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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Limited Government? (02/09/16)
"Freedom has ceased to be a birthright; it has come to mean whatever we are still permitted to do." Joe Sobran, journalist/author On Wednesday, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, presented her first State of the Judiciary report to a joint session of the Legislature. ...
Pharmaceutical bill moves forward (02/09/16)
Missouri House Dist. No. 126 Building the 2017 budget bills are priority right now at the capitol as we are conducting hours of hearings from all Missouri government branches. The Appropriations Committee I serve on will soon hear testimony from the state offices ranging from the governor, attorney general, and treasurer to the judiciary. Following are summaries of some of the bills passed by the Mo. House to the Senate recently...
Champion consumers (02/06/16)
By Dr. Ron Jones At the time of this writing, there is a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a gathering of millionaires, trillionaires, and probably even quadrillionaires by now, who are committed to helping find ways to lift the lower and middle classes out of their economic woes. ...
Happy Valentine's Day and relive or make new memories (02/06/16)
Hi neighbors. next Sunday is the big day for people in love! I hope you are prepared with cards, candy, wine, flowers, a night out on the town and a nice dinner. During my years as a reporter for the Nevada Daily Mail, each year I would do one or two articles about how various couples defined "love" and how they expressed it to their beloved. I have interviewed starry eyed teenaged couples and couples who had been married and deeply in love for more than 60 years...
Here's your sign (02/06/16)
I was speaking to a group of people recently and noticed that I have developed a habit of saying "this is supposed to be common sense" after explaining a law. I realized that over time, I have more and more begun to assume that "common sense" does not exist. ...
Election judges have important positions (02/05/16)
Many of you probably spent a good deal of the time Tuesday watching what was going on Iowa. Even though it was the state that my Welch ancestors settled in years ago, I had no really important reason to watch their returns except that the media has been telling us for weeks how important this caucus will be. ...
Andy Would Have Been On This! (02/05/16)
Last week, I purchased my regular "100 Percent Dark Roast Colombian Coffee," and once again, the container appears to have mysteriously diminished in size. As I fretted over this continually frustrating business/marketing practice, I took time to remember the famous former "watchdog" for such things, Andy Rooney!...
Islam, Muslim, Christian compared (02/02/16)
A few weeks ago, letters to the editor regarding Islam and Christian faith were shared. In this discussion, it was too short to share all the information that is needed to understand the difference between the two. First we have to understand the difference between Muslim and Islam. ...
Bringing solutions to table in drug overdose epidemic (02/02/16)
Missouri is right in the middle of a national epidemic. Last year, 40,000 Americans died of a drug overdose -- nearly three in four of those overdoses were from prescription drugs and heroin. Prescription drug and heroin overdoses are the leading cause of unintentional deaths amongst Americans, rising 14 percent from 2013 to 2014. ...
Ethics bills move forward (02/02/16)
Missouri's 126th Dist. Best wishes from a very busy capitol! On the first day of the legislative session, House Speaker Todd Richardson called on the Missouri House to make substantive ethics reform a top priority for the 2016 legislative session. In the first few weeks of session, the House had made good on his promise by approving seven separate bills that take a multitude of steps to improve the culture at the state capitol...
Thank a Farmer Week celebrates agriculture (01/30/16)
Dear Editor: It's time to celebrate agriculture and all the things it provides! Missouri Farm Bureau Thank a Farmer Week, Feb. 7-13, will be the focus of Farm Bureau members across the state to share messages about agriculture and the farmers and ranchers who produce our food...
New Year and new budget (01/30/16)
Hi neighbors. While getting my papers gathered up for tax time again, it became obvious that I was not doing a very good job of staying organized. This hits me every year. I make a new commitment and stick to it for the first quarter of the year. Somewhere between the second and third quarters my enthusiasm wanes and my organizational skills start to flicker...
Emotional well-being: just as important as physical well-being (01/30/16)
I wrote last week about the need for our department to get more involved with physical fitness and programs that may be coming available to help with that. We have also been looking at other aspects of the job that can cause stress, depression and other problems outside of work. Statistics show that divorce, suicide, and depression greatly increase when a person enters the world of law enforcement...
