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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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...
Obama out of touch with average citizens (07/02/14)
When Richard Nixon was running for president, his handlers sensed voters thought he was out of touch with the common man. And history would prove them right. So to give the always-stiff Nixon a more common touch, he was scheduled to appear on the highly-popular "Laugh-In" comedy program using the now-famous line, "Sock it to me!"...
Support continued efforts of the LCRA (06/28/14)
A couple of weeks ago, two Sikeston City Council members - John Graham and Maude Harris - tried unsuccessfully to remove funding from the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority. By way of a disclaimer, I am a commissioner on the LCRA board and have supported and promoted the removal of decaying properties since the voter-approved LCRA was first formed over 10 years ago...
Secretary of State's priorities misplaced (06/25/14)
The Russian army is on full battle alert on the Ukrainian border, ISIS is beheading their way to Baghdad, the Israelis have launched a rocket strike inside Syria and just for good measure, a few thousand immigrant children are streaming across our southern borders each day...
Regional task force is a good first step (06/21/14)
By now we should all know that crime knows no boundaries. Police jurisdictions mean nothing for the criminal culture. No one knows that better than Sikeston Public Safety Director Drew Juden. That's why Sikeston and other communities formed a regional task force to address crime issues that cross county lines and multiple jurisdictions...
'Lost' emails will not stop IRS investigation (06/18/14)
On Friday afternoon, as is the practice of this White House, the Obama administration quietly announced that over two years of email from embattled IRS official Lois Lerner has been "lost." So on the eve of a special Congressional investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, we're to believe that sensitive and potentially illegal activities outlined in thousands of emails have somehow just simply vanished into thin air...
Immigration policy will have long-range implications for U.S. (06/11/14)
Those who relentlessly continue to support the missteps of this administration have crossed the line from being partisan to being delusional. And I don't use that term in an off-handed, casual manner. To ignore the impending financial and social collapse from a tidal wave of undocumented immigrants must be delusional...
Food stamp program failing the children (06/08/14)
This summer at 980 locations across Missouri, nearly 30,000 low income children will receive free lunches provided by taxpayers. This year's free summer lunches mark an expansion of the program across Missouri with most of the meals provided in the urban areas...
Amnesty isn't answer to immigration woes (06/04/14)
Amnesty will be the final straw that fundamentally transforms the future of this once-great country. Through years of ever-growing federal assistance, we have created a permanent non-working class of citizens unwilling to perform the entry level, lower paying jobs...
KRCC's expansion is result of continued generosity of Rogers (05/31/14)
Kenny Rogers and Sikeston have a long and wonderfully successful relationship. The country music mega-star "adopted" the children's center that today bears his name way back over 35 years ago. And through those years of association, the local center has expanded beyond anyone's imagination...
Political correctness bumps real issues (05/28/14)
We may not find ourselves in the worst of times but it's far from the best of times as well. The IRS scandal, much to the administration's dismay, is not going away. The Democrats have decided to reluctantly participate in the long-overdue Benghazi probe. And the increasingly unraveling Obamacare disaster just won't go away...
It's time to thank all those who protect us (05/17/14)
Though it's not as well-known as many other observances, this past week was National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time set aside each year to recognize and honor those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Established in 1962 by President John Kennedy, this week provides special recognition for the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line each day...
Affordable Care Act isn't very affordable (05/14/14)
When the Affordable Care Act was first unleashed on the American people last October, the headlines provided a keen insight into the flaws of a huge federal government overreach. Liberals held their collective breath in anticipation of this grand design while conservatives laughed at the Keystone Kops rollout...
Mothers deserve our thanks every day (05/11/14)
Happy Mother's Day. We set aside one day a year - which is clearly not enough - to honor and celebrate the moms in this country. And given the current state of society, I can think of no more appropriate person to honor and revere than the mothers who often form the foundation of our society...
