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Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
What does 'Doctor' mean? (03/28/17)
Recently a patient of mine asked me the difference between an oral surgeon and a dentist and I was embarrassed to find that I didn't really know the answer. I thought I knew, and I was approximately correct in my answer, but it occurred to me that this question really applies to the term "doctor" in general. ...
New world odor (03/28/17)
It is an interesting time to be alive. We have just witnessed one of the most amazing presidential elections of all time, and people seem to be either euphoric or bordering on suicide. The American people had for decades been asleep as to what had been going on politically here, but millions have become roused from slumber...
Public Service (03/25/17)
By Sen. Ed Emery Missouri 31st Senatorial Dist "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." The Apostle Paul to the Roman church Today -- March 20th, begins the legislative spring break; it coincides this year with my wife's spring break from teaching kindergarten, so that is convenient. ...
Chasing Quantrill: "Fire with Fire (03/25/17)
After the successful attack on Lawrence Kan., on Aug. 21, 1863, the "Union" or "Kansas pursuit of the perpetrators, Col. William C. Quantrill and his Confederate guerrillas, was disorganized, but it did not end at the Kansas / Missouri border. Pursuit by the inflamed Kansas Militia was stopped at Paola, Kan., before it got started, but companies of organized Kansas Regiments did pursue Quantrill and his raiders into Missouri. ...
House budget committee proposes full educational funding (03/25/17)
By Rep. Patricia Pike Missouri's 126 Congressional District JEFFERSON CITY, MO: Heading in to Spring Break, the House addressed several major issues, with education, senior and disabled services leading the list. Missouri's public schools would be fully funded for the first time under the budget proposal unveiled by the House Budget Committee Chairman. The proposed spending plan would also restore a proposed cut to in-home care and nursing home services for senior and disabled Missourians...
My electronics graveyard (03/25/17)
Hi neighbors. Spring is finally here and I can't wait to get my houseplants back out onto the porch. They always look so out of place in the house, I can tell they are longing for the great outdoors. Well, longing or not, out they go as soon as all threats of frost are over...
The grandfather who changed a lot (03/25/17)
A young boy and his grandfather were sitting in a boat with their fishing poles, enjoying the early morning breeze when the young boy, breaking the silence, looked up at his grandfather and asked, "grandpa, am I going to change all the time like you did?"...
hank you for all the help (03/24/17)
Dear Editor: The Vernon County Historical Society/ Bushwhacker Museum would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the Third Annual "Night at the Museum" event on March 14. The evening was a huge success with more than 250 guests enjoying great food and entertainment. Many thanks also to all those who attended...
Bargains good for your sole (03/24/17)
Editor's Note: The following column originally appeared in the Feb. 19, 2004 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. I hated to see another store leave the Square when the Shoe Wearhouse went out of business. I didn't buy very many pairs of shoes there, because I don't buy very many pairs of shoes. I seem to have feet that are hard to fit and if I find a pair that fits well, then I wear them until they are an embarrassment...
'Beep Beep, That Little Nash Rambler' (03/24/17)
The latest craze on Facebook has many of my generation looking back and posting pictures of our first cars, especially the ones we truly loved. I once had the opportunity to own my very own Nash family sedan, but opted instead for a car that better enticed my youthful sentiments. If you are from my generation you will always remember the 1958 hit song from the title of this story...
Immigrants should have compassionate treatment (03/18/17)
Dear Editor: I am writing to express my dismay at the direction that this country has taken regarding immigration. We are letting our actions be guided by fear, rather than the principles on which this nation was founded, principles of liberty and justice for all...
Be patient, things happen at their own time (03/18/17)
Hi neighbors. Is it too much to hope that winter has finally folded its tent and left Vernon County to allow spring to blossom? Time will tell. As with most things, resolution only comes with the passage of time. Patience is a virtue I have been told, and I have figured out there is no difference and no preference when patience is involved. It doesn't really matter if you have patience or not; actually patience isn't something to "have" or something to achieve...
