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Sunday, July 31, 2016
The running of the candidates (07/30/16)
Hi neighbors. I have never been so weary of elections as I am now with the current presidential debacle. With three months left till Election Day, I cannot wait for it to come and pass. I no longer can stomach the thought of either of the current candidates representing America as its president...
Kind words from a community who cares (07/30/16)
The past few months have again been filled with news stories of riots, protests against police brutality, and sadly the murders of multiple police officers from around the country. With constant alerts from state and federal agencies warning law enforcement officers to be more observant and watch for signs of possible ambushes, it can make the job even more stressful than it already is for so many people in this field...
Open here (07/29/16)
We all remember the saying, "He's so weak he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag." I relive that saying each day except that the bags I am trying to get open are usually not paper, but plastic. In our zeal to keep everything sanitary and fresh we are buying prepackaged foods more and more. ...
Watermelons and a fiddler (07/29/16)
August always brings with it nostalgic memories for me. Two vivid recollections include watermelons and a fiddler. Both reminiscences from my youth are connected to the Sheldon Old Settlers Picnic. From Aug. 18-20, Sheldon, will host its 112th annual, "Old Settlers Picnic." I don't know if there will be a fiddler, but I'm guessing there will be a watermelon contest...
Thank you note to the alumni committee at Youth Fair that put together the reunion of the Vernon County 4-H Drill Team (07/23/16)
Dear Editor: We would like to thank the three special ladies on the committee (Marjeana Smith, Harva Miller and Janise Burch) for this special time of getting together the members, parents and leaders of the Vernon County 4-H Drill Team. A great time was had by all...
A loved one passes (07/23/16)
Hi neighbors. This last week I attended the funeral of a beloved aunt. She was 89 years old. She was my father's sister and was the only remaining family member of that generation. Although there was more than a 20 year age difference, we felt very comfortable talking with each other and we had become good friends. She had been home-bound for a few years but though we seldom talked face to face, we did have one to two hour chats on the telephone fairly often...
Don't punish people for trying to protect seniors from fraud (07/22/16)
At some point in our lives, nearly all of us will worry that a crook or scammer is taking financial advantage of an elderly family member, friend, or loved one. What's even scarier is that many people on the front lines of this fight against these fraudsters -- bank employees and other financial professionals -- have their hands tied. ...
Perks of being a caregiver (07/22/16)
Editors note: This column originally ran in the Nov. 22, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. Probably many of you readers at some time in your life have been a caregiver to a relative or a friend. Maybe it was even your profession. I know it is a never-ending job and having a little relief now and then can be a big help...
My darkest day! (07/22/16)
That title comes from a 1980 television show, "Flamingo Road." One of the characters in that "Dallas" type genre show, was a man named, Claude Weldon. He repeated that line time after time, following one of his failed ventures. A few years later, Nevada could have collectively spoken that same line, when we received some of the worst news in our history...
Sheriff Mosher has correct interpretation of Second Ammendment rights. (07/16/16)
Dear Editor: This letter is in response to Pat Perkins July 2, Letter to the Editor in regards to our Vernon County Sheriff, Jason Mosher, and his letters condoning the private ownership of "assault" weapons. First, I'd like to state that Vernon County could not ask for a better, more dedicated protector of our residents than what we have in Sheriff Mosher. ...
Support systems we all need (07/16/16)
Hi neighbors. As we get older we all need help now and then. I'm at that stage in my life when I need help with certain chores around the house: mowing the grass, cleaning carpets, painting and gardening. We all have things to do that often require more than one person to get them done...
Yes, the meth pipe in the middle of the road was a clue! (07/16/16)
We train regularly for all types of situations in law enforcement; some are fun and interesting, and some are tedious and downright boring. But they say the next best thing to training is doing the job itself with your own two hands. Over the past few months our hard working customers (criminals) have been providing us with lots of hands on training. ...
