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The Shepherd Calls: Flag Day

ShepherdCalls_WPby Dr. H. Wade Paris

Next Tuesday, June 14, is Flag Day in the United States, commemorating the adoption of the United States flag on that day in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. Now, 239 years after its original adoption, I will proudly fly the American flag on the front of my house.

All over our nation on

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Capitol Perspectives: Was I Ever Wrong about the Legislative Session

By Phill Brooks

Earlier this year, I wrote how it seemed that the legislature was taking a less chaotic approach for 2016.

In my defense, there were indications of a more orderly process.

But golly, did the final weeks prove me wrong.

The biggest indication was the degree to which the lawmakers approved legislative behemoths that contained piles of topics unrelated to the original purpose of the bill.
Early in

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The Shepherd Calls: Word Pictures


The wall in my home office is covered with pictures. In the center of those pictures, there is a family portrait. Many of the pictures around it are family, too. Some of the pictures predate me, like the one of my wife’s grandfather’s family and the picture of my maternal grandmother. Then there are graduation pictures of my wife and me. There are pictures of our children when they were

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Good Thinking: A day in June


 by Dr. Don Kuehle

“What is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays.”
So wrote James Russell Lowell.

New Year’s resolutions have been made and broken. The Winter blahs have been banished for another season. Colds and flu are a mere memory. Baseball has replaced

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Memorial Day Remembrances

by Pastor Steve Ellison

 The Civil War, our bloodiest war, gave birth to holidays honoring those who gave their all for their country. In 1868, the United States set aside May 30th to remember their great sacrifice. Since 1971, in classic American seeking of self, we have chosen to take a three day weekend by choosing to take a day off from work on the last Monday in May.

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The Poosey Digest

By Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

This is an open letter to anyone under 25 years of age. In brief: don’t be discouraged. If this is the first time you’ve actually paid much attention to a political campaign it would be easy and understandable to think that presidential elections are the hemorrhoid of our democracy. I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you got the idea that hate, venom

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Letter to the Editor: Feds have it all wrong; it’s all about equipment

Recently President Obama sent out a letter through the U.S. Department of Education to schools, giving guidance to help schools ensure the civil rights of transgender students. The gist of the letter states that any student has the right to use the bathroom and dressing room of the sex the student identifies with, regardless to what sex the child was born. No age was identified as an age that the

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

Some of the people in our little village of Altamont don’t stop at the stop signs and they speed right on through them. We don’t have law enforcement in our village at all times. The people know this. What if they hit a child that is riding their bicycle or their little four-wheelers? It would be too late to even slow down then.

Some people think it if

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s legislative session has not ended quite yet 

by Mark Hughes

Lawmakers have headed back to their districts, but the 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly is not yet over. Not quite. There are still several days and a bit of work to be done before most of the bills passed this year can become law.

Since at least the Missouri Constitution of 1875, no bill can become law in Missouri until it is signed by the

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