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Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Salvation Army needs your help (11/22/14)
Dear Nevada/Vernon County Residents: Guess what? November is here, which means Salvation Army bell ringing will begin in a few weeks. Bell stands will be located at Wal-Mart, Woods and Casey's. We need volunteers at Wal-Mart on Friday evenings from 4-7, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. At Woods and Casey's, volunteers are needed from 9-5 on Saturdays...
Is this the beginning of the end for Thanksgiving? (11/22/14)
Hi neighbors. Many of you have heard me complain over the years about the impending demise of Thanksgiving. This year the first nail went into the coffin of my most beloved holiday. Several large retail chains have decided to ignore the long-held tradition of postponing Christmas sales until the week after Thanksgiving...
Extending a helping hand to others (11/22/14)
Contributions, of both time and money, are a key part of the fabric of our society. Our quality of life is often determined by just how much we give. Many organizations wouldn't exist without our generosity -- United Way, the Humane Society, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross -- the list is endless...
In today's world, we can still give thanks (11/22/14)
I have said many times that we will train for the worst as we hope for the best, and much of that training unfortunately has been put to use too many times in such a short period. Over the last year we have made numerous drug busts only to see someone else take the place of selling deadly drugs on the streets again. ...
Friends and memories remain through the years (11/21/14)
Last week I heard about the death of our friend, neighbor and my editor of the Butler newspaper, C.A. Moore. During the years that Lester was minister of the Ohio Street and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches, C.A. and his wife, Ann, were neighbors across the street. His mother, Bea Moore, was a member of our church, but C.A. and his wife were good Presbyterians where he sang in the choir among other responsibilities...
Musings at a friends memorial service (11/21/14)
I attended the memorial service for the mother of a long-time friend this past week. During the service, as is often my wont, my mind began to reflect upon the passing of this woman, her family, her friends, and the entire process of the funeral. I wanted to share some of these musings with you...
Election turnout better, but still lacking (11/15/14)
We can pat ourselves on the back, or at least half of us can. Voter turnout approached nearly 50 percent in Vernon County. We had a number of contested county races, important state and national races on tap, as well as decisions on four constitutional amendments, ranging from allowing certain types of evidence in sex abuse cases of children, one that focused on teacher tenure and local school board control, another centered on early voting, and the last one targeting the governor's budget power.. ...
Early Christmas shopping because of Iowa weather (11/15/14)
Hi neighbors. In case you've forgotten, winter does not begin until Dec. 21. Of course, Mother Nature doesn't buy calendars so maybe she is unaware of that fact. Please, if you have any influence on the weather, I'd like a few more weeks of temps in the 60s at least...
A hero who gave his life for others laid to rest (11/15/14)
Last week I attended the funeral of a deputy sheriff who was shot and killed while involved in a pursuit. Hundreds of fellow officers, deputies, rangers, and agents from just about every agency you can think of arrived in full uniform with looks on their faces that would appear they had just lost someone they knew very well...
Does age affect your taste in food? (11/14/14)
I have a favorite meal I put together when I have unexpected guests. Since unexpected guests at meal time are always family members, I sometimes even make them cook their own meal. I ask them to choose a favorite pizza from my freezer and bake it when they are ready to eat. The younger guests enjoy it more than some of my more time consuming recipes, and I don't have to spend all my time cooking or cleaning up when we have company here...
It has to be true it's on the news or in the paper (11/14/14)
In a school group exercise many years ago, we were asked to see how accurate our memory of a story could be. The results of that event left all of us a bit ashamed of our inability to accurately retell the chronology of the tale. Today's 24-hour news media, and the unrestricted world of cyberspace, is just as unreliable...
Time change, voting and upcoming holidays (11/08/14)
Hi neighbors. It feels like fall now doesn't it? I was glad to hear that some people of supposed intelligence and importance in Jefferson City have determined that it would be better for people and commerce in Missouri to stay with either Central Standard Time or Central Daylight Time year round. ...
