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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
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...
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...
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...
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!...
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...
Media keeps pushing gay lifestyle agenda (02/12/14)
Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman for the University of Missouri, announced this weekend that he was gay. What makes this story a headliner is that Sam will soon enter the NFL draft and with his skills on the field, he may well become the first openly gay member of the National Football League...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SPEAKOUT (09/05/13)
Jesse Jackson Jr., a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Congress, suddenly gets a "mood disorder" (about the same time he learned he was to be indicted) and is going to prison for 2.5 years. Because his "mood disorder" was so severe, he has become disabled and will receive $8,700 per month as a disability payment as well as $45,000 a year from his congressional pension, a total of about $150K per year. Is this a great country or what?...