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When does old age begin?

Once I found myself seated amid neighbors and friends in the public meeting room in the basement of the then First National Bank. It was Gallatin’s only public meeting room at that time, so it was used for a wide variety of reasons.

The presentation underway was about alcoholism. A debate ensued about whether alcoholism should be viewed as a vice or a disease. It wasn’t hard to distinguish the

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Capitol Perspectives: Taking care of business

by Phill Brooks

Missouri’s legislature returns from its spring break with the theme for this year’s General Assembly already set — taking care of business.

Just weeks after the session began, lawmakers had passed and the governor promptly signed a ban on requiring a worker to join a union. Also before the spring break, the legislature sent the governor the first of a package of bills sought by business to

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Poosey Digest: Gold in the ol’ piano

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

So this nice, unsuspecting couple in Shropshire, England, took their old piano in for a tuning. Piano tuning must be a more difficult proposition in England if you have to take the piano to the tuner. The tune-master opened up the instrument and found what British officials will only call a “life-changing” hoard of gold sovereigns minted between the mid-19th and 20th centuries.

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‘Yes’ on the street sales tax

As tax measures go, the way the City of Gallatin goes about improving its streets is the way taxes are supposed to be used.

Improvements are apparent. You don’t have to drive slowly or walk a dog from street to street to tell where the tax dollars are being spent. The repavement is obvious and (very) good!

Street paving is consistent. We can’t afford to deck every street in town

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Dear Editor: Taxation without Representation in Jamesport

Understanding our politics today is challenging. Making sense of our laws and our rights as tax paying citizens is overwhelming in today’s climate. Government is too big, you can’t fix it, or your vote doesn’t matter anyway. Common statements of the last few decades.

Just like this presidential election there were plenty of gators in the swamp betting we weren’t going to vote. Oppression pushed us to turn out in

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Dear Editor: In light of the budget issues

Rebecca J. Flaherty, CEO, Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging

In light of the budget issues facing Missouri, there is no question that everyone will need to tighten their belts. Our legislators are struggling with choices all of us wish they did not have to make; however, that is why we elected them.  Our expectation is that in making the difficult choices, they examine and understand the ramifications of their

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Poosey Digest: A little more love

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

She was beautiful, perhaps one of the loveliest young girls I’d ever seen… well over six feet tall, slender, dressed modestly in jeans, a sweater and pointed stocking hat. She was shopping at our local food mart with a lady who I assumed was her mother. As the two cruised the aisles communicating with each other via simple nods and smiles, I couldn’t

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Drink from your own well

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Verses 15-23 of Proverbs Chapter 5 contain a series of related questions dealing with the issue of marital faithfulness. Really they are all part of the same question. The question is asked in three different ways in verses 16 and 20. In 17-19, God answers the question for us and gives us positive reasons for faithfulness.

After rephrasing the question in verse 20, God gives three

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Mid-season summary

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

This week marks the midway point of the 2017 legislative session. The House and Senate are in session from early January to mid-May, with a one week spring break in the middle, which is March 20-24. So, here is a summary of the House of Representatives’ accomplishments so far, and some status updates on bills I have previously presented to you:

Ethics Reform (HB 60)

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