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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Doomsday words are just partisan politics (09/17/14)
"The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...
Some use Ferguson for their own agendas (08/23/14)
On so many levels, I pity the residents of Ferguson, Mo. By most accounts, the city is not unlike countless other communities across the country. Ferguson suffers from higher than average unemployment and a majority African-American population. It has its share of criminal activity but then again, the same can be said for countless other communities struggling with changing social issues and lower income levels...
Chaos in Ferguson is disservice to victim, family, community (08/20/14)
I was a college student in Memphis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...
Texting drivers pose real threat on roads (08/16/14)
Though I don't spend a great amount of time traveling Missouri's interstate highways, I had occasion this week to make a quick trip to Columbia and back. And what I observed on that trip amazed, frustrated and confounded me. Texting and driving is not just a problem, it's an epidemic...
Remember victims, not the murderers (08/09/14)
The state of Missouri is on pace to conduct one execution per month this calendar year despite impassioned pleas from capital punishment foes. Quite frankly, I have never understood nor accepted the argument that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Yet opponents of the death penalty spend massive amounts of taxpayer funds to fight the issue in every state including Missouri...
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...
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...
'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...
Father's greatest gift: taking responsibility (06/14/14)
Sunday is Father's Day and for those slackers out there, you have just enough time to scramble for that necktie or belt, in my case. Amid all the celebration and recognition of Father's Day, we have to sadly accept the reality that fathers - in some households - are a dwindling breed...
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...
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...
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...
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...