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Capitol Perspectives: What change does ‘a new direction’ mean?

by Phill Brooks

The actions surrounding the inauguration of Missouri’s new governor suggested to me a level of governmental transformation I cannot recall since Kit Bond’s first gubernatorial term in 1973.

Bond called for a more transparent government and a broad package of consumer protection laws.

Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, also based his campaign on a promise for change.

In his inaugural address, he paraphrased John F. Kennedy’s presidential

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Off the Editor’s Spike: About some BC’s….on the QT

Life is just one continuous Big Change (BC).

We were just months into marriage. Our abode was a 10×50 commode. No wait; I exaggerate. It was a used mobile home we loaded up from Warrensburg to weigh anchor at Maryville, within a few yards of an old gas station converted into Paradise Donut Shop. Even when I was flat broke it was heavenly just living near the joint — the

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Poosey Digest: What is lying?

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

No doubt about it, I was born too early. I remember the day in my first grade classroom when Mrs. Walker put her hand on my shoulder and I jumped. She was reciting our spelling test giving each of our 10 weekly words aloud when she came up behind me and said, “What’s that?” I responded with the standard answer from any

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What’s likely to be atop the state’s legislative agenda

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

A new year has arrived, and with it comes the dawn of a new era in both state and national government. Our nation will soon swear in a new president. Our state has a new governor. And as of January 4th, Missouri has begun a new legislative session and sworn in the 99th General Assembly in our state’s history.

These administrations will take our state

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A few food trends for 2017

by Rebecca French Smith

The first week of 2017 is officially over. How are those New Year’s resolutions going so far? This week is a gold star week for those off to a good start making big changes. It’s reassuring to see progress, and food trend predictions are popping up all over to foretell what’s ahead for us in nutrition this year.

Food magazines, bloggers and others supposedly in the

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Off the Editor’s Spike: Sugarcoating the Truth

Looking upon the years ahead to times when my grandchildren approach college age, tell me, how much will their education cost?

I completed over half of my college credits before actually thinking of a diploma in terms of return on investment. That’s embarrassing, evidence of an uneducated man. And, by worldly standards in today’s marketplace, I chose poorly.

Still, I am fortunate. Besides some academic scholarships and work/study programs that

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Poosey Digest:  Try a little humor

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I feel for some folks… really. I’ve been blessed to always have a job that got me out of the house and among flesh and blood human beings. But some of us have to spend our lives behind a desk fielding the questions and angry complaints of the rest of us on the telephone. Receptionists, secretaries, order-takers of all sorts are relegated to

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I am wondering when this village board is going to do what they have said about things they were going to do.

There are still dogs running the streets at Altamont and not in pens or tied. Some people turn theirs loose at night that are tied.

They have talked about putting gravel on the streets for two years now. The streets are terrible. Big holes all over

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

The Active Aging Resource Center had an exciting year serving our clients in 2016.

Our Meals on Wheels routes are going strong, and we have great participation in our congregate meals program. We currently serve about 40-45 Meals on Wheels, and about that same number enjoy daily lunch at our center. Thanks to grants from Meals on Wheels America, Shopko, and MFA Oil Foundation, we have an upright

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