Searching for truth about Benghazi (05/07/14)
Whether the Democrats like it or not, someone in this administration is going to take the fall for the disaster that claimed four American lives in Benghazi. With last week's announcement that a special select committee was being formed to probe deep into the Benghazi fiasco, the Democrats are clearly scrambling...
Americans should keep speaking out (05/03/14)
What do you do when you live in a world that seems upside down? Everyone reading this column knows exactly what I mean. Scan the daily headlines - as most of us do - and you'll see and hear things that you never imagined possible. Students in Colorado, in some warped multi-culture lesson, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the words, "One Nation, Under Allah"...
Amnesty would spell end of the GOP party (04/30/14)
Politics is little more than a game of numbers. Winning elections is less about issues and policies than it is about simple math. So I'm puzzled why the Republican leadership is softening to some form of amnesty for an estimated 12 million undocumented illegal immigrants in this nation...
Parental guidance is key to child's success (04/26/14)
There's a story making the rounds this week about a group of young thugs -- ages 12, 13, 14 and 16 -- who terrorized and stole from early morning joggers in New York's Central Park. The youngsters approached two female joggers and stole their electronic devices and tried to rob another victim who was punched in the face when he resisted...
Reading the results of Tuesday's votes (04/12/14)
I assume it is appropriate to dissect the election results from the school bond issue defeated soundly by Sikeston voters this week. I supported the bond issue despite my belief that the $33 million price tag was going to provide a substantial challenge for passage...
More to voting than simply convenience (04/09/14)
I notice where a small Canadian town - about the size of Sikeston - is accepting only online voting in their upcoming municipal election. Given the recent massive snafus with the Affordable Care Act website, you would think there would be some major concerns with solely online voting...
Yes on bond issue is a vote for future (04/06/14)
After lengthy public discussion, the fate of a $32 million school bond issue for Sikeston schools rests with the voters come Tuesday. By now, I would hope most residents understand the bond proposal. If approved by voters, the school system will build two new elementary complexes to replace the aging Lee Hunter and Southeast Elementary, level Matthews Elementary, add to the Kindergarten Center and the high school...
Searching for truth about Obamacare (04/02/14)
A few months back, I penned a column that talked about trust in our government and specifically trust in this administration. The theme then - as it remains today - is that absent trust virtually any act or proposal coming from government officials will be viewed with some level of skepticism...
Make KRCC telethon part of weekend plans (03/29/14)
Once a year -- without fail -- I use this column space to promote and encourage participation in the annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon. This is that Sunday. While quickly glancing back on prior telethon-related columns, I could not help but notice a recurring theme that I will repeat once again this year...
Celebration of voter fraud is wrong (03/26/14)
Melowese Richardson illegally voted for the re-election of President Obama six times in 2012 and stated so proudly during a national television interview. She was sentenced to five years in prison for voter fraud. She served eight months. And now, the illegal voter is being hailed as a hero in the "voters rights" community. She was lauded for her federal voting rights violation by none other than the ever-popular Rev. Al Sharpton - surprise! - at an Ohio voting right rally last week...
Senator's votes speak louder than words (03/22/14)
Claire, say it ain't so! Missouri's Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill told an audience this week that the nation's $17 trillion debt is "irresponsible". If I am not mistaken, this is the same United States Senator who voted in lockstep with this administration on the stimulus and the multi-trillion disaster that is called Obamacare...
Administration still touts failed program (03/19/14)
If the Obamacare program is as successful as the administration tries to portray, is it not valid to ask why such secrecy over the sign-up numbers? The administration - even before a Congressional committee last week - refused to acknowledge how many people had actually paid their insurance premiums and just how many young adults had joined the federal program...
November - a chance to hope for change (03/15/14)
As someone who reads a lot - and I mean a lot - of news on a daily basis, I find myself alternating between frustration and anger, between bewilderment and depression and finally returning to anger. If I didn't know better I would think much of this daily bewilderment is by design...
Junk food isn't good start to school day (03/12/14)
I started my week with a hot cup of coffee and some lukewarm conversation at a local convenience store. That is not my normal routine but when the conversation turns to politics, weather and sports, I have some self-imposed obligation to throw my 2 cents in...
