National Children's Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month, and National Weddings Month...
Learning from the past as we move into the future (02/07/15)
I was cleaning out a file cabinet this week and found an old property deed that belonged to my wife's grandparents. This one looked a little older than any I had seen before, so I started looking through it and noticed the dates were starting back in the late 1800s. ...
Open here as directed (02/06/15)
Remember the old saying, "He's so weak he couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag?' That now needs to be changed to a plastic bag. Even though the packagers try very hard to make the bags easy to open, they need to try harder. Some of them want us to tear across a certain line. Maybe you could if you had strong wrists and can grasp the bag tightly where you are directed. Older hands seem to have slippery fingers and trying to hold tight to a slick piece of plastic is quite a challenge...
Square peg, round hole -- doesn't fit (02/06/15)
We have all heard this old saying. It's so easy to understand, that we wonder why anyone would ever question its validity. This is my second education related article. Like the old saying, I feel we are being asked to put students into a system where they often simply don't fit...