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The Shepherd Calls: A Dog Lesson

by Bro. Wade Parish

She is a large beautiful dog, 92 pounds, a German Shepherd. Her name is Shiloh and despite her size she moves with the quietness of a ghost. More than once I have tripped over her because she had so quietly laid beside my chair I did not know she was there.

Actually she is not my dog. She belongs to my son whose present circumstances make

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Success means there’s a successor

Editor's SpikeLast June a rural weekly newspaper in Vermont announced something that caught my attention.

Ross Connelly, 71, editor and publisher of The Hardwick Gazette, announced an essay contest with a newsworthy prize. For a $175 entry fee, Connelly would pick a winner to become owner of the 100+ year old newspaper, complete with the historic building housing the business on Main Street in Hardwick, VT (pop. 3,010).

In other words,

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Capitol Perspectives: Deep pocket donor finances ballot measure to limit deep pocket donors

by Mark D. Hughes

To grotesquely paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All elections are crazy. Some are more crazy than others.” This year’s election cycle in Missouri may stand as the craziest of all.
We have a Republican nominee for governor who previously was a Democrat. We have a Democrat nominee for governor who previously was a Republican. In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, we had a candidate named

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Poosey Digest:  Above the bile

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Suffice it to say that the number of newborn babies who’ll be named either “Hillary” or “Donald” in the next few years will be rather slight. A great many of folks view the upcoming stint in our voting booth as a choice between a root canal and a colonoscopy, and the level of venom seems to rise with each news cycle as our

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Vibrant ag industry requires public policy

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Agriculture has long been, and remains to this day, the Show-Me State’s No. 1 industry. Here in northwest Missouri, it is still the foundation of our local communities and way of life. As such, it is essential our state lawmakers and agencies implement policies that allow Missouri’s agricultural producers and associated industries to remain vibrant and productive and stand as a check against bureaucratic overreach.

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Capitol Perspectives: An unusual primary, if you follow the money

by Phill Brooks

This year’s Missouri primary was one of the most unusual I’ve seen. It involved more negative attacks funded by more big-buck donors with more inexperienced winners than I can remember.
I had thought it would be a pretty clean primary as a result of the suicide of one of the Republican candidates for governor, State Auditor Tom Schweich. His suicide coming shortly after a broadcast advertisement making

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You can’t just write in a name

Spike_WPOne candidate for President inherited a fortune from his father and spent years bribing politicians to subsidize hotels and casinos, repeatedly using bankruptcy to shield his money while leaving creditors and workers holding the bag.

This candidate has fought against the unionization of his employees while outsourcing to businesses abroad — a business man with a terrible business record. Details of his economic plan released this week confirm tax cuts

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Poosey Digest: Sadly in cyberspace

by Freida Marie Crump

PooseyDigest_WPGreetings from Poosey.

The code words were always the same when cruising Alaska… “Whale!” “Look! Dolphins!” “Bear! Bear! Bear!” You’d hear these cries on a tour bus or sitting on the deck of your ship and an electric thrill would go through both the vacationers and locals as they’d rush to the rail to see the wonders that God had kindly provided on that particular morning.

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From the Bench

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

The last article highlighted legislative changes to felony classifications and prison terms that will take effect January 1, 2017. This month I will focus on changes to fine provisions for felonies. Currently, criminal fines are set forth in Chapter 560 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri (RSMo.)  Next year criminal fines will be set forth in Chapter 558 RSMo.

Section 560.011

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