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Off the Editor’s Spike: I fear we’ll quit talking

Before turning loose of 2016 entirely, there’s at least one more thing to say about the November election. I’d like to revisit the election for county commission.

Voters chose Wayne Uthe over Carl Carder. What I have to say is nothing for or against either. As an experienced MoDOT retiree, Carl served Daviess County well in the duties involving roads and bridges. No doubt Wayne will likewise do his best

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Capitol Perspectives: Waiting to see the courage of a SEAL

by Phill Brooks

Navy SEALS are known for their courage in training and combat. So when Missouri’s governor-elect, Eric Greitens, gives his inaugural address, I’ll be listening to hear how he demonstrates that courage in governmental leadership.

Does he directly address the major, but politically dangerous problems facing this state? Or, does he give an inaugural speech I’ve heard so often filled with lofty rhetoric, but devoid of dangerous details?

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Revert lettered state routes back to the counties? No!

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

The public policy process is often a frustrating and difficult experience. While there are certainly a number of issues or challenges facing our state that have readily apparent solutions, it is more common for an issue or problem to have different constituents who do not easily agree.

This is why the public policy process often involves finding a sometimes elusive and delicate balance between competing

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Good Thinking: The wisdom of Father Time

by Dr. Don Kuehle

The cartoon highlights the front page of the paper: old Father Time meeting the baby New Year at the beginning of another year. As they meet and pass each other, I wonder what words went between them? Did Father Time wish the new year well? Did he offer the baby New Year words of wisdom? Did the New Year ask about the past? Did baby New

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Poosey Digest: Regulating friendliness

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

A lady in church last Sunday mused, “You know, it’s nice having Christmas and New Year’s on Sunday. I really like it.” A young mother of three looked at her and shook her head. The young gal was in church so she had to be polite. This peaceful confrontation took place during our congregation’s weekly “Meet and Greet” time, which referred to other

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The Shepherd Calls: Forever new 

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

On Jan. 1, precisely at 12:01 a.m., the 2017 New Year will begin. It is easy to determine its beginning. However, it is much more difficult to determine its end. I don’t mean midnight Dec. 31; no, I mean when does the New Year cease to be new and become an old year? Is it an old year on Jan. 1 at 12:02 a.m.? No?

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

I am appalled at the suggestion by a loud minority that the Electoral College be abolished (letter published in the Dec. 7 edition). I did not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election. However, I think a little context is in order.

The Electoral College was established to protect the “small” states from the “big” states. Today that means it gives the “Mayberrys” and the rural folks

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Report slights real water quality progress

by Leslie Holloway

It may not be fake news exactly, but another recent report by environmental activists attempts to discredit Mississippi River basin states’ progress toward meeting water quality goals.

One water quality threat that makes national news is excess nutrients, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus. Last year Missouri became one of 12 Mississippi River basin states to adopt a nutrient loss reduction strategy in accordance with criteria set by the

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Ready for a new session

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

The 2016 legislative session was a busy and, at times, tense one for members on both sides of the aisle. Through it all, however, we were able to find common ground on several important initiatives.

We passed a trio of ethics reform bills to help restore some of the public’s trust in the public policy process. We were also successful in continuing to push back

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