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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Going a step beyond middle age plus (10/24/14)
For years I have been telling my readers about all the good things about being Middle Age Plus. I have insisted that it wasn't being old, just becoming a little past middle age. Using middle as a synonym for half, I figured that if you were 50 or older you were past the middle. Not too many people survive past 100, so I felt safe in using that guideline...
Aunt Jemima and LeRoy at Halloween (10/24/14)
A week from today, we will celebrate Halloween again. In the past I have written stories about my memories of this holiday. It has always been one of my favorite festive galas. When I was 10 years old, my best friend and I displayed costumes that, by today's standards, would not be politically correct!!...
Bits and pieces (10/21/14)
A fascinating aspect in the study of the Civil War is that there are many smaller interesting threads that are incidents or happenings which are often overlooked, but help bind the fabric into the mosaic of the entire war. This column contains a number of such incidents that occurred in September of 1864 that are briefly described in Series I, Vol. 41, Part III Correspondence of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion on the following pages:...
New meaning for health care deadlines (10/18/14)
Hi neighbors. October begins the decision making time for most people with insurance on what they want for 2015 coverage. Medicare users have from the first of the month until Dec. 7, to notify the good folks at the Medicare offices of their choices. Not actually choices for Medicare itself as that stays constant; but for the other insurances in the private sector that cover what Medicare does not...
Receiving help in a time of need (10/18/14)
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." -Vincent Van Gogh. We recently began investigating a difficult case that was going to require a lot of manpower and resourses. When I placed a call requesting the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad be activated, I was more than surprised at the response I received! There were more than a dozen investigators from five other law enforcement agencies at the Sheriff's Office within an hour ready to help...
Amendment No. 3 -- not a good thing for local schools (10/17/14)
Dear Editor: On Oct. 1, Proposed Amendment No. 3 was printed in the Nevada paper. I advise everyone to read this, as I understand only part of the Amendment No. 3 will be on the ballot. It is very confusing. I have talked to several teachers, and school board members and one state representative. I advise the voters to do the same; because we will lose local control if this Amendment No. 3 passes...
I do not commend your amendment process (10/17/14)
Last August, when I went to vote in the General Primary Election, my ballot had numerous amendment proposals to vote for or against. This November 4, we will again have more amendments to consider. Good or bad, I am voting against all of them, strictly for constitutional reasons...
2014 has become a memorable year (10/17/14)
This calendar year will always be remembered in my family. First, it was the year that we had a most memorable family reunion. We had almost as many young people under 25 as we had of the older group. All 84 of us had a great time. Second, sadly it was the year that my last, and nearest sister died. ...
Uncaring driver left void by killing family pet (10/15/14)
Dear Editor: This is a real difficult letter to write. It is about the loss of our beautiful yellow lab. On Sept. 24, I had a sad knock on our door. My neighbor from the north had stopped to make us aware that the dog had been killed by a vehicle. It appeared that the vehicle that hit him had been traveling north. It happened between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m...
'Do you want to reduce poverty?' (10/15/14)
Special to the Daily Mail A Washington Post headline says, "Economists agree: Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty." A favorite quote, remembered more than 60 years, was from an economist. He entertained listeners with bits of humor. The subject, normally sleep inducing, kept us awake. One of his comments was, "If you placed all the economists in the world end to end, they would still reach no conclusion."...
Fiercely assailed by both sides (10/15/14)
On Oct. 21 and 22, two battles occurred between Kansas City and east of Independence, Mo. These battles were those of the Little Blue and Big Blue that were named after two streams, the crossing of which was contested by both Union troops from Kansas and Confederate forces that were advancing towards Kansas City. ...
Awareness of pedestrian crossing rights needs improving (10/11/14)
Dear Editor: I was involved in an incident the evening of Thursday, Oct. 2, that still has me flabbergasted. I live on South Cedar Street and was headed to the Square for the Music on the Square finale. I was using my power chair as I can only walk a short distance...
Zombies and genealogy (10/11/14)
Hi neighbors. There was good news on television the other night! "The Walking Dead" show opens its new season this Sunday night. Yeah! One of my favorite shows (just below "Elementary," which won't start until Oct. 30). "The Walking Dead" is more soap opera than horror...
Are police tactics taken too far? (10/11/14)
Since the events of Ferguson have become a regular news topic, it seems one of the most popular discussions is the use of tactics and equipment by law enforcement. States are starting to consider laws requiring all police to wear body cameras, and many people are calling for police to stop using any military equipment they have received from the government...
Old time games for road trips (10/10/14)
If you look in any modern gift catalog and see a heading similar to my headline, you will find opportunities to buy many types of handheld devices where children or adults can become immersed in a game or puzzle all by themselves. The scenery passes by quickly as the miles pass and there are no disruptive noises in the car to bother the driver. In fact, the driver may well have on earphones and be listening to his special station or tapes playing in the car...
Sports Fans (10/10/14)
The happenings of the past few days have certainly brought out all the sports fans in our area. From the diehards like me, who have made our involvements in sports, games, and recreational events, our main hobbies in life, to the infrequent followers of these physical diversions, we have come together in celebration of the feats of our beloved teams...
October TV needs Monitoring by Parents. (10/04/14)
Hi neighbors. With the beginning of October comes the promise (or threat) from most television stations of 31 days of horror films. Nightly fare will feature horror flicks once shown at theaters. They may include slash and chop movies (where the only reason for the movie to be made appears to be increasing the sale of fake blood and plastic body parts), science fiction or Gothic classic monsters, lots of horror with witchcraft, mythological monsters, and a few bio-hazards thrown in for fun...
Fire prevention week raises awareness, safety (10/04/14)
National Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday, Oct. 5, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 11. Begun in 1925, the goal of the week is to increase awareness of the dangers of fire and to educate the public on how to stay safe. Consider these facts: More than 1.7 million fires strike homes, parks and businesses each year...
New Missouri Gun Law (10/04/14)
tEarly in the year, we saw changes to the CCW laws and how the permits are issued. The process of obtaining a permit was made a little easier because the permit is now issued from the Sheriff's Office and also became valid for five years before needing to be renewed...
What are the best and worst things that were introduced in your lifetime? (10/03/14)
How do you answer a question like that? In some cases the same thing would fit both categories. Some people who had problems or troubles with new things would think they were certainly not on the good side. Yet others who caught on quickly felt there had never been anything better. I am interested in what you as an individual would chose for each category. To be fair about it, I, must make some choices...
The Bike Racks In Front Of Flory's (10/03/14)
Recently, I was looking through some old microfilm archived pictures from the paper, taken during the '50s and '60s. In the collection, I noted one of our former, very common local infrastructure items, a long silver-gray, slotted bike rack. Racks like this one could be found at a variety of locations in my youth. A favorite of mine was the one located in front of Flory's Drug Store...
Read a book -- don't watch TV (09/27/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather we have been having. It's a good time to sit on the porch in the sunshine and curl up with a good book in the evening. I've been reading a great book by former Nevada Daily Mail editor, Lynn A. ...
DNA: Is it only used for good? (09/27/14)
Almost all the road deputies and the investigators have been through some type of evidence processing and collection training over this last year. This was done in an effort to use every possible way we could to identify suspects when processing a crime scene...
Celebrating Mary Shead's Contributions (09/27/14)
With the passing of long-time correspondent Mary Virginia Corporon Shead, our paper has lost a valuable link to our communities. Mrs. Shead, 95, died Sunday, Sept. 14. Shead, like a number of community news correspondents over the years, came by her newspaper work naturally, following in the family tradition...