Nostalgia for a 90s kid (07/16/16)
The year was 1990-something. I could be found listening to Hanson, Spice Girls, or a number of other popular bands of the time. Slap bracelets were in no short supply, Surge soda had kids bouncing off of walls, and dial-up Internet was all the rage. ...
Lassie come home, please (07/15/16)
The following column originally appeared in the Oct. 18, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. After having a 9-year old in our home for a week I find myself really longing for the old-style movies for children. Every TV show, every borrowed film, tape and many of the advertisements on TV had cartoon-like characters that were either grotesque, frightening or unattractive portrayals of humans. ...
Social media, an old supermarket, and donuts (07/15/16)
A recent posting on Facebook included a picture of the old O&B Supermarket. In just minutes, many locals and former Nevada residents, connected through Facebook and emails with their memories of that store and another business, Witte's Bakery, located next door...
The only way to reduce terrorism by Muslims in the U.S. is to reduce their numbers (07/12/16)
Dear Editor, Here is a politically incorrect solution to Islamic terrorism. Islamic terror is Islam in action and has been since Muhammad. Terrorists follow the teachings of the Koran and other sacred books of Islam such as this one: Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. ...
Screening through enlightenment (07/12/16)
On July 3, Pamela Geller reported via "Atlas Shrugged" that the BBC had published an article proclaiming, "Oxford Men Jailed for Sexually Abusing a Teenage Girl." Yes, you have to watch out for those guys from Oxford. Oh, wait ... there's more. It turns out that they were all Muslims. ...
Story Telling (07/09/16)
Hi neighbors. Tomorrow the Vernon County Historical Society will meet in the Bushwhacker Museum for a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. Starting at 2 p.m., the meeting will include a presentation by Ron McMillian as "Hagaoda," the Native American storyteller. You may have seen him in the Living History tent during Bushwhacker Days...
Deputies receiving valuable training this summer (07/09/16)
This summer we have a lot of training scheduled for the staff at the Sheriff's Office that will be very beneficial to the office overall. This year we put a lot of focus on finding programs that could be paid for with grants. Last month one of our deputies was accepted into the DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) program and we were able to get the training, air fare, and lodging all covered through a grant. ...
Who decides (07/08/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 27, 2013, edition of the Daily Mail. The more pluses I put on my middle age plus, the more I am aware of how many times, some little incident has changed my life. And then I try to remember why I chose to be where the incident happened, or wonder why any of the other people involved happened to be there. Somebody had to have made a decision...
Green ink and the rulebook (07/08/16)
I was never certain why Joe Barone used "green ink" to grade our English IV essays. The term grade, barely describes the totality of his assessment process, for each of our offerings. If in this column, I display any modest writing ability, I owe him all I possess of that technique...
When will they/we ever learn? (07/06/16)
Dear Editor: Dr. Jones made an appeal recently regarding the truth. In an earlier letter to the editor, I made a similar request. If you have followed his writings and what I have written, there are distinct differences. How can two people, supposedly educated, arrive at such different opinions? To seek to clarify how this can happen, I would like to offer some information...
Celebrating our independence (07/02/16)
By Rep. Patricia Pike Missouri 126th District JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- This holiday weekend, as we are enjoying the company of family and friends against the backdrop of dazzling firework displays, I know many will be pausing to remember the true significance of Independence Day...
Happy Independence Day! (07/02/16)
Hi neighbors. Many people across America are having a three-day weekend to celebrate Independence Day, July Fourth. Along with picnics, parades and party going, many Americans will display the American Flag -- Old Glory -- in some fashion. Do you know how to display the flag properly? There are rules of respect for the flag. The United States Government website offers these simplified tips as well as a PDF booklet that includes more information. Here is that posting from the USAGov website...
Children continue to be the real victims of drugs (07/02/16)
We recently served another search warrant at a home looking for drugs, and like many other times, we found there were children living in the home. This was one of the worst homes I had been inside because of the condition in which the occupants were living. When someone brings drugs into a home, they slowly become indifferent to their lifestyle, and the one that suffers the most is the child...