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Saturday, July 2, 2016
Nixon's budget cuts are welcomed effort (07/02/16)
Gov. Jay Nixon looked more like a small-government, conservative Republican than a big-government Democrat this week when he sliced $430 million from the recently approved state budget. And, I like what I saw. You can argue all day long about the specifics of the Nixon budget cuts but what you can't argue is that Nixon wants the state to tighten its financial belt...
Former TV anchor just keeps on sinking (06/29/16)
Dan Rather was once important. Influential. Respected. Granted, there was that mysterious episode when Rather claimed to be mugged by some strange assailant. But it was Dan Rather and we gave him a pass. Then came along a juicy story about George W. Bush dodging the draft. Though the story had little factual basis, Rather jumped at the bait...
Paying a painful price for huckster's advice (06/25/16)
The pain of others should not provoke humor. In this case, I'm sorry, but it does. Here's the background. You've probably heard of motivational guru Tony Robbins, the highly-photogenic mogul who promises to unlock your hidden potential by attending his somewhat costly seminars...
Pay attention to what is behind the curtain (06/22/16)
There's a pivotal scene in the "Wizard of Oz" when the "wizard" - far from a "wizard" in reality - is caught hiding behind a curtain and his real identity is about to be discovered. The "wizard" warns Dorothy and her band of followers not to pay attention to what's going on behind the curtain. Of course, Dorothy ignores his warning and uncovers the truth...
Bernie may be gone, but his vision lives on (06/15/16)
Though the outcomes are virtually assured, there remains a final breath in the Presidential primary season. Small rumbles still can be heard concerning a potential push-back to Donald Trump on the GOP side and the ever-popular Sen. Bernie Sanders remains optimistic that his voice will be heard on the convention floor...
Administration takes aim at nation's police (06/11/16)
In our current atmosphere of hypersensitive discussions on racial issues in this country, the false narrative of racial profiling has to take the cake. This phony red herring is nothing more than an additional wedge to divide communities along racial lines...
Public's distrust grows over immigration (06/08/16)
What should we expect from our federal government? It seems a valid question given the upcoming presidential election and the stark differences in the choices facing Americans this November. At the top of the expectations' list should be the protection of the American people. The feds should also - we would hope - make decisions and tailor programs that benefit all Americans, not just a few selected special interests...
Uncertainty of nation fuels tension in U.S. (06/04/16)
It seems to me there is a feeling of tension in the air fueled by the political decisions facing this nation later this year. A growing number of Americans are increasingly worried over the future of this great nation in ways I've never experienced...
Lack of tolerance is tearing nation apart (06/01/16)
Most Americans this week hopefully paused and pondered the significance and meaning of Memorial Day. Artist and activist John Sims has a different tradition. The Florida-based civil rights and reparation advocate uses the truly American holiday to push for the removal and destruction of all Confederate flags through his Burn and Bury project. (We'll get to that later.)...
Name calling won't solve our problems (05/18/16)
Once again this past week, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus played the race card against opponents of the president's latest progressive scheme. The argument was - as it has been for the past eight years - that the president's opponents were racists and prone to oppose the president's policies only because of his skin color...
Just like Nemo, we're caught up in the 'net (05/14/16)
Did you know the attention span of a goldfish is approximately 8 seconds? For starters, if you truly knew this isolated and useless tidbit of information, you need to examine your life. But regardless, a new study by some unknown person who does useless studies shows that in today's hyper-tech society, humans and goldfish share the same attention span...
Indictment unlikely for another Clinton (05/04/16)
Let's face it, many Republicans held out hope that the FBI investigation into the unique email server policy established by Hillary Clinton would result in an indictment and end her run for the White House. Pundits and politicians alike have opined for months on the potential national security threat presented by the private email server put into place with little government knowledge and apparently, less security...
Could today be the best day of your life? (04/30/16)
I noticed an internet story this week - which was also featured on a morning talk show - about a group of four young Marines posing 50 years ago for a picture on a sandy California beach just before being deployed to Vietnam. Posing with a surfboard and the earnest gazes of men heading into the unknown, the four young men were frozen in time during a much different era, during a much different war...
The political turmoil just keeps on brewing (04/27/16)
The odd twists and turns of the Republican presidential primary are almost enough to make Hillary Clinton look like a viable candidate. As a lifelong conservative - which translates into a lifelong Republican - I find myself frustrated and disgusted with the '16 primary season on the GOP side...
