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EPA continues to go too far

by Congressman Sam Graves

There is a feeling around Washington that Americans can’t make decisions for themselves. There are some people here who really do believe more government is the answer to every problem. The attitude isn’t new by any stretch, but under President Obama it’s only gotten worse.

We’ve seen it come to life in the form of health care mandates, strict regulations on family farms, and even limits

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Whisny’s request

Spike_WPFair warning: If you’re offended by the term “Christian” and also by “do good” causes, then please stop reading this now and turn the page.

Last Sunday something unusual happened in Gallatin. A black man captured the undivided attention of over 150 white people for about a half hour without one reference to race. Instead, he shared in praising God and contrasted cultural and educational differences while talking about a

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All-state hoops gone forever

My Turn … by Preston Cole

The headline you just read above is just a beat-up, road-weary, wore-slick, veteran sports writer calling his shot about the likelihood of media in Missouri ever selecting all-state basketball teams again.

If one were to write an obituary about this, it might read something like this:

Missouri all-state basketball teams, chosen by media, were born during the 1951-52 school year. They went on life

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Capitol Perspectives: Effective Governors 

by Phill Brooks

During the New Year’s break, a state official asked me whom I considered to be Missouri’s “best” governor I had covered. I paused. The term “best” is a value judgment that government reporters avoid. So, I decided to take the tactic politicians often use to answer difficult questions.

I chose to answer a question I was not asked: “Who were the most effective governors I’d covered?”


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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The village board should know the rules and regulations of the federal United States dog laws. They don’t have any idea what they are. Before they hurt anyone else they should find them and obey them. Maybe they don’t care what could happen.

This little village should be called Trashville instead of Altamont because of trash on property that people won’t pick up and get rid of. What

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Poosey Digest: Google never replaces grandma

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

This sounds like the opening line of a cheap romance novel, but it all started out with a bottle of wine. Herb and I seldom imbibe unless we’re at someone’s house where it’s served or perhaps we’ll have a glass on New Year’s Eve. Sometimes when I’m just tired of hearing him complain I’ll buy a bottle of Mogan David and serve

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More than just the horserace

Editor's SpikeOne measure to use when choosing which candidate for President deserves your vote is simple. Can you state more reasons to vote for your choice than all your frustrations in voting against the other?

This is not to say vote for whichever candidate makes you feel good. If that’s the point, then aspire to become some bimbo party delegate. No, the challenge is to positively choose a candidate despite your

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Capitol Perspectives: Election atics nothing new for Missouri

by Mark Hughes

During the April 5 elections, voters in some St. Louis County precincts couldn’t cast votes because of a shortage of ballots. A judge quickly issued an order keeping the polls open an extra two hours, but there was no delay in angry calls from both political parties for investigations.

Political opportunists will waste no time to use the ballot snafu as a truncheon to pound their opponents,

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Capitol Report: Focus on these 3 ‘meaty’ proposals

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Legislature often deals with numerous bills that are so mundane that they are rarely reported on by the media. You should know about three bills with movement in Jeff City of a meatier nature.

The first is SJR39, the religious freedom bill. This bill addresses religious freedoms versus gay rights in the debate over whether the government can compel clergy and small business owners to

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