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Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
Trump lacks specifics needed in campaign (08/26/15)
With Hillary Clinton in free fall and Joe Biden poised to gum up the works in the Democratic primary for president, you would think the GOP would be awash in glee over the prospects. Unfortunately for the Republicans - and I count myself in the conservative wing of the GOP - it's all Trump, all the time...
Life isn't as sweet with this president (08/22/15)
Like many of you, perhaps, I find myself increasingly frustrated, disappointed and downright confused by countless Obama administration policies that make no sense. This administration's attack on the coal industry - by way of example - threatens millions of jobs not to mention will bring a massive increase in utility costs for consumers...
Clinton's storm should blow Senator away (08/19/15)
By just about all accounts, Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill is a savvy politician who honed her political skills in the Missouri Legislature before being thrust into the national spotlight. McCaskill was one of the very early supporters of Barack Obama in 2008 and this year has become the go-to spokesperson for Hillary Clinton...
Sales tax approval would ensure Sikeston's growth (08/15/15)
Sikeston residents in November will be asked to approve a one-half cent sales tax to upgrade Public Safety salaries, to address some long-neglected street improvements and to fund some critical infrastructure issues with our park system. The background for this all-important vote is important to fully understand why this funding measure is needed...
Trump has headlines but not the answers (08/12/15)
Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her rocky Presidential campaign. Now granted, the former First Lady and her two campaign sidekicks were ordered by a federal judge to pledge under oath of perjury they had turned over all emails related to her time as secretary of state...
Unpaid fines can be problem for courts and for violators (08/08/15)
L et me pose a problem for which I have yet to find a solution. And since the vast majority of you are smarter than me, maybe you have some thoughts. In the aftermath of the fiasco in Ferguson, one single legislative action was taken. Activists are calling for many additional legislative solutions as well as massive reformation within the law enforcement community...
Just who is in denial about issue's cause? (08/05/15)
It's been a year since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., following an attack on a police officer. Despite massive protests and riots over false reports that Brown was assassinated with his hands held in the air, not a whole lot has changed...
Annual Jaycee Rodeo puts spotlight on us (08/01/15)
The spotlight will fall on the Sikeston Jaycees this week as they once again play host to the annual Bootheel Rodeo. And while after the months of preparation for this annual event the Jaycees will welcome visitors, all residents of Sikeston can and should get into the rodeo spirit as well...
Without leadership country is declining (07/29/15)
A gentleman approached me in a grocery store this week and asked if I could confirm a rumor he heard about the President. In hushed tones, he said the President was poised to ignore the Constitution and seek a third term. And should the populace resist that controversial move, the rumor opined that the President would impose marshal law to quell any discontent...
Trump playing vital role in the campaign (07/26/15)
Even though the Presidential election is some 16 months away, the campaign is obviously in full swing. But beware - as history proves time and time again - the campaign landscape we see today may change drastically between now and next November. Six months ago, by way of example, Donald Trump was not on anyone's radar screen. Six months ago the polls had Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker - with a side of Ted Cruz - as the recipe for Republican victory...
Statistics don't tell the entire story (07/22/15)
Race has always been a part of the Obama administration. And there's nothing wrong with that. As the nation's first black president, it's understandable that the issue of race relations and racial justice should be a part of this administration's policy...
Sikeston proud: DPS shined in recent fire (07/18/15)
The recent Santie Oil fire actually attracted national attention with its bellowing flames and massive plumes of thick black smoke. But for residents of Sikeston, the fire served as an excellent illustration of the professionalism and skills of our Public Safety fire division...
Police facing tough choices in doing job (07/15/15)
It did not generate headlines like the Michael Brown episode in Ferguson, but St. Louis police shot and paralyzed a 16-year-old youth at a St. Louis park Saturday evening when he tried to flee while holding a .40 caliber pistol. The tragedy is just the latest in a string of police shootings that has divided this nation along racial lines...
The silent majority needs to speak up (07/12/15)
W hen ISIS rolls through new territory in the Mideast, in addition to massive genocide, one of their first missions is to destroy the cultural relics of the past. Monuments, churches and artifacts from the past are leveled in a distorted attempt to erase history and reshape those regions into the image ISIS reveres...