It's time to shake off your cabin fever (03/08/14)
Cabin fever is a frightening feeling. And let's admit - all of us to some extent have been suffering with cabin fever for weeks - nay months now. The weatherman is at long last giving us a break this week and hopefully for many, many weeks to come. And we deserve it!...
'Obama defenders' just keep following (03/05/14)
You have to give credit to the liberals - which I hesitate to do. The liberals know that if you put a derogatory name or slur on your opposition, you demean their value to some. And that's why we have "birthers" or "teabaggers" or "climate deniers."...
It's time to speak up on our core values (03/01/14)
Because of the massive downward slide in society, I find myself wondering just when and how we reached the point where we find ourselves today. As a product of the college environment in the 1960s, I know that many place the blame on that era when "free love," drugs and a counter-culture seeped into society...
Toothless threats will have consequences (02/26/14)
The problem with drawing a line in the sand is that sometimes, the other guy ignores your line. So then what do you do? This administration is increasingly tumbling in international standing and has become a toothless tiger with ample roar and limited punch...
Funds for Olympics could be better spent (02/23/14)
With a resounding yawn, the 2014 Winter Olympics will soon close the curtain on what must be the most boring sporting event in international history. I can only imagine the good that could have come from the estimated $50 billion dollars the Russian government spent on transforming a quiet southern region into a showcase for the world...
Continuing myths of global warming (02/19/14)
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Indonesia last week to promote the ongoing charade of global warming. He picked the perfect time to discuss global warming as he fled the Northeast and the record ice and snowfall and bitter temperatures. Kerry must not have gotten the memo that it's no longer global warming - since that has become a highly popular punch line - and it has now become climate change...
Some lessons still need to be learned (02/16/14)
This column concerns why we should never judge a book by its cover. Now we have all heard that expression and most of us can give some example that applies to the old adage. So let me tell you mine. On the drive to this office each morning, I have noticed - especially in this miserable weather - a father and his two young children waiting beside the road for the school bus. Their house is a good 100 yards or so from the rural roadway...
Winter's trials take toll on the region (02/08/14)
The calendar says there's something like 38 days until spring and for all of us, it can't come soon enough. Old-timers - I have to be careful with that term - always speak of past winters that were much more severe than what we experience. But I strongly suspect that some day far into the future, old-timers will point to this winter as a benchmark for cold and ice and snow...
Our President needs to find common issues (02/05/14)
The President's theme of "income inequality" is not gaining the traction the administration had hoped. Anxious to move the narrative away from the widely unpopular Obamacare fiasco, the drumbeat of "income inequality" seemed a popular notion. The President had even called this new theme the "defining challenge of our times" with the appropriate bravado and accompanying applause...
Prayer should be added to Super Bowl festivities (02/02/14)
I recognize it's not a very manly thing to say, but I don't follow professional football. I could spend far too much time explaining just why but that doesn't really matter. Of sure, I can recite in great detail Tiger Woods' "greens in regulation" statistics and, like many of you, I bleed Cardinal red...
Clinton works to head up Democratic ticket (01/29/14)
It's a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. The sole obstacle in her path would be a health issue because, rest assured, any potential missteps on her part would never make their way into the mainstream media...
Expanding Medicaid is the wrong choice (01/26/14)
I have always held respect and admiration for Gov. Jay Nixon. I believe him to be a principled man, an honest man and a governor capable and willing to work across party lines. Nixon delivered his annual State of the State address this week. But his rosy forecast and continued spending is cause for concern...
Some voters refuse to become informed (01/22/14)
Rush Limbaugh calls them "low information voters." I have used much less flattering terms in the past. But regardless of the label, there is a large and unfortunately growing number of voters who are absolutely clueless on issues or a candidate's position, background, experience, etc...
Improvements being made in community (01/19/14)
Having roamed the streets and sometimes back alleys of this town for more years than I care to mention, it takes some effort to impress me. Maybe it's age or just a newer appreciation, but I am paying greater attention and having renewed pride in some of the progress that is under way in our small town...
