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Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
The dead can be very fattening (04/18/15)
Hi neighbors. The thing about genealogy is that the dead folk just won't let the living rest. About the time I think I have my database finished as far back as I can go, someone new (well, dead and buried) shows up to challenge my tenacity. My problem is that my database grows outward horizontally instead of staying in a straight blood line backwards. I just hate to see good information get left behind. Many people who find out they are in my database are delighted to glean information from me...
Historical performances bring learning lessons (04/18/15)
Often, we take for granted what we have in our own backyard and in our own part of the country. We grew up with it and near it. We may have visited it when we were younger. But often, it was just part of the background. Now, it's something we drive by or walk past or read about and don't give it much thought...
What has become of our American police? (04/18/15)
In 1950, the image of a police officer could easily be a little like Andy Griffith or Barney Fife, slowly driving down the street with his arm hanging out the window, smiling and waving at each person he passed. His patrol car would have one large red light in the center of the top and a single star on the door of the car. ...
Advice is good when it is followed correctly (04/17/15)
I am getting along pretty good these days. I have two specialists caring for me, another doctor in between those two and lots of family members and friends who give me all sorts of good advice. I don't resent this at all because many of these people have had similar ailments, or have read an article, or looked it up in the Internet so they are well informed. ...
My long time R&R (04/17/15)
The letters R&R represent a very recognizable jargon in our culture and language. The initials are used with such regularity, that most of us never speak or write the actual words -- Rest and Relaxation. My own R&R has an additional personal translation -- "Reading and Rain!"...
State budget on track for early completion (04/11/15)
Missouri's 126th Congressional District JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- The MO House of Representatives sessions are increasing as we continue to hear bills that are clearing committees as well as those being sent over from the Senate. The Missouri Senate approved its version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget this week and then sent the 13 bills back to the House for consideration. ...
Social events that sound like fun (04/11/15)
Hi neighbors. It's been a good week. The farmers got some needed rain with no tornadoes, and the temperatures have been tolerable. Since I have retired I've tried to become more knowledgeable about the workings of various social network sites. I do participate on Facebook as many of my cousins from across the country also post there almost daily. ...
Committing a crime with a mental culpable state of mind (04/11/15)
During the police academy you spend months learning about criminal law and the elements that are needed to meet different statutes under Missouri Law. Depending on the crime, there are different factors that need to be present. For example, in the case of a burglary a person must enter a building with the intent to commit a crime. ...
Helping others shouldn't extend to providing everything for free forever (04/10/15)
Dear Editor: I have been hearing and reading a lot about the homeless shelter that some are wanting to build. I for one have not seen a homeless problem in Nevada. Have the people who are wanting to build it ever heard the saying, "If you build it, they will come ('Field of Dreams')"? I am just seeing the big picture...
It's someone else's responsibility now (04/10/15)
On Easter Sunday I had the pleasure of going to church with several generations of my family. They ranged in age from 18 month old Aubrie, all prettied up in her pink dress, to 90-year-old Lester who was not so prettied up since he decided against shirt and tie. ...
Victory gardens (04/10/15)
During both of the World Wars of the last century, everyday Americans were asked to raise gardens to help the war effort. These became known as "Victory Gardens." The world is in another war now, and I think one of our greatest weapons just might be a return of these same types of home grown plots...
Exterminate this gang (04/08/15)
During the Civil War in the early spring of 1865 the Union forces in Missouri were bracing for another year of combat with the elusive Bushwhacker (Confederate Guerrillas) in Missouri. Little did both sides know that the Civil War would officially end in early April of "65", so one of the continued Union goals was to eradicate or exterminate the enemy guerrillas. ...
Missouri House to Consider Municipal Court Reform (04/08/15)
Missouri State Representative District 126 What a beautiful site it has been at the Missouri capitol! The trees have been filled with pink and white blooms around the building and the guests have been enjoying sunny weather for their capitol visits. We had a busy week in the House discussing many legislative topics. Following are some of the highlights:...
Easter and Passover (04/04/15)
Hi neighbors. Probably many of you had traditional ways to celebrate another Good Friday. Or perhaps you started observing Passover at sun down on Friday night. This is a weekend of many religious celebrations around the world. But Easter and Passover share some important religious aspects...
Celebrate our hard won freedoms -- vote Tuesday (04/04/15)
Politics is always in the news. If it's not an election year, it's an off election year. No matter. The political parties and we as citizens always find something to talk about. That's part of the process of keeping everyone informed and involved in the discussion of issues that affect each of us...
Body armor, bullet proof or bullet resistant? (04/04/15)
I have realized over time that a lot of people think cops wear "bullet proof" vests. I had someone ask me a while back after a law enforcement officer had been shot and killed why he was not wearing his vest? Because if he was, he most certainly would have survived, right?...
All of today's immigrants need to embrace our flag (04/03/15)
Dear Editor: After reading the article written by Jason Mosher, Wake up America, I think he is right. Didn't all of our relatives and friends die in a war to keep our America free -- RED, WHITE, and BLUE, with an American flag to represent all this sacrifice and freedom?...
Springtime in our capital city (04/03/15)
The public school system in Washington, D.C., in the 1930s and 1940s gave the children an unsupervised full hour for lunch. Some of the children went home for lunch, some went across Wisconsin Avenue and bought things at a delicatessen, others brought their lunches in a lunch box or brown paper bag. ...
Strange bedfellows (04/03/15)
During my lifetime, many diverse non-family individuals have entered the stream of my life. Some have become lifelong friends. Others appeared, then after a time began to drift away. This collage of people has made for what one might refer to as -- "strange bedfellows!"...
Hoops euphoria returns for sports fans (03/28/15)
March Madness -- it turns normal people into zombies, with furrowed brows, wrinkled foreheads and grim facial expressions one moment and euphoric zealots jumping up and down the next. For true basketball fans, there's not much better. It's the time of year when college basketball reigns supreme, when teams from all across the country converge on a handful of locations and begin a playoff countdown for the national title...
Flossie's new herb garden (03/28/15)
Hi neighbors. Flossie stopped by the other day to see if I would help her with building an herb garden. I thought that simple task couldn't be too demanding. I should have remembered it was Flossie that was going to make it. We spent most of the morning trying to design various gardens. She didn't like my favorite garden type, which was a stairway type. The picture on the Internet showed all the mature herbs complimenting each other by color, shape and height...
Sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs (03/28/15)
A few years ago I was able to hear Lt. Col. Dave Grossman speak at a seminar. He spoke a great deal about sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. I had heard of cops being referred to as sheepdogs before, back when I was in the police academy. It was there that I began to understand the attitude that a law enforcement officer must have to perform the duties entrusted to him and the attitude that it takes to perform this job...
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz (03/27/15)
After the winter we have had, this spring has really been welcomed with open arms. Each age has activities looked forward to doing when it gets actually warm in the spring. One of the first things people think of is their clothing. "Is this jacket going to be warm enough without an additional wrap?" Of course that question comes from an adult...
"Where's the beef?" (03/27/15)
About 31 years ago, the line in this title became an idiom of the American vernacular. The Wendy's fast food chain coined the phrase as part of a national campaign television ad strategy. Perhaps more importantly, it is a question that shines a light on, a very unique part of our American diet...
Accidental gunshot (03/24/15)
In any war of anytime there have been "Accidental Gunshots" or the premature or unexpected discharge of a firearm. Often the results were fatal to a soldier or soldiers, but this was not the case with the incident recorded in the following letter from Captain A. ...