Big GOP field shows the party's diversity (07/08/15)
T he ever-increasing field of GOP presidential candidates has either become a laughingstock or a display of the diversity and depth within the Republican ranks. Regardless of your view concerning this rush of GOP candidates, even for die-hards, this early campaign is difficult to follow...
USA obsessed to be politically correct (07/01/15)
Last week provided a sea change in American society and I suspect someday, history will note the significance of this past week. Still not sure, however, just how history will record these events. The Supreme Court - quite honestly, not to anyone's great surprise - ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act despite clear and specific language that seemed to have undermined a provision of the controversial law...
A liberal's solution to all our problems (06/24/15)
As impossible as it is, let me try to be a liberal. Given the number of gun-related deaths, let's repeal the Second Amendment and implement the strongest gun controls imaginable. By taking this drastic step toward gun violence, as a liberal I am convinced that all of the illegal and stolen guns would be turned into law enforcement...
Lack of faith in nation result of Obama's plan (06/20/15)
To no one's surprise, a new poll shows the American public has lost faith in virtually every aspect of life. Government, the media and even organized religion have all diminished in favor with a majority of Americans. Confidence in Congress is under a 10 percent approval rating. Same applies to the national news media and the current administration...
UAW's contribution now part of debate over right to work (06/17/15)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is a bright leader and astute politician. And he should know better. Just a week or so after he vetoed a right-to-work bill in Missouri, it is reported that Nixon accepted a $50,000 campaign donation check from the United Auto Workers...
Food stamp program is in need of tweaking (06/13/15)
Before you criticize the tone of today's column, let me state without reservation that no child should be hungry in this great nation and every possible effort under the sun should be employed to ensure that hunger is not an issue in this country. But maybe our approach is less than successful...
Limiting enforcement only aids criminals (06/10/15)
Law enforcement has always been a difficult job - long hours, low pay and the ever present possibility of danger. But recent well-publicized incidents that we can all recite by heart have put law enforcement in the crosshairs. And there is a highly orchestrated effort by the progressive movement to keep law enforcement on the defensive...
Americans fail to keep up with important issues (06/06/15)
If you're like me, change is not always easy to accept. Maybe it's my age or just the rural, conservative nature of my upbringing. Regardless, I find myself a creature of habit -- or in a rut as my wife often points out -- but adapting to change is not always simple...
It is time to make voter IDs mandatory (06/03/15)
Few issues for the American public are as important as the right to vote. And yet few issues are as divisive and as polarizing between the two major political parties as the process of voting. The controversial debate over voter IDs is part of the national dialogue especially now given the virtual even divide on just about every political issue under the sun...
Teaching life lessons during summertime (05/31/15)
To the dismay of some parents and to the utter joy of most children, school is out for the summer. But that doesn't mean education takes a pause. Follow me, if you will. When kids take a break from the textbook over the summer months, there are still ample lessons that can be taught and learned on personal responsibility, initiative and maturity...
Presidential legacy yet to be established (05/27/15)
As you would expect at this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has started to openly discuss his legacy. With the clock ticking down on his second term, Obama is doing what he should do - planning for the future. He has announced the location of his Presidential Library - south Chicago - and reportedly has been house hunting...
Ensuring all students receive an education (05/20/15)
It's that time of year when graduates of all shapes and sizes march down the aisle, leaving the classroom behind and entering the real world. Those starry-eyed graduates will eventually form a line of leadership that takes society to much greater heights...
Legislature readies for major debates (05/13/15)
At the writing of this week's column, the Missouri Legislature is poised to have a potential firestorm week following a rare budget agreement that normally grinds along to the very closing moments of the legislative session. Republicans, who hold a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate, approved and sent to the Governor a completed budget much earlier than has been tradition...
Pray that National Day of Prayer goes on (05/10/15)
Communities across the nation - including Sikeston - celebrated the annual National Day of Prayer this week. Established by Congress in 1952 - though it had long been an unofficial practice - the annual observance was established to set aside one day for differences to be forgotten and the nation called to prayer...
Can America ever bridge racial divide? (05/06/15)
The difference between a protest and a riot needs no explanation.Starting last summer in Ferguson, a series of protests has taken place across the country aimed at police tactics in addressing African Americans. But with far too much frequency, the protests have turned into riots with property damage well into the millions of dollars...