Executive order could put the public at risk (04/23/16)
Like a number of communities, Sikeston has seen an uptick in violent crime recently despite a concentrated effort by the Department of Public Safety to monitor and control the criminal element within our community. I shudder to think where we would be today without the quality of Public Safety leadership and the dedication of the men and women who serve here in uniform...
Witnesses' silence will only benefit criminals (04/20/16)
The headlines in our area should be cause for concern or alarm. Higher than average crimes involving handguns in far too many towns within our region. Sadly, most of the crimes have far too much in common - young men with illegal guns, too many drugs, too many family disputes and too many gangs...
Political convention prepares for protests (04/16/16)
By most accounts, the Republican Convention in Cleveland this summer will play out on the national and international stage unlike any convention in political history. But the action may well take place outside of the convention site as protesters from far and wide have promised to converge on Cleveland in a mass protest of historic proportions...
Campaign 2016 full of unanswered questions (04/13/16)
The truly fascinating aspect of the 2016 Presidential primaries is not what we know but rather what we don't know. Though highly unlikely, what happens if Mrs. Clinton is indeed indicted for her email shenanigans? Or what happens if Mr. Trump falls just short of securing the nomination on the first ballot of the GOP convention?...
Presidential politics create crisis for USA (04/09/16)
Two national headlines on the same day, Friday, April 8, 2016. "Obama vs. Texas Headed to Supreme Court" and "Five decapitated heads found in Mexican border town." The high court case is a lawsuit filed over the President's executive order to grant full government benefits to illegal aliens. The headless story concerns the ongoing drug cartel murders happening within shouting distance of the American border...
Know your enemy: the Islamic terrorists (04/06/16)
Like it or not, Western civilization and culture are at war with ISIS. At this point, it's an undeclared war and a highly non-traditional war. But it's a war nonetheless. Unfortunately, President Obama is clearly not at war with ISIS. It has been abundantly clear from the very beginning of his first term that our president has a somewhat different world view of America's role...
Coddled students are missing life's lessons (04/02/16)
Like many of you, I'm getting sick and tired of whining college students bullying administrators when their sensitive feelings have been bruised. The latest absurdity falls on Emory University where a group of coddled babies felt threatened because someone wrote "Trump 2016" in chalk on a school sidewalk...
Illegal immigration impacts Missouri, too (03/23/16)
Donald Trump's campaign stump speeches are low on specifics and high on emotion. But for all he's getting wrong, there is one point on which he is correct. It was Trump who brought the issue of illegal immigration to the campaign debate and it is Trump who continues to beat that drum on a daily basis...
The state of politics across our fair state (03/19/16)
It's not often I agree with a lawmaker from St. Louis. But this time I might just change my mind. A Democratic lawmaker from the big city has introduced legislation to make St. Louis the 51st state. Yep, he wants to secede from the rest of we rural folk and form a new state...
Missouri isn't primary target this Tuesday (03/12/16)
All eyes will be on Florida and Ohio next Tuesday with their winner-take-all primary elections that will potentially decide the outcome for both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Oh, and by the way, Missouri will hold its presidential primary on Tuesday as well...
Trump's team could ease voters' concerns (03/09/16)
Like millions of other Americans, I remain less than enthralled over the prospect of Donald Trump being the GOP standard bearer come November. Despite this reluctance and concern, I find no way to even consider a vote for more years of the Obama approach as promised by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders...
Keep MO Conservation Commission as it is (03/05/16)
It seems that government at all levels is prone to find a solution in search of a problem. The old axiom of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" clearly does not apply to some within government. There is no better example than the bone-headed move in the Missouri Legislature to expand the number of members on the Missouri Conservation Commission...
Democrats' argument isn't backed by facts (03/02/16)
As this muddled presidential campaign continues to unfold, the Democrats seem to always return to the recurring theme of income inequality and their obsession with wealth redistribution. All this great nation needs to do - according to the progressive line - is to tax the wealthy a little more and move those funds for services to the low and middle income...
Firing of professor is right move for Mizzou (02/27/16)
It's never too late to right a wrong. And that is exactly what the University of Missouri Board of Curators belatedly did this week with the firing of Assistant Professor Melissa Click. Click, if you recall, is the red-headed radical professor who threatened student journalists covering a student protest on the Mizzou campus last fall. She had earlier been recorded cursing law enforcement officials during a similar protest at the university's Homecoming parade...
Flood of immigrants also brings concerns (02/24/16)
A German hotel being converted to a refugee center for a flood of migrants burned early this week. The blaze was ruled arson on the unoccupied building. As the structure burned, crowds of Germans gathered and cheered. There was even a half-hearted attempt to slow firefighters arriving at the scene...
