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Poosey Digest: It’s our loss

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

A small town can’t afford to lose a single business but this week we lost our longest tenured establishment as Freda Pressly shut her doors for good. I doubt that there’s a family in our little town who doesn’t have at least one framed photograph from the Pressly studios as Freda, and her departed husband, Leon, were the town’s official photographers since the

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Reflecting on the Governor’s State-of-the-State address

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Members of the legislature gathered in the House chamber to listen on as newly sworn-in Governor Eric Greitens gave his first State of the State address.

In his speech, the governor called for creating more jobs and growing an economy that will lead to higher incomes for all families in the Show-Me State. In addition, his legislative agenda includes tackling labor reform, tort reform and

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Poosey Digest: We need a good bypass

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

We live in a bypass world. A nation’s leader wants to avoid having his facts checked and avoid certain issues so he’ll tweet out his thoughts rather than expose them to the light of examination. Some leaders hold sham news conferences where the questions are pre-determined and any journalist who dares step off the prescribed list will find himself sending dispatches from Siberia.

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Off the Editor’s Spike: The art of being bored

Last Thursday started strangely. The boys in our press room are generally up and rolling by 6 a.m. (or earlier) but one of the digital files on a furniture store advertisement sent down from Maryville pixelated — and defied any quick fix other than a complete resend. This meant about 90 minutes of impatience, precious minutes wasted, mostly just looking at each other. B-o-r-i-n-g.

Remember times when boredom was considered

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Capitol Perspectives: What change does ‘a new direction’ mean?

by Phill Brooks

The actions surrounding the inauguration of Missouri’s new governor suggested to me a level of governmental transformation I cannot recall since Kit Bond’s first gubernatorial term in 1973.

Bond called for a more transparent government and a broad package of consumer protection laws.

Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, also based his campaign on a promise for change.

In his inaugural address, he paraphrased John F. Kennedy’s presidential

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Off the Editor’s Spike: About some BC’s….on the QT

Life is just one continuous Big Change (BC).

We were just months into marriage. Our abode was a 10×50 commode. No wait; I exaggerate. It was a used mobile home we loaded up from Warrensburg to weigh anchor at Maryville, within a few yards of an old gas station converted into Paradise Donut Shop. Even when I was flat broke it was heavenly just living near the joint — the

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Poosey Digest: What is lying?

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

No doubt about it, I was born too early. I remember the day in my first grade classroom when Mrs. Walker put her hand on my shoulder and I jumped. She was reciting our spelling test giving each of our 10 weekly words aloud when she came up behind me and said, “What’s that?” I responded with the standard answer from any

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What’s likely to be atop the state’s legislative agenda

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

A new year has arrived, and with it comes the dawn of a new era in both state and national government. Our nation will soon swear in a new president. Our state has a new governor. And as of January 4th, Missouri has begun a new legislative session and sworn in the 99th General Assembly in our state’s history.

These administrations will take our state

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A few food trends for 2017

by Rebecca French Smith

The first week of 2017 is officially over. How are those New Year’s resolutions going so far? This week is a gold star week for those off to a good start making big changes. It’s reassuring to see progress, and food trend predictions are popping up all over to foretell what’s ahead for us in nutrition this year.

Food magazines, bloggers and others supposedly in the

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