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Capital Report: Experiencing the Joys of Christmas

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and Merry Christmas.

This year, Stephanie and I feel blessed as we experience the joys of Christmas through the eyes of our children (ages 7 and 3). Their enthusiasm and excitement is a great reminder that Christmas is a time to be

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Words from a Shepherd

A simple shepherd — that’s all I am,ShepherdCalls_WP

With shepherd friends resting

on the ground thinking.

Shepherding is sometimes boring.

The hills are rocky, the grass is short,

The streams are scattered far apart.

Perhaps this life is for those not smart.

 

Some shepherd friends have turned away.

They asked me if I plan to stay—

Eating poorly, chasing sheep.

They say the best shepherding

Is when you sleep.

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Merry Christmas, God With Us

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Heaven is being in the presence of God, nothing more and nothing less. All the other descriptions of heaven are simply window dressing. Nothing we count as good would satisfy us in eternity unless we are in the presence of God. Nothing we count as bad can spoil eternity if we have the presence of God.

The clear message of the Bible is that God is

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If Every Food Had a Label…

by Freida Marie Crump

PooseyDigest_WPGreetings from Poosey.

I’m just taking a wild stab here, but I’m guessing that if you’re so dumb that you buy a huge bucket of buttered popcorn at the movie theatre, slathered with salt and fortified with every fat in the civilized world, and if you don’t realize this will hurt your diet, you’re also so dumb that you can’t read a label on the box

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Letter to the Editor: PFC John Macy’s Feature

Dear Editor:

Thank you Tammy for writing and featuring the article for our soldier, John Macy. Not only has John committed himself to serve our country, he has grown as a person and has become a responsible young man. He went from totally not knowing what he was going to do with his life to finding a purpose to do something important to benefit our country.

This training has given

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An Asset or Albatross?

Some talk around town has City Hall taking the lead in determining the future of the cupola building on North Main. That’s good!

City Hall taking charge of this problem property makes sense. We’ve got good people serving on the board. We should encourage our aldermen to take a leadership role to coordinate what’s to happen. With the city’s commitment comes stability and an opportunity for individuals and community groups

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Response to the Editor: Gallatin’s Deterioration

Dear Editor:

You have read my mind. You have put it in much better words in your Dec. 10 editorial than I could have. Much of what you say could apply to the block north and the block south also. My compliments to those you mentioned who have maintained, remodeled, restored or rebuilt some of our older buildings.

For 36 years I worked at Davis Drug on the east side

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Capitol Perspectives: Deadly, Devious and Disabling Details

by Phill Brooks

In the weeks before the 2015 legislative session, two issues have emerged as dominant — Ferguson and government ethics. Yet, I wonder whether conflicts over details will be fatal.

For years, I’ve seen well-intentioned efforts by Missouri public officials crash on the shores of details. Think back to last year when legislative leaders expressed pride at pulling together a complex compromise on unaccredited school districts. There was

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Good Thinking: How Far to Bethlehem?

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Every year, thousands of people travel to Bethlehem to be a part of the Christmas crowd. They think, perhaps, that being in the very place where the Christ-child was born will make Him more real to them. Every year, millions of people do not get to travel to Bethlehem. Most of us have never stood with the faithful around the manger-bed. Most of us have

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