Changing trends in the adult diaper market (02/20/16)
Given the business I'm in, I probably read more newspaper headlines each day than most. If something catches my eye, I'll explore the article to see what hidden nuggets of information I can glean. That was most assuredly the case this week with the following headline...
Trump's success is due to Obama's failures (02/17/16)
Were it not for the massive failures and utter ruin of Barack Obama, Donald Trump would not exist. Trump took to the Republican debate stage Saturday night and by any normal measure, his remarks and demeanor should have been the final straw for his boorish campaign behavior and outlandish comments...
Nation can't afford rising welfare costs (02/13/16)
As the Presidential season continues to unfold, the discussion centers on all sorts of national worries from the Middle East to punishing Wall Street for not paying their fair share or some such baloney. There is ample discussion on just how to pay for the free college that some candidates dream of. And there is the constant drumbeat of income inequality and how to balance the playing field...
Picking a candidate is political waiting game (02/10/16)
With the presidential campaign clock ticking at break-neck speed, I find myself like many others still undecided. Actually, undecided is inaccurate. I am clearly decided against either of the two Democratic wannabes because of the obvious - one is a liar and one a Socialist. Given a quick review of their policies, their views are interchangeable...
Trip to Capitol is full of legislative lessons (02/06/16)
I just returned from the State Capitol in Jefferson City having spent a couple of days mingling with fellow newspaper folk and rubbing elbows with politicians. As always seems to be the case, you can't help but stand in awe as you gaze at the majestic Capitol and Governor's Mansion perched high above the Missouri River...
Spud photos aren't just a half-baked idea (01/30/16)
There's no shortage of serious topics for newspaper columnists these days. In far too many ways, the world we once knew is disappearing in front of our eyes. It's abundantly obvious that everything from ISIS to the dismal Obamacare are in the headlines and creating ample stress for weary Americans...
Endorsements hold little sway with voters (01/27/16)
There was once a time when politicians courted newspapers in search of an editorial endorsement of their candidacy. Long before technology overwhelmed society with a minute-by-minute news cycle, the public would often rely on newspapers to give them an inside view of issues and candidates to help guide their votes...
Noranda has played vital role in our region (01/23/16)
Change is virtually the only thing assured in our world. The problem, of course, is that change can be for good or bad depending on your viewpoint. And here in our small neck of the woods, even the discussion of a shutdown of Noranda Aluminum is a most unwelcome and unwanted change...
Legislature set to pass voter photo ID bills (01/20/16)
A bill in the Missouri Legislature to require photo IDs to vote has passed the House Elections Committee on a straight-line party vote. The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass despite a major push back by the Democratic members...
America needs divine guidance even more (01/16/16)
Most of us were probably tied to our televisions this week watching the State of the Union address, the Powerball drawing or the Republican presidential debates. But while our attention was focused on these somewhat important events, a group of atheists on Monday filed suit to remove In God We Trust from our currency...
We've got a bad case of Powerball fever (01/13/16)
At long last, the coffee shop conversation has shifted away from politics. For now at least, Trump and Hillary's names are unspoken. And there are 1.3 billion reasons for this shifting dialogue. If you don't have lottery fever by now, you must be hibernating. There's no other excuse...
Joint efforts bringing growth to community (01/09/16)
Last week, we published a story on the explosion in construction and commercial building permits in Sikeston. If you missed that, you missed an extremely important development that bodes well for our community. The numbers, quite frankly, are truly amazing...
Voters will determine United States' future (01/06/16)
It's 2016 - Let the games begin! What a perfect political storm we have brewing in this pivotal year. First, we have a lame duck president determined to seal whatever legacy remains and push through with executive orders the wish list of progressive causes he has championed since his community organizing days...
Looking forward to promise of new year (01/02/16)
Happy New Year! By now, many of us have already abandoned our New Year's resolutions and returned to the wayward ways we promised we would end with the coming of the new year. Oh well, there's always next year. There is no longer anything certain in this world except for the reality that change is coming. And without a doubt this year will bring change...
War, death dominate headlines in 2015 (12/30/15)
Each year the Associated Press releases the top stories of the past year. As you would have guessed, the rise of ISIS once again topped the list this year. In fact, terrorism by one name or another has made its way into the AP list every year since the Twin Towers attack in 2001...