Bill to reduce welfare benefits long overdue (05/03/15)
When welfare becomes a lifestyle and not a safety net, no one wins. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon this week vetoed a GOP bill that would reduce lifetime welfare benefits -- in this case Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- from five years to three years and nine months...
Looting, violence is domestic terrorism (04/29/15)
Terrorists around the world make daily headlines by using violence against a system or belief with which they obviously disagree. Now granted, that's a simplistic distillation on the meaning of terrorism. The new world order that seems to be unfolding before our eyes brings so many forms of terrorism and by so many names that it's easy to get lost in this level of violence that has become almost commonplace...
Leaders who make us 'Sikeston Proud' (04/25/15)
For me, on a very personal level, this has been a bittersweet week with the retirement of one close friend and the long-overdue recognition for another close friend. Ed Throop, the longtime executive director of the Board of Municipal Utilities, is retiring next week. Ed has always been a friend and supporter of this newspaper and has served both the utility and the community with honor and distinction...
EPA over regulates lives of Americans (04/22/15)
The Environmental Protection Agency strikes fear in the hearts of most Americans because of the substantial regulatory power they wield. The current administration has used the EPA as a tool to make an end run around Congress and implement much of the liberal utopian dream of a green society regardless of the cost or impact of those regulations...
To win, Clinton must use all of her assets (04/15/15)
It's almost obligatory to comment on Sunday's long expected announcement that Hillary Clinton is running for president. Curiously absent from the announcement was her husband. And, for starters, I think that was a mistake because Bill Clinton - flaws and all - still remains an immensely popular figure in American politics...
Fixing food stamp program isn't a SNAP (04/11/15)
Should food stamp recipients in Missouri be allowed to buy steak and lobster with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards? How about cookies, chips, energy drinks or soft drinks? Or tattoo parlors or cruise ships? Well, the dividing line on these questions is getting heated as one bill is proposed in Missouri to limit benefits while another in Kansas has been approved and is awaiting the Governor's signature...
New report reveals abuse of Medicare (04/08/15)
Politicians of all stripes like to talk endlessly about "waste, fraud and abuse" primarily because it's a popular theme with voters. Granted, the Democrats tend to focus on corporate abuse while the Republicans turn their eyes toward welfare abuse. But in the end, regardless of the wasted taxpayer dollars, a pledge to end "waste, fraud and abuse" is a sure-fire successful message from those seeking office...
No fooling: The racial divide keeps growing (04/01/15)
My original intent today was to pen some pithy and hopefully humorous April Fools' column where you concoct some unbelievable absurdity that defies the imagination only to end the tale with the obligatory, April Fools! But it quickly became apparent that the actual headlines of the day provide their own April Fools opportunity...
Election takes ugly turn with help from Facebook (03/29/15)
I rarely, if ever, weigh in on a school board race in Sikeston. That has been my policy for as many years as I can count. The same goes for city council races. My attitude has been consistent -- if someone, anyone, is willing to commit their time and make the necessary sacrifices to take on one of these often-thankless jobs, then more power to them...
Consumers resisted Starbucks' campaign (03/25/15)
The ill-fated Starbucks Coffee campaign to force a discussion on race relations in this country ran into massive customer push-back. And as a result, no longer will customers receive hand-written inclusive messages on their overpriced cups of java. Starbucks is quick to defend their poorly conceived campaign by asserting that the first phase of their ongoing "racial discussion" has ended but not because of consumer resistance...
Two-parent family is key to success (03/21/15)
There is a current national obsession with income equality, the latest drumbeat of wealth distribution coming from the White House. Under the Obama ideology, those on the upper ends of the economic ladder would be forced to shift some of their financial resources to lift those on the lower ends of the ladder...
Too many scandals and too little trust (03/18/15)
Did the President's top adviser really leak information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's hidden private e-mails to the press in an attempt to "get back" at the Clintons for past deeds against her boss? Did the President send "his" people to Israel recently - on the taxpayers' dime - to undermine this week's national elections there?...
Look at the actions not just the words (03/15/15)
Is there anyone reading this column today who has not laughed at what could easily be defined as a racist joke? I'm not defending the "humor," just asking the question. It was not too long ago that "pollock" jokes were the bread and butter of the comedy circuit...
