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In My Garden

Tiny shoots are peeking through the ground. My garden is coming to life again. When I speak of my garden, I am talking about our entire lawn, nearly three acres. Since our homeowner rules disallow fences, nothing encloses my garden. I like to think we have the “no fence” rule so our lawns and lives will mingle. Who knows; the rule was in place when I arrived.

ShepherdCalls_WPNevertheless, scattered across

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Capitol Perspectives: Improving the Missouri Legislature

by Phill Brooks

Legislative plans to use part of a $75 million bond issue to expand their statehouse space has led me to think about less expensive ways to improve the legislative process. What follows are ideas I’ve heard floating around the Capitol for decades along with a couple of my own.

Reconsider Term Limits: The life-time limit on how long a lawmaker can serve has had a devastating impact

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Just Too Good to be True

This news about Gallatin’s water treatment plant is a bitter pill to swallow. It seems incredulous that the “professional” engineers who planned the project missed cost projections so badly that the improvement project might be scrapped.

Not many businesses I know can miss a price by 30% and keep in business. But then, that’s the racket that engineering firms play in the way of public work projects. They get paid

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Capitol Perspectives: About Schweich’s Eulogy

by Phill Brooks

John Danforth’s eulogy for Missouri’s late auditor Tom Schweich reminded me of the inspiration I gained from Danforth as a young reporter covering him as state attorney general.

Danforth once was called the father of the modern Missouri Republican Party. He later became a leading critic of the current political process.

As an Episcopalian minister, ethics is at the core of John Danforth. I learned that from

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Seek the Welfare of the City

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Perhaps you know it already; maybe you have never heard; or maybe you simply need to be reminded. As a Christian, you are just a pilgrim passing through. Your heart must not be focused on the temporary world in which you live. Rather, you should be focused on the next world. Like Abraham, you should be seeking the city which is built by God. However, as

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Good Thinking: Ruth’s Journey

by Dr. Don Kuehle

“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul;

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss

To bear the dreadful cross for my soul, for my soul?”

The most beautiful “love story” in the Bible is found the Book of Ruth!

Due to a famine in Israel, Elimelech and his wife Naomi, along with their two sons Mahlon and Chilion,

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Leave a Good Legend

Among the outstanding people of Christian history, St. Patrick is one of my favorites. He reportedly died on March 17 (the year is uncertain). Nevertheless, March 17 is listed on our calendar as St. Patrick’s Day.

ShepherdCalls_WPSomewhere in the fifth century AD, young Patrick, in his mid-teens, was kidnapped by Irish Pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave. He spent the next six years of his life serving people

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Those Lonely Millionaires

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WP“Herb, could I borrow $30,000?”

“Sure. You want that it small bills or should I just write a check?”

“I’m serious.”

“Me, too. Look in my billfold and, if you can find $30,000, it’s yours, Freida.”

“Fine.”

“Not that it matters, but why do you need that much money?”

“I want to help out a millionaire.”

“Oh. Heck, why didn’t you say so?

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Learning to Be a Citizen

by Lee H. Hamilton

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens

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