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Poosey Digest: Thankful …and humble

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It was a moment perhaps lost in all the hoopla of the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year drought. Cleveland batter Rajai Davis had tied the score with a two-run game-tying home run in the eighth inning then when the contest went into extra innings he hit a single in the 10th inning pulling Cleveland within one run. We all know the outcome of

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Another inconvenient truth

Editor's SpikeI’m a sports nut. My friends know my passion for football (as the salute to the Bearcats on page 3 attests). But unlike politicians that tell us what we want to hear, and with apologies to Al Gore, let’s look at another “inconvenient truth.”

Parents and grandparents travel many miles and spend many hours following child athletes in sporting events while sacrificing everything else. Games not only encroach on Wednesday

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Good Thinking: Hail to the veterans

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Ever heard of Armistice Day? Veterans Day? “Armistice” refers to a cessation of war, a temporary peace, a truce between enemies. A “veteran” is an old soldier, a seasoned fighter from some former war.

On June 4, 1929, at the end of World War I, the U.S. Congress passed the following legislation:

“WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary,

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Capitol Perspectives: Federal investigators going dark

by Phill Brooks

The FBI’s disclosure of the expanded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server reminded me of the two times I’ve covered statewide candidates who faced federal criminal investigations. How the Justice Department handled those Missouri investigations contrasts with how the FBI has handled the current Clinton situation.

Unlike the Clinton investigation, the Justice Department went dark about ongoing investigations of those two candidates on the Missouri statewide ballot.

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Empathy isn’t a dirty word

SpikeAs I write this piece, I have yet to vote. By the time you read this, the election is over.

Like so many others, I contemplated not voting at all. Both presidential candidates are so flawed.

That was still in mind when Tuesday finally arrived; then I remembered Friday (Nov. 11: Veterans Day) — all those gone before making this election possible — and felt convicted. So, I voted despite

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Poosey Digest: Just click it off, please

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

What in God’s name is going on? Is the world going crazy or just me?

Scene One: I was sitting in a committee meeting last week with seven otherwise normal, sane people. We had a 12-item agenda, our time was precious and we had some important matters to settle. I’d plopped myself down in the center of a long table and the

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From the Bench: Child abuse, neglect in our five counties

by Judge R. Brent Elliott

 I was among several judges who attended the “Youth Summit” recently held in Trenton. The event was designed to help area youth in foster care transition to independence. It was, to say the least, enlightening.

As of Oct. 1, 2016, the 43rd Judicial Circuit (Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston counties) has 186 children placed in the custody of the Missouri Children’s Division. The vast

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Participating in the Electoral Process

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Every election that is held, from municipal elections in April to August primaries to the upcoming general election, is an opportunity for citizens to determine how their government is run and who will run it. Unfortunately, history has shown that while we have the right to vote, many of our friends and neighbors simply choose not to trek to the polls on Election Day.

While

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Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson on Amendment 3:

Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson discussed Amendment 3 at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Winston School Board.

At the meeting, Supt. Robinson stated that “Raise Your Hands for Kids” is not what it seems. The Missouri Association of Rural Education Executive Board (MARE) is one of several organizations in Missouri that are opposed to the passage of the initiative “Raise Your Hands for Kids.” The MARE organization very much supports

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