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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Will public research keep up with demands on agriculture? (07/22/14)
Opportunities, challenges and visibility for how agriculture will meet future needs for food, fiber and energy are greater than ever, yet public funding for ag research may not be keeping up. The abundance, efficiencies of production, safety and quality of food in the U.S. ...
Framing an argument vs. discussion (07/22/14)
In the art of magic, intentionally misdirecting your attention so the magician can produce the effect he desires is an essential part of the process. In political discourse, framing of the argument might be thought of in the same way. For those who seek to persuade others that their interpretation of the political issues is the right one, the skillful use of words is essential and those who are most skilled in framing the debate are more likely to have their views become accepted...
Substantively framing the issues gets lost in the verbiage (07/22/14)
In today's world, many complex issues cry out for solution. Taking one solution hurts one group while another limits still another segment of society, the world. One possible resolution in any decision is to choose that which does the most good for the most people and hurts the fewest number possible. This has been called the "common good."...
Reading and imagination -- the endless frontier (07/18/14)
Reading -- what a wonderful ability. To travel to a distant land, live history, experience the future, meet people and visit new places, and learn of today, both at home and abroad, it's all possible by just reading the printed word. Many of us are familiar with the RIF program --reading is fundamental...
Weird calendar days in July (07/18/14)
Hi neighbors. Although the "normal" calendar shows very little to celebrate during the rest of July, certain so-called weird calendars list strange holidays for every day of any month. Here is a composite example. The 19th you can celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day or Stick Out Your Tongue Day, or play a few games of chess to recognize International Chess Day...
Is there evil in guns, weapons? (07/18/14)
I was asked by someone a few weeks ago how they could feel safe in their home when the people living right next door to them owned guns. This person had just learned that their neighbor had purchased a firearm for home protection. I was confused for during the first part of the conversation because I was assuming the neighbors must be some kind of troublemakers or doing something illegal if the person I was talking to was so upset about it. ...
Law enforcement actions, protocol have changed over the years (07/18/14)
Dear Editor: A recent article in your paper caught my eye. Our chief sent an officer to class for five days for "Crisis Intervention Team" training. The officer will be wearing an insignia with "CIT" on their uniform to let unstable people know they are there to help them. I guess the unstable person won't notice the bulletproof vest, stun gun, billy club, 15-shot handgun, leather gloves, leather boots or handcuffs...
NHS Class of 1945 to no longer host alumni reunions (07/18/14)
Dear Editor: The committee for Nevada High School Class of 1945 decided to not plan any more reunions and to donate $317.29, the balance in their checking account, to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund to honor the remaining members of their class...
Family and friends are very important (07/18/14)
This last week has been one of the most exciting, sad, fun, emotional, extraordinary, meaningful, devastating, historic, confusing, appreciative, and unforgettable weeks of my life. I had more fun and felt more grief than can be imagined within minutes of each other. But through it all, I felt both physically and emotionally supported by my family and friends...
The magical basement (07/18/14)
A friend of mine recently related an experience where they discovered that a cabin they rented had an open shower with no curtains or shower doors. This triggered in my memory a similar shower from my youth. That shower was in the basement of the first home I ever remember, a place of many diverse and interesting apparatuses...
Mid-Continent Library trip (07/11/14)
Hi neighbors. I had an excellent adventure this past week. A friend of mine who is currently celebrating a vacation and I finally made our long-anticipated trip to Independence to visit the Mid-Continent Genealogical Library. She knew the way, at least most of the way, and we had a minimal amount of trouble finding the library. Of course, we did have some "circling of the block" a time or two, but nothing too discouraging...
Farmers need your support, loyalty (07/11/14)
By Blake Hurst City councils in Cleveland, Alexandria (Virginia) and Chicago have all recently passed resolutions banning the administration of antibiotics to farm animals, unless they're sick -- the animals, not the city councils. It seems that the further people get from the farm, the more opinions they have about how food ought to be produced. When your only connection to the growing of crops and animals is paying the monthly bill to a lawn care company, farming seems pretty darned easy...