A scientific study of the aging process (01/29/16)
My oldest sister, Miriam, taught me many things during my life. Even though she has been gone for 30 some years, she is still teaching me. There was nearly 20 years difference in our ages, but I was her closest neighbor, and nearest relative during her last years. I was impressed by her interest in what was happening to her body. It wasn't so much vanity as it was scientific...
'DAWG' (01/29/16)
Early last Sunday morning, we lost a true giant of a man, George Douglas Doug "DAWG" Campbell. He was the closest of friends for over 40 years. His family and countless others mourn his passing. "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" This verse taken from the Book of Samuel, perhaps can relate to you the magnitude of our loss. Those words were spoken by King David, as he lamented the loss of one of Israel's greatest warrior generals...
King Mud (01/27/16)
With this recent cold weather it appears that "winter" has finally arrived. To date there has been very little snow, sleet, freezing rain or ice. However, the recent "rains" created a good bit of MUD until the ground became frozen. Just wait until it warms up a bit and there will be more MUD. ...
Waiting out the ice (01/23/16)
Hi neighbors. This week surprised us with our first ice coating. It arrived in the middle of the day so no one anticipated the first step out the door might not end well. My daughter-in-law called me to come and get her. She had fallen on the ice trying to get to her car in the parking lot. She assured me she was now on her feet again, but afraid to move. As we talked, some people came by and helped her get to her car and into it. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!...
A healthy deputy makes safer streets (01/23/16)
When I was a teenager, I can remember eating an entire large pizza, or two double cheeseburgers for lunch and still being hungry for supper. When you are that young, you just assume you will be healthy forever. By the time I was 20, I could still eat the same amount but would notice some weight gain and a drop in energy. Still, all it would take is skipping a few meals and going for a jog and I would be right back where I wanted to be...
Thoughts after watching an old movie (01/22/16)
When I was a child there were very few Saturday afternoons that I didn't go to the old Star Theater to watch a movie. I very seldom went to the Arbo, but sometimes also went there. With the money left over from the ticket and the snack I shared in the theater I tried to have enough to go buy an ice cream cone across the street. ...
My War and Peace in reading (01/22/16)
I was surprised during this past Monday's Martin Luther King birthday holiday, when the Lifetime Network, aired a new mini series version, of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, "War and Peace." This timeless story is considered by many, to be the most famous novel ever written in any language...
January observances (01/16/16)
Hi neighbors! Although January is half over, there is a still lot of time to celebrate some of the monthly events designated for January alone. Of course, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the 18th this year. There are programs on television, in school and other events across the nation to celebrate this man's heroic efforts to bring justice and dignity to all people in a peaceful manner. ...
Working on the budget after another year of record income in the jail (01/16/16)
There is a lot that goes on at the Sheriff's Office during the first month of the year, including work on the budget. The budget process is always a challenge because we have to try and estimate what something will cost over the next year. On some items this is very easy, such as contracts with other vendors, medical, and software maintenance and upgrades because we can negotiate with vendors, and in the end have a set price for the year...
Comparing last days -- then and now (01/15/16)
Obviously, since I am over 90 and have several medial problems to deal with, I know that I am in my last few years of existence. Maybe 10, maybe less. However, if you believe everything the computer tells you I will live to Oct. 13, 2025. Whatever is the true figure I do know that I am spending some precious last years...
Another western remake (01/15/16)
American men my age have one compelling shared interest from our youth, and that is watching any movie, made in the old fashioned "Western" style. This past Monday, a group of my fellow seniors attended the newly released Golden Globe winning, "Revenant." It bought back a lot of old memories, about the American West...
Letter of Thanks! (01/12/16)
Dear Editor: The Vernon County Salvation Army Board would like to extend our gratitude to all of the Bell Ringers who gave their time and braved the elements this Holiday Season. With your efforts and the generosity of Wood's and Walmart for letting us dawn their doors, we raised the funds that allow us to help people in our community all year long! Most importantly, we want to thank those of you who gave with your hearts. ...