City street crew came through for citizens (03/07/15)
An extreme thank you is appropriate for the hardy souls on the Public Works street division for their dedication and fantastic job of removing the snow and ice from Sikeston city streets. Let's face it - this winter has been somewhat exceptional on the weather front for our region. ...
Republicans show a lack of leadership (03/04/15)
Like many of you, I am sorely disappointed with the leadership in Washington, D.C., that has plunged this great nation into a fiscal and international mess of historic proportions. But the lack of leadership that disappoints me the most is the miserable failure and continued incompetence of the Republican leadership - and I use that term loosely...
Bit of global warming might be welcomed (03/01/15)
Global warming was rebranded as climate change when the environmentalists had trouble explaining the lack of temperature increase they had long predicted. By labeling all weather variation as climate change, those who profit from this quackery could claim evidence regardless of the weather conditions...
President loves USA that reflects his views (02/25/15)
Former New York Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm last week when he opined that the President did not love his country. Giuliani pointed to President Obama's upbringing and long-documented ties with radicals in making his shocking statement...
2*15*15 (02/15/15)
When I first started writing this column some 37 years ago, many of those early efforts were personal in nature. I rambled about raising kids and trying to nudge my way into the news business in my hometown. I often wrote about the joys of sharing the antics of T-ball and dance and the wide range of issues that impact young lives...
Slow news week still had its bombshells (02/11/15)
By Washington, D.C., standards, this past week was fairly quiet. The week before, we joined with the whole of civilized humanity in mourning the barbaric murder of a downed Jordanian pilot by the junior varsity group ISIS. But this last week, the focus had turned to Bruce Jenner's "he-to-she" transformation and the well-earned departure of Brian Williams and Rosie O'Donnell from the airwaves...
LCRA is clearing way to better community (02/07/15)
I have been a longtime supporter of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and their efforts to remove substandard housing from our community. And now, as a member of that Commission, I am even more convinced that the removal efforts are clearly the best path to move our community forward and improve neighborhoods long neglected...
Where's a candidate to rebuild a nation? (02/04/15)
Unless something happens soon, the 2016 Presidential election is shaping up to be a lackluster matchup that promises little change when what we need most is radical change from eight years of big government, runaway spending and racial politics that have bought this nation to its knees...
Can we stop this growing madness? (01/28/15)
It would appear we've gone stark-raving mad. Despite attempts to make some sense of this carnival of the absurd, there is just no other logical conclusion. For example, the omnipresent Albert Gore and his fellow eco-travelers want to spend $90 trillion to eliminate all passenger vehicles in urban centers in favor of mass transit...
Governor's actions deserve explanation (01/25/15)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, according to a new report, ordered the Missouri National Guard to stand down during the heat of the looting and mayhem in Ferguson following the grand jury's decision in the Darren Wilson case. If that report is true, it would seem the Governor has some explaining to do...
Hollywood's tastes panned by Americans (01/21/15)
It's clear that the left-leaning power structure in Hollywood goes to extraordinary lengths to push their liberal agenda on the American public. Quite frankly, that analysis is not in dispute. But increasingly, the American public votes with their pocketbook and rejects outright these unfair and inaccurate motion picture portrayals...
Community must get rid of violent influence (01/17/15)
The tragic and chaotic homicide last week on highly-traveled North Main Street is a stark reminder that violence can erupt at any time and any place here or elsewhere. It should go without saying that our Public Safety personnel deserve ample credit for their swift investigation into the shooting and their ability to pinpoint the suspects and the horrible narrative that led to this tragic event...
Leadership lacking as we face enemies (01/14/15)
The tragic terrorist attack in Paris last week is yet another sad and stark reminder of the dangerous world in which we find ourselves. We must come to the obvious conclusion that the western world - and especially our freedom loving nation - is at war with Islamic terrorists...
Developments show improving economy (01/10/15)
The Sikeston City Council took the final step in approving a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district this week which will pave the way for a new Malco multiplex movie theater as well as other highly anticipated development. The TIF district will provide some financing assistance for the multimillion dollar project that will bring a community improvement named as the top missing ingredient here by many people...
Battling the stupidity of America's voters (01/07/15)
On the way to the office this morning, I saw a sign on a local business that said: "We live in an era of smart phones and stupid people." In addition to the obvious humor, there's more than a grain of truth in that small sign. When the Obamacare architect John Gruber said the national health care reform act would only work because of the stupidity of the American public, he knew that despite the awkward wording of his statement, his premise was true...