Procrastinate now -- don't put it off (11/07/14)
When I was not even middle age plus I would look at some older person and wonder why they didn't hurry up and finish something they really wanted to get done. I reasoned that they knew that their time was limited and their abilities might lessen. So why didn't they go ahead and just do it. ...
Brisk but foreboding time of year (11/07/14)
This past weekend all of my senses reminded me that fall had finally arrived. It was a series of events and things that made me have feelings of ambivalence about this yearly change of seasons. On the one hand I relished the coming of the autumnal period, while at the same time experiencing some dread and apprehension...
A weary Civil War veteran (11/05/14)
The Battle of Westport, Mo,, on Oct. 23, 1864, has been called the "Gettysburg of the West" because like the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, in south central Pennsylvania, the Union victory stopped a major Confederate campaign very deep in "Northern" territory. ...
I work for the government, never mind I stole a car (11/05/14)
A few weeks ago, I was walking through the jail and, as I walked by someone in the booking room, I heard him say, "Hey I work for the FBI and I need to talk to you." I have become used to the fact that any time I try and walk through the jail, just about every inmate wants to talk about something and try to get my attention, so I have to be very selective on how much time I spend talking to people in the jail or I will be back there all day...
Do you want to reduce poverty? (11/04/14)
Mr. Lester Thornton writes that by increasing the minimum wage, the poverty rate would be reduced. Raising wages is obviously a good idea, but raising wages by government fiat is the wrong way to achieve it. Our nation was founded as an opportunity society and that opportunity was created by instituting the principles of free market capitalism...
The ostrich rap (11/01/14)
Too much talk about Ebola Think I'll drink another cola Hope I'll get to vote for Rand 'Til then keep my head in the sand. All the news that's printed to fit Always makes me squirm a bit What ever happened to good ol' "Grit"? Get involved? No, I'll just sit...
Dr. Bill to rescue my Internet connection (11/01/14)
Hi neighbors. Recently (three days ago) my Internet declared itself unavailable. Really? Does this mean we are breaking up? I can't live without my Internet! OK, I could survive without it; but I don't think I want to. As with all catastrophes that involve computers, I called my son. Like he always does, he asked what the computer had to say about it...
Amendment 2 bears close study (11/01/14)
Before making any comments about Amendment Number 2, which will appear on the ballot next week, I would like to mention that I think we should be very careful anytime an amendment is being proposed that would change our state constitution. The point of a constitution is to be something that is solid and extremely hard to change. It is the standard that guides our legislators on laws they can and cannot pass for citizens to follow...
Questions I keep asking in October (10/31/14)
From early spring until October many people are focused on baseball. Kids play it on Little League teams or on their school teams. Adults sometimes play it at company picnics and neighborhood gatherings, but many of us hear the results over the 10 o'clock news and haven't paid much attention to the game during the summer...
Vote -- It's your civic duty (10/31/14)
Tuesday, the United States will conduct another national Election Day. It is what we refer to as an "off year election," which means that there are no candidates running for president. Elections are so important to our democratic way of life that I have always felt that the right to vote was really more of a duty than a privilege...
A huge explosion (10/28/14)
By Arnold W. Schofield In late September of 1864, a large Confederate Army of 12,000 or more marched into southeast Missouri on which would be the last major Confederate Campaign in Missouri during the Civil War. This southern army was commanded by Major General Sterling Price and it would eventually culminate in having traveled more than 2,000 miles and become one of the longest mounted campaigns of the entire Civil War...
Learn about the candidates -- vote Nov. 4 (10/25/14)
Voters will go to the polls to determine a number of key local races, as well as state and national races in our House of Representatives. The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is holding an election forum for the candidates at Cottey College, with questions that will likely touch on a variety of subjects...
Attending sports makes lasting family memories (10/25/14)
Hi neighbors. Now is the awkward time of year, when baseball is striving to reach its peak and football is just getting started. Tailgate parties and all types of hats, shirts and other memorabilia are available to pronounce whatever name is embroidered on it as the best of all...