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Poosey Digest: Good guys still winning

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

No, I’m not a media basher. I don’t subscribe to the Trumped-up theory that if the news is bad or if you’re asked a tough question you blame the reporter who asked it. Such was the practice of Aztec generals and fascist dictators, but until recently I thought we’d grown out of the kill-the-messenger mentality. However, it’s getting harder and harder to find

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

This small village is going to pot. On Nov. 19 about 12:30 p.m. I was traveling around the village. There were three dogs running. A short-haired medium-sized brown one on 3rd Street, a brown and white one on 4th Street, and a German Shepherd on Main Street. On Nov. 24 there was a big red dog running the streets and tearing up people’s trash.

The board

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Choose to shine brightly

Dw.cdrIt’s time to put up the Christmas tree.

I very much prefer real Christmas trees. But we’ve succumbed to the commercial. We no longer cut down a live tree for Christmas as we did while our kids were growing up. Putting up the store-bought replica eventually will save a few dollars. Besides, we usually get our home decorating started a little early with the convenience of pulling a look-alike tree

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Focusing on local government challenges

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Whether in a sparsely populated area or a densely populated metropolis, every community experiences its share of unique challenges in providing essential services. As a longtime public servant, lifelong farmer and someone who has chosen to live and raise a family in rural Northwest Missouri, I’m passionate about finding solutions to those problems specifically affecting our small local governments and political subdivisions.

Last session, I

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Let’s give thanks for transportation blessings …and pass them on

by Stephen R. Miller, Chairman Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

I had a chance last week to address the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Counties, a gathering of Missouri mayors and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Anticipating this holiday week, I spoke about all we have to be grateful for – from a transportation perspective.

We have been blessed by our geography. While we lack great oceans and

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Poosey Digest: A gentle, angelic ping

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Helen is my shopping buddy and sometimes she actually comes in handy. While I refuse to be sucked into the world of the iPhone she has hers permanently attached to her index finger. And although we haven’t actually made eye contact since she bought the thing, she’s guided us around traffic jams, into good eating places, and through some nasty weather with her

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We deserve answers on prescription drug price hikes

by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

The high cost of prescription drug prices is on the minds of Missourians.

As I travel around the state I hear from folks, many of them seniors on fixed incomes, who have seen the cost of life-saving prescription drugs skyrocket. Some of these seniors are in the desperate position of having to decide whether to pay for their medicine with money budgeted for other essentials,

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A season of thanks

Dw.cdrI’m thankful to live in a small town. I think on that every time I enjoy a fresh breath of air.
I’m thankful for the folks who made Christmas Around the Square such an event. No matter how many ways the rest of the world may tell us we don’t matter, community does matter. A lot. And we have many things to be thankful for. Last Saturday in Gallatin is

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The Thanksgiving Wishbone

by Chris Fennewald

It’s the time of year to make a wish — not a Christmas wish. This holiday between the marketing blitzes of Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving, is wish-making time. All you need is a wishbone to carry on a tradition that dates back 2,400 years.

Way back then, an ancient Italian civilization, known as the Etruscans, thought birds were prophetic and used them as a means to foretell

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