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The Minimum Requirement

by Pastor Steve Ellison

 There are many now and in all past ages who think that they are followers of Jesus who actually have no idea what that might mean. Jesus addressed this issue in Matthew 7:20-23, “You will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in

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Amendment 3 and Proposition A: Dueling Cig Taxes

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In my last two capitol reports, I outlined Amendment 1: The Soil, Water & Parks Tax, and Amendment 2: Campaign Contribution Limits.  This week, we delve into something more involved – the dueling cigarette taxes of Amendment 3 and Proposition A – dueling because Amendment 3 is funded by big tobacco companies and Prop A is funded by little tobacco companies.

Amendment 3 (A3) would

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Bringing accountability to Medicaid

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman
Year after year, the cost to the taxpayer of operating Missouri’s Medicaid program continues to increase at a rapid pace. While there are a number of factors that influence this increase in cost, two of the most driving factors are the most preventable: unnecessary emergency room visits and missed patient appointments at doctors’ offices.

Patients treating the emergency room as a replacement for a primary

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Politics on the local level

Editor's SpikeIt seems silly for a weekly newspaper editor to endorse a countywide candidate for several reasons.

First, plenty of readers personally know the candidates better than the editor. Secondly, as a regular reader of this newspaper, you have as much public information about job performance as I do. Most importantly, a community newspaper needs to work with whoever is elected to the office.

This can be said about nearly any

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Poosey Digest: The pumpkin rationale

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Antarctica can’t produce pumpkins. I know this because I read it. Out of all the continents only the land at the bottom of the globe is without the ability to celebrate the fall season with the gook-filled orange globes. I have a friend who grows pumpkins for commercial use and I asked him what pumpkin growers do for the rest of the year.

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year — Medicare Open Enrollment. Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plan to the plans available for 2017.

The open enrollment period is October 15 through December 7, 2016, and any changes will take place January 1, 2017. There are 23 Part D plans available to Missouri residents for 2017. The lowest monthly

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The Shepherd Calls: Election — Time to pray and sing

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

Election times are difficult for me, all of them, even the minor local elections. If I am one who should cast a ballot, I agonize over it. National presidential politics are the worst. Elections are very much like domestic squabbles. Since you know your opponent well, you know how to really hurt them. Often words are spoken that destroy or at least will never heal.

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Capitol Perspectives: Random campaign thoughts 

by Phill Brooks

Missouri is in the middle of one of the most unusual fall election periods I’ve covered. Step back from the daily campaign rhetoric and look at the broader picture. It’s a fascinating landscape with the potential of historic ramifications as the year winds down.

One element of that landscape involves the recent statements by Gov. Jay Nixon about his political future that I wonder might have undercut

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Amendment 2, Campaign Contribution Limits

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Currently, if you want to donate money to a political campaign, there is no limit on how much you can give in a statewide or local race. You could donate $10 or $1,000 or $1,000,000. But all contributions over $100 must be itemized with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) where they become public record, and all contributions over $5000 must be posted to the MEC

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