Training for less lethal weapons and alternatives to deadly force (03/18/17)
Deputies carry firearms to help protect the innocent from the worst dangers that can befall a citizen. Although their firearms are something we hope they never have to use, sometimes there is no choice. But part of training for any scenario also involves training for all options that could change the outcome of that scenario...
Thank you for all the help provided (03/17/17)
Dear Editor: The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the businesses and individuals that helped make this year's Gala a success! Pacesetter Award Sponsors: Fidelity Communications, Max Motors, Metz Banking Company, Medicalodges of Nevada...
Slogans and night fears (03/17/17)
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and gasp, "I forgot to --?" Or, if that isn't the question maybe it is, "Did I remember to --?" Sleep disappears the instant you ask the question and you begin to think of all the dire scenarios that will occur if you don't get whatever it was taken care of immediately...
Head to the basement (03/17/17)
Over the past couple of weeks we have experienced some early season storms, which reminded me again of my long association with a Midwest tradition, the household basement. Besides the protection from the dangers of tornado season, these underground facilities have provided me, and many others, with a variety of uses...
Special days in March to commemorate (03/11/17)
Hi neighbors. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight when you go to bed. It's time to "spring forward" again. Oddly enough our spring-like weather may turn the clock back to winter standard time with threats of cold temperatures and even snow ahead this week. The weather will be what it will be, as we all know...
Free rides to the Vernon County Bed & Breakfast (03/11/17)
The sales team (deputies) have been doing a great job at marketing the services we offer here at the Vernon County Bed & Breakfast. Customer acquisition has been high and all our beds have been sold out, many by return customers. One such customer was obtained recently because a deputy, who had just looked through a list of wanted people, located a person with warrants by recognizing the mustache on the man's face as the same mustache in one of the photos of wanted people. ...
Beverly Peterson dress (03/10/17)
Dear Editor: Wanted to tell you an interesting story about the photograph of a dress in the Feb. 28 edition of the Daily Mail! I wore that dress last summer for the Bushwhacker Royalty contest and last fall, helped Will with the Outdoor Living History day for the fourth graders, wearing the same dress. ...
The 'Bell' telephone revolution (03/10/17)
This Friday, the world will acknowledge and celebrate the 141st anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone call. I wonder how amazed he would be, if he could witness the current state of his invention? Perhaps I should give some background for my decision to use this topic for this week's column. ...
Remembering Shank's Mare travels (03/10/17)
When we think of different ways we have traveled in our lifetime we often neglect to remember the travels we did on foot. Physical fitness experts now push the benefits of walking for health. They suggest going to a gym to walk the suggested miles. Or some are eager to sell us walking machines so we can get our exercise without going anywhere...
Here and there (03/04/17)
Hi neighbors. Although most of my columns have a loosely tied theme, sometimes I want to just chat about whatever comes to mind. Big news around the globe for several years has been global warming. Some people deny the existence of this phenomenon but most think we are fast approaching a tipping point past which there is no return...
The light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off (03/04/17)
It was cold out when Bob and Dave thought it would be a good idea to stop at a house that looked like it might be an easy target to find some property to steal. It was very dark, so they decided to leave the headlights on to help light up house so they could see better. The house was a little harder to get into than they thought because the door was solid wood and not easy to kick in. But Bob and Dave were very determined, and a little high, so they would not give up...
Talented transfers have benefited Tiger basketball over the years (03/03/17)
Nevada has been blessed with some exceptional pivot men over the last 50 years. One in the news lately was former Tiger post player Kevin Williams, a 1977 graduate. "Big Kev" was recently honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the Nevada High School Athletic Hall of Fame...
More about taking silver (03/01/17)
The Jan. 21, "Daily Mail" contained an article on the use of silver solutions for the prevention and treatment of infections. This piece will expand on that with an emphasis on safety issues. Although the use of ionic and colloidal silver solutions is quite safe, there has continued to be concern over the one major complication of silver usage, namely argyria...