Christians have right to display their faith (12/20/14)
I originally had written a pithy column for today over the North Korean hacking episode and the potential impact of a cyber war. But with Christmas approaching at breakneck speed, no one wants to read yet another sobering story on the decline of America...
Was Ebola hysteria a scam on public? (12/17/14)
Remember the Ebola crisis -- the greatest single health threat in the history of mankind? Remember the prediction of as many as 100 million deaths worldwide, far greater than the mere 35 million victims of AIDS? Remember the August prediction from the Center for Disease Control that there would be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola by the first of the new year?...
Do conservatives still have voice in media? (12/14/14)
It's safe to say I'm in the final innings of my newspaper career. Granted, I may still have a time or two to step to the plate but since my first newspaper paycheck was in 1963, the writing is on the wall. And I accept that. Which got me to thinking about changes in the newspaper business through the years and, quite frankly, the sad state of journalism today...
Comments will come back to haunt Clinton (12/10/14)
Hillary Clinton has a problem. But this time the problem is not her husband, it's her mouth. The would-be presidential candidate told a Georgetown University audience this past week that America should show respect for our enemies and "empathize with their perspective and point of view."...
Historic dates fade, but memories remain clear (12/06/14)
While shopping recently, I mentioned to a couple of sales clerks that the date -- Nov. 22 -- was certainly one I well remembered in history. The clerks gave me that blank stare that clearly indicated they were clueless on my comment. So I quizzed them. Of course, neither could place any significance to the date until I mentioned the Kennedy assassination. They both then gave a nod of understanding though I am less than convinced they actually remembered...
America must learn from Ferguson unrest (12/03/14)
As a society, it's essential to our nation's future that we learn lessons from the criminal upheaval in Ferguson last week. It's a sad but safe bet that there will be other Fergusons in other locations. And by learning lessons this time around, hopefully we can avoid the chaos and destruction that has left our neighbor to the north in shambles...
Increasing federal rules unwelcomed (11/29/14)
This week - on the eve of Thanksgiving - the Obama administration released over 3,400 new federal regulations on everything from coal-fired power plants to massive nutritional labeling for fast food restaurants. This ongoing federal overreach, according to the feds, is an attempt to improve our lives, our environment and the growing concern over obesity...
Presidential hopefuls start testing waters (11/26/14)
Hillary Clinton, the heir apparent to the throne, may not find smooth sailing as many thought she would. The former first lady, secretary of state and senator has long been expected to walk into the Democratic presidential nomination with nary a concern...
Voice your worries to Washington, DC (11/22/14)
Today, I'm going to read your mind. That's right. Among my few and limited talents is the ability to read minds. Here goes. You are worried, perhaps for the first time, about the direction of this country. You don't agree with the unilateral decision to put millions of newcomers as a new financial responsibility for the hard-working taxpayers...
Ferguson protestors' tactics may backfire (11/19/14)
The professional protesters in Ferguson -- few of whom actually are Ferguson residents -- are committed to disrupting life in St. Louis once the grand jury announcement is made public. And they promise to continue their public disruption through the holiday season and beyond...
So let's be honest: leadership lacking (11/15/14)
I have written several times in recent years concerning the loss of civility in our current culture. The examples are endless and, unfortunately, seem to be growing abundantly with each passing day. Lack of both respect and personal responsibility are two glaring signs that civility has been pushed to the floor...
Ferguson protests no longer about victim (11/12/14)
The Michael Brown Coalition, apparently a self-appointed spokesgroup for protestors in Ferguson, Mo., has issued a list of 19 demands on law enforcement to follow once the grand jury decision is announced. Yes, you read that right. The group wants law enforcement to agree to a laundry list including -- but not limited to -- ignoring "minor" lawbreaking, abandoning police riot gear and giving the future looters advanced notice of the grand jury announcement...
Our goal must be best schools possible (11/08/14)
The Sikeston Public School system is at a bit of a crossroads for a number of reasons. This is no secret. But to their great credit, the school system has received a message from parents and teachers and has started a program to rebuild confidence in the system and improvements for classroom learning...