Money isn't solution to nation's problems (01/15/14)
If you pay attention to the administration's talking points for 2014, you now know our national obsession is ending economic inequality. That lofty yet ill-defined goal will be a major talking point when the President makes his annual State of the Union address. In fact, many of the political talking heads were rehearsing the issue this past Sunday...
We must speak up on EPA regulations (01/11/14)
This past Wednesday, I wrote about the Environment Protection Agency's new regulations for this year and specifically about the new regulations that govern coal-fired utility plants such as the one here in Sikeston. If fully implemented, these new regulations will hit you - all Sikeston residents, businesses and industry - squarely in your pocketbook...
Increased regulations impact consumers (01/08/14)
Well, the President has returned from his family golfing vacation in Hawaii and aides say his focus is on extending unemployment benefits, immigration reform and an increase in the minimum wage. That seems like an ambitious agenda for a national leader who has had more than his share of problems as of late. Remember Obamacare, Benghazi, NSA spying and IRS snooping?...
Sam Harbin had big impact on this town (01/04/14)
Sam Harbin was a giant of a man in all ways possible. The term "larger than life" fit him like a glove. Harbin passed away this week at his home in Springfield. It's hard, if not impossible, to explain how important Sam Harbin was in the history of our small community...
We each can make 2014 a good year (12/29/13)
As we end one year and start a new, we each - in our own way - get the chance to look back in reflection and forward in anticipation. Personal experiences shape how we will each view 2013. The loss of a loved one will be the focus for some. The addition of a new one will perhaps be the rememberance of others...
Our moral compass should guide nation (12/21/13)
Let me take this brief opportunity to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. And let it be noted that I said Merry Christmas instead of the progressive "Happy Holidays." You know, the left gets offended with the term Merry Christmas. Well let me express my belief that I get offended when the left attempts to remove Christ from this most special of days...
World developments overlooked by Obama (12/18/13)
While the Obama administration continues its focus on growing the federal government, someone needs to keep an eye on the rest of the world. Take a brief look at China and North Korea for example. These two longtime enemies have been anything but quiet of late...
Real turkey of a talk for Thanksgiving (11/27/13)
In a somewhat bizarre effort to promote the troubled Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has a handy and helpful video with suggestions on how to start a health care conversation during the Thanksgiving dinner. I could not make this up, believe me...
Obama and Baldwin have similar weeks (11/20/13)
Let's face it - the past week was less than kind to our President. And the same can be said about the embattled but still arrogant Alec Baldwin. But these two kindred spirits of the far political left have similar problems because they made similar mistakes...
Official's visit will highlight local Legion (11/03/13)
The Sikeston American Legion Post 114 today will host a breakfast for National Commander Dan Dellinger, who heads the 2.4 million strong veterans' organization. The Legion is the largest veterans/patriotic organization in the United States and, on behalf of the community, we welcome Commander Dellinger to our small corner of the world...
So just what does the President know? (10/30/13)
As much as I tried to stay focused on the World Series, some other news tidbits managed to slip through the cracks this past week. In the excitement of the annual Fall Classic, I may have missed something. But here's what I thought I heard. The United States has been spying on as many as 35 of our allies over the past few years without their knowledge. And, so we're told, without the knowledge of the President himself...
Cardinals are point of pride for Missouri (10/27/13)
Today we are all members of Cardinal Nation! Missouri's beloved St. Louis Cardinals are shining the national spotlight on the Show-Me State and even fair-weather fans are alive with Cardinal red. Ignore the Rams (please), and rejoice in the Kansas City Chiefs and the Missouri Tigers along with the Cardinals who are showing the country that the sports world is alive and well in Missouri...
It is time to admit Obamacare's failure (10/23/13)
The massively flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, should come as no surprise given the unanswered questions that have plagued the federal monstrosity from the very beginning. But equally as predictable is the reaction of the Obama lemmings, who continue to insist all is well in Obamaland and the "glitches" are little more than technical issues caused by massive interest in the new law...
