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Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Solving our nation's entitlement crisis (08/29/15)
With countless problems facing this nation, sometimes we need to look to others in similar situations and see how they respond. The fact is America is an exceptional nation with exceptional people. But, we don't hold a monopoly on all available ideas...
Life isn't as sweet with this president (08/22/15)
Like many of you, perhaps, I find myself increasingly frustrated, disappointed and downright confused by countless Obama administration policies that make no sense. This administration's attack on the coal industry - by way of example - threatens millions of jobs not to mention will bring a massive increase in utility costs for consumers...
Sales tax approval would ensure Sikeston's growth (08/15/15)
Sikeston residents in November will be asked to approve a one-half cent sales tax to upgrade Public Safety salaries, to address some long-neglected street improvements and to fund some critical infrastructure issues with our park system. The background for this all-important vote is important to fully understand why this funding measure is needed...
Annual Jaycee Rodeo puts spotlight on us (08/01/15)
The spotlight will fall on the Sikeston Jaycees this week as they once again play host to the annual Bootheel Rodeo. And while after the months of preparation for this annual event the Jaycees will welcome visitors, all residents of Sikeston can and should get into the rodeo spirit as well...
Sikeston proud: DPS shined in recent fire (07/18/15)
The recent Santie Oil fire actually attracted national attention with its bellowing flames and massive plumes of thick black smoke. But for residents of Sikeston, the fire served as an excellent illustration of the professionalism and skills of our Public Safety fire division...
Police facing tough choices in doing job (07/15/15)
It did not generate headlines like the Michael Brown episode in Ferguson, but St. Louis police shot and paralyzed a 16-year-old youth at a St. Louis park Saturday evening when he tried to flee while holding a .40 caliber pistol. The tragedy is just the latest in a string of police shootings that has divided this nation along racial lines...
Progressive left is rewriting US history (06/27/15)
Like many of you perhaps, I've been forced to rethink a number of important social issues given the current political climate in America. As a white man, I've been branded a racist even though I've spent a lifetime being even-handed and fair - as much as humanly possible - to everyone regardless of race, income, gender, etc...
A liberal's solution to all our problems (06/24/15)
As impossible as it is, let me try to be a liberal. Given the number of gun-related deaths, let's repeal the Second Amendment and implement the strongest gun controls imaginable. By taking this drastic step toward gun violence, as a liberal I am convinced that all of the illegal and stolen guns would be turned into law enforcement...
Lack of faith in nation result of Obama's plan (06/20/15)
To no one's surprise, a new poll shows the American public has lost faith in virtually every aspect of life. Government, the media and even organized religion have all diminished in favor with a majority of Americans. Confidence in Congress is under a 10 percent approval rating. Same applies to the national news media and the current administration...
Americans fail to keep up with important issues (06/06/15)
If you're like me, change is not always easy to accept. Maybe it's my age or just the rural, conservative nature of my upbringing. Regardless, I find myself a creature of habit -- or in a rut as my wife often points out -- but adapting to change is not always simple...
Leaders who make us 'Sikeston Proud' (04/25/15)
For me, on a very personal level, this has been a bittersweet week with the retirement of one close friend and the long-overdue recognition for another close friend. Ed Throop, the longtime executive director of the Board of Municipal Utilities, is retiring next week. Ed has always been a friend and supporter of this newspaper and has served both the utility and the community with honor and distinction...
Leadership proves key to city's growth (04/18/15)
Steven Burch was sworn in as Sikeston's new mayor during the reorganization of the city council this week filling the post of former Mayor Jerry Pullen. By any definition, Burch will have some big shoes to fill. Jerry Pullen provided 27 years of dedicated service as a council member and two-term mayor...
Fixing food stamp program isn't a SNAP (04/11/15)
Should food stamp recipients in Missouri be allowed to buy steak and lobster with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards? How about cookies, chips, energy drinks or soft drinks? Or tattoo parlors or cruise ships? Well, the dividing line on these questions is getting heated as one bill is proposed in Missouri to limit benefits while another in Kansas has been approved and is awaiting the Governor's signature...
Two-parent family is key to success (03/21/15)
There is a current national obsession with income equality, the latest drumbeat of wealth distribution coming from the White House. Under the Obama ideology, those on the upper ends of the economic ladder would be forced to shift some of their financial resources to lift those on the lower ends of the ladder...
Too many scandals and too little trust (03/18/15)
Did the President's top adviser really leak information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's hidden private e-mails to the press in an attempt to "get back" at the Clintons for past deeds against her boss? Did the President send "his" people to Israel recently - on the taxpayers' dime - to undermine this week's national elections there?...
City street crew came through for citizens (03/07/15)
An extreme thank you is appropriate for the hardy souls on the Public Works street division for their dedication and fantastic job of removing the snow and ice from Sikeston city streets. Let's face it - this winter has been somewhat exceptional on the weather front for our region. ...
Republicans show a lack of leadership (03/04/15)
Like many of you, I am sorely disappointed with the leadership in Washington, D.C., that has plunged this great nation into a fiscal and international mess of historic proportions. But the lack of leadership that disappoints me the most is the miserable failure and continued incompetence of the Republican leadership - and I use that term loosely...
Slow news week still had its bombshells (02/11/15)
By Washington, D.C., standards, this past week was fairly quiet. The week before, we joined with the whole of civilized humanity in mourning the barbaric murder of a downed Jordanian pilot by the junior varsity group ISIS. But this last week, the focus had turned to Bruce Jenner's "he-to-she" transformation and the well-earned departure of Brian Williams and Rosie O'Donnell from the airwaves...
LCRA is clearing way to better community (02/07/15)
I have been a longtime supporter of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and their efforts to remove substandard housing from our community. And now, as a member of that Commission, I am even more convinced that the removal efforts are clearly the best path to move our community forward and improve neighborhoods long neglected...
Community must get rid of violent influence (01/17/15)
The tragic and chaotic homicide last week on highly-traveled North Main Street is a stark reminder that violence can erupt at any time and any place here or elsewhere. It should go without saying that our Public Safety personnel deserve ample credit for their swift investigation into the shooting and their ability to pinpoint the suspects and the horrible narrative that led to this tragic event...
Developments show improving economy (01/10/15)
The Sikeston City Council took the final step in approving a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district this week which will pave the way for a new Malco multiplex movie theater as well as other highly anticipated development. The TIF district will provide some financing assistance for the multimillion dollar project that will bring a community improvement named as the top missing ingredient here by many people...
Christians have right to display their faith (12/20/14)
I originally had written a pithy column for today over the North Korean hacking episode and the potential impact of a cyber war. But with Christmas approaching at breakneck speed, no one wants to read yet another sobering story on the decline of America...
Historic dates fade, but memories remain clear (12/06/14)
While shopping recently, I mentioned to a couple of sales clerks that the date -- Nov. 22 -- was certainly one I well remembered in history. The clerks gave me that blank stare that clearly indicated they were clueless on my comment. So I quizzed them. Of course, neither could place any significance to the date until I mentioned the Kennedy assassination. They both then gave a nod of understanding though I am less than convinced they actually remembered...
Presidential hopefuls start testing waters (11/26/14)
Hillary Clinton, the heir apparent to the throne, may not find smooth sailing as many thought she would. The former first lady, secretary of state and senator has long been expected to walk into the Democratic presidential nomination with nary a concern...
Missouri voters to decide fate of four amendments (10/25/14)
The Nov. 4 midterm national elections are just over a week away and as is often the case, the momentum seems to shift on a day-to-day basis. The spotlight come election night will most certainly not fall on Missouri because we have no races on the ballot with national implications...