My Christmas wish list has but one wish (12/19/15)
My original intent with today's column was to outline my Christmas wish list from our political class in Washington, D.C. But I quickly abandoned that idea because - just like wishing for a pony as a child - I realized few if any of my wishes were realistic...
Administration is fighting wrong war (12/16/15)
We are clearly a nation at war. Absent a legal declaration, we still find ourselves facing an enemy hell-bent on our destruction and more than willing to sacrifice their lives in their quest for domination. Yet, though we have an undeclared war against ISIS, we have declared all-out war against the ravages of climate change...
Concerns of terrorism reach into Heartland (12/12/15)
You've probably read or heard this week about a series of mysterious and suspicious purchases of disposable cell phones in Missouri by a group of foreign-born men. The purchases at Wal-Marts in several locations in Missouri - including Cape Girardeau and Jackson - have drawn the attention of law enforcement officers and the FBI...
Obama's policies fail to evolve as ISIS does (12/09/15)
What happens if ISIS wins? I know that seems absurd on countless levels. But we learned Sunday night that our military policy to address this growing threat will apparently not change. So, taken to the extreme, what if this cancer continues to grow and we continue to use kid gloves when a iron fist is what's required?...
Leadership is needed to protect America (12/05/15)
As the tragic events unfolded in California this week, most Americans were asking the same questions -- how in the world did we get here and how in the world do we change so that these tragedies will be avoided. Yet before the bodies were even counted, the finger-pointing began...
Time to end GOP's puppy love for Trump (12/02/15)
Like many others, I consider Hillary Clinton a textbook example of all that is wrong in our current political circus. Dishonest, arrogant and sadly absent any hint of trust. But God forbid, if Donald Trump should be the GOP nominee, our choices come next November will be the worst in history...
We must preserve the blessings we enjoy (11/21/15)
It's Thanksgiving week, a special time in this great country when we pause from our hectic lives and give thanks for the countless blessings that surround us. Your Thanksgiving list of blessings is surely the same as mine - family, health, freedoms and countless opportunities that all-too-often we fail to recognize...
Opening our doors to let the terrorists in (11/18/15)
Another week, another glaring example of a clueless world view of the actual impact of open-door immigration displayed by the administration of a failed American president. For the longest time, Americans have asked: "When will they learn." And the answer is clearly never...
MIZ-ZOO (11/14/15)
The events that unfolded this week on Missouri's flagship university are an embarrassment for the state and a textbook example of just how to mishandle a situation of student unrest. But the events go far beyond a simple embarrassment. The eyes of the nation were on the Columbia campus this week as minority students protested a series of racially-tinged events that eventually led to the ouster of the University president...
Look past the labels and at the person (11/11/15)
The discussion of "white male privilege" is a popular topic these days, especially in light of the #Black Lives Matter movement. The presidential candidates of both parties were asked to define, defend, deny or distance themselves from the issue of "white male privilege." And unfolding on the University of Missouri campus was the demand by minority students that the university president apologize for his "white male privilege." Ultimately that demand cost him his job this week...
Sales tax vote paves way for bright future (11/07/15)
I'm not sure where to start today. I want to both thank and congratulate Sikeston voters for their overwhelming support for the half-cent tax proposal on Tuesday's ballot. Sikeston voters by a 2-to-1 margin approved the sales tax measure which will help additional funding in our Public Safety, parks and streets...
Flood of illegals will be Obama's legacy (11/04/15)
Long before it captured the national attention, I voiced strong reservation over the influx of millions of illegal immigrants into our country. Back when the focus was on the disaster of Obamacare and the growth of ISIS, the daily avalanche of illegals was garnering much less attention except in the border states where the impact was immediate...
Vote yes on sales tax proposal on Tuesday (10/31/15)
Sikeston voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a half-cent sales tax proposal to increase funding for Public Safety, for the park system and for street improvements. The much-needed increase will help to bring Public Safety salaries in line with other area law enforcement agencies and stop the migration of highly-trained officers from our community...
National media fails to provide balance (10/28/15)
Some day when I have ample time on my hands, I want to pinpoint the exact time that the national media fell fully in the tank with the Democratic party. I'm talking primarily about the alphabet television networks and their constant drumbeat promoting the Democrat's liberal agenda...
Can you find a cake to hold 1,000 candles? (10/24/15)
A new study out of a British think tank predicts that our lifespan may well increase to a 1,000 years in the not-too-distant future. The group provides a whole host of evidence that technology and medical advancements could expand the average lifespan of humankind to as much as 1,000 years and that perhaps - just perhaps - a child born today could live to that ripe old age...
