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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
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...
Should the USA roll up its welcome mat? (02/03/16)
We American taxpayers are on the verge of shelling out $400,000 to help the state of Minnesota persuade young Somali refugees not to join ISIS. The money is just a drop in the bucket of the $50 million Obama administration program to fight domestic terrorism...
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...
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...
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...
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...