Playing the politically correct name game (10/19/13)
Have you followed the brouhaha concerning the "controversial" name of the Washington Redskins NFL football team? Well, it seems that the Native American community is incensed because the derogatory name is an affront to their heritage and are demanding a name change...
Social media impacts our social rituals (10/16/13)
As I made my way to the office this morning in the all-too-dark early hours, I passed a familiar coffee shop packed with the usual suspects. And then I passed another early morning watering hole and then another and another. The morning coffee shop is an important ingredient in the lives of many - mostly men - farmers, bankers, lawyers, small businessmen and such...
Changing Congress is easier said than done (10/13/13)
If you feel a sense of frustration over the current state of politics in this country, you obviously are not alone. A new poll out Friday shows that the American public is simply fed up with the elected officials in Washington, D.C., at levels never before seen...
Disability program is filled with fraud (10/09/13)
Since there appears to be little agreement in our federal government these days, let's find one - just one - issue that is non-partisan, out of control and in need of a major overhaul. Let's start with what has been called the "secret welfare system" - the Federal Disability Insurance Program...
If only we could deal with the real issues (10/02/13)
Government shutdown. Obamacare. Debt ceiling. Iran. Syria. Amnesty. Let's count the ways our elected officials can find disagreement and continue to flip the middle finger at the American people. But as we all know, the list is growing daily. As the great modern-day philosopher Rodney King once said, "Can't we all get along?"...
Faith is not about just a single prayer (09/28/13)
Today's column is by no means intended to be your Sunday morning sermon. Those who know me recognize that being "preachy" is not my long suit. I'm reading a biography on Charles Manson, the notorious crazy, sadistic mastermind of a string of famous murders in the 1960s...
Picking your battles is half of the battle (09/25/13)
Success in politics is often about picking the right battles. But success also depends on timing. The GOP may well be picking the right battle at the wrong time. And although I fully support and understand the wide range of disagreement on the miserable Obamacare mandates, from a political standpoint I see nothing but setbacks...
Seasons are changing and so is Sikeston (09/21/13)
I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. If you've lived through enough Missouri winters, you can understand the hate part of this relationship. But I begrudgingly admit, the change in weather, the all-too-soon exodus of the leaves and the crisp nip in the air does provide some welcome relief...
Could that second cup of coffee be the blame for your ills? (09/18/13)
In a somewhat futile attempt to clear a long-neglected desk drawer this weekend, I came across an article I shelved in June that piqued my interest. It's no coincidence that I have a cup of coffee nearby since the article says that caffeine withdrawal is now officially a mental disorder...
Local schools facing many challenges (09/15/13)
I had a great conversation this week with Tom Williams, superintendent of Sikeston Public Schools. You can watch most of that conversation on the Just Sayin' episode on our website. With school now fully under way, teachers and administrators are engaged in the process of teaching our students and molding future citizens...
Support for military action in Syria must be based on facts (09/11/13)
According to discussions over the weekend, a number of Congressmen are poised today to vote in favor of military action in Syria not because of the use of chemical weapons but rather to support the President. Members of the Black Congressional Caucus were warned in a letter last week from their chairman not to discuss any opposition to the military action because of the damage it could do to the President...
Is Syria a lose-lose situation for the U.S.? (09/04/13)
If you Google the phrase "Indecision is the hallmark of mediocrity," you'll likely come up empty. That's because it was a conclusion on the business world I concocted many years ago. As I watched businessmen run their operations, it was those who were willing to make tough decisions - some unpopular - who succeeded...
Keep watch for new projects in Sikeston (09/01/13)
School is back in session, the days are getting shorter and Labor Day weekend has once again rolled around. Though the calendar says otherwise, this weekend marks the unofficial start of fall. All too soon the weather will begin to change, vegetable gardens will be abandoned, football will replace baseball and we'll say goodbye to another summer...
Obama needs to lead discussion on race (08/28/13)
No one could address the issue of race in this country as well as our President. And yet, he remains largely silent. The President was quick to respond to the Cambridge police officer controversy and even quicker to respond to the Trayvon Martin episode in Florida...
Successful school year begins in the home (08/24/13)
The start of the school year in Sikeston and elsewhere always reminds me of the massive task and challenge teachers face each and every year. What prompted this thought process was a letter from a teacher in the South who outlined the struggles of teaching in today's society...
Post-vacation, everything seems the same as before (08/21/13)
I've been AWOL for the past two weeks. Put my quill pen aside and coordinated my absence with the Obama vacation. Hey, if he's not working, neither am I! I did return to the office with a new granddaughter which was my original reason for fleeing the office...
Things are looking up in Sikeston, Mo. (08/17/13)
By just about any measure, things are looking up in our small little corner of the world. Hot on the heels of overwhelming voter approval of a sales tax continuation, ground was officially broken this week on a new Three Rivers College East Campus. Combine that with the near-completion of a new steak house restaurant, the construction of a new motel, a new national chain pharmacy and a major distribution warehouse operation in our Industry and Technology Park, and you have the formula for a growing community.. ...
Sales tax's passage lets work continue (08/10/13)
A sincere and appreciative thank you goes to Sikeston voters who this week approved the continuation of a 1-cent sales tax that will provide essential funding for our community. And I don't mean to throw cold water on the success of the sales tax initiative, but I remain perplexed how anyone could have opposed the sales tax...
Vote yes to continue the 1-cent sales tax (08/03/13)
Sikeston voters have the opportunity Tuesday to approve the continuation of a 1-cent sales tax that will shape the future of our community for the next decade. First approved by Sikeston voters in 2004, the 1-cent sales tax has been used to fund improvements in the Public Safety Department, to provide revenue for the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and to finance the city's obligation to the SEMO-Sikeston college campus...
Let me choose how to spend tax dollars (07/31/13)
With all due respect, I don't think Congress or especially this administration fully understands the tax debate. Though it's far from my favorite expenditure, I don't mind paying my fair share of the tax burden. What I often resent is the way my tax dollar is spent...
Benefit of sales tax is seen in efforts of LCRA in Sikeston (07/27/13)
In just over a week, Sikeston voters will be asked to continue a one-cent sales tax approved 10 years ago that funds Public Safety improvements, Land Clearance for Redevelopment efforts and the pledged payments for the SEMO-Sikeston campus. It was 10 years ago that Sikeston voters overwhelmingly approved the much-needed revenue. And since then, the results of that tax money are evident in our community...
Trust is essential for good government (07/24/13)
Our federal government can continue to function even with highly unpopular positions. Our federal government can continue to function even with partisan bickering, major social divisions and slow erosions of personal freedoms. But a federal government cannot continue to function when it loses the trust of the American public...
TRC's construction signals a brighter future for Sikeston (07/20/13)
If you've driven by the location for the new Three Rivers College Sikeston campus, you've noticed some activity at long last. Dirt is currently being moved in preparation for the Aug. 15 official ground-breaking. I don't think we could overstate the importance and impact of this new Sikeston-based center for higher education...
Outside court room issue became race (07/17/13)
The issue inside the courtroom of the George Zimmerman trial was Florida's "stand your ground" law and the question of self defense. The issue outside the courtroom was race. Is this the "post racial" promise that was sold to this country on the campaign trail?...
There are many reasons for changes in Sikeston (07/13/13)
I listened and took part in a coffee shop conversation this week that was focused on the nostalgic bygone days of Sikeston. All of the familiar and now long gone businesses were duly mentioned and tales were spun about the antics of the past. There was a mutual yearning for a return to those days and a unanimous agreement that, as much as we may want it, those days are behind us...
Marking half-century in the news business (07/10/13)
Though it's a milestone that will appropriately go unnoticed, I started my first "real" job at this newspaper 50 years ago this week. I was a 15-year-old kid with absolutely no experience yet somehow survived through the sweltering heat and the "brotherhood" of a newspaper family...
Prejudice is more than just one word (07/06/13)
The brouhaha over use of the N-word more than 30 years ago by television celebrity Paula Deen has created a firestorm of racial division in an over-hyped, partisan media feeding frenzy. Deen has joined a growing list of notables - remember Jimmy the Greek? - who have unwittingly stepped into the national dialogue on race...
So much to celebrate every Fourth of July (07/03/13)
It's easy today to focus on fireworks, food, friends and family. But take just a moment to focus on the freedoms that form the basis for this special time in our great nation. Despite political winds that blow our ship of state off course from time to time, we still enjoy freedoms that others only dream about...
Presidential action impacts local utility (06/29/13)
When industry and their jobs start looking for community locations, Sikeston has two distinct advantages - central location on major highways and low utility rates. If the Obama administration has their way, the low-utility competitive advantage here will disappear...
McCaskill takes risk with endorsement (06/26/13)
Sen. Claire McCaskill is no stranger to political drama. She was one of the first supporters of Barack Obama when he was largely unknown and taking on a powerful Hillary Clinton machine in 2008. And now McCaskill has jumped into the political waters again and offered a very early ringing endorsement of Hillary's presidential aspirations in 2016...
A community must confront problems (06/22/13)
Gun violence is certainly a hot potato national issue of debate. But a release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety this week brings the topic closer to home. According to statistics compiled locally, there were 47 reports of gunshots fired in Sikeston during the first five months of this year...
Administration won't reveal the full story (06/19/13)
Now that the IRS has publicly acknowledged that the scrutiny of Tea Party and other conservative groups was not an act of "rogue" agents in an Ohio office, we're starting to realize that elections do indeed have consequences. In all honesty, it should come as no surprise that we learn of the intense attention paid to those who oppose the drift of our expanding government...
Fathers should be role models as they were intended to be (06/16/13)
I believe that on Father's Day virtually each year, I write about the importance of fatherhood and how society is currently suffering because of far too many fatherless homes. And unfortunately, each year the numbers seem to get worse. I was blessed with a strong father who remains to this very day my personal hero. And those who have been equally as blessed share that opinion about their father...
Florida trial will put race in spotlight (06/12/13)
In a small Florida courtroom this week, the trial of George Zimmerman will begin to unfold. Zimmerman is accused of killing Trayvon Martin during a confrontation over a year ago. The trial will nudge from the headlines the numerous scandals that have captured our attention in recent weeks...
We can still be civil when we disagree (06/08/13)
Congratulations are in order for our newly-elected Congressman Jason Smith. Smith defeated Democrat Steve Hodges this week to fill the seat vacated by Jo Ann Emerson and on Wednesday took the oath of office. Smith is a true conservative who will undoubtedly vote the wishes of the overwhelming majority of residents in the 8th District...
Election is over; but campaign continues (06/05/13)
Well, the dust has settled, the votes have been counted and Missouri's 8th Congressional District at long last has a representative in the House to sound the voice of concern or support from our little region of the world. And like it or not, a campaign will begin today to retain that seat...
Important election awaits us Tuesday (06/02/13)
Tuesday is an important election day for the voters of the 8th Congressional district and yet, I suspect turnout will be extremely low. And when I say extremely low, I mean somewhere around 10 percent. Given the polarization and division in Washington, D.C., you would think the importance of this election would motivate a large turnout...
Administration fails to give us the truth (05/22/13)
A White House senior advisor said Sunday that it was "irrelevant" where the President was during the raid on the Benghazi compound where four Americans were killed. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked with great indignation "What difference, at this point, does it matter," when questioned about the "talking points" of the Benghazi raid...
New survey will help shape Sikeston's future (05/18/13)
There's a new survey out of importance to Sikeston and hopefully it will help the city to consider ways to move into the future. The survey - commissioned by the city Vision Implementation Committee - touches on a number of topics that either attract people here or convince people to move elsewhere...
Michael Jensen
Michael Jensen