Clinton fans flames of racial politics (10/21/15)
When the FBI is investigating you and when you're poised to testify before a Congressional committee on failures during your tenure as secretary of state, the obvious political decision is to play the race card. So presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did just that this weekend as she returned to the tired political theme that Republicans and their draconian voter identification laws are designed to keep minorities from voting...
We need new model for charitable giving (10/17/15)
The weather is turning colder, the holidays are just around the corner and my thoughts this morning involve charitable giving to those less fortunate. All national surveys tell us that charitable giving increases substantially as the holiday season approaches...
President fails to see damage he has done (10/14/15)
While the national media was focused on President Obama's Oregon visit with families of school shooting victims, a more important story developed when the President later that day traveled to California for a fundraiser. In remarks that can only be described as delusional, the President told the wealthy gathering: "There's almost no measure by which we're not better off now than we were when I came into office."...
Our lack of unity is harming nation (10/07/15)
With just over a year before the all-important presidential election, who could have imagined that the top two contenders in many polls are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Seriously. Think about that for just a moment. Donald Trump, a boisterous businessman sadly short on specifics, and Bernie Sanders, a card-carrying Socialist who believes our national problems stem from the lack of a larger federal government...
Quest for political correctness will be ruin of our society (10/04/15)
The headlines this weekend are obvious -- Russia is bullying our passive leadership out of Syria, the Chinese continue their quest for territory in the South China sea and another mass college murder is rekindling the usual discussion on gun control...
UN proposal won't solve poverty woes (09/30/15)
Pope Francis is back safe and sound in the Vatican after leaving his leftist message in America. And this week, the focus will fall on the United Nation and their leftist message. Housed in America and funded largely by American taxpayers, the United Nation in so many ways is the enemy within...
Pope Francis brings wrong message to US (09/26/15)
We just got poped! That's right - Pope Francis, on his historic visit to the United States, took the occasion to lecture Americans on a variety of social and political issues that came straight out of the Obama playbook. The Pontiff addressed Congress and warned of climate change, the need to provide more assistance for the poor and the responsibility of the United States to welcome any and all newcomers...
War on poverty is bankrupting the USA (09/23/15)
Politicians of both parties are providing ample lip service to the middle class during this campaign season. There's a reason for that. Middle class voters decide election outcomes. It's really no more complex than that. But there's far less debate on the question of poverty in America, even though a variety of poverty programs siphon almost a trillion dollars annually in taxpayer funds...
Remember: People are the government (09/19/15)
I'm always amused when people -- including myself -- rail against the government as if "the government" is some wooly monster that controls all aspects of our lives. We must always remember that we are "the government" and those decisions that impact our lives are a direct result of "us" putting the government officials into their positions through our decisions in the voting booth...
Presidential primary choices still lacking (09/16/15)
Had a chance over the weekend to mingle with some folk across the state and the discussion turned to the political circus known as the Presidential primary. Though the majority of those gathered were of the conservative bent, both major parties were represented with ample diehards on both sides of the aisle...
Scores put emphasis on state of education (09/09/15)
Missouri education officials and local school leaders are scrambling to dissect and explain recently released MAP test results. The test scores are serving as a wake-up call for many districts who report far too many students underperforming in virtually all areas...
Cultural changes are harming our nation (09/06/15)
President Obama's legacy health care program, Obamacare, has been a controversial and polarizing issue since the shocking Supreme Court decision that handed the plan into the laps of the American public. The promised $2,500 average annual health care premium savings has completely vanished and instead virtually all health coverage plans have increased in cost...
That's entertainment? Well, it's not for me (09/02/15)
And we call this entertainment? Like most of you, I missed the VMA award show this weekend. It wasn't by accident. But it was hard to miss the highlight reel from the televised fiasco. The VMAs - more than most - is hype built on the expected inappropriate performance or comment that some "entertainer" uses to unleash their 15 minutes of fame...
Solving our nation's entitlement crisis (08/29/15)
With countless problems facing this nation, sometimes we need to look to others in similar situations and see how they respond. The fact is America is an exceptional nation with exceptional people. But, we don't hold a monopoly on all available ideas...
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...
Hired protestors are undermining nation (05/24/15)
As a rule, I normally refrain from commenting on the political scene in this Sunday column, leaving that nasty work for mid-week. But a little-reported story this week on the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests raised my temperature to the boiling point...
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...
Michael Jensen
Michael Jensen