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Sunday, May 1, 2016
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...
Group's effort off target at solving gun violence (03/16/16)
The issue of gun-related crimes is a hot topic these days. Because of the daily drumbeat of some thug using a gun to commit a crime, the national dialogue has brought the Second Amendment into glaring focus. The president has made stronger gun control part of his routine stump speech and uses every instance of gun violence as an excuse to call for stricter laws and greater restrictions on gun ownership...
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...
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...