Annual County Fair a proud tradition (07/11/14)
The fair offers a unique chance to visit and learn, to say hello and to soak up the uniqueness that is a county fair. Fairs, rodeos and parades are American traditions. We come to display and to view the various youth exhibits done through 4-H, FFA, and Scouting, with animals, crafts, hobbies, and various skills, along with the ever-popular fair food...
Building character through community-wide service (07/11/14)
This week members of the Sheriff's Office helped work in the Vernon County Youth Fair Diner. We posted a list where employees could sign up if they wanted to help, and I was very pleased at the amount of people that volunteered to help. When conducting interviews for new employees, I ask why they want to be in law enforcement...
First Amendment protects rights of all Americans (07/05/14)
In the past, I have talked about the Second and Fourth Amendments, had deputies read them and had training on why it is so important those amendments to the Constitution are upheld. The next constitutional amendment deputies will receive training on is the First Amendment. ...
Relay for Life strikes emotional chord (07/05/14)
Few community events are as meaningful as the Relay for Life. The annual event is held both as a remembrance of loved ones who have lost their fight to cancer, and to honor and salute those who are cancer survivors and those who are still fighting. The relay also seeks to honor the caregivers who themselves commit so much in helping others...
Celebrate the Independence holiday with family, friends (07/05/14)
Hi neighbors. It is Independence Day weekend! I hope you are having a great and safe, time of it. I have had a wonderful time this past weekend with visitors from Iowa. My daughter, her husband and my granddaughter were all here. My son Bill and his fiancée were both here and a great visit was had by all...
George Graham, a true hero (07/02/14)
It is very appropriate that during this holiday celebrating our country's independence that we are also celebrating the life of our friend, George Wallis Graham. Although most of us have associations with him that are more about farming, cows, fairs, hunting, dogs, fishing, church, families and even motorcycles, a big part of this man was his love of his country...
Blessings and observation of working in agriculture (07/02/14)
By Robert Overmann Missouri Farm Bureau intern Having completed my junior year at Truman State University, I've learned about a myriad of academic subjects -- English, history, physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy and more. But, in spite of the breadth of my education, one of the most glaring holes was the field of agriculture. ...
Like the song says, it's a celebration (07/02/14)
Friday is our country's birthday, and like the lyrics from Kool & the Gang, "There's a party goin' on right here... A celebration to last throughout the year... Yahoo this is your celebration!" Like many of you, I have enjoyed the revelry and the traditions of the Fourth of July all my life. There are some holidays that many feel have lost some of their meaning, but that's not the case for the anniversary of our country's Independence Day...
An athletic loss of a different kind ... A tribute to Eric Wade (07/01/14)
Retired Nevada High School Athletic Director Athletics are often the front porch to a school district. They are the most visible, most attended school events in small town communities like Nevada. With these contests come the thrills of winning and the lows that are attached to defeat. ...
Celebration, combat and camp (07/01/14)
During the Civil War, The Yankees or "Union Forces" celebrated our Independence Day in a variety of ways. If a unit was stationed well behind enemy lines or enemy territory, and in the case of Fort Scott that would be the few miles away from Missouri, there would often be a celebration with dances and other festivities. ...
The Fourth rolls around once again (06/27/14)
By Mary R. Russell Missouri Chief Justice It is that time of year for fireworks and picnics and parades with children waving the American flag. It also is time to honor the birth of our nation on the Fourth of July, celebrating our nation's declaration of independence in 1776 and the creation of a new government in which the people divided authority among three separate but equal branches...
Flossie tackles construction delays (06/27/14)
Hi neighbors. I saw Flossie in her back yard a day ago, and she was hammering small pieces of wood onto 4 foot long 4x4s. I watched for a few minutes before she would realize I was at her back fence gate in the alley at the side of her property. Finally, I could stand it no more -- the kitten was climbing the fence to get me, meowing loudly. I knew my stealth mode would soon be discovered...
The Vernon County Special Response Team trains (06/27/14)
Last week a team of deputies returned home after attending Basic SWAT camp, hosted and taught by the Joplin Police Department. They trained with other members from agencies like the Web City Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office SWAT, and other agencies from around Missouri...