Share your political concerns with friends (11/01/14)
I'm a political junkie. Now, just because I follow the political process perhaps more closely than most, please understand, I remain as perplexed, confused and bewildered as the next guy. But this much I do know - if you don't exercise your right to vote, you lose your voice to complain when the outcome does not match your opinion...
Do we drive the polls or do polls drive us? (10/29/14)
Why do the polls show that next week's all-important mid-term elections remain extremely close? By just about any measure, the critical Senatorial match-ups should be a slam dunk for the Republicans, especially given the unpopularity of the administration...
Missouri voters to decide fate of four amendments (10/25/14)
The Nov. 4 midterm national elections are just over a week away and as is often the case, the momentum seems to shift on a day-to-day basis. The spotlight come election night will most certainly not fall on Missouri because we have no races on the ballot with national implications...
Administration fails to show leadership (10/22/14)
If I didn't know better, I'd think the President was intentionally trying to torpedo Democrats' hope of holding Senate control in next month's midterm elections. For an administration prone to missteps, the past few weeks have raised the bar on the apparent rudderless ship of state...
Citizens join effort to help grow town (10/19/14)
Having written a newspaper column for over 35 years now, I long ago ceased to be surprised by the comments we receive - both good a bad. But I was pleasantly surprised this week by the response from residents seeking answers to a simple question I posed last week...
Tragedy is hijacked for others' agendas (10/15/14)
The ongoing protests and civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., is no longer about the police shooting of the "gentle giant" Michael Brown. Instead, left wing organizations like LGBT groups, Planned Parenthood, abortion rights organizations and pro-Palestinian groups have co-opted the protests along with federal unions and climate-change promoters...
Can we stop town's population decline? (10/12/14)
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon and asked the audience one simple question. I'll ask the same of you. But first, some background. In our small corner of the world in Sikeston, we have at long last some substantial growth, progress and improvements...
Obamacare problems continue to crop up (10/08/14)
Somewhere between ISIS and Ebola or perhaps between the Secret Service fiasco and the continued flood of illegals crossing our southern border, stands the ongoing discussion on Obamacare. Problems continue to plague the massive federal health care system overhaul despite repeated assurances from the administration that all is going smoothly...
List of dangerous cities is a scam (10/04/14)
Most dangerous my foot! That's my reaction -- and it should be yours -- on a report out this week that Sikeston was the most dangerous city in Missouri. Okay, for starters, this announcement fails to pass the smell test. It just smells fishy that our small community is more dangerous than St. Louis, for example...
War on Poverty has gone down in defeat (09/24/14)
Any time the federal government declares a "War on....", you can bet your bottom dollar - or tax dollar in most cases - the outcome will be utter failure at a massive taxpayer expense. The long-ago declared War on Drugs has turned into full surrender with nary a dip in the drug usage or availability after massive resources for law enforcement, education and an array of other tools...
The time for action in America is now (09/21/14)
Despite efforts to the contrary, I am a worrier. I know we're told to leave our worries to a higher power. And though I believe with all my heart that this is the best approach, human nature kicks in and I find myself worrying. As my life's calendar keeps moving at break-neck speed, I worry about health care especially in the new environment of Obamacare...
Doomsday words are just partisan politics (09/17/14)
"The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...
Cultural terrorist are eroding our values (09/13/14)
Just this past week, a lieutenant colonel in the Army was turned away from his daughter's high school because he was wearing his uniform on the school campus. In Chicago, four firefighters were suspended for refusing to remove American flag stickers from their helmets and lockers...
Obama administration fails here and abroad (09/10/14)
Nothing to see here folks. Just another week in Washington. Increasingly, the lack of American leadership from the Obama White House is illustrating the fundamental flaw of inexperience in Washington combined with a detached arrogance that has outworn its welcome...
Chain not selling tobacco products is hypocritical (09/06/14)
CVS Pharmacy, a highly-respected national chain, announced this week that they have discontinued the sale of tobacco products. As a not-so-proud longtime smoker, I fully understand the dangers of tobacco usage and cannot defend or argue against this tobacco ban by CVS...
Truth, justice taking backseat in Ferguson (08/27/14)
I spent far too much of my weekend catching up on the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. It literally took an earthquake to shake the national media away from Ferguson for just a brief moment. And just as quickly, the media swarmed again on the St. Louis suburb for Monday's funeral...
