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Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016
Now, I am officially an Independent (04/27/16)
Dear Editor: It appears to me that America may have on the scene a person, Donald Trump, who exemplifies in the political world the famous saying of Edmund Burke which is: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." What Trump has done is to expose the Republican Party as evil, being for the agenda of elite and not of the people. ...
Flossie gets a cabin on the lake -- sort of (04/23/16)
Hi neighbors. Flossie came by the other day and wanted me to go shopping with her. She had made up her mind while having her morning coffee that day that she wanted a storage building and was determined to have it up and ready by supper. We went to several hardware and lawn and garden type stores. ...
I ran from the law and the law won (04/23/16)
Over the last year we have seen a dramatic increase in our warrant arrests. We started the Vernon County Fugitive Task Force to make sure those who commit crimes in Vernon County appear in court and face their charges. The idea was to designate some law enforcers officers that can spend time each week focusing on those who are on the most wanted list and by also releasing the information to the public so they can assist the team by sending in tips...
Have you noticed the newly restored sign on East Walnut? (04/22/16)
The sign which proclaims that this is the Neighbors, the Center for Adult Day Care, has replaced the formerly attractive sign placed there when the Moss Trust, as part of their plans to make this attractive, practical building a place for adults to enjoy, had shown some signs from the daily coming and going of participants volunteers, employees and caregivers who spend each day with those friends who need a cheerful, care-given spot to spent their days while their main caregivers are busy at work or other activities.. ...
'Wherever You May Be' (04/22/16)
(It's spring and baseball time, so in honor of my friend and longtime Daily Mail Sports Editor, Kelly Bradham, who loved BASEBALL) The title of this story is taken from some very memorable words, that every LA Dodger baseball fan, knows by heart. The full sentence is repeated every time that the legendary "voice" of the Dodgers, "Vin Scully," begins one of his baseball broadcasts...
This is a taxing time for everyone (04/16/16)
Everything is always kept in complete order in our home. It is especially true in my office, I have a special file for each topic. For example, there is a file for my Middle Age Plus columns, as well as one for each article. Since each article has a different topic, that makes a lot of files...
The job of a deadbeat and the benefits that come with it (04/16/16)
"Deadbeat" (Merriam Webster's Dictionary) A lazy person: a person who does not work; a person who does not pay money that is owed After dealing with so many people who make a living selling illegal drugs and stealing other people's things, I have decided that some of these people do not resort to this because they cannot get a job, but because they think they can make more money than the old fashion way, hard work. In other words, they think this is a better job...
Out to the movies (04/15/16)
My children and I had gone to the theater to see "Batman vs. Superman" which is a very long movie. Recently remodeled, the theater had installed new seats, which were greatly appreciated! Unfortunately, remodeling left some problems that have always been my pet peeves anyway. First, there are no bright ceiling lights on at any time; so finding a seat, or even finding the steps to climb when going in or coming out of the movie is difficult. I hope they correct this...
'Rainy Days and Mondays' (04/15/16)
(The following article was in the paper 10 years ago. I am rerunning it on this rainy Monday, April 11. Everyone has been wanting a good rain for several weeks, and it's finally arrived. As in the old country song, "The world needs a washin ... so why doesn't it rain? We are getting our wish. I love spring rains, and I hope this story brings back some nostalgic memories for you.)...
Fiendish Guerrilla (04/09/16)
Arnold W. Schofield Historically, April 1865 is considered to be the month that the Civil War ended. This is true because the majority of the fighting between the North and South did end at that time. However, the violence that was the guerrilla war carried on for a few more years. ...
It's not a game; if you commit the crime, you do the time (04/09/16)
Last week deputies were involved in several pursuits that all ended with someone going to jail. A vehicle pursuit causes an increased risk of danger to the deputy, the public, and to the person who is running. Last week a truck failed to stop for a deputy and began to run; and after the truck almost ran another vehicle off the road, the deputy terminated the pursuit for safety reasons. ...
To be read or said at Jenny's service (04/08/16)
Forty years ago last Christmas we visited Michael and his girlfriend on our way to our Christmas gathering at The Wayside. Michael couldn't join us because of an ailment. We opened presents there and Jenny, who I hardly knew at the time, gave me a beautiful large plate of the painting, "The Touch of God's Hand."...
Addicted to a new love (04/08/16)
In America, we have become addicted to a new love. That phrase came to my mind this past weekend, as I watched Charlie Rose interview Fox News host Megan Kelly, on "CBS Sunday Morning." The interview was supposed to instruct me about the rift between Kelly, and the current presidential candidate, Donald Trump. What I actually learned included some startling statistics, regarding our "addiction" to the process taking place, practically every minute, of every news show on television...
Thoughts on spring (04/02/16)
Hi neighbors! Although we still have some cold nights ahead, it seems spring has sprung! Now we can cautiously stop worrying about ice and snow and start worrying about thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes. On a personal note, I celebrated another birthday yesterday! It was nice to have family around to celebrate and share a movie with. It's always a shock to wake up one morning and realize you've gained a year overnight...
It's been a great three and a half years (04/02/16)
Friday was my last day here in Nevada and Vernon County. I am leaving to take a new position with the city of Rolla, Mo., as the Parks and Recreation Director. It is my hope to be able to serve the residents in the community there as I have tried to serve the residents of this county...
Working together is progress; looking forward to the future and what we can do (04/02/16)
This past Tuesday was the filing deadline for elected offices and with no one else filing for the office of sheriff, it appears I will have the opportunity to serve another term as Vernon County Sheriff. Working for the people of Vernon County has taught me a lot and there is nothing else I would rather do! Over the years there have been many opportunities for us to make improvements within the office, and I have had a chance to meet a lot of great people...
Large families increase opportunities as well as sorrows (04/01/16)
You have often read my reports on how I, as the youngest of eight children, felt blessed by the nurture that was shared with me and each other. It will remain a blessing forever for me. But I have also shared that one of the sorrows of being the youngest of eight children is that I have felt the loss, one-by-one, of each of my siblings and continue to feel those losses day-by-day, even back to the early memories of our times together...
Di Chin (04/01/16)
Early next week, my beloved Kansas City Royals, will begin their title defense, as the World Series Champions of 2015. As always, I am excited for the season to begin, and I am planning my viewing schedules accordingly. The Royals have been keeping one surprise from their fans this spring. Over the winter they signed a young pitcher from Taiwan, who just might become a sensation in the 2016 season...