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Capitol Perspectives: Church and State

by Phill Brooks

This month, Missouri’s governor took an action that could have a national impact on an issue with a long history involving separation of church and state.

The action is Eric Greitens’ revocation of a Natural Resources Department rule that prohibited providing scrap-tire refuse for the playground of a Columbia Lutheran school. It’s national in scope because revoking that rule could have shutdown a U.S. Supreme Court case

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Dear Editor…letter by Becky Caldwell

My name is Becky Caldwell, and I am the Regional Ombudsman Manager for Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging. We currently serve 90 licensed long-term care facilities in Northwest Missouri. Our service area includes 18 counties, covering 9,274 square miles.

To adequately serve this area, we are currently in need of some ombudsman volunteers who inform residents in long term care facilities of their rights and serve as an advocate

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No redo of the voodoo, please

I hear our President is ready to tackle tax reform. We need it.

Back in the 1980s, H.W. Bush famously described supply-side economics — the claim that cutting taxes on rich people will conjure up an economic miracle. They tried hard to make that work. Those with money are still trying, despite results that inspire the descriptive label of “Voodoo Economics.” Here’s a story I clipped and saved that illustrates

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Poosey Digest: Gone Mushroomin’

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Hank Blevins swore that he had a mushroom sniffing hog. He’d heard that in France they train pigs to sniff out truffles and since morel mushrooms and truffles were both fungi, his American pig could be taught to wander through the woods and detect these most delectable of springtime foods. Of course, no one has ever seen Hank’s hog hunting. They’ve seen the

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Ponder possibilities, probabilities

As I drive west or northwest and view those spinning wind turbines, I sense progress. It’s a view of the U.S. (broadly, that’s “us”) developing new, clean and renewable energy. So, I think “That’s good!” Someday we may replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities.

It makes sense that these huge modern windmills are located in lightly populated rural areas. Small towns stand to benefit from the economic activity during construction, ongoing

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Poosey Digest: Rating airlines

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey

As summer begins to poke its sunny head around the corner, many minds turn to dreams of travel. And the fastest way to get anywhere still means hopping aboard a jet plane and hoping that it lands right side up. For reasons that I don’t quite understand, airline passengers recently gave our national airlines the highest efficiency rating ever. This in spite of

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by Pastor Steve Ellison

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth written about 55 AD seems as if it were addressed to the 21st century Christian church worldwide.  Corinth was already an ancient city. It had been first settled about 4,000 BC. Corinth’s strategic location enabled it to control east-west trade routes by sea and north-south land routes.

First century Corinth was a cosmopolitan city in every

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911 reform, human trafficking, network transport proposals may become law

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Only 16 legislative days remain in the 2017 session (four weeks from this writing). The legislative “home stretch” is underway. At this point in the proceedings, if a bill has not passed its originating chamber, it is unlikely it will have time to be passed in both the House and Senate before session ends.

Among a few of the bills that may make it across

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri offers lessons about ‘Getting Even’

by Phill Brooks

The partisan turmoil in the U.S. Senate over the filibuster of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court echoes a Missouri filibuster not too many years ago.

In the U.S. Senate, Democrats complained about the refusal of Senate Republicans to consider the earlier Supreme Court nomination of President Barack Obama in hopes a Republican would be elected president. I sensed among some a clear tone to “get

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