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Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Encouragement can be life-saving (01/31/15)
Dear Editor: A month ago, a transgender teen named Leelah Alcorn committed suicide in Ohio because her parents and others around her could not accept the fact she did not want to be male and wanted to live her life as a girl. While her death will, in the long run, help the cause of transgender people, and all other people who are different from others, it was totally uncalled for...
Local artists hold informal gathering (01/31/15)
Hi neighbors. Thursday, my friend Doris and my future daughter-in-law Amber attended an open Art Share at the Art Shop on Cherry Street ran by Andrew McNair here in Nevada. We walked about looking at the artwork on display. There were several portraits in oil, a mixed media piece, some sculptures and some photographs. The main feature of the event was the relaxed atmosphere that quickly grew into friendly exchanges about art in its many forms...
Thanking our public servants for their community service (01/31/15)
The new year brings with it the promise of change. Whether it's trying to stick to those new resolutions we made for personal improvement, or we're simply navigating our way through planning our finances, the new year also often marks a period of transition as new community leaders in government and civic organizations take over...
Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs! (01/31/15)
I have talked a lot about the effects drugs can have on people, and we see the results of what they can do every day. Methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin are some of the most popular drugs that people hear about and know is a problem on our streets. But there is another group of drugs that have just as much of an effect on our streets and can cause the same problems as the others do, these are prescription drugs...
It is necessary to know the reason for the Ten Commandments (01/30/15)
Dear Editor, I was pleased to read the comments by Pastor Dan Gayman in the Letters to the Editor section of your paper on Jan. 27, in response to my article, "Breaking the Law". We are in agreement on most of the content of his letter. He does state, however, that "If I understand this article correctly, the law has no purpose," whereas the entire fourth paragraph of my article addresses that very purpose, which is to bring us to Christ, which he rightly then affirms...
'Come, stay the night with us' (01/30/15)
One of our great-granddaughters went to a birthday party on Saturday night. It wasn't just a party with ice cream and cake and a few games. This party was to be an overnight party, a sleep over. I'm sure the little girls had a good time. I hope the parents of the birthday girls also had fun...
Factories or schools -- which should it be (01/30/15)
After reading Walter Cochran's, Jan. 21, Letter to the Editor, I felt compelled to offer some personal insights. In a series of articles, I hope to advocate for our schools, our teachers, and most importantly, our kids. I am the son of a career teacher in the Nevada R-5 School District. ...
Saluting the United Way and those who make it work (01/24/15)
For the third year, I attended the United Way of Vernon County Appreciation and Awards Luncheon. The annual event serves to recognize the agencies, businesses, and volunteers who make a difference in helping this organization help us in our community...
Old time shopping methods are still fun today (01/24/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope you all got to spend a little time outside in the sun and warm air this week. We all like to get out. When we prefer to stay inside, either due to the weather or inclination, there are some in-home fun things we all like to do. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of sitting in a porch swing with my aunt pouring over the newest Sears & Roebuck catalog. ...
Even in jail, lives can change for the better (01/24/15)
This week as I was heading to a meeting, I heard someone calling my name. I turned to see who it was and recognized the person walking up to me as someone who has been in and out of our jail many times. This, however, was the first time I had seen this person outside of jail and with a smile on her face. ...
Preacher's wives should know how to move easily (01/23/15)
It's true, many United Methodist minister's wives know to expect a move about every five or six years. It often was heartbreaking, even though the next place had better facilities and more members. But that didn't make up for the good friends we'd made in the past few years. But I didn't think that after Lester retired we would have to move anymore. I thought that now that we were on my family's home place and had our own house that I was through with moving...
1918 Flu Pandemic -- could it happen again? (01/23/15)
In 1918, the world experienced a planet wide pandemic. This story is particularly relevant, because our nation is currently suffering through a severe flu epidemic. At the outset I think some proper definitions should be offered. Influenza is a disease caused by numerous rapidly mutating viral strains. It is characterized by respiratory symptoms and general prostration (extreme physical weakness)...
Outcome of vote on Amendment No. 3 was clear -- No. (01/21/15)
Dear Editor My educational background has taught me that we live in a representative democracy. The people elect representatives to federal, state, and local levels of government to represent them. Missouri State Senator Ed Emery (Rep., 31st Senatorial District) represents five (5) counties in Missouri. The counties include Barton, Vernon, Bates, Cass, and Henry...