Some use Ferguson for their own agendas (08/23/14)
On so many levels, I pity the residents of Ferguson, Mo. By most accounts, the city is not unlike countless other communities across the country. Ferguson suffers from higher than average unemployment and a majority African-American population. It has its share of criminal activity but then again, the same can be said for countless other communities struggling with changing social issues and lower income levels...
Chaos in Ferguson is disservice to victim, family, community (08/20/14)
I was a college student in Memphis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...
Texting drivers pose real threat on roads (08/16/14)
Though I don't spend a great amount of time traveling Missouri's interstate highways, I had occasion this week to make a quick trip to Columbia and back. And what I observed on that trip amazed, frustrated and confounded me. Texting and driving is not just a problem, it's an epidemic...
GOP needs to create a political strategy (08/13/14)
With the countdown ticking toward the all-important November midterm elections, the Republicans can't seem to adopt a strategy that will guarantee election success. Judging from the level of discontent and frustration in this country, you would think their strategy would be simple...
Remember victims, not the murderers (08/09/14)
The state of Missouri is on pace to conduct one execution per month this calendar year despite impassioned pleas from capital punishment foes. Quite frankly, I have never understood nor accepted the argument that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Yet opponents of the death penalty spend massive amounts of taxpayer funds to fight the issue in every state including Missouri...
Something is wrong in Washington, D.C. (08/06/14)
The Republican weekly radio address this week summed up the prevailing national attitude in one short phrase - Something is wrong in Washington. Now the liberals are anxious to label the problem as a resistant GOP House, unwilling to embrace the Obama agenda...
President's policies changing our nation (07/30/14)
If Bill Clinton was the first black president then Barack Obama is the first Hispanic president. From all indications, President Obama is on the verge of issuing some extended form of amnesty for unknown numbers of illegal immigrants who have flooded across our southern border...
Changes in our world not all for the best (07/26/14)
Change is good. Change is bad. Well, that pretty well sums up where we find ourselves in so many ways. Let's look around our own small little community and we can find ample examples of change for the good and change for the bad. Sikeston is, by virtually any measure, in the middle of change. You can't help but notice the substantial construction under way with more on the horizon. These new ventures will translate into jobs and a brighter future for many of the newer generation...
Administration's policies fail to revive sagging US economy (07/23/14)
Despite the White House assessment last week that the Obama foreign policy has brought a new "global tranquility," the headlines would say otherwise. You would have to search long and hard to find "tranquility" across the world that is being touted by this administration...
Sportsmanship more important than score (07/19/14)
I rarely write a column about sports. Not that I have no interest in sports. In fact, I love sports and follow my favorites like any other fan. But something odd happened at this week's All-Star game and it speaks more to sportsmanship than sports. This year's All-Star fest was actually a tribute to Derek Jeter of the Yankees. Jeter has been a star in the Big Apple for years and is a certain Hall of Fame inductee when he becomes eligible...
Success in classroom begins in the home (07/16/14)
While out for a brief Sunday afternoon shopping binge, I couldn't help but notice the "Back to School" sections were in full display. My kids are long out of the educational environment so I pay much less attention to the school calendar. But the reality for thousands of kids and parents is that the summer break is drawing closer to an end and in just a few short weeks, the school routine begins anew...
'Police state' views are matter of perspective (07/12/14)
I got a fascinating phone call this week from a seemingly bright young man who wanted to complain about the "police state" mentality of our local Public Safety Department. He clearly wanted to voice his strong opposition to the use of helicopters and the paramilitary force he viewed as our local law enforcement...
Liberal conspiracies transforming nation (07/09/14)
To keep a conspiracy, a lie or an illegal act in check, you must first have a code of silence. Participants in a conspiracy must abide by a spoken or unspoken understanding that the wayward deed will unravel if anyone breaks that bond of silence. And, it goes without saying, that the fewer involved, the less chance that someone will say the wrong words and the truth will begin to surface...
We must protect as well as celebrate our freedoms in U.S. (07/05/14)
By now, the holiday fireworks should have been exhausted, the food long gone and, once again, we return to the summer routine. The Fourth of July celebration, as you'll recall, is an opportunity to celebrate not only our independence but the freedoms that the independence brings...
Michael Jensen
Michael Jensen