So just what does the President know?
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...
A Pitch in Time
Baseball has always been a popular sport in our area with several area players having successful careers in college, and the minor and major baseball leagues. But have you ever heard of the remarkable baseball career of Sam Hunter of New Madrid? The first name "Samuel" is a popular name in the Hunter family, so to clarify, the "Sam Hunter" I am writing about was born in 1864 to Samuel and Mary Anna Lewis Hunter. ...
Whiiiifffff - my youth is gone
As a teenager, I was addicted to wiffle ball. I would play all day until it was too dark to see the ball and even then it was hard to drag me away. So when a friend asked me to play in a wiffle ball tournament last weekend, I was all in. Then the day to play arrived and I realized that it had been over 20 years since I had actually played a true game of wiffle ball. Sure, I had thrown the ball around with co-workers here and there but this was serious business. It was a tournament...
It's all in knowing what to fix
I've never really been a very handy person around the house. I mean it's pretty sad when my dogs run and hide when I try and change a lightbulb. That's why it's scary every time my girlfriend comes to me with a problem. As a man, I feel it is my duty to try and fix what is broken. That's usually when the voice inside my head brings me down to Earth. In the booming, all-powerful voice of James Earl Jones (who does your inner voice sound like?) I am reminded of things like:...
Women have it all in the bag
As I age, I continue to be amazed at how much I have to learn about women. My latest lesson, the importance of a purse to a woman. As a man, I see little need for a purse. I carry everything I need in a little money clip. Easy and compact, I never have any problem finding anything that I need. I asked a woman once why they didn't just carry something like a money clip and not worry with a purse...
There are many reasons for changes in Sikeston
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...
Citizens have a right to know
Apparently Sikeston has a new motto: "Shhh, be very, very quiet." Just like Elmer Fudd wanted the audience to be quiet in the Bugs Bunny cartoons, "visionaries" within Sikeston want city officials to be quiet. My question: what are they hiding?...
McCaskill takes risk with endorsement
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...
I need a sure cure for vacations
Every time I go to Florida I hate leaving. I always want to bring something back with me -- like the ocean. Unfortunately this year I only brought back sickness. I got back from Florida over two weeks ago and I am still sick. I'm apparently using the hourglass approach to healing thanks to a misdiagnosis from a local "doctor."...
A community must confront problems
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
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...