Battlefield Dispatches No. 412 -- Wheels, wagons, horses and mules (01/20/15)
Fort Leavenworth, September 21, 1863. General M. C. Meigs, Quartermaster General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C. General: In obedience to instructions contained in your General Orders, No. 13, of July 22, 1863, I have the honor to report that during the year [starting on July 1, 1862 &]ending on the 30th of June, 1863, I was stationed at this place, attending to the various duties pertaining to the Quartermaster's Department at this Depot...
The importance of family stories (01/17/15)
Hi neighbors. Last Sunday I attended the annual meeting of the Vernon County Historical Society. Officers and board members were voted in during the first part of the meeting. The presentation was given by Geoff Giglierano, the former Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council...
A day at the elementary -- exploring youthful curiosity (01/17/15)
Our youth are active and engaged. They're curious about the world and their place in it. That has always been true. Often, as adults, we tend to forget that curiosity. We put that sense of wonder and amazement about the world and its workings behind us as we strive for "grown-up" practicality...
Special Response Team undergoes new training standards (01/17/15)
Last year the Sheriff's Office formed the Special Response Team (S.R.T); a team that received advanced tactical training and practiced on responding to armed suspects, hostage situations, and serving high risk warrants. The formation of this team had one main purpose, to better protect life during life threating events...
When does your personal 'way back then' start? (01/16/15)
I enjoy sharing memories from my childhood. You readers have probably already realized that. I enjoy telling about some incident, then realize that most of my readers weren't even born yet. I had that experience in reverse once when I was visiting with a wonderful older lady who sang in the choir at the Mt. ...
Where did you say the battery is located? (01/16/15)
"It's under the seat of the car, and I have to have AAA come and jump start me".... those were the exact words my friend spoke to me in one of our recent catching up calls. The "It," referred to in this title sentence, was their car battery. My mind flashed a simple question immediately: Why in the world would anyone ever want to put a car battery, under the seat?...
Yes, it is winter -- don't take chances (01/10/15)
Hi neighbors. Although winter began on Dec. 21, this last week has really demonstrated to us how winter should feel. I have stayed in my little house and I hope most of you have had that opportunity as well. When I got up this morning, Thursday, I noticed there was no frost or ice on the car windshield. Then I remembered how cold it got last night and realized it was too cold to frost! That's too cold, my friends...
Law enforcement, civilians -- a community divided (01/10/15)
As I was watching the news on the first day of 2015, I saw yet another story of a shooting involving police and the conflicting views from both sides. Arguments were about what the officer did right, as well as what he did wrong. As I was listening to the different "experts" that presented arguments from both sides, I noticed that both people were referring to the cops as "they" and the public as "we." Although the divide between law enforcement officers and the public has been more strained throughout the country since the incidents in Ferguson, it was not until that moment that I realized the problem is not just an opinion on police tactics, the use of force, or the outcome of confrontations being used by law enforcement; instead it is the perception that some members of the public and the police have on who members of law enforcement are.. ...
Thoughts from a traveler (01/09/15)
Dear Editor: I can't seem to go to sleep tonight for all the thoughts going through my head. I've found the best way to get some sleep over the years is to write them down. You see, for the first time in 48 years, I'm trying to go to sleep in a rented house. Sharon and I sold our house yesterday, which makes us homeless...
When did you start recycling your trash? (01/09/15)
I asked my retired son when he first remembered any talk about recycling. He replied that he thought it was called "hand me downs." Since he was the oldest son in our family he only received the best hand me downs from cousins. But he saw his own clothes being used on his younger brother a few years later. He then added with the wisdom of a great grandparent that it was only when we became a throw-away society that he ever heard it called recycling...
'The National Pastime' is still baseball (01/09/15)
This past weekend, there was a repeat airing of the 18 1/2 hour PBS and Ken Burns documentary series, "Baseball." This was one of Burns earliest history specials, and it was very appropriate to show again in honor of its 20th anniversary. I did not get to see all the segments of these reruns. ...
No, Virginia there is no Santa Claus (01/03/15)
Dear Editor: I am responding to "Yes, Virginia there Is A Santa Claus" article appearing in a paid advertisement that ran in the 24 December edition of the Nevada News. I truly do not wish to burst bubbles; but truth is truth. Virginia was told a lie. A bit older she would have learned there is no Santa Claus. Being lied to that there is a Santa Claus, has that set her up to not